A thunderous echo gave way to a few tense moments while Johnny Boychuk lay motionless on the ice.
The Boston Bruins defenceman was face down, as New York Rangers forward Taylor Pyatt stood over him after delivering a big hit from behind on the six-foot-two blue-liner 2:22 into the second period of Boston's 3-2 overtime win
Thursday night in Game 1 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoffs series.
Boychuk was playing the puck in the corner when Pyatt engaged him with a questionable blow, sending him flopping to the ice as the latter's arm appeared to make contact with Boychuk's head. Pyatt was assessed a two-minute minor penalty for boarding.
Boychuk left the game briefly but was able to return.
Watch the hit below:
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