Dupont on Boychuk hit: ‘Unfortunate consequence’

Dupont on Boychuk hit: ‘Unfortunate consequence’
December 6, 2013, 12:15 am
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A hit on Johnny Boychuk in the first period overshadowed a 2-1 loss by the Bruins to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Boychuk was taken off the ice on a stretcher and was then taken to a local hospital in Montreal and flew home with the team.

Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe joined Bob Neumeier and Mike Felger on "Uno Sports Tonight" to discuss the hit on Boychuk, which came when he was sent into the boards awkwardly by Montreal's Max Pacioretty behind the Canadiens net.

“It’s an unfortunate consequence but I didn’t think it was that bad a hit,” Dupont said. “We see bad hits every night. I don’t think it was necessarily with malice [by Pacioretty]. You never know those things. But just from the couple of replays I saw, bad consequence.”

Coming into the game, there was much hype between the two rivals, but the game seemed to have a different feeling to it after the hit on Boychuk.

“It brings you back to reality. What’s important? Guys health most of all,” Dupont said. “You take all the grudge matches and all of the BS that leads up to it and then you see something that brings it right down to humanity, that takes it out of both teams.”