GLENDALE, AZ – Johnny Boychuk missed three games after crashing feet-first into the boards last weekend, and was happy to jump back into the lineup on Saturday night against the Coyotes.
Boychuk hopped right back onto the train with 22:58 of ice time for the Black and Gold in their 4-2 win over Phoenix at Jobing.com Arena, and he did his typical good job of filling up the stat sheet. Boychuk had four shot attempts, two registered hits and three blocked shots to go along with the large Cheshire Cat smile on his face getting back into the lineup.
“You’re watching the team play and you just want to get out there and help them,” said Boychuk. “They were doing a good job, obviously, but it’s not fun watching the game. It’s way better to be on the ice now that I’m back.”
The Bruins made room for Boychuk in the lineup by shipping Torey Krug up to the press box as a healthy scratch, and that allowed the team to continue mixing and matching defenseman pairings prior to the playoffs. He mostly played with Matt Bartkowski in a pairing that has been prevalent for most of the season, and looked his normal, hard-hitting and gritty self.
More than anything Boychuk was simply happy it was nothing more than a right ankle bruise after the scary collision into the boards with Patrick Dwyer. The video certainly looked it could have been a lot worse for him.
“I watched the video and it looked absolutely terrible,” said Boychuk. “I got a picture from Dougie Hamilton and it looked like I was a little ball going into the boards. I’m just glad everything is okay with me, and I’m back.”
Boychuk is most definitely back after essentially getting a week off to rehab the injury, and the Bruins are a far better team for it.