Downie’s hit won’t keep Boychuk out of Bruins-Lightning Game 6

Boychuk/By S. Bradley

TAMPA — Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk continued to feel fine today after he left the Bruins’ Game 5 victory over Tampa Bay a little early because of an apparent head injury last night.

Boychuk hit his head on the glass after Lightning forward Steve Downie hit him from behind on the forecheck behind the Bruins’ net just past the midway point of the third period. Boychuk looked woozy as he skated off and he did not play the rest of the night. He returned to the bench with two minutes to go to watch Boston take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final.

“I was a little foggy, but then after I got off the ice I was totally fine,” said Boychuk today at the team’s Tampa hotel. “Even when I was on the ice I just wanted to make sure I was OK before I tried to skate.”

There was some talk Downie might face supplemental discipline, but TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported the league would not be looking into the hit. Boychuk wasn’t worried about that as much as he was thinking about his health and availability for tomorrow night’s Game 6.

“If it’s suspendable then the league will do it,” he said. “But I’m feeling fine and that’s the main thing.”

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