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Lightning's Boyle skates, no update on Game 2 status

by David Satriano /

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle practiced Monday, but his status for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) is unknown.

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

"The update is that there is no update," coach Jon Cooper said when asked if Boyle, who missed a 2-1 loss in Game 1 on Saturday with an undisclosed injury, would play.

Captain Steven Stamkos discussed Boyle's importance to the Lightning.

"He's a great leader in this room," Stamkos said. "He's played a lot of hockey at this time of the year. It was tough for him to not be in the lineup for us. Great on the penalty kill, great on faceoffs, so hopefully he can get a chance to come back tonight.

"I'm not sure yet. He's a big part, but we've had guys step in and the depth of this team has been a strength of ours all year. I think we showed that without [Ryan Callahan] in Game 6 and we'll have to find a way whether he's in or out. We're definitely a better team when he's in our lineup."

No matter who is in the lineup, Cooper is hoping for a better effort Monday than in Game 1.

"Instead of the first game of the conference finals, it was like Game 53 [of the regular season], and we can't play it like that," Cooper said. "So our will has to be stronger. Our determination has to be stronger. And the group, every time they've been challenged, has found a way to elevate themselves. It's unfortunate that we're down 0-1. It was probably a little bit of an eye-opening experience for us, but our will has got to be stronger."

Stamkos agreed with his coach.

"We have a lot better in this room, I think we realize that," Stamkos said. "We learned our lesson pretty quick and I expect a much better effort from our team tonight."

Tampa Bay has not trailed any series in the postseason by more than one game.

"Every game in the playoffs you have to have. They are all important games and tonight is no different," forward Ryan Callahan said.

Here are the projected lineups:


Alex KillornValtteri FilppulaSteven Stamkos

Ondrej PalatTyler JohnsonNikita Kucherov

Jonathan MarchessaultCedric PaquetteRyan Callahan

Brenden MorrowVladislav NamestnikovJ.T. Brown

Victor HedmanAnton Stralman

Jason GarrisonBraydon Coburn

Matthew CarleAndrej Sustr

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Nesterov

Injured: Brian Boyle (undisclosed)


Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Kevin Hayes

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Jesper Fast

Carl Hagelin - Dominic Moore - Martin St. Louis

Tanner Glass - James Sheppard - J.T. Miller

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Dan Boyle

Keith Yandle - Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Chris Summers, Ryan Bourque, Matt Hunwick

Injured: Mats Zuccarello (upper body)

Status report: If Boyle isn't in the lineup, Marchessault likely will take his place with Callahan and Paquette. The three were linemates in Game 1. Marchessault had two shots in 11:40 of ice time.

Who's hot: Palat has three goals and five points in five games. … Bishop has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of his past nine games.


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