Say this much for Johnny Boychuk  – his timing couldn’t be better.
He scored his first goal of the 2011-12 season Tuesday night with a slap shot from the right point, putting the Bruins ahead 4-3 midway through the third, as the Bruins earned a much-needed 5-3 win over the Senators at TD Garden.
Boychuk didn’t score his first goal last season until Jan. 18, his 36th game of the season. Boychuk only needed 11 games this time around. Was he relieved?
“Yeah,” Boychuk said. “There were a couple where I just barely missed the net and I finally got one through.
“Obviously it feels a lot better. Getting that first one by you and now you don’t have to worry about it. I think last year it took me until January, so I feel a little bit better.”
His goal helped stem the tide of Senators’ momentum, and kept the Bruins from falling into a valley of despair.
“I was just thinking hit the net because I kept missing the net with before,” he said. “The feeling was just keep going on because we were doing good things and we were playing the type of game that we wanted to. We just wanted to keep going and take it to them and not sit back on our heels and let them take the momentum.
“Obviously you don’t want to see lucky bounces go in, but they did get some breaks and they happened to go in. We didn’t let that bother us at all and we just kept pressing against them and we settled to get a win. A couple of lucky bounces wasn’t going to stop us tonight.”
There was one similarity to last year – the end result from teamwork.
“We weren’t trying to make passes at the blue-lines,” Boychuk said. “We were chipping it in. We were going and getting it. If we didn’t know where our players were we’d put it behind the net. We didn’t want to get shots blocked. Things that we were doing last year so well’that’s what we did tonight.”