I was at the Bruins game on Halloween night, and I saw Johnny Boychuk go into the boards. Boychuk got up shakily and never returned the game. “He got hurt when he crashed into the boards and I think everybody saw that, so right now he wasn’t able to come back and from what my trainers have told me.” said coach Claude Julien said following the game.
With Boychuk’s incapacitation, the Bruins had to shift to a five man rotation, and those defensemen racked up some impressive minutes. Dennis Seidenberg racked up nearly twenty five minutes of on ice time. Zdeno Chara put up nearly thirty, and still had enough in the tank to make the late tie goal in the third period.
The good news is that Johnny Boychuk has been updated to a “day to day” status. It’s likely he’ll make the trip to New York. Whether he plays in the game against the Islanders or not will be a game time decision for the Bruins. Best guess is that Boychuk will watch the game from the press box and Matt Bartkowski will get the nod to be on the blueline tonight. It’s good to see that Boychuk’s injury isn’t that severe.
There is more good news coming out from the trainers in Boston. Loui Eriksson has been out of the lineup since October 23rd. He was leveled by a head shot delivered by John Scott. He has been listed as out indefinitely, and while that status has not changed he has been cleared to resume training in Boston. Eriksson passed an exertion test and has been given clearance to start working out.
“So that’s still a day to day process and whether he keeps moving forward or whether we have to hold him back, we’ll only know one day at a time.” offered Julien. Still, it’s good to see two good players getting on the road to be back on the ice for Boston.