BOSTON (CBS) — Johnny Boychuk is as tough as they come, but even he has his limits.
The Bruins defenseman will not play Monday night vs. Minnesota as a result of the lingering effects to the painful series of events that he endured on Saturday afternoon.
Boychuk crashed into the end boards feetfirst in the third period after a light shove from behind by Patrick Dwyer. Boychuk struggled to get to his feet and needed help getting to the bench after the whistle.
Spectators feared the worst after the collision but were amazed to see Boychuk back on the ice for his very next shift. It was on that shift that Boychuk took a slap shot off his lower leg/ankle and again fell to the ice and struggled to get to the bench, where cameras caught him laughing at his own misfortune.
“It didn’t really feel great,” Boychuk said after the game. “I mean, after you get hit with a slap shot it’s more laughter I guess, because it’s just you can’t really do anything but laugh because you get it on the same side that it hurts so bad. You just have to laugh at it.”
The laughter has subsided though, and head coach Claude Julien announced Monday that Boychuk will be missing the game against the Wild. Boychuk is considered day-to-day.
Julien said that seven defenseman will dress for warmups, a group that will include Corey Potter, who was signed off waivers from Edmonton on trade deadline day.
Potter, 30, hasn’t played since Jan. 27 for the Oilers. He’s played in just 16 games this season, registering five assists without scoring a goal.
Julien has scratched one healthy defenseman from the regular rotation per game since the acquisition of Andrej Meszaros.