By Joe Haggerty
TAMPA, Fla. -- Johnny Boychuk suffered no long-term affects from the hit he took from Tampa Bay's Steve Downie in Game 5 on Monday night, and should be fine for Game 6 on Wednesday.
Downie was assessed a two-minute minor penalty for hitting the B's defenseman from behind and knocking his head into the glass.
Boychuk looked woozy after the hit, but returned to the bench in the final minutes of the game -- a sign he was feeling okay.
A hockey source confirmed to CSNNE.com on Tuesday morningthat the Bruins defenseman is "100 percent fine" and feeling good, and Boychuk said later in the afternoon he was ready to go in Game 6. I was a little foggy, but then after I got off the ice I was totally fine, said Boychuk during media availability at the team hotel in Tampa. Even when I was on the ice I just wanted to make sure I was OK before I tried to skate.Joe Haggerty can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.
*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.
*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.
*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.
*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.
*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.
*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.
*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.