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Rangers' Boyle late scratch for Game 5 vs. Penguins

Veteran defenseman may have played last NHL game, previously saying he likely would retire

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle is scratched against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Consol Energy Center on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, SN360).

Boyle, who previously told he will likely retire at the end of the 2015-16 season, may have played his final NHL game, should the Rangers be eliminated from the playoffs Saturday.

Pittsburgh leads the best-of-7 series 3-1.

Boyle, 39, has 163 goals and 442 assists in 1,093 NHL games during his 17-year career with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks and Rangers.

Boyle played in each of the first four games of the series, averaging 19:36 of ice time. He has one assist and recorded five shots.

Defensemen Dan Girardi, who has not played since Game 1 with an undisclosed injury, and Raphael Diaz, who has not played in the NHL since May 10, 2015, with the Calgary Flames, each took the ice for warmups.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said his defensemen would be a game-time decision a day after saying he could insert Diaz into the lineup to help the struggling power play.

Girardi, who had a minus-2 rating in 17:17 of ice time during Game 1, was paired with rookie defenseman Brady Skjei during warmups.

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