BOSTON -- After reviewing Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk's second-period hit on Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews in the second period of Saturday night's Game 5, the NHL department of player safety decided that the hit didn't warrant any supplemental discipline on Sunday.
Bruins coach Claude Julien agreed with the league's decision.
"I think they said it was clean, wasn't it? Then I agree with them," Julien said Sunday afternoon. "I'm not going to hide from that. If it wasn't a clean hit, I'd have been a guy that supported those kind of things that we need to get out of the game. But it was a clean hit."
There were questions as to whether Boychuk targeted Toews' head on the play, but Boychuk defended his actions.
“I’m pretty sure it was clean,” Boychuk said. “He was cutting to the net, and I came across and read it and hit him. Tried to hit him clean. I’m going to try and play physical. If he’s going to drive the net, like he’s supposed to, I’m going to try and hit.”
Toews ended up missing the third period and is questionable for Game 6 with an upper body injury.