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Boychuk has “concussion symptoms” after massive Neil hit

Feb 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

As per Joe Haggerty of CSN New England: Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk missed practice on Monday and is currently listed as day-to-day with “concussion symptoms”.

That was the official diagnosis from B’s head coach Claude Julien after the defenseman absorbed a fierce hit from Ottawa’s Chris Neil on Saturday:

In a related move, the Bruins have recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk from AHL Providence. He could replace Boychuk, who is reportedly feeling “a little foggy” following the hit — given current concussion protocol, Boychuk may be held out of the lineup for Tuesday’s rematch against the Senators.

On Monday, Bodnarchuk skated on the third defensive pairing at practice alongside Adam McQuaid.

UPDATE: More from Haggerty on Boychuk’s condition:

It appears very unlikely that the ultra-durable Boychuk will be available for tomorrow night’s rematch against the Senators, but the B’s coaching staff hadn’t yet made that determination.

“With Johnny we’re dealing with post-concussion symptoms and he’s day-to-day,” said Julien. “But he’s already feeling much better.”

Both a source close to Boychuk and his own teammates seem to think his issue wasn’t a serious injury like the one that’s kept Nathan Horton out for over a month.

It’ll be interesting to see how Boychuk’s handled in light of Boston’s history with concussions. Patrice Bergeron missed almost a full year with a concussion, Marc Savard‘s career is potentially done because of one and Horton is out indefinitely with no timetable for return.

  1. mgp1219 - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Viscious, but clean hit. Hurry back Johnny!

  2. govtminion - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Good lord, what a hit! Hoping Boychuk is okay after that!

  3. govtminion2 - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Hahaha, just kidding I’m glad he’s hurt

    • homelanddefense - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:32 PM


    • bruins33 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      just because mommy and daddy didn’t pay any attention to you as a child doesn’t mean you have to take it out on the Bruins. It’s not their fault you are a miserable person living by yourself with no friends.

      • habsman - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        These incidents are coming back to bite the Bruins in the ass. Payback for all the crap they got away with (Greg and Colie) over the past two years. Nobody is going to feel sorry the Bruins so stop crying. They are getting exactly what they deserve and it looks good on them. Hopefully more to come.

      • bruins33 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        nobody’s crying here or looking for sympathy… injuries are part of the game.
        I just think it’s a little ridiculous to be happy to see professional hockey players get hurt, no matter what team they’re on.
        You both have some serious moral issues that you have to overcome. I wish you guys the best of luck.

      • crmgoodness - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        What a tired broken record you are habsman. It’s a shame being wrong time and time again doesn’t halt your unimaginative and boring refrain. As I showed you last time, the Bruins have been suspended more since Campbell joined the team, not less. I’m not shocked that you are celebrating an injury to another human being though. It just adds to you and your fandoms legendary smallness. Cue next post about “sucher” punchers and Karma. I can’t wait.

  4. interiorfan - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    I wonder if he’ll be out as long as Mason Raymond was out with his compression injury in his back? Karma is an interesting thing, isn’t it?

  5. spiciercheez - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    I liked how Neil faked being hurt so he didn’t have to answer to Chara haha

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