BRATISLAVA -- Brian Boyle
was told by coach John Tortorella that he would eventually get a shot to play left wing on the top line with Brad Richards
and Marian Gaborik
His opportunity came tonight, and after sluggish start Boyle, normally a center, said he got more and more comfortable in the unfamiliar role.
"We have a lot of depth this year and depth at center, so to be able to play wing and play it well is something I've got to continue to work on," said Boyle, who scored a goal in the Rangers 4-1 win over HC Slovan. "That'll help me play more. It's a good thing to have in your aresenal."
Tortorella wasn't all that impressed with Boyle or the top line in general, but that was due in large part to the sluggish nature of the entire team after a hectic travel day that started in Sweden and will end in Switzerland.
That said, Tortorella is still willing to try out people at that left wing spot to see if something clicks. He also used Brandon Dubinsky
and Ruslan Fedotenko
Right now Wojtek Wolski
appears to have a leg up on everybody, but he's day-to-day with a sore groin so Boyle, Dubinsky and Fedotenko might get another crack with Richards and Gaborik Monday night in Zug.
"It was mixed up a little bit, the lines, but he's strong," Gaborik said of Boyle. "We'll see what is going to happen there, but he played well."
If Boyle fits there it'll only be because he plays his straight-ahead, no-nonsense game. It might make sense for the Rangers to have a more physical player to play with Gaborik and Richards, but that's something Tortorella has to figure out.
"I can't worry about trying to play a different game or a finesse game with them," Boyle said.
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