May 24th, 2011 by

Boychuk ‘fine’ after Downie’s chippy boarding

BOSTON — At the 10:54 mark of the third period, Tampa Bay Lightning antagonist/forward Steve Downie tattooed Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk behind the net of Tim Thomas.

Boychuk settled the puck behind the net and wrapped it around the left boards when Downie came barreling-in late on No. 55.

Boston’s bench boss didn’t see the replay of the incident, but did say Boychuk was doing just fine.

“Johnny  is fine. I haven’t had an opportunity to look at it, I haven’t watched the video yet. I know some people have, but from what I hear it’s not a great hit,” said head coach Claude Julein in his post game press conference. “I’ll maybe save my comments more for after I see it.”

Downie was sent to the box for a two-minute boarding call.

Boychuk, slow to get up, skated off the ice under his own will, but did not return to the game. He took a brief skate during the T.V. timeout, then watch the rest of the Bruins 3-1 win from the bench.




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  1. May 24, 2011
    Good thing. He gets little press but of great value.

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