Boychuk won't need surgery

Updated: February 7, 2010, 4:43 PM ET
By Matt Kalman |

Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk will not require surgery for the fractured orbital bone he suffered after being hit in the face with a puck in Saturday's game against the Vancouver Canucks, but he will be out of action seven to 10 days, according to coach Claude Julien.


That means Boychuk will not play until after the upcoming Olympic break.

"He's very lucky. A quarter-inch the other way and it could have been a lot, lot worse," Julien told reporters Sunday afternoon in Montreal, where his team was playing the Canadiens.

Boychuk was hit in the left side of the head with a slap shot by 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.

In 31 games for the Bruins this season, Boychuk has two goals and seven assists.

Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for

Matt Kalman

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Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for 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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