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Video: Bruins’ Boychuk fights after leveling Leafs’ Grabovski

May 1, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

Emotionally speaking, Wednesday was a really rough evening for plenty of Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-1 Game 1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Mikhail Grabovski might feel the worst physically, however. He suffered from a questionable Andrew Ference elbow and also this big hit from Johnny Boychuk, who dropped the gloves soon afterward:

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Grabovski played through the pain, though.

  1. sabatimus - May 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Clean hit by Boychuck; suspendable cross-check to the numbers into the boards by Orr.

    • no - May 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      and we’re just DYING to know what team you’re rooting for…

      • nunan - May 1, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        Nothing he said was false. Pretty clear what team you root for…

      • dentals1 - May 1, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        Bruins fan here. If that was the other way around I would be pissed if a Bruin was suspended for that. For better or worse this happens every time someone gets leveled clean or dirty. Not suspension worthy.

      • no - May 1, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        the Blackhawks?

    • bbgraf08 - May 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Bruins fan–obvious clean hit.

      Ference’s not so much.


  2. mz1394 - May 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Hit was clean

  3. kgun80 - May 1, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Clean hit.. Nice hit!! Playoff intensity!! he’s gotta stay aware when going into the corners or this will be the result. The crosscheck at the end was definitely dangerous and stupid. I have no problem with retaliating that’s the best part about playoff hockey. You have at least 4 games to run the other team into the ground. And I’m a Sabres fan so I’m not partial.. I hate both of these teams equally.

  4. theagitator1691 - May 1, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    When exactly does Boychuck drop the gloves?

  5. columbiannecktie - May 2, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I absolutely despise how Russian players dive, stay down, and writhe on the ice to try to draw penalties. These are elite athletes covered head to toe in pads playing the most physically demanding and fast paced game in the world, but you graze their chin with the blade of a 1 lb hockey stick or shove them into the boards and you’d think they were just gutted with a bayonet or thrown from a building. Datsyuk is the only one of them who has a pair of balls.

    • thesableo - May 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Meh, it’s not just Russian players. Americans, Canadians, other Europeans. I could point out a hundred guys on other teams that do it, but as a Bruins fan I have to be honest: Tyler Seguin has pulled that crap so many times this year. He’s going to stop getting calls, soon.
      I actually noticed Soderberg doing it badly when he first came over from Sweden, so maybe it is more common in Europe. Who knows, I’ve never seen a major European league game.

      • columbiannecktie - May 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        I agree players of all nationalities are guilty, but I’ve noticed it more in Russian players.

    • thesableo - May 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Well, Soderberg was diving, not necessarily faking injury. But it’s all the same crap.

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