VANCOUVER — In order to be focused on Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said he was operating in the complete radio silence after the Bruins won Game 6 Monday night.
Boychuk had been involved in an unfortunate collision with Vancouver defenseman Mason Raymond early in Boston’s season-saving Game 6 victory and many were demonizing him for the play that resulted in Raymond suffering a vertebrae compression.
Despite his concern for Raymond’s health and the boos raining down on him at Rogers Arena last night, Boychuk was able to focus and form a solid second pair of defensemen with Andrew Ference in the Bruins’ Cup-clinching 4-0 win. He was a plus-2 with two hits.
“I didn’t look at the paper, I didn’t do nothing,” said Boychuk after the victory. “I’m just happy he’s going to be OK, he’s able to walk. That’s the absolute last thing I’d ever want anybody in the whole world … to hurt him like that.”
Raymond showed up to cheer on his Canucks teammates and was shown on the Jumbotron wearing a back brace. Boychuk, meanwhile, battled through his own adversity this postseason. At one point he was on the ice for seven consecutive goals against — a fact he really does care to talk about.
“It was just bad luck. And now I’m a champion,” said Boychuk, who in 25 postseason games finished with 3-6-9 totals and an impressive plus-12 rating. “You can say all you want about those seven goals. Nobody’s going to remember it. They’re going to remember us hoisting the Cup.”
An avid Red Sox fan, Boychuk’s hoping his new-found status as a champion will earn him a VIP invite to Fenway Park this summer.
“I hope so. I can’t wait to sit on The Monster again,” he said.
After helping the Bruins win the Cup, Boychuk can probably pick any seat he wants in New England.