BOSTON –- Bruins coach Claude Julien has not heard from the league whether or not defenseman Johnny Boychuk will be suspended for his elbowing penalty and subsequent game misconduct against the Calgary Flames on Saturday at the TD Garden.
Since Julien has not heard either way, the coach believes that’s good news.
“We haven’t heard a thing,” said Julien after the team’s practice this morning at Ristuccia Arena. “That’s the one thing I can tell you, and when you don’t hear from the league it’s normally a good sign -– I hope so anyway. Normally you hear from them sooner than later, and we haven’t heard anything.”
Boychuk received the penalty and a game misconduct at 7:21 of the third period. He was racing to the corner to retrieve the puck in his own end when he collided with the Flames’ Rene Bourque. Boychuk went down and the play continued. When he got to his skates, the puck was still in the corner and he got back into the play and hit Bourque, dropping the Calgary winger to the ice.
“I just went to finish my check and I saw a couple of sticks in the air,” said Boychuk after the game. “I thought I got my glove in his face, not an elbow.”
Boychuk said he was surprised he received a game misconduct and hopes the penalty won’t result in something further due to the new head shot rule that was put into place last Thursday. Bourque was hurt on the play and needed to be attended to by the trainer, but he was able to continue playing.
“I don’t think I should suspended, but we’ll see what they have to say,” Boychuk said.