February 26, 2012

Bodnarchuk, Hennessy back to farm; Turris not punished

By Jesse Connolly

The Bruins returned to Boston from their six-game road trip following Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Senators, but two players on the flight back home were immediately directed elsewhere.

The Black and Gold announced that the club had assigned defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk and forward Josh Hennessy (pictured right) to Providence on Sunday morning. Both players were expected to join the P-Bruins for their tilt against the Manchester Monarchs later that afternoon.

Bodnarchuk and Hennessy were both recalled to Boston on February 13th and joined Boston on their 11 day road trip that began with an away game in Montreal on February 15th. On the road trip, Hennessy appeared in three games for the Bruins.

Unfortunately for Bodnarchuk, his opportunity never came. He'll return to Providence, where's he skated in 47 games this season, having had a fruitless cup of coffee with the big club.

No punishment for Turris

It's been reported that Senators forward Kyle Turris will not be suspended for his hit on Joe Corvo in last night's game between the Sens and B's. The incident happened in the third period. Turris left his skates and drove his elbow through Corvo's cranium.

The minor penalty he received on the play will apparently be his lone punishment. It's a surprising move, given Brendan Shanahan and the rest of the NHL's outspoken nature on cutting hits like the one Turris laid on Corvo out of the game.

No update on Boychuk

Just prior to Turris' hit on Corvo, defenseman Johnny Boychuk was absolutely railroaded on a clean hit by Chris Neil, the longtime Senators tough guy.

Boychuk left the game after the the third-period hit and did not return. Zdeno Chara later dropped the gloves with Neil in an attempt to stand up for No. 55.

With the Bruins having been given the day off after their 11-day road swing, no news came through on Boychuk's status. However, the fact that the team felt comfortable sending down Bodnarchuk -- leaving them with six defensemen, including Boychuk -- is an encouraging sign.