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In an already chippy series, it only took a few moments into Game 6 to have the first serious hit. The hit, itself, didn’t look all that serious though.
Canuck Mason Raymond was bent over and skated backwards, hitting the boards butt-first while his neck and shoulders had contact with Johnny Boychuk. In simpler terms, it looks like Boychuk was lining Raymond up for a power bomb (pro wrestling reference), and skated that way into the boards with him. Though, it did not seem that Boychuk intended to hit Raymond that way (his stick was inadvertently caught in between Raymond’s legs).
Raymond suffered a vertebrae compression fracture and will reportedly be out for 3-4 months. He was taken to an area hospital during the game but was not taken off the ice on a stretcher, though.
Watch the hit here: