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Bruins D Boychuk leaves ice on stretcher

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MONTREAL -- Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he was injured in Thursday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli later said Boychuk had movement in all extremities and was hospitalized for observation.

Boychuk was hurt 4:28 into the first period on a hit into the end boards by Montreal left winger Max Pacioretty. Boychuk's head struck the end boards, and Pacioretty received a two-minute minor for boarding.

The game was delayed for more than five minutes as medical personnel attended to Boychuk on the ice. He was conscious and talking.

Boychuk, 29, has one goal and five assists in 27 games this season. In six NHL seasons, all with the Bruins, Boychuk has 15 goals and 43 assists in 272 games.

The Edmonton, Alberta, native was a second-round draft pick by the Colorado Avalanche in 2002. He was acquired by Boston in a June 2008 trade that sent forward Matt Hendricks to Colorado.
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