Johnny Boychuk made played his first game in a New York Islanders uniform Friday night, six days after being traded to Long Island from the Bruins in exchange for draft picks.
Boychuk led the Isles with 23:11 of ice-time, factoring in three of the five goals the team scored in the 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He opened the scoring with a goal at 17:06 of the first period. He was credited with two hits and blocked a shot.
The 30-year-old free agent to-be brings a gritty, two-way style to the Islanders lineup that they didn’t have this time last week. With 321 regular season and 79 postseason games on his resume, he brings veteran experience to a team that is looking to become a player in the Eastern Conference with a roster that includes John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner and Brock Nelson.
The Islanders visit Boston in less than two weeks, a Thursday night showdown at the TD Garden. There should be plenty of love for No. 55 that night.