Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was taken to the hospital and was not scheduled to travel with the team to Montreal after the club’s 3-2 loss to Vancouver Saturday, according to head coach Claude Julien.
Boychuk was hit in the left side of the head with a slap shot from Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson during a first-period penalty kill. Boychuk did not return to the game.
The Bruins start a four-game road trip Sunday against the Canadiens. Julien said that if Boychuk cannot make it, defenseman Andrew Ference might be able to step in. Ference has been out since Jan. 5 with a groin injury and joined his teammates for practices last week. An extra defenseman could also be recalled from Providence (AHL), but Julien said that as of his postgame press conference there were no plans to do that.