It has been nine games since Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk returned from a broken forearm that kept him out of 10 contests, and according to Boychuk, and head coach Claude Julien, all is back to normal for the rugged defenseman who rose up the blue line depth charts last season.
"Boychuk is Boychuk," Julien said matter of factly when asked what he thought of the rear guard's game since he returned. "He's a physical player and we ask him to move the puck with simple plays and I think with his hand injury he's gotten better. You want to see him use his shot as much as he can and I think that part of his game is also coming around."
Boychuk said he is pain free and he too feels his hard shot is back to where it needs to be.
"To be honest I hadn't thought about my wrist until you asked," Boychuk told ESPNBoston.com. "It's really been a non-factor and I don't feel it a bit. I can get my shot off and the back-hand is good too. The first few games even then I was surprised because it didn't really hurt. It was just more about getting my legs back and getting into a groove where I don't even think about it and just play my game."
Boychuk has one assist since returning against Florida November 18 and four assists total in 15 games this season.