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06/14/2011 - 4:06pm
Raymond (vertebrae) out 3-4 months
By: DJ Bean

The Canucks announced Tuesday that forward Mason Raymond sustained a vertebrae compression fracture in his first-period collision with Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals and will be out for three to four months.

Raymond remained on his stomach after the play and was taken to the hospital. He had no points and was a minus-3 in the finals vs. Boston and finished the playoffs with two goals and six assists for eight points and a minus-1 rating. 

With Raymond out, forward Jeff Tambellini should return to the lineup after sitting the last three games in favor of Tanner Glass.

For more on the Stanley Cup finals, visit

06/14/2011 - 3:16pm
Lineup: Crawford returns to Tropicana Field

Carl Crawford makes his return to Tropicana Field Tuesday night, hitting sixth and playing left field with James Shields on the mound for the Rays. J.D. Drew has had some of the best success against the Tampa Bay pitcher, hitting .350 in 46 at-bats against the starter.

The Red Sox lineup in the series opener is as follows:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Carl Crawford LF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

J.D. Drew RF

Marco Scutaro SS

Tim Wakefield P 

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at


06/14/2011 - 1:52pm
Raymond has vertebrae fracture

According to a media release posted on the Vancouver Canucks' official Twitter account, forward Mason Raymond suffered a vertebrae compression fracture, suffered during the first period of the Bruins' Game 6, 5-2 win over the Canucks Monday night at TD Garden.

The injury occurred 20 seconds into the game when Raymond was hit by the Bruins Johnny Boychuk, who sent the Canucks' forward careening backwards into the boards. Raymond was helped off the ice before being transported to a hospital.

Raymond, who doesn't have a point in the finals, is expected to be facing 3-4 months of recovery time.

For more Bruins coverage, see the team page at

06/14/2011 - 12:41pm
Kluzak on M&M: Marchand is X-factor

NESN hockey analyst Gord Kluzak talked to the Mut & Merloni show Tuesday at noon following the Bruins 5-2 win over the Canucks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. But of course, that big win means there will be a Game 7 Wednesday night, and that has been and will be the big topic on everyone's mind until the scoreboard finally reads 0:00 on the hockey season. The biggest key for the Bruins, according to Kluzak, will be their ability to stay aggressive against the Canucks despite playing in Vancouver.

"Some of it's Vancouver and how much differently they play at home, but I think the Bruins need to be more aggressive. They need to really have that killer instinct right away in Vancouver the way they have in the Garden. Clearly, the fans are pumped up, they're pumped up when they're playing at the Garden. ... I just think they need to do the same thing in Vancouver. They need to pretend they're on Causeway Street and go right after the Canucks....

06/14/2011 - 10:12am
Emrick on D&C: Edge to B's in Game 7

NBC and Versus hockey play-by-play announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick called in to the Dennis & Callahan show on his way from Boston to Vancouver for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, and the veteran voice of hockey talked about how he thought the first six games had transpired. 

"It's pretty wacky, that's for sure," Emrick said. "It's the most penalized series in 20 years. I saw all those misconducts flying, and I thought, 'Gee I don't think I've seen this many,' and I had to go back to '91 to Pittsburgh and Minnesota to see anything that was like this."

With both teams holding serve at home thus far in the playoffs, it seems the automatic choice would be to pick the Canucks to win Game 7 and the Cup that comes with it in Vancouver. Emrick, though, said he would give Boston the advantage based on their play behind their own blue line.

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