BOSTON - Bruins coach Claude Julien said defenceman Johnny Boychuk is expected to be sidelined up to a week two days after being taken off the ice on a stretcher.
Julien said he'd likely miss "three to seven days" with back spasms after undergoing tests on Friday.
Boychuk was taken from the ice on a stretcher and sent to a hospital after a first-period hit from behind by Montreal forward Max Pacioretty in Thursday's loss to the Canadiens. Pacioretty was given two-minutes for boarding.
Boychuk travelled home with the team after the game and underwent an MRI, which showed no fractures.
Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.
— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild