Boychuk On Toucher & Rich: Keeping Bruins’ Rookie D-Men Focused
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BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich from New York on Tuesday morning as the B’s prepare for Game 3 against the New York Rangers.
The Bruins own a 2-0 series lead after putting up five goals against Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist — including Boychuk’s third of the postseason.
But despite the offensive output on Sunday, the Bruins are expecting Lundqvist and the Rangers to play a lot better now that the series shifts to New York.
“He’s a really good goaltender, we might have just gotten lucky and gotten a couple good screens on him,” Boychuk said. “We know tonight it’s not going to be that way and can’t look back on that. He’s one of the best goaltenders in the world, he’s going to come out battling and so is their team.”
The Bruins have relied on a trio of rookie defensemen with injuries sidelining veteran Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden. Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton have all filled in nicely in the first two games, but Boychuk and the other veteran blue-liners will keep them level-headed on Tuesday as they experience their first playoff game away from the friendly confines of the TD Garden.
“You have to be focused and be aware of who’s on the ice, because we’re going to be trying to match up lines. We have to make good changes, not bad ones,” said Boychuk. “They know we can’t get too high because you have to respect your opponent, especially this team. They have big bodies that can score and have great goaltending, so we have to keep them level.”
Boychuk also talks about the bumps and bruises of the postseason, Rangers head coach John Tortorella, and gives an interesting take on his scoring prowess in the postseason: