Raymond suffers vertebrae compression fracture

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Raymond suffers vertebrae compression fracture

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.

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.