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Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was back on the ice Wednesday, a sign he passed all the tests to determine if he was symptom free from the “mild” concussion he suffered from a hit by Ottawa’s Chris Neil on Saturday.

“The protocol is always about going from one step to another and he was on the ice so I’m saying he did because they’re not just going to throw him on the ice,” head coach Claude Julien told reporters after Wednesday’s practice. “He has to go through the protocol so he’s moving forward with it.”

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The team hopes to know more about Boychuk Thursday, when the Bruins host the New Jersey Devils. Julien would not say if the defenseman would be back in the lineup for the game, but did not rule it out either.

“When they tell me he is ready to play, he’s ready to play,” said the B’s coach. “Right now we’re doing the things to make sure he doesn’t have a setback.”

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“We take the cautious approach to those kinds of things and we don’t want to lose him for a long time because we took shortcuts or whatever. It’s going through the protocol and going day-by-day. So he’s feeling better and we’re moving forward with him.”

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