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Johnny Boychuk out three to seven days with back sprain

12.07.13 at 10:16 am ET

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had an encouraging and somewhat surprising update on Johnny Boychuk Saturday morning, as Chiarelli revealed that Boychuk will miss “approximately three to seven days” with a back sprain.

Consider that good news for the B’s, as it was an ugly scene when Boychuk went down following a hit in the corner from Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty Thursday in Montreal. Boychuk was hunched over on the ice, placed onto a stretcher with his head immobilized and rushed to a local hospital.

“I think we dodged a pretty good bullet there personally,” Claude Julien said Saturday. “Those kind of injuries could have serious consequences. We feared the worst and I think we got as good of news as we could get. When he was down he couldn’€™t breathe, I guess he couldn’€™t move either. So obviously on the medical side of it, our trainers and the Montreal doctors did the right thing. They took him off on a stretcher, took him to the hospital and they got him checked out. After the MRI yesterday which we did, they found no fractures. So a lot of it has been based on him locking up from going into the boards; muscle spasm and everything else.

“We hope that it’€™ll be a quicker recovery, kind of sooner than later kind of thing. So it’€™s hard to tell how long he’€™s going to be out. Still stiff this morning, still walking around. With those kind of injuries, there’€™s always that opportunity that the spasm and the stiffness can go away quickly; you never know. Our plan right now is to bring him on the road with us. Certainly not playing tonight, not playing tomorrow — it’€™s not one of those things — but it’€™s a situation that we’€™ll see how it goes from there. I think his diagnosis was maybe three to seven days and stuff like that. Like I said, we’€™re lucky, and those kind of injuries, as you know, back injuries can have real serious consequences on the player’€™s future. Like I said, we dodged a bullet and we’€™re happy about the fact that it’€™s a lot less severe than initially expected.”

With Boychuk out, the Bruins will rely on either Matt Bartkowski or Kevan Miller (or both depending on Adam McQuaid‘s status) in the team’s upcoming games.

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