The Boston Bruins receive a very specific type of play from Johnny Boychuk, which Erik Cole and Vernon Fiddler of the Dallas Stars figured out the hard way tonight. He’s a physical force to be reckoned with, and he made his return Stars after missing some time. You wouldn’t know if by the high level of compete he brought to the first period though.
Cole needs to keep his head up on that play, but that’s neither here nor there. Twitter erupted as Boychuk trucked Cole, got up and tackled the oncoming Fiddler, who took exception to the hit.
Forget Thor. That series reminds us of something that would happen in the WWE. Stone Cold Steve Austin, anyone?
Ironically, Boychuk only served two minutes on the play, while Fiddler took two minutes for instigating. The only thing it looks like he initiated with Boychuk is an opening to get put on his own can.
This highlights a rather obnoxious and growing trend of players sticking up for teammates after they get leveled with clean checks though. Sometimes hits are questionable, but this exchange between Boychuk and Cole isn’t one of them. Cole was looking down at the puck and didn’t realize that there was a freight train coming his way.
(h/t to the Sporting News for the GIF)