MONTREAL -- Bold take: The Bruins defense could have done without Johnny Boychuk getting hurt. 

This season had been trying enough for the Bruins defense without Boychuk’s injury Thursday night. The squad really didn’t need it. 



MONTREAL — Johnny Boychuk was cleared to travel with the Bruins Thursday night after he left the Bruins’ game against the Canadiens on a stretcher and was rushed to the hospital.

MONTREAL — Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was adamant that he had no intention of putting Johnny Boychuk in a dangerous position on the play on which Boychuk was forced from Thursday’s game. Boychuk was taken from the game in a stretcher after getting injured on a first-period hit in the corner from Pacioretty.

MONTREAL — The Canadiens overtook first place in the Atlantic Division Thursday night with a 2-1 win at the Bell Centre that hurt the Bruins in more ways than one.

Though the top spot in the division was on the line, the game itself was quickly overshadowed by a scary injury for the Bruins as Johnny Boychuk was taken off the ice in a stretcher and rushed to a local hospital. Boychuk injured himself on a first-period hit from Max Pacioretty and despite clearly being in a great deal of pain, was able to move all his extremities before taken to the hospital.

MONTREAL — Johnny Boychuk left Thursday night’s game against the Canadiens on a stretcher after suffering an injury on a first-period hit in the corner from Habs forward Max Pacioretty.

Boychuk was down on the ice for several minutes, bent over, before he was placed onto a stretcher and had his head immobilized as he left the ice.

MONTREAL — Torey Krug will likely be in the lineup Thursday against the Canadiens, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday morning.

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday for his weekly discussion, as the B’s prepare for a Thursday night game in Montreal against the Canadiens.

Thornton said players who join the Bruins should know how heated this rivalry can be before stepping onto the ice.

WILMINGTON — Both Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid were missing from Tuesday’s practice, while Kevan Miller took the ice after being recalled on an emergency basis.

Following the practice, Claude Julien said that McQuaid had re-aggravated the lower-body injury that kept him out for eight games last month. Julien said that both McQuaid and Krug are both considered day-to-day, though he did not divulge Krug’s injury.

WILMINGTON -- Earlier in the season, David Krejci summarized linemate Milan Lucic’s work in the 2013-14 campaign rather succinctly.



Before Loui Eriksson got to Boston, he was considered one of the most underrated players in the league, but a stop-and-go start to his Bruins career prevented him from rocketing to local superstardom out of the gate.