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Bruins’ Boychuk out 3-7 days with sprained back

Dec 7, 2013, 10:02 AM EST

Johnny Boychuk AP

After Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was injured after being boarded Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens, it seemed like he might be out for a while. Hockey players are made of sterner stuff these days it seems.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Boychuk would miss 3-7 days with a sprained back. Being out at most a week seems miraculous given that he was taken off the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher and was in very obvious pain when Habs forward Max Pacioretty hit him from behind.

The news was good yesterday when the Bruins said it was a lower back injury and not a head or neck-related. After seeing the play, assumptions were for the worst. At least now we’re proven again what happens when we assume things.

The downside for Boston is the next seven days are busy as they’ve got five games between today and next Saturday. They’re at home against Pittsburgh tonight and then hit the road for four straight starting in Toronto on Sunday.

  1. amityvillefun - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Great news that it is nothing too serious. Will be glad when
    JB55 is back on the ice.

    Bruins need to reassert themselves with a win tonight against the Pens. Iginla could use a big game. I’m beginning to think that maybe they just should have stuck with Jagr!

  2. dropthepuckeh - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Best case scenario I suppose given the looks of the injury. The Bruins depth at defense was an asset coming into the season, I guess we will see if they can deliver. Seidenberg, Krup and McQuaid are all still a little dinged up so another injury could really put a strain on the team. With the team heading to western Canada it will be interesting to see who they bring along for backup. I’m guessing Miller and Trotman make the trip.

  3. drewsylvania - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Wow. That is much, much better than anticipated. Thank goodness for that.

  4. joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Great news! Very happy it wasn’t a cracked rib and/or punctured lung. It nice to see how we all enjoy the physicality of the game and cheer for our team’s players to do the hitting, but, when an opponent gets injured everyone just comes together to wish him the best. This play appeared more like an accident that comes with the game than say the Lapierre hit on Boyle which could have been avoided. Anyway! Just happy the B’s d man will be fine.

  5. steelers88 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Wow god is good. This is the best case scenario that could have happened after that scary hit. However back injuries SUCK! trust I hurt my back(had a contusion). Back injuries sometimes can take a. while to heal. I know when I got hurt the pain lasted for about 5 or 6 months and still it sometimes hurts. Hopefully this not the case for Boychuck.

    • joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      I guess god wasn’t so good for Kyle Fundytus, Don Sanderson, Owen McCourt, Edgar Dey, Paul Fendley and there are more, and these are hockey players who died after on ice injuries. Please leave god for the more appropriate blogs.

      • sabatimus - Dec 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Wow, you really are an asshole.

      • joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        Can someone ban sebatimus for name calling? Very rude.

  6. steelers88 - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Please don’t insult my religion jerk. Anyway god is good. LETS GO PENS!!!!

    • joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      I guess not so good if your a Sabres fan. LOL! BTW, I have no idea which religion you’re referring to nor does anyone here care. Leave you religious comments out. Thank you.

      god : the perfect and all-powerful spirit or being that is worshipped especially by Christians, Jews, and Muslims as the one who created and rules the universe

      • 19to77 - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Or, let him mention whatever god he wants because hockey blogs don’t need to be vetted and approved by the self-appointed Thought Police.

        Put more simply, shut up.

      • joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        How ironic. Did you just self-appoint yourself as the police to vet what we can and cannot say? ;-)

  7. sabatimus - Dec 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Is there any way to ban joey4id for persistent and orchestrated trolling?

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