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Boychuk taken off ice on stretcher at Bruins game in Montreal

Boston Bruins' Johnny Boychuk is carried off the ice after taking a hit from Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty during first period NHL hockey action Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
The Bruins' Johnny Boychuk was carried off the ice after taking a hit from Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty during first period NHL hockey action Thursday night in Montreal. Credit: AP

MONTREAL — Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk has been taken off the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher after being injured in the first period of Thursday night’s Bruins-Canadiens game. Boychuk was hurt when Montreal’s Max Pacioretty checked him into the end boards in the Canadiens zone.

Boychuk was in immediate pain, on his hands and knees, before medical staff carefully positioned him on his side, then onto his back. With help from Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic, Boston and Montreal trainers lifted Boychuk, who was lying on a board, onto a stretcher.

Pacioretty was called for boarding.

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