MONTREAL – The Bruins won’t be looking for any suspension for the Canadiens' Max Pacioretty as a result of the incident with Johnny Boychuk in the first period on Thursday night.
The Montreal forward was tagged with a boarding minor just 4:28 into the game as Boychuk was being wheeled off the ice on a stretcher with a back injury. Pacioretty returned to the game and scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win for Montreal at the Bell Centre.
Ardent pom-pom wavers for the Black and Gold might have been crying for Pacioretty to be booted out of the game after the hit to Boychuk in a vulnerable spot on the ice, but after the game coach Claude Julien said he thought justice had been served.
“I think it was deserving of a two-minute penalty,” said Julien, who has made a career of being honest on hits both for and against his team as a coach. “I’m being honest here. I don’t think it was more than that.
“I think it was the way he went into the boards that did most of the damage. I don’t think it was from the severity of the hit. We have to be honest if we’re going to clean up this game. To turn around and say that it should have been a game, suspension, I don’t think so.”
Boychuk was able to reunite with the team for the flight back to Boston and it doesn’t appear there will be any additional discipline from the NHL for Pacioretty beyond the penalty already served.