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Vancouver's Raymond out 3 months with fractured vertebrae

The report is out, and it's not good for Vancouver's Mason Raymond.

The Canucks forward will be out three to four months with a fractured vertebrae after he was checked into the boards during Game Six of the Stanley Cup finals.

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

In other news:

*Vancouver's Daniel Sedin tells the Vancouver Sun: "It's enough with the blaming and all that. We lose as a team and win as a team, and we're going to win Game Seven."

*The Ottawa Senators have a new coach, and new philosophy. Paul MacLean, an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings the past five years, was hired today by a team that failed to make the playoffs two of the last three seasons.

"I think it's important in the NHL today that the coach and players communicate," MacLean said at a news conference. "Communication with the players is important in empowering them and having them invest in what you're trying to do and what you're trying to accomplish. It's not me against them. It's us - the Ottawa Senators - against the rest of the league."

---John Vogl

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