WILMINGTON, Mass. Johnny Boychuk missed Tuesday nights tilt against the Ottawa Senators with a mild concussion after taking a Chris Neil monster truck hit last weekend in Ottawa. But it appears as though Boychuk is on the mend.
A source close to Boychuk told CSNNE.com that the Bruins defenseman passed a stationary bike test on Tuesday that was designed to elevate his heart rate. He was expected to skate this morning on his own at Ristuccia Arena.
The 29-year-old defenseman might miss Thursdays game against the New Jersey Devils while the Bruins make sure that the cobwebs are clear, but it looks like Boychuk is going to be back much sooner than some expected.
Claude Julien had indicated all along that Boychuk was being considered day-to-day, and it looks like he's in line to make a quick return to the Bruins' lineup.
In the meantime, Boychuks absence gives the Bruins a chance to work Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon into the lineup. Zanon is expected to be ready to suit up for his first game Thursday night against the Devils in another potential Eastern Conference playoff preview.
Andrew Ference skated in Boychuks place alongside Zdeno Chara in Tuesday nights 1-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit.
Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer.
Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth.
"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."
Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter.
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