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Boychuk had to be helped off the ice midway through the final period Tuesday night after a leg-on-leg collision with Pittsburgh forward Arron Asham and did not return. He walked out of the dressing room on his own after the game and told reporters he felt “good,” but was unsure if he would participate in Wednesday’s practice.
Head coach Claude Julien did not have much information on the injury after the game, but is hoping for the best with only two games remaining until the playoffs.
“Those kind of injuries, you’ve got to kind of let the night go by and the next day you get a better idea,” Julien said. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed right now that it’s not bad news, so that’s all we can hope for right now. He got hit on the side of the leg. It could be a variety of things in that area, but he didn’t feel too bad.”
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“So we’re going to reevaluate him tomorrow and then probably get a clear idea of what his situation is.”
“Three games left, now two, you don’t want to see anyone get hurt, especially not a guy like him who plays a big role on this team,” said forward Milan Lucic. “Hopefully he’s going to get through whatever injury he has. He’s one of the tougher guys that I know, so he’s going to do whatever he can to make sure that he is right.”
Paired with Zdeno Chara on the blue line, Boychuk has 15 points in 77 games this season.