During the playoffs, the Bruins have received timely scoring support from their defensemen, who emerged as unlikely but welcomed goal-scoring threats in the series against Toronto, New York, and Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Final.
After Adam McQuaid’s one-timer sealed a 1-0 victory and a four-game sweep over the Penguins, Boston’s back end had not been heard from in the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Until, that is, Johnny Boychuk ripped a blistering slapper that beat Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford glove side and enabled the Bruins to tie a rollercoaster affair, 5-5, at 12:14 of the third period.
Boychuk’s strike was his sixth of the postseason and 15th overall by a Bruins defenseman. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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