Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk will not require surgery for the fractured orbital bone he suffered after being hit in the face with a puck, but will be out of action seven to 10 days, according to coach Claude Julien.
So Boychuk will not play until after the upcoming Olympic break.
"He’s very lucky. A quarter-inch the other way and it could have been a lot, lot worse," Julien told reporters Sunday afternoon in Montreal, where his team will take on the Canadiens.
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. He was bloodied and helped off the ice by teammates Blake Wheeler and Zdeno Chara.
In 31 games, Boychuk has posted 2-7--9 totals for the Bruins this season.