Saturday, January 7, 2012
Canucks' Raymond happy to be healthy
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The last time Vancouver Canucks forward Mason Raymond played in Boston, he needed to be helped off the ice after he suffered a vertebrae compression fracture during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals last June at TD Garden.
In the opening seconds of the Bruins 5-2 win, Raymond was checked into the boards by Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk. There was no penalty on the play and Raymond was taken to the hospital and missed Game 7.
He also missed training camp and the start of this season and only returned to the lineup in early December.
“I am pleased where things are,” Raymond said. “The last time I was here it took me a long time to get from point A to point B, so I have come a long way and I’m pleased where I’m at.”
Raymond spent a few weeks in a cast. Boychuk sent Raymond a text message, wishing him well but the Bruins’ defenseman never received a response.
“But as long as he got it, that was my concern,” Boychuk said. “I’m just happy that he’s playing well and he’s back to normal.”