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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Boychuk 'feeling fine' a day after hit

By Joe McDonald

TAMPA, Fla. -- Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was on the receiving end of a bad hit during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Monday night at Boston and had to leave the game midway through the third period. He did not return.

When the Bruins arrived here Tuesday afternoon, Boychuk met with the media and said he’s feeling fine.

With just less than 10 minutes to play in the third period, Boychuk was standing behind the Bruins’ net without the puck when Tampa Bay’s Steven Downie applied a blindside hit, with Boychuk’s head hitting the glass.

Boychuk was clearly stunned on the play and needed assistance off the ice by teammates Patrice Bergeron and Andrew Ference. He returned to the bench late in the game but did not play another shift. He did celebrate with his teammates after they defeated the Lightning 3-1.

“I saw the hit,” Boychuk said. “If it’s suspendable, the league will do it. I’m feeling fine and that’s the main thing.

“I was a little foggy then, but after I got off the ice I felt fine. When I was on the ice, I just wanted to make sure I was OK before I started to skate. I didn’t really want to fall,” he added with a big smile.