15 Jun 2011

Canucks star faces lengthy spell on the sideline

8:32 am on 15 June 2011

The Vancouver Canucks forward Mason Raymond will miss Game Seven of the Stanley Cup NHL finals and is expected to be out for up to four months after fracturing a vertebrae in yesterday's game.

Raymond sustained the injury in the first minute of the contest, which the Boston Bruins won 5-2 to force a decisive seventh game on Thursday, and Vancouver officials confirmed he faced a lengthy recovery.

Raymond was hurt 20 seconds into the game when he got pushed backwards into the boards by Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk while he was bent at the waist.

Raymond stayed down on the ice for several minutes before being helped off the ice and taken to a Boston hospital.

The speedy winger had two goals and six assists in 24 playoff games this year, In the regular season he recorded 15 goals and 24 assists in 70 games.