Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuck will not be suspended for his hit on Vancouver Canucks winger Mason Raymond early in Game 6 of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at TD Garden on Monday night.
"[It was an] awkward collision between two players battling for space/room. [You] rarely see a player bumped when in the position Raymond was in (bent over forward)." - Mike Murphy, NHL's acting disciplinarian. (via WEEI)
Raymond was helped off the ice and transported to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured vertebrae.
In 24 postseason games, Raymond has eight points (two goals, six assists) and 19 hits. Raymond, who had 15 goals and 24 assists - 39 points - in the regular season, did not recorded a point against Boston in the Cup Final.
Raymond is expected to miss between 4-6 months.