Boychuk diagnosed with mild concussion


Boychuk diagnosed with mild concussion

BOSTON -- Johnny Boychuk has officially been diagnosed with a mild concussion now that the NHL trade deadline is over, and the Bs defenseman will miss some time with the injury.

The 28-year-old defenseman was rocked by a clean, devastating Chris Neil hit in the third period of Saturday nights 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators, and has been experiencing concussion symptoms since that point.

Peter Chiarelli officially revealed the diagnosis following Mondays passing of the trade deadline, but made it seem that the club doesnt expect the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder to be out of commission for long. Even so the Bs now have Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon in the fold, though Chiarelli also cautioned that Zanon might not physically be in Boston by Tuesday night for the game vs. the Senators.

Either way it appears Boychuk wont be playing with another concussion for a member of the Bs. His symptoms were alternately described as being a little foggy and having headaches over the last couple of days, so the Bruins are opting for caution and patience with their hard-hitting blueliner.

Johnny has a concussion. Its a mild concussion. Weve basically put together the concussion-type symptoms, said Chiarelli. But Boychuks injury didnt play into the trades. What Ive seen over my time in hockey is that defensemen can drop like flies. They really can.

You can never have enough defensemen. We felt we wanted to have eight NHL defensemen in the mix and that was the blueprint I was working on.

It would appear to be a lock that Mottau will be skating for his hometown Bruins tomorrow night against the Senators in a key Northeast Division tilt, but Boychuks return isnt believed to be far off for the Black and Gold. Claude Julien indicated on Monday morning that there's been no tangible progress in Nathan Horton's recovery and he's not close to getting back on the ice again soon.

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

BOSTON -- There’s only so long that a team can hope to thrive, or even survive, in the NHL if they’re constantly chasing the game on the scoreboard, and chasing the puck after digging themselves a hole. The Bruins have been that team in the first couple of weeks during the regular season, and made it five times in five games that they’ve given up the game’s first goal in an eventual 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.

It’s a pattern that is long past getting old to Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who can’t seem to play the front-runner this season despite three comebacks that have allowed for a 3-2-0 record overall this season.

“I hope it’s not a habit. It’s certainly not what we’re looking for, but there’s no doubt. I think it’s pretty obvious that with the amount of games we’ve played, five games, we haven’t scored first,” said Julien. “We talked about that this morning, trying to get that first goal, and it hasn’t happened yet.”

The start to the game wasn’t really the problem on Saturday night as it’s been a couple of times this season. Instead the Bruins enjoyed a handful of quality scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes against the Habs, but couldn’t come through and finish off those plays when it might have meant an early lead.

Instead it lead to what Julien termed a “terrible” second period that was flat, full of mistakes and ended with the B’s trailing Montreal by a couple of goals. The Bruins scratched and clawed their way to making it a one-goal game in the third period, but that was as close as the Black and Gold would get in losing their ninth straight home game to the arch-rival Canadiens.

“It’s kind of been a story about how things are going for us this far, we’ve got to find a way to start playing with a lead. If you don’t capitalize on your chances, you see what happens when you come out [flat] in the second period,” said Torey Krug, who finished a game-worst minus-3 in the loss for the Bruins. “We had another poor second period and you know it’s kind of… you got to make sure that we put our hand on that and it doesn’t become a thing for the team this year. You see that when you don’t capitalize on chances early, that’s what’s going to happen.”

It’s been a positive development that the Bruins have shown the willingness and backbone to fight back into games after early deficits, and they showed that quality once again on Saturday night by scoring a couple of goals in the third period to keep things close. But the Bruins would be best served if they can start lighting the lamp a little earlier in these games, and see how the other half lives by playing with a comfortable lead every once in a while.