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Lightning miss center Brian Boyle in Game 1

by Dan Rosen /

NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning felt the sting of not having center Brian Boyle in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Brian Boyle
Center - TBL
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 2
SOG: 24 | +/-: -2
Boyle is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. The Lightning lost 2-1 and trail the best-of-7 series 1-0.

"He's a big part of our team," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He kills penalties for us. He's a big body. He can wear on teams. Of course we missed him."

The Lightning survived on the penalty kill without Boyle, going 2-for-2 and allowing two shots on goal. However, Boyle has played a big role for the Lightning in the playoffs, particularly as a forechecking, shutdown forward. He has two points and is averaging 15:36 of ice time per game, up from 12:59 in the regular season.

They hope to have him back for Game 2 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"He is a guy that's built for these types of moments so it hurt not having him in," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "Hopefully he can get some rest and be ready to go."


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