Boychuk exits Pens loss with suspected knee injury


Boychuk exits Pens loss with suspected knee injury

The Bruins were hoping and praying they could simply stay healthy until the playoffs got going, but that might not be possible now.

The Bs are hopeful, but a potentially damaging injury appeared to take place in the third period of Tuesday nights 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins when Johnny Boychuks left knee buckled after throwing a hit on Pens grinder Arron Asham. It looked like a simple, clean hit like so many that the rugged Boychuk has thrown in the past, but this team his knee moved while his skate didnt while planted firmly on the ice.

The notoriously tough Boychuk went down in a heap, and had to be assisted off the ice by Chris Kelly and Brian Rolston while putting little weight on the left leg. He walked out of the TD Garden without the aid of crutches, but it appeared that Boychuk was walking with a significant limp as he navigated his way down the hall.

When asked if he was okay he simply said he was fine. When asked if hed be at practice on Wednesday he flashed his trademark grin and said maybe.

While it certainly looked like it could be an MCL or ACL issue in his left knee, Claude Julien remained hopeful that the Bruins had dodged another injury bullet while noting that Boychuk didnt appear to be in too much discomfort.

With those kinds of injuries, youve got to kind of let the night go by and the next day you get a better idea, said Claude Julien. Were keeping our fingers crossed right now that its not bad news, so thats all we can hope for right now.

He got hit on the side of the leg. It could be a variety of things in that area, but he didnt feel too bad. Thats why I said when youre still warmed up you dont feel it as much as the next day. The next day you get a better idea. So were going to re-evaluate him tomorrow and then probably get a clear idea of what his situation is.

A serious knee injury knocking Boychuk out for 4-6 weeks would be a major blow to Bostons postseason hopes, and would seriously compromise their plans along the blueline. It could force the Bruins to play Joe Corvo regularly in the postseason lineup when it appeared that things were trending toward the embattled defenseman starting the playoffs as a healthy scratch.

But more than anything else the Bruins would simply miss their No. 3 defenseman capable of big goals, heavy hits and playing 20-plus minutes a night in the playoffs when things start getting rough.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 


Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.