Bruins' Boychuk takes puck to head

Updated: February 6, 2010, 7:26 PM ET
By Matt Kalman | ESPNBoston.com

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

[+] EnlargeJohnny Boychuk
AP Photo/Michael DwyerJohnny Boychuk is treated on the ice after being hit by Vancouver Canucks' Mikael Samuelsson's slap shot during the first period Saturday.

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.

Matt Kalman

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade.

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