For whatever reason, it seems like whenever the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens meet out on the ice, bad things happen. The latest victim of this apparent curse was Johnny Boychuk, who was stretchered off the ice during the first period of a hotly contested and important matchup between the B’s and Habs.
With the puck circling back behind the net, Boychuk went to fetch it. He was contested by Max Pacioretty, who gave the defender a mild shove to the back. Boychuk fell awkwardly into the boards, and left the contest on a stretcher. Here’s a look at the play.
While some Boston fans cried foul on social media outlets, Bruins head coach Claude Julian spoke to Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe about the incident and had this to say:
I think it was deserving of a two-minute penalty. When I looked at it, it was. I’m being honest here. I don’t think it was more than that. I think it was the way he went into the boards that did most of the damage. I don’t think it was from the severity of the hit. We have to be honest if we’re going to clean up this game. To turn around and say that it should have been a game, suspension, I don’t think so.
Big kudos go out to Julian for shooting straight and from the hip.
Meanwhile, Boychuk has been cleared to travel back to Boston with the team according to various sources.
Johhny Boychuk will travel with the team tonight. #bruins
— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) December 6, 2013
The team has offered no further updates on the severity of the injury.