Boychuk expected to be ready for the playoffs

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Boychuk expected to be ready for the playoffs

Many feared the worst when Johnny Boychuks left knee buckled against the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week, but it appears the rugged blueliner wont be missing any playoff time.

Boychuk will sit out the final two regular season games with a mildly sprained left knee, but Claude Julien indicated that No. 55 will be ready to go when the postseason begins for the Bs on Thursday. Thats a huge win for the Bruins and Boychuk after many expected that he might some playoff time at the very least, or be out for the entire postseason if it was something that required surgery.

Instead the Bruins will get back a hard-hitting, big game defenseman capable of changing playoff games with his big shot or his bone-rattling hits, and a players that gives Boston a heavy 20 plus minutes per game on the ice.

Johnny is out today. We decided he wasnt going to play the rest of the regular season, said Claude Julien. But I dont see any reason right now why he shouldnt be ready for the start of the playoffs.

Boychuk hurt the left knee moving in for a hit on Arron Asham during the third period of Tuesday nights loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and needed to be helped off the ice when his knee buckled badly. But Boychuk was able to exit TD Garden without crutches following the game, and an MRI showed the injury to be a mild sprain rather than something more serious.

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