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Krejci calls high-stick hit a 'gutless move'

BOSTON -- A nasty red welt now covers about a quarter of the area above David Krejci's left cheek thanks to the butt end of Tomas Plekanec's stick.

And as far as the Bruins center is concerned, the incident didn't end with the whistle that stopped play in the third period Friday night at Bell Centre. The hit occurred right after a faceoff, and the Canadiens forward might have actually landed two shots.

Krejci tried to challenge Plekanec after the whistle, but he was rebuffed. In addition to Plekanec's high-sticking penalty, the two players received unsportsmanlike conduct minors. Krejci says he has no idea what precipitated Plekanec's hit because there were no words exchanged.

"I don't care about suspended, but he should stick up for [himself]," Krejci said before Saturday night's game with Toronto at TD Garden. "But he didn't do it. He did what he did and he just left. He didn't respond or anything. So I think it's a gutless move. And we'll play them again this year, so we'll see what happens."

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed to ESPNBoston.com that he has been in contact with the NHL offices about the hit and the league is reviewing it.

Boychuk in for Hunwick

For the first time this season, defenseman Matt Hunwick will watch from the press box against Toronto. Johnny Boychuk, just recalled from a conditioning stint with Providence (AHL), will take the rookie's spot.

"I think Matt hasn't played as well as he'd like to and as well as we know he can," said coach Claude Julien. "It's more one of those things that we have to work with him. He's really trying, he's just struggling a little bit with his confidence. Somewhere along the way you've got to give a guy that deserves it a chance to play as well."

Boychuk scored one goal in two games with the P-Bruins, including Friday night's 10-shot effort against Portland.

"It was actually pretty good to get in a couple games. And we won both. There were a couple plays I wish I didn't do. But I hadn't played in a while, so I guess that's acceptable," said Boychuk.