Bruins' Boychuk takes puck to head

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was taken to the hospital after Boston's 3-2 loss to Vancouver Saturday, according to head coach Claude Julien.

Boychuk is not scheduled to travel with the team to Montreal on Sunday.

Boychuk was hit in the left side of the head with a slap shot from Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson during a first-period penalty kill. He was bloodied and helped off the ice by teammates Blake Wheeler and Zdeno Chara. Boychuk did not return to the game.

The Bruins start a four-game road trip Sunday against the Canadiens. Julien said that if Boychuk cannot play, defenseman Andrew Ference might be able to step in. Ference has been out since Jan. 5 with a groin injury but practiced last week. An extra defenseman could also be recalled from Providence (AHL), but Julien said there were no plans for a call up.