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Stanley Cup Finals 2011: Bruins' Johnny Boychuck Won't Be Suspended

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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.

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