February 27, 2012

Boychuk feeling 'concussion-like symptoms'

By Jesse Connolly

WILMINGTON – The bad news just never seems to stop piling up for the Boston Bruins. 

Coach Claude Julien confirmed that Johnny Boychuk’s absence from Monday morning’s practice was due to the damage he suffered from Senators forward Chris Neil’s devastating hit on him on Saturday night.

“We’re dealing with those concussion symptoms,” said Julien. “He’s feeling much better and we’re going to go day by day with him.”

Boston recalled Andrew Bodnarchuk from Providence. Bodnarchuk was along for the ride for the entirety of the Bruins’ six-game road trip but did not play. Barring an acquisition prior to the deadline, it appears likely he’ll replace No. 55 on Tuesday night when Boston takes on the Senators again.

Thornton also missing

Plagued by what’s been described as flu-like symptoms, Shawn Thornton was also nowhere to be found on the ice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday. Julien said the veteran winger is also feeling better, but he’s a “question mark” for tomorrow’s tilt.

Thornton did not play in Saturday’s 5-3 win over Ottawa. It was the first game he’s missed this season.

Sauve recalled

After returning Josh Hennessy to Providence on Sunday morning, the Bruins recalled Max Sauve less than 24 hours later.

“I got the call after the game yesterday,” said Sauve, reference the P-Bruins 4-3 loss to Manchester on Sunday. “I’m very excited.”

Julien wouldn’t’ indicate whether or not Sauve may make his NHL debut on Tuesday. Having battled two concussions, the native of Tours, France has appeared in just 26 tilts for Providence this year. Sauve has six goals and seven assists.

Here's the crushing hit Boychuk took from Neil on Saturday night: