Vancouver Canucks forward Mason Raymond suffered a vertebrae compression fracture Monday night during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, according to a media release from the Vancouver Canucks' official Twitter account.
Raymond was injured just 20 seconds into the game on a hit from Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk when he fell backwards awkwardly into the boards. After being helped off of the ice, Raymond was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.
The play went unpenalized and Boychuk said he didn't know he had injured Raymond.
I have no clue what happened, he said. The ref was yelling at me to let him up. I tried to let him up, but he didn't get up. I don't even really remember the play. I don't know what was wrong with him.
The Canucks expect Raymond to spend 3-4 months recuperating.
Raymond has recorded two goals and six assists in 24 playoff games this postseason, but had been held without a point in the Finals.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.
-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.
-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.
-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.
-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.
-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.
Joe Haggerty hands out his superlatives following the Bruins preseason loss to the Detroit Red Wings
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