Canucks' Mason Raymond out 3-4 months after check

By the Associated Press | June 14, 2011 | 1:30 PM EDT

Vancouver Canucks' Sami Salo (6) and Chris Higgins, right, check on Mason Raymond (21), who was hit hard into the boards by Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk during the first period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in Boston, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canucks forward Mason Raymond will be out three to four months with a fractured vertebrae after being checked into the boards during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The team said in a statement Tuesday that Raymond sustained a "vertebrae compression fracture" on Monday night. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk rode him into the boards 20 seconds into Boston's 5-2 victory that forced a decisive Game 7 Wednesday night in Vancouver.

Raymond lay on the ice for several minutes before being helped off and taken to the hospital on a stretcher. No penalty was called on the play.