He is tied for second place in scoring on the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Is it Brad Marchand? Tyler Seguin? Patrice Bergeron? If you guessed any of those players, you’re wrong. The correct answer is Johnny Boychuk.
Boychuk has four goals in the post-season after tallying just one goal during the regular season (January 19th vs. the Rangers on his birthday). He is the first Bruins defenseman since Ray Bourque in 1991 to score four goals in his first 10 games of a single post season.
Boychuk has stepped up significantly in the absence of Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden and Andrew Ference. There is no doubt about that, but the big surprise is his scoring ability in the series against both the Maple Leafs and Rangers.
“You know, just hitting the net I guess, and sometimes it’s luck,” Boychuk said. Just getting shots on net and hitting in the net. Better chance to score when you hit the net.”
The blue-liner would have more than four goals if a few bounces went his way as he has hit multiple posts and crossbars throughout these playoff games.
Teammate Shawn Thornton joked on why Boychuk was scoring so many goals all of a sudden.
“We told him to start taking wrist shots and stop tickling the rafters,” Thornton said with a smile after the Bruins Game 3 victory.
Although Boychuck is really standing out right now from the defensive end, he did not shy away from giving his whole defensive unit the credit they deserve.
“They’ve been doing a good job all of the young guys coming in and stepping their game up,” Boychuk said.
“We need them to step up for us to have a good chance to win the game with a couple of our veterans out and they’ve been doing a good job by keeping it simple, getting shots through and scoring when they get that chance.”
Boychuk is a true playoff player. He is risking his body night in and night out-diving in front of pucks, bodying up opposing players and receiving nasty hits all game long. He is the warrior the Black and Gold need alongside Zdeno Chara while Seidenberg is out. Boychuk is the league leader in playoff blocked shots with 37.
Boychuk and the B’s defense have recorded 11 of their 30 points (5 goals, 6 assists) this series.
“We’ve been doing a good job defensively, but we have to keep doing that or else they could turn the tide and obviously we don’t want that, and we’ve been playing good defensively” added Boychuk. “Our forwards have been helping out with the push backs and that’s something we have to continue to do.”
In 44 games this regular season, Boychuk tallied one goal and five assists while sporting a plus-5. Many of the things he does on a nightly basis does not show up in the stat sheet, but in these 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, everything he is doing is showing up in the stat sheet because he is finding the back of the net quite often.
The Bruins are 3-1 in the playoffs when Boychuk scores. No. 55 will look to light the lamp again tonight when the B’s look to bring out the brooms at Madison Square Garden.
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