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Loui Eriksson takes contact, could return Tuesday vs. Stars 11.04.13 at 12:49 pm ET
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Both Loui Eriksson and Johnny Boychuk were on the ice for Monday’s practice, with Eriksson participating fully and taking contact for the first time since suffering a concussion last month against the Sabres.

Claude Julien also tweaked his lines a bit, moving Reilly Smith down to the third line and having Jordan Caron as the extra forward on Patrice Bergeron‘s line.

Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
Marchand/Caron – Bergeron – Eriksson
Soderberg – Kelly – Smith
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

After practice, Eriksson said that he hopes to return to the lineup Tuesday against his former team.

“The head is getting better and I’m feeling pretty good right now,” he said. “We’ll see about tomorrow. I still have some testing to do, but I’m feeling much better than when I got hit.”

It was just last Monday that Julien had said that Eriksson was “at least” a week away from skating, but he’s zipped through the stages of protocol and could potentially play Tuesday.

“As long as you’ve passed all the different stages of the protocol, you’re good,” Julien said. “He went through one and felt good, then skated, then skated with us on the Island and he skated again yesterday. He’s had no issues so far. Today he had the opportunity to have a full workout with the team, and he still has to go through some tests before he’s cleared, and we’ll go day by day with his situation.”

As for Boychuk, Julien said the defenseman is still considered day-to-day. Boychuk left Thursday’s game against the Ducks after crashing into the boards in the second period and did not play Saturday against the Islanders.

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Johnny Boychuk day-to-day for Bruins 11.01.13 at 1:09 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins had only seven skaters and goalie Chad Johnson take the ice Friday at Ristuccia Arena. Johnny Boychuk was not one of them, as Claude Julien said he is day-to-day after crashing into the boards and leaving Thursday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Ducks.

“Just day to day,” Julien said. “He’s here today, feeling better. We’re going day to day with him.”

Boychuk was hurt on his third shift of the second period and missed the remainder of regulation and overtime.

Players who practiced Friday were Johnson, Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Ryan Spooner, Jordan Caron, Carl Soderberg and Matt Bartkowski.

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Johnny Boychuk’s status unknown after crashing into boards 10.31.13 at 10:44 pm ET
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Johnny Boychuk suffered an injury crashing into the boards on his third shift of the second period Thursday night against the Ducks. He did not return to the game, as he missed the final 34:39 of regulation and all of overtime. Following the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien offered little update on the defenseman’s status.

“He got hurt when he crashed into the boards,” Julien said. “‘€¦ He wasn’t able to come back, and from what my trainers have told me, we’ll know more tomorrow morning. You can’t assess these injuries as far as, ‘It’s a one-week thing, it’s just a one-day, he’ll be better, he’ll be OK tomorrow.’ They always have to let those things settle down a little bit before we get more.”

The Bruins will practice Friday morning, at which point some sort of update could be given.

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Bruins continue captains practices 09.03.13 at 3:08 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — More and more Bruins are arriving for voluntary practices each day at Ristuccia Arena as the open of training camp gets closer. After last week featured groups of skaters in the single digits, Tuesday’s informal session featured a much larger group. The newcomers among NHLers were Torey Krug and Johnny Boychuk.

Joining them were, among others, Carl Soderberg, Shawn Thornton, Tuukka Rask, Daniel Paille, Bobby Robins, David Krejci, Loui Eirksson, Dennis Seidenberg, Niklas Svedberg and David Warsofsky.

The likes of Ryan Spooner, Jared Knight and Malcolm Subban were also in the house, but they were there for the first day of rookie camp, which featured meetings rather than ice time. The youngsters will take the ice Wednesday for the start of on-ice sessions, with the veterans skating beforehand as captains practices continue.

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Jonathan Toews knocked out of Game 5 by Johnny Boychuk 06.23.13 at 5:42 am ET
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CHICAGO — The NHL may be looking into discipline against Johnny Boyhuck for his second period hit on Jonathan Toews that knocked out the Blackhawks captain out of the third period of Game 5 Saturday night.

Toews played the rest of the second period and was on the bench for the third period but did not play in the final 20 minutes. Chicago coach Joel Quennville said Toews was “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury.

The Department of Player Safety reviews every hit, so league officer Brendan Shanahan, who was in attendance in the press box, will no doubt take a look.

Rick Nash hit Tomas Kopecky with a similar shot in March and was not disciplined. Given Boychuk’s reputation for delivering hard but clean hits, it’s likely Boychuk will be exonerated and will be on the ice for Game 6 at TD Garden Monday night.

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These ‘really confident’ Bruins know they have to re-capture road warrior mentality 06.21.13 at 9:09 pm ET
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Perhaps the lasting legacy of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Bruins was their ability to win in a hostile environment when they had no other choice.

Game 7 in Vancouver was the ultimate testament to that quality.

Now, these Bruins have a chance to repeat that accomplishment, and must, if they are to achieve their ultimate goal. Already, the Bruins have proven they can win in Chicago. But after losing Game 4 in overtime, they must find a way again.

“It’€™s tough, but we know we can do it,” captain Zdeno Chara said Friday. “We have a good enough team. We just have to be ready. It’€™s going to be a battle.”

“I guess it helps some kind of confidence there, but it’€™s still going to be a tough one,” Tuukka Rask said of winning Game 2 last Saturday.

Chara knows the value of the experience of Game 7 in 2011 – and Game 2 this year – in Boston’s quest.

“It’€™s huge,” Chara said. “You need to be able to win games on the road. It’€™s something that good teams go to do, and certainly we’€™ve done it once, so we’€™ve got to do our best to do it again.”

Added Tyler Seguin: “I think it helps a ton. We know what to expect a bit more and that being said Chicago’s been in this series just as much as we have. You know, it’s going to be a long series still and it’s one we’re enjoying.”

All eyes will be on Rask to see how he handles the “bounce back” game.

“Yeah, we’€™ve got to focus on [Game 5], hopefully get the win and have a chance to finish it at home,” Rask said. “[We’re] really confident. I think that’€™s one of our good qualities as a team. We never let things bother us.”

Maybe Johnny Boychuk had the best take of all on the road factor.

“It doesn’€™t really matter at this point where we’€™re playing,” Boychuk said. “I think both teams are just trying to worry about what they’€™re doing and trying to just battle as hard as you can to win a Cup.”

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Merlot Line leads Bruins to 3-0 series lead 05.21.13 at 10:11 pm ET
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NEW YORK — The Bruins’ fourth line stole the spotlight from Henrik Lundqvist Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden as the Bruins came back in the third period to beat the Rangers, 2-1, and take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

With the B’s trailing by a goal entering the third period, the Merlot Line produced goals in two if its first four third-period shifts, the latter of which yielded a funky go-ahead goal from Daniel Paille off a rebound that went off Lundqvist’s mask and stayed in the air for a good amount of time before landing on the door step. Johnny Boychuk produced Boston’s first goal (his fourth of the postseason) on a shot from the point that had to make its way through some traffic that was led by Shawn Thornton.

Tyler Pyatt redirected a shot past Tuukka Rask at 3:53 of the second period to give the Rangers the lead in the second period after the teams skated to a scoreless first. The goal came on a rather uncharacteristic shift for Patrice Bergeron on which he lost the faceoff and then was unable to get a clearing attempt out of the zone.

But that was the only harm done against Rask, who turned in his latest superb performance highlighted by a pair of big saves on Rick Nash in the third period.

The Bruins will have the opportunity to finish off the Rangers Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

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