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With the Boston Bruins locked into the number two spot in the East, the game Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins should have had no meaning. In a 5-3 loss, the Bruins may have lost more than the game. Johnny Boychuck was on the wrong side of a knee-on-knee collision with Aaron Asham midway through the third period.
Boychuck stayed on the ice for a couple of minutes without moving before being helped off the ice midway through the third period. With any knee-on-knee contact, you never know what the extent of the injury is just by seeing the hit. Boychuck’s knee almost seemed like it wobbled side to side when run into by Asham’s knee.
It was a clean hit and no penalty or scrum came from this hit.
Word on Boychuck should be out in the coming days. If he is to miss any time during the playoffs, the Bruins have the depth to handle it.
Crosby lit the lamp at TD Garden twice on Tuesday, not to the delight of the 17,000 plus in attendance. James Neal netted his 40th goal of the season on the power play. The Penguins really have a scary power play with Crosby and Neal out there, not to mention Hart trophy contender Evgeni Malkin. The Bruins could run into the Penguins in a second round playoff match-up, depending on who wins the 3 vs 6 match up.
Benoit Pouliot, Rich Peverley, and Milan Lucic scored the Boston goals. The offense was there Tuesday night and was more than there for 7th player award winning Tyler Seguin. Seguin finished the game with five shots on goal. His best chance came on a breakaway where he tried to pick top glove side and ended up getting glass. For the better part of a few weeks now, Seguin has missed the net high on excellent scoring chances.