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Boyle misses Lightning practice, uncertain for Game 2

by Adam Kimelman

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle did not practice Sunday because of an undisclosed injury and his status is unknown for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Monday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"I don't know," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said when asked about Boyle's potential availability for Game 2. "I don't know the answer to that. Honestly, I don't."

Boyle did not play in Game 1 on Saturday; he was replaced in the lineup by rookie Jonathan Marchessault.

The veteran forward has one goal and one assist in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games but he's not counted on for his offense. Boyle is averaging 15:36 of ice time per game, up from 12:59 per game in the regular season, and his 2:49 of shorthanded ice time per game in the playoffs leads Lightning forwards. Boyle also has won 53.7 percent of his faceoffs.

"Boyle is a huge part of our team," Lightning forward Tyler Johnson said. "He's a big guy back there. He's killing penalties and just doing all the little things right. On the forecheck he gets in and makes his presence known. It's tough missing him. Hopefully he can get back here."


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