Boychuk clarified that it was a broken foot that kept him out of the lineup during the second round, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports. Boychuk told reporters he was hopeful he could play in Game 6, but unfortunately saw his club swept from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The blueliner played in 70-plus games for the first time since 2015-16, but still failed to reach the 20-point mark, falling just one point shy. If he can stay healthy, the Edmonton native should push for that mark next season.
Head coach Barry Trotz said Friday that Boychuk (leg) is making progress and has a "slim chance" to play in New York's second-round series against Carolina, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. Boychuk sustained the left leg injury upon blocking a slap shot in New York's Game 4 win over Pittsburgh on April 16. The initial diagnosis was that the Alberta native would miss 3-to-4 weeks, putting his return date sometime after the second round. This claim that Boychuk is recovering well is good news for an Islanders team that was able to rely heavily on its stingy defense in sweeping Pittsburgh in the first round. In the meantime, Luca Sbisa, Thomas Hickey and Dennis Seidenberg are all likely to continue seeing increased ice time in Boychuk's absence.
Boychuck (leg) will miss 3-to-4 weeks, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports. This is a big blow to an Islanders team that swept the Penguins in the conference quarterfinals behind a stingy defense that permitted only six goals in the opening series. Boychuk is tending to an injury caused by him blocking a Marcus Pettersson slap shot that drilled his left leg in Game 4. Luca Sbisa, Thomas Hickey and Dennis Seidenberg are all candidates to sub in for Boychuk during the conference semifinals.
Boychuk specifically sustained a left leg injury upon blocking a slap shot in Tuesday's series-clinching win over the Penguins, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. As noted by Gross, the Islanders prevailed despite losing Boychuk and forward Cal Clutterbuck (undisclosed) for half the contest. As for the former, he's quite susceptible to injuries due to his shot-blocking prowess and fearlessness -- Boychuk stacked 19 points against 144 hits and 120 blocked shots in the regular season. The good news for the injured Isles players is that their sweep over the Pens has afforded them more time to heal ahead of the conference quarterfinals facing the series winner of Washington versus Carolina.
Boychuk (undisclosed) didn't return to Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Penguins after exiting with an injury, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. Coach Barry Trotz had no update after the game. The earliest update will come Thursday, as the Islanders have the day off Wednesday after sweeping the Penguins in the first round. Boychuk had an assist and a plus-2 rating through four playoff games.
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