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Bruins’ Boychuk Suffered Back Sprain, Should Be Back Next Week

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Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins leaves the game on a stretcher after a hit by Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins leaves the game on a stretcher after a hit by Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk is expected to be back on the ice in a matter of days after he was taken from the ice on a stretcher Thursday night.

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Saturday that Boychuk had been diagnosed with a back sprain as a result of a hit from behind by Montreal forward Max Pacioretty. He’s expected to be out for three to seven days, according to the Bruins.

Thursday night’s game was delayed several minutes as Boychuk spent several minutes on his knees breathing heavily before medical and training staff members managed to get him onto the stretcher.

Boychuk was taken to Montreal General Hospital for observation and released later in the evening.

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