Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 3/11/13
After seeing Brian Boyle mercifully ended his 23-game scoreless streak to open the season and do this... The first thing that went through my head was this... For some reason I remembered the relief Brandon Dubinsky had on his face when he snapped a 14-game goalless streak to start last season, so I can only imagine the monkey that was taken off Boyle's back yesterday when he did this... Here was John Tortorella's thoughts on Boyle... “He played better today. Obviously, he scores a big goal for us. He brought some pucks to the net, which is an important part of his game.” Boyle talked about his recent struggles after the game... ...got to hope now that Boyle got the first one out the of way, he can relax and just play hockey. I can't imagine the stress and pressure he's been putting on himself this season. ...while Boyle has struggled mightily this season, the fact of the matter is the Rangers are a better team when he's in the line-up playing his game. Which means winning face-offs, strong on the penalty kill and using that big body to cause havoc by going to the goal. If he can do that on a consistent basis he will be in the line-up more often than not. ...unless the Rangers make a trade at the deadline, the only other guy I can see bumping Boyle out of the line-up is Kreider if he figures it out with the Whale and is recalled. Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.
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