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Video- Johnny Boychuk Hit On Mason Raymond Tonight

Mason needed assistance to get off the ice.

added 9:11pm, Mason has been transported on a stretcher to a local Boston hospital.

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trying to figure out why he was grabbing his face.  Saw it hit Boychucks knee but nothing about that play looked dirty, whole thing looked awkward though.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/13/11 at 10:11 PM ET

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That was the look of grief over ligamnet damage or similar.

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 06/13/11 at 10:21 PM ET

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He almost reacted like it was some type of internal injury… Ruptured spleen?

Posted by Eric H. on 06/13/11 at 10:23 PM ET

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That just looked like a very awkward play.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/13/11 at 11:19 PM ET

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Strange hit. Don’t know why he’d need a stretcher. I don’t think that’s illegal, but it looked very, very uncomfortable.

Posted by steviesteve on 06/13/11 at 11:55 PM ET

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That was a hit worse than on Horton. Raymond never touched the puck, and was in very awkward position. Boychuk “finished” the illegal check by driving him into the boards keeping him in the awkward position. The puck was at the blue line when he hit the boards. There could be broken/separated pelvis. He may play again, if operations and therapy works, or his career is over.

That is as bad a hit as I have ever seen that was intended to injure.

Posted by larryo from deep south on 06/14/11 at 01:46 AM ET

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Get a grip, Larryo. If that was as bad a hit as you’ve ever seen then one can only assume that not only was this was the very first game you’ve ever watched but that you also immediately turned off the TV after that hit….

Posted by really? on 06/14/11 at 02:27 AM ET

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If he’s upright going into that corner, this isn’t even a discussion.

It was an awkward play, and an awkward way to go in the boards. Boychuk could’ve let up but, again, if he was upright and finished the hit, it would’ve been just another hockey play.

Just have to hope that Raymond’s ok. He looked terrible going off the ice, and the fact that he left the building on a stretcher makes me wonder about the precautions the on-ice medical staff possibly should have taken.

Posted by DrewB from Holland, MI on 06/14/11 at 03:16 AM ET

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Boychuk knew he had Raymond in a totally vulnerable position when he piled him into the boards.  The ref was 10 feet away but about 5 times closer than the puck when Raymond was held down and driven backwards into the boards.  That was no awkward “tangle”.  That was clear intent to injure that was more deliberate and successful than the hit on Horton, ignored by the refs, and cheered wildly by Boston fans.

Posted by dido from Canada on 06/14/11 at 04:04 AM ET

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Was inclined to say it was just an awkward play til I noticed the stick positioning. Boychuk doesn’t go for the puck, if he was his stick would have been on the ice. Instead he puts his stick between Raymonds leg and spins him into that awkward position before driving him into the boards. Dirty play, and can’t help but feel like it was intentional since he was all smiles and the trainer was patting him on the back on the bench.

Posted by bob on 06/14/11 at 06:19 AM ET

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Take the injury right of the result.  There was no puck and there was a hit.  Should be a penalty don’t know whey the league chooses to completely disregard rules in the SCF.  If a puck gets shot over the glass in the D zone then it’s a penalty no matter where we are in the season.  Should be the same way with Interference.

Our sport has the least amount of consistency with its officiating.

Posted by pkkieffer on 06/14/11 at 09:33 AM ET

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the puck went right between them…two guys fighting for the puck, get tangled, and Boychuck in no way “drove” him into the boards, and I must have missed the Bruins fans cheering the hit…cause I don’t hear it. I dont know how that could be intent to injure cause that could have easily ended up with no damage to anyone…

but since it happened to a Canadian team IT MUST BE A CRIME!

Posted by pstumba on 06/14/11 at 11:36 AM ET

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@ pstumba:  It’s not a crime because it’s a Canadian team, it’s a dirty play because it was an illegal play.  Anybody familiar with a can opener can see what happened here.  I agree the puck was in play for the players, so, a check would have been legal, but, it wasn’t a check.  Having watched the replay multiple times from different angles, here is the sequence I see. 

-Boychuk’s stick was not used to get the puck, it was clearly, and intentional put between Raymond’s legs to put him off balance.
-Boychuk pulled in close and used his body weight, combined with the stick between the legs, to spin Raymond around. 
- He then removed his stick from between his legs, put both hands on Raymond’s back, and pushed him down and a few feet into the boards in the vulnerable position he caused using his stick

Putting your stick between a players legs to throw them off balance is clearly not a legal hit. 
Also, how is putting both your hands on a players back when they are already hunched down and pushing them into the boards a check?
Technically, legal checks involve the hip or shoulders, and not hands or elbow.

This was an intentional illegal play that resulted in a major injury.  The only difference from the Rome hit is that it was sneaky and not as obvious.

Posted by jonnowashere on 06/14/11 at 01:17 PM ET

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The attempts by Canuck fans to warp this random little hockey play into some heinous penalty are pretty funny. Here’s a suggestion; If you have to analyze a two second hockey play like Jim Garrison dissecting the Zapruder film in order to tease out some semblance of a penalizability, then you’re probably reaching…

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/14/11 at 01:30 PM ET

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