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Video: Johnny Boychuk levels Jonathan Toews

Jun 22, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

In Game 4, Johnny Boychuk showed off how hard he can fire a puck, scoring the 5-5 goal. On Saturday, he showed that he can deliver a vicious body check, as well.

The 29-year-old defenseman delivered this crushing hit on Jonathan Toews in the second period of Game 5:

Does Boychuk deserve supplementary discipline for that collision? He was not penalized for it during the game.

Update: Toews might be banged up like Bergeron because he hasn’t taken a regular shift in the third period yet.

  1. detroitcityy - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Laid out kid

  2. dt58 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Nice elbow/forearm shiver to the head. If that was Torres he’d be gone for numerous games

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM


    • princeton155 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Wouldn’t be surprised if league takes a look at that

      • wmbhockey - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        Doubt it..Shanahan doesn’t like the Hawks…

  3. esracerx46 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Toews is hurt so you know the leagues gonna give Boychuk a call.

  4. jkaflagg - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Whether the hit draws additional penalties or not….any player cutting directly into the slot has to expect to get racked, legally or otherwise; and against the Bruins it’s a 100% sure thing. Give Toews credit for guts but not for good sense if he’s hurt…..

    • wmbhockey - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      This is just like playing skills.. headhunting and interference all day long…

      • micasa81 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        Oh come on, if you insist on ragging on another team while yours is in the SCF (which is a puzzler in itself), at least pick insults that don’t betray your complete ignorance about other teams.

        Also, what does a van cover have to do with hockey, and why have you germanized this rare item into a single word?

  5. dt58 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Any player skating with his head down(Stoll) has to expect to be hit too…what happened with that one?

    • esracerx46 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      You expect to get hit…. not necessarily with two arms in the head though.

      • atteckus - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        Except it wasn’t his head, it was his shoulder.

    • wmbhockey - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Shanahan doesn’t have the guts to call this one….

  6. girouxed - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Officiating is the worst

    • Anoesis - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      It’s okay, they let Frolik’s trip go with 30 seconds left in the game.

  7. Anoesis - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Crap like that makes it hard to like the Bruins.

  8. titansbro - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Lol @ Chi fans. It was 2 arms to the shoulder. Kinda rode up towards the neck as Toews went down but initial contact was to the shoulder. Certainly not suspension worthy. I mean, I thought this was hockey?

    • slickvb82 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:15 AM


    • cheesesteak75 - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      If Boychuk is wearing Matt Cooke’s uniform is it still a hit to the shoulders? Boychuk should get at least 1 game.

      • pens5829 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        If that we’re Matt Cooke it would have been a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. Especially if Toews sold it like McQuaid did.

  9. comeonnowguys - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Absolutey should be a game. No way Shananhan does it.

  10. sjsharks66 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Clean hit. Stop trying to “clean up” the game Hawks fans.

    It seems that only certain hits are dirty and certain hits are clean depending on what number the delivering player and receiving player are wearing.

    • hammerhead5573 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      Of course this coming from a guy who loves to defend Torres.

  11. ryanw822 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Initial contact to the name plate. Toews bends over which makes it easier for the arms to ride up to the head.

    Go ahead and look at it but nothing will come of this because nothing should come from it.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      2 problems with your reasoning. The Indian head was never touched. Boychuk’s chest hit Toews’ shoulder and his hands were up in the air in front of him. Second, if a player is hunched or leaning forward, their head is in front of their chest. As was the case here. If Toews was more straight up it would be much more likely that some part of Boychuk could ride up on Toews. Hope Dougie is ready to play.

  12. chrischi2 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Johnny Torres/Cooke Boychuck should get at least one game. How do they get away with all the crosschecks, roughing, pushing, elbowing ? I guess this what passes as physical play.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      You mean like Kane crosschecking Kelly into Crawford?

      • slickvb82 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        Really?? you’re actually going to comment on that in this situation? Do you actually watch hockey on a regular basis?!

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        If Hawks fans are going to cry about borderline “penalties” why can’t I?

  13. slickvb82 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    The Bruins are a bunch of hot-headed cheap shot bullies. I used to like their physical style, until I actually watched how cheap they are. F the Bruins. GO HAWKS!!

  14. whooty - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    bravo johnny boychuk!! love the ferocity in which you eliminated tazer’s finesse..some old time hockey right there.

  15. titansbro - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Amazed that anyone call for a suspension on this. Hellen Keller could see that he hit him in the shoulder. What’s wrong with Chi fans? They won. The Bruins best player is already out & you’re calling for Boychuk to be suspended on a clean hit? Thought you wanted to beat the Bs at full strength?

    • prairieson11 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Hawks fans always cry. It’s their claim to fame. Seriously, one of the dirtiest teams in hockey complaining about a hit. Go watch the Bulls.

  16. ilikejay - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    I have watched the video twenty times over and over in slow mo, and there is no way that shot started on the shoulder. Boychuck’s hands were at Jonny’s neck at initial contact. I won’t say it was cheap or malicious, he was desperately trying to keep the goal from happening, but I do think it was very dangerous, guys can not be expected to get hit that way, serious injury! I think it needs shanny’s look.

    • atteckus - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Get Lasik surgery, dude. Your eyes are bad.

  17. spitfisher - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Shanahan won’t reach for the phone or email for that matter, it was a legal hit, a player got hurt, it still doesn’t make the hit illegal. Anyone who thinks otherwise, well that’s why there is google and bing.

  18. ronthecubsfan - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    At full speed, it looks like Boychuk has two hands together for a strong push with right elbow coming through, hits high on the back shoulder and rides up to the head (after force pushes Toews forward and down a bit). I might be worth a phone call and maybe a game in the regular season (emphasis on maybe), but it’s a tough hockey play.

    I don’t really follow Boston – does Boychuk have a “history” with Shanahan?

    I’m sad that Toews may be hurt, but I don’t see intent or malice in that hit – I see hockey. Welcome to the NHL.

  19. theskinsman - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Clean hit. I sincerely hope Johnny repeats this as often as possible.

  20. prairieson11 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    These comments about Boychuk coming from one of the dirtiest teams in the league. That’s rich.
    That hit is legal. Keep your head up. Hockey 101.

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