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Boychuk Starts December on the Right Foot

by John Griffin / Boston Bruins
BOSTON — After a near-perfect November, B’s defenseman Johnny Boychuk helped his team carry over their momentum into December.

“During November we’ve been playing really well and we just wanted to make sure to start December off on the same note,” said Boychuk.

When the Bruins went into the locker room for the final intermission of a close 2-1 game, Head Coach Claude Julien reiterated a familiar message.

“I don’t want our guys going into the third period and playing on their heels and just trying to protect the lead and sitting back,” said Julien.

Just three minutes into the final period, Boychuk's play showed that the Bruins planned to stay on their toes and push forward. 

The blueliner raced back through the neutral zone to break up Toronto’s odd-man rush with a huge hit.

“You don’t go looking for hits. When the opportunity arises you take it and try to make a nice hit,” explained Boychuk.

#55 did just that.

After taking care of his defensive priorities, the Edmonton, Alberta-native followed the play the other way and eventually saw the puck coming out of the corner to his point.

With plenty of time to wind up, Boychuk had no doubt of what he was going to do.

“You know me, come on. No muffin wrister. I’ll take a slap shot,” explained Boychuk with a laugh.

But nobody in blue was laughing as \the veteran defenseman’s slap shot concluded a great end-to-end effort.

“It was a pretty good shift,” said a modest Boychuk. "I’ll take it any game I guess."

This “pretty good shift” amounted for his third tally of the season and was exactly what his coach asked for.

“That’s what we’re talking about here,” said Julien of his blueliner’s efforts. "Don’t sit on [the lead], have the confidence to attack and to play the game the way it should be played."

Following Boychuk’s insurance goal, Toronto couldn’t find a way back into the game and the B’s sealed the deal 4-1.

The Black & Gold concluded their home-and-home series against Toronto with two wins against their Northeast Division foes and look to continue their recent success in possibly the biggest challenge of their season.

“We’ve got a tough test ahead of us in Pittsburgh,” said Boychuk. "That’s what we’re looking forward to."

---John Griffin
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