Johnny Boychuk provides big lift for Islanders in return to lineup


Barry Trotz decided to go with 11 forwards and seven defenders so he could put Johnny Boychuk in line.

Boy Boychuk, who has not seen any action in the game against the Florida Panthers since Aug. 1, had a big presence to keep the Islands alive this season. 2-1 against Tampa Bay Lightning two-time win Tuesday night.

“He brings us his presence, he goes out, he blocks the shots, he plays hard,” said defense co-chairman Ryan Pulock. “We knew when he saw an opportunity, he would step in and do his job. The big block at the start of the kill, and he just played hard. This is what we expect from him and this is what he did.”

With six high-shot team shots to go with five shots, Boychuk delivered the energetic presence that Trotz was counting on. In just his first five changes of the game, the old defender came up with three big blocks, once with ribs and one with his skate paddle, to take a 1-0 lead first.

But for Trotz, Boychuk’s influence on the team has passed from ice to ice.

Johnny Boychuk
Johnny BoychukNHLI via Getty Images

“Johnny is one of those unique guys that you come up with,” Trotz said. “He’s old school, he’s one of the most loved people you ever meet, he’s one of the most loyal men. I think the first shift prevented him from having two or three explosions, he’s swollen all over his body,” he said. just gives you everything you have night and day.

“He’s fearless. He’s really a little bit of a parent to some little guys, he’s always going out to own those around him.”

The 36-year-old boy scored two goals with 12:04 on the ice. He was initially friends with Nick Leddy.


Former islander Carter Veraghe was followed by Cedric Paquette, who knocked Scott Mayfield off the corner of the box, and he had already given himself to the Islands goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov, almost putting a lightning bolt over the head 2-1 in the second half.

But Trotz struggled for the outdoors and the goal was dropped to keep the score at 1-1, forcing the Islands to finally extend the extra time.

Trotz is 4-2 on regular season challenges, including 4-0 offside challenges. Trotz is now 1-0 in difficulty since returning to play.


Trotz combined his rows from top to bottom to accommodate 11 forward and seven defenders.

Cal Clutterbuck was beaten in the first row alongside Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal, but the second row remained the same. Jean-Gabriel Pageau centered the third line between Matt Martin and Jordan Eberle, while Derick Brassard was on the fourth line between Leo Komarov and Michael Dal Colle.


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