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Old pal Johnny Boychuk picked David Krejci’s teeth off the ice

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Hockey is weird, but 2011 FRIENDSHIPS ARE FOREVER.

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David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk were on opposing benches tonight, but for six seasons, they both sported the spoked-B.

Boychuk undoubtedly benefited from some of Krejci’s sublime passes during those years, and tonight, Boychuk returned the favor with an assist of his own: he returned Krejci’s teeth.

Late in the second period of tonight’s game against the New York Islanders, Krejci was leveled by a hit from Thomas Hickey. The hit appeared to daze Krejci, who was late to the start of the third period.

As it turns out, he didn’t need to visit the quiet room or get tested for a concussion...he just needed some dental work.

The hit by Hickey knocked at least one tooth (and it looked like maybe part of another) out of Krejci’s mouth. Luckily, an old pal was there to find it.

Nice guy, that Johnny Boychuk. Guess those Stanley Cup-winning bonds extend to playing Tooth Fairy when the time comes.

Krejci would return to play normal shifts in the third period, and will likely find himself in a dentist’s chair in the coming days.