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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Boychuk says he's fine after jarring hit

By Brendan Hall

BOSTON -- Stopped as he was leaving the arena with teammate Tomas Kaberle, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk told ESPNBoston.com that he is fine after taking a late hit from Steve Downie midway through the third period that drew a boarding penalty.

Coach Claude Julien concurred.

“Johnny’s fine,” Julien said. “I haven’t had an opportunity to look at it, I haven’t watched the video yet. I know some people have. From what I hear, it’s not a great hit. I’ll maybe reserve my comments a bit more until after I see it."

Boychuk was clearly shaken by the hit. He was wobbly when he got to his feet and needed to be helped off the ice by teammates Andrew Ference and Patrice Bergeron, and by team trainers on his way to the dressing room. He did not return to the game.