Friday, December 6, 2013

Boychuk injured in Bruins 2-1 loss to Montreal


Video showing the play where Canadiens Max Pacioretty hit Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk into the boards, injuring him.
The Bruins were beat tonight by the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 but the real story is the health of Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Early in the first period, Canadiens Max Pacioretty hits Bruins Johnny Boychuk into the boards, injuring him. Boychuk stayed down for a long time and was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital.

During the game, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli made a statement regarding Johnny Boychuk:
"Johnny Boychuk has been taken to Montreal General Hospital for observation, after being injured in Thursday's game against the Canadiens. Before he was transported to the hospital, he was able to demonstrate movement in all of his extremities. We will provide a further update when it is appropriate."
Source: bruins.nhl.com
After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Boychuk was returning to the Bell Centre and would travel back to Boston with the team. but "he's not out of the woods yet." Julien also talked about the hit: "For me, it was a two-minute penalty and that's it. It was a hit that was a bit from behind that deserved two minutes. It was probably just the way he went into the boards that gave us that result. But frankly, I don’t think it was anything more than that." Also, Max Pacioretty talked about it after the game: "I feel terrible. I've been in that situation before. As you can tell from my game right after that, it definitely rattled me a lot. I wish him nothing but the best." Source: nhl.com

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Gregory Campbell scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Canadiens Tomas Plekanec scored, tying the game 1-1. Also in the period, Bruins Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Canadiens Brandon Prust in an ok fight that looked to be a draw.

In the third period, Canadiens Max Pacioretty scored, making it 2-1 Canadiens.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 25 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 14-7-2 with a 1.90 GAA and a .934 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 33-27. The Canadiens led the game in hits 30-18, faceoff wins 41-32 and blocked shots 22-15. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Canadiens went 0-for-4.

Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 6 shots. Gregory Campbell and Matt Bartkowski led the Bruins with 4 hits each. Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Player notes
Jordan Caron, Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller were scratched for this game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 18-8-2 with 38 points and are 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston at 7pm ET.

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