The Boston Bruins are breathing a giant sigh of relief now that they have learned Johnny Boychuk’s MRI revealed no injuries to his back, only lingering muscle spasms.
Coach Claude Julien spoke about the key blue-liner, saying, “Johnny’s doing better. We dodged a major bullet there.” It’s a major bullet indeed, considering Boychuk has been a staple along the Boston backend for a few years now. He serves as an essential piece to their defensive success.
Knowing that Boychuk could not breathe nor move following the crushing hit administered on him by Montreal’s Max Pacioretty, it’s amazing that if he continues to take steps forward, he’ll miss just three to seven days of action.
Boychuk will not skate this weekend, as the Bruins have two tilts slated against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. He’ll travel with his teammates and likely participate at some point during the Bruins upcoming four-game roadie.
Boston luckily has plenty of defensive depth and should be able to respectably fill the void until his return.