Ryan Donato made the best of his return on Thursday night after a demotion to Providence of the AHL, scoring the decisive shootout goal and leading the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders.
While the attention is focused on a newer Bruins player in the victory, a former defenseman of the crew was quickly noticed during the contest after being Mr. Nice Guy, willing to pick up another grown man's teeth off the ice.
During the second period of the game, Thomas Hickey delivered a strong hit to Bruins centre David Krejci which dislodged at least one tooth from the mouth of the Boston player, sending the chiclet flying through the air and crashing on the ice. While Krejci survived the collision, he was still left scrambling to the bench for repairs.
As his mouth got patched up during a stoppage in play, Boychuk took it upon himself to find the rogue tooth and picked it off the ice to hand-delivered it to the Boston bench.
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The two players have known each other for a while, playing together in Boston from 2008-2014, winning a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011. The 34-year-old blue liner might have wanted his friend to have all of his teeth and was willing to get the lost tooth from the ice and brings it back to his former bench.
However, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy cannot come to terms with the defenseman picking up the rogue tooth...
"I love Johnny. He's a good guy. But that's just weird," Cassidy said after the game.
It is weird, but it's also a very nice move from the veteran defender. We are pretty sure Krejci smiled when he saw what his former teammate did for him - with one missing tooth, of course.
The Islanders and Bruins meet twice more this season, next on Feb. 5 in Boston.