Dec 5, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) leaves the ice on a stretcher after being checked by Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (not pictured) during the first period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins' Johnny Boychuk out 3-7 days with sprained back


There was a scary scene on the ice Thursday, when Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk took a big hit and was forced to leave the ice on a stretcher during the team’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. However, now there is some good news.

While it initially looked like Boychuk could miss significant time, it is being reported that he could only miss up to a week with a sprained back.

“Johnny has been diagnosed with a back sprain and will be out for approximately three to seven days,” Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement.

It is great news to learn that Boychuk will be fine and even better that he avoided a serious head or neck injury.

You never like to see a player taken off the ice on a stretcher due to a big hit, so we all have to be happy that the outcome is positive.

The Bruins are at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, before hitting the road for a four-game road trip.

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