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Claude Julien: ‘It’s going to be a little while’ before Johnny Boychuk returns from injury

12.05.13 at 11:37 pm ET
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MONTREAL — Johnny Boychuk was cleared to travel with the Bruins Thursday night after he left the game against the Canadiens on a stretcher and was rushed to the hospital.

‘€œHe was cleared to fly back with us,’€ Claude Julien said. ‘€œHe’€™s still obviously injured. We don’€™t know the severity of it and I don’€™t know all the details, but it was an injury serious enough to bring him to the hospital. Definitely, it’€™s going to be a little while before he’€™s good to go. I don’€™t know exactly how much time, but the good news is he’€™s coming back with us tonight and he’€™ll be reassessed by our doctors back in Boston.’€

Boychuk was injured on an awkward play in which he was turning as Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty went to hit his shoulder. Pacioretty received a boarding minor for the play, with the Bruins saying they didn’t find the play to be malicious on his part.

The veteran defenseman remained on the ice for several minutes and had his head and neck immobilized after being placed on the stretcher. He was hunched over on the ice before he got onto the stretcher, which might have suggested the issue could have been something with his back.

‘€œWell obviously he seemed like he wasn’€™t able to move,’€ Julien said. ‘€œWhether it’€™s his back, I don’€™t know exactly. I don’€™t like to comment on things I don’€™t know much about and give false information. He’€™s coming back with us and no doubt tomorrow we’€™ll have a clearer explanation and probably more details from our own doctors.

‘€œThey did a great job here, took good care of him. He saw the specialist and he cleared him to fly back with us, so we’€™ll see how he is.’€

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