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Boychuk shows no ill effects in return

BOSTON -- After missing 10 games with a fracture in his left forearm, Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk returned to the lineup Thursday night against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.

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.”