Julien on Boychuk hit: ‘It was clean’

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk will not face suspension for his hit on Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.

According to Boston coach Claude Julien, that was the right decision.

The play occurred midway through the second period. Toews cut into the middle of the ice and mustered a shot on goalie Tuukka Rask a few feet from Boston’s net.

Right after the release, Toews was met with a heavy blow: an open ice hit by Boychuk, the Bruins 6-foot-2, 225 pound defenseman.

Toews did not speak to the media after Game 5 and was not made available on Sunday.
Boychuk maintained after Game 5 that the hit was clean. On Sunday, Julien stood by his defenseman.

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“I agree with [the NHL,” Julien said. “I’m not going to hide from that. I have been a guy that supported those kind of things that we need to get out of the game. But it was a clean hit.”

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference served a one game suspension in the first round for a hit on Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski.

The NHL’s discipline office ruled that Ference illegally targeted Grabovski’s head with his left elbow.

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