Raymond taken to the hospital
Winger injured after collision
Left wing Mason Raymond left TD Garden on a stretcher last night after getting injured in an awkward collision with Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk and the left cornerboards of the Bruins’ defensive zone just 21 seconds into the game.
Raymond, who was checked while leaning forward at the waist, went into the boards backward and dropped to the ice. After several minutes, he was helped off and taken to the locker room. Raymond was propped up by teammates Chris Higgins and Ryan Kesler, who held his elbows and pushed him past the bench and through the exit tunnel.
The nature of the injury was not disclosed. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
With Raymond out, the Canucks were forced to change their line combinations. First-liner Alex Burrows skated with with Kesler and Higgins on several shifts. Jannik Hansen and Manny Malhotra also subbed in.
Wiped out Hansen nearly pulled the Canucks within two goals at 3:17 of the third period, when he took a feed from Henrik Sedin behind the net and snapped a quick shot at Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.
The play was initially ruled a goal, but a video review confirmed the puck hit the left post and bounced out, never crossing the goal line, and the goal was disallowed.
Hardly special The Canucks went 1 for 6 on the power play and are 2 for 31 in this series (6.5 percent) after scoring on the PP at a 24.3 percent rate in the regular season.
They were 3 for 5 on the penalty kill, again a drop from their regular-season success rate of 85.6 percent.
Seven again The Canucks will play in a Game 7 for the 11th time in franchise history. There are 6-4 in Games 7s and 4-2 on home ice. This is their second Game 7 in a Stanley Cup Final; they lost in 1994 to the Rangers (3-2) in New York.
Off from the start Of last night’s sorry start, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said, “The [first] few games our first period was good; tonight it wasn’t. The rest of the game we were pretty good and I liked our resiliency, but you can’t win games when you get off to starts like that.’’
Malhotra said the Canucks knew the Bruins would feed off the energy of the home crowd. “Obviously, not the start we hoped for,’’ he said.
Neither Bieksa nor Malhotra placed blame on goalie Roberto Luongo, who was pulled after allowing three goals in the first 8:35.
“We want to talk about being a team all year long,’’ said Malhotra. “This is no time to start pointing fingers. We came in here as a team. To a man, we could have been better. It’s on all of us but we look forward to Game 7.’’