BOSTON (CBS) – It did not look good when it happened, but Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuck is expected to be OK after a hit to the boards in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Boychuck was hit from behind mid-way through the third period by Tampa Bay winger Steve Downie. Boychuck did not see the hit coming, and was unable to brace himself for the contact. His head hit the glass, and Boychuck sat out for the remainder the Bruins 3-1 win.

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“Johnny’s fine,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the game. “(I) Haven’t had an opportunity to look at it. I haven’t watched the video yet. I know some people have and from what I hear, it’s not a great hit. But I’ll maybe reserve my comments a bit more for after I see it.”

Downie received a boarding penalty on the play.

Every game of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Bruins and Lightning can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub with pregame coverage beginning 60 minutes before each game with the Dunkin Donuts Bruins Pregame show.

  1. Craig says:

    Steve Downie should be suspended 1 game for that hit from behind. That’s the same kind of hit Matt Cooke would try and pull. This guy shouldn’t just get the boarding penalty.

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