He showed no ill effects and was productive in Boston’s 4-0 victory.
Bruins coach Claude Julien and the team’s medical staff put Boychuk through a tough on-ice test Thursday morning before making a game-time decision.
“We decided to go with him today,” Julien said. “I thought he played well.”
Boychuk admitted he was a little nervous returning to action, but also felt it was a good game to test his health and conditioning.
“The first couple of shifts were nerve wracking,” he said. “But I just wanted to keep it simple. I felt good, but a little rusty. I’ve just got to get used to playing again. It was a good game for me to get back in it.”