Julien hoping for best on Boychuk

BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk had to be helped off the ice midway through the third period of the Bruins’ 5-3 loss to the Penguins on Tuesday after colliding leg-on-leg with Pittsburgh forward Aaron Asham and did not return.

Following the game, Boychuk walked out of the dressing room under his own power but with a limp. He told reporters that he felt “good” but wasn’t sure if he would be at practice Wednesday.

Coach Claude Julien didn’t have much information, but was hoping for good news in the morning.

“Those kind of injuries, you’ve got to kind of let the night go by and the next day you get a better idea,” Julien said. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed right now that it’s not bad news, so that’s all we can hope for right now. He got hit on the side of the leg. It could be a variety of things in that area, but he didn’t feel too bad.

"So we’re going to reevaluate him tomorrow and then probably get a clear idea of what his situation is.”

Boychuk has 15 points in 77 games and has been a regular partner of captain Zdeno Chara on the blue line. He missed two games with a mild concussion Feb. 28 and March 1.