Chris Neil Hits Johnny Boychuk: Senators Winger Nails Bruins Defenseman (VIDEO)
I have a feeling that Johnny Boychuk and the Boston Bruins aren't going to forget Chris Neil's crushing (yet clean) body check any time soon. Unless, of course, Boychuk can't remember it at all. As Boychuk tried to clear the puck out of the Boston zone early in the third period of Saturday's game, the Senators' winger charged right at him and delivered a hit so hard that it sent both players to the ice.
The replay showed that the Boston defenseman was looking down at the puck when Neil lowered his shoulder right into his chest. Bruins teammate Zdeno Chara immediately skated over to the scene and seemed ready to fight Neil before he realized that both players were shaken up from the collision.
Boychuk did not return to the game. Chara eventually fought Neil later in the period and Boston went on to win, 5-3.
On Sunday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told CSNNE.com that Boychuk was still "a little foggy" a day after the hit and there will be a full update on Monday.
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