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Brian Boyle | Center

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 244
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Brian Boyle believes the Lightning missed a big opportunity to take the series lead in the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.
"It’s an opportunity missed,’’ center Brian Boyle said. "I think we have to figure out a way to score more, it’s a small margin for error. It wasn’t our best start and Bish held us in there - and it was kind of a fluky first goal against - but we had some chances. Their goalie played well, they played well and we need to play better. We have to understand (the Stanley Cup) is a hard thing to win and we need to play better.’’ Jun 14 - 9:55 AM

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Tampa Bay's Brian Boyle isn't buying into the notion of "Garden Mystique", as his Lightning head into Game 7 versus the New York Rangers on Friday night.

Said Boyle, "Why would I fly up from Florida if I bought it?" As sarcastic as he may be there, Boyle does have a point. The Rangers may be 7-0 all-time at home in Game 7's, but as his coach Jon Cooper notes out, "We haven’t been a part of that history." Boyle for his part played in the Rangers' last two home Game 7's but didn't factor in the scoring. He also has just two points in 18 games for the Lightning this postseason.
May 28 - 9:46 PM

Brian Boyle's wife, Lauren, gave birth to the couple's first child on Tuesday night.

The couple welcomed a baby boy into the world. Boyle sat out Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, but he has suited up in the past two games. He has one goal and one assist in 15 playoff appearances.
May 21 - 10:06 AM

Brian Boyle will dress for Game 2 Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Boyle sat out Game 1 versus the Rangers due to an undisclosed injury but will return for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The veteran centerman has a goal and an assist in 13 playoff games this year but he brings a lot of size and leadership to a young Tampa team. Jonathan Marchessault will be scratched to make room for Boyle.
May 18 - 8:10 PM

Brian Boyle (undisclosed) took part in Monday's practice.

However, it's unclear if he'll play in Game 2 against the New York Rangers after he sat out Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. "The update is that there is no update," a tight-lipped coach Jon Cooper said. If Boyle doesn't end up playing again then Jonathan Marchessault is expected to play in his place.
May 18 - 1:37 PM

Brian Boyle (undisclosed) is not on the ice for Sunday's practice in New York.

Boyle missed Game One because of an undisclosed injury and his chances to play in Game Two just took another hit. Boyle doesn't produce a ton offensively, but he does bring size and strong play in his own end to Tampa Bay's bottom-six forward group.
May 17 - 1:32 PM

Lightning coach Jon Cooper didn’t seem to have an optimistic spin on Brian Boyle’s (undisclosed injury) status.

"Hopefully he’ll be able to come back at some point," Cooper said in the post-game press conference. Boyle was scratched in Saturday’s Game 1. He had played 263 games in a row, so he was clearly being bothered. Boyle has a goal and an assist in 13 games during the playoffs, though his value is more present on the defensive/penalty killing side. Keep this caveat in mind when reading between the lines in Cooper's quote: playoff gamesmanship.
May 16 - 8:48 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without Brian Boyle against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the 2015 Eastern Conference Final.

It's an undisclosed injury for Boyle, whose greatest influence can be felt on the defensive end, so Ben Bishop's numbers may suffer in subtle ways. Boyle was a member of the 2013-14 Rangers team, so it probably stings for him to miss this game.
May 16 - 12:53 PM

Brian Boyle scored for the Bolts in their Game 1 playoff loss to Detroit on Thursday night.

The Lightning were stymied time and time again by Wings netminder Petr Mrazek, who made 44 saves. Boyle pitched in 15 goals during the regular season and also had eight points in 25 playoff games with the Rangers last year.
Apr 16 - 11:31 PM

Don't be surprised if you see 6'7" Brian Boyle on the ice in front of the opposition's net during the Lightning power play.

That's exactly where he practised Friday afternoon. In fact, Boyle was a regular participant on Tampa's first unit during Friday's scrimmages. Bolts' coach Jon Cooper wants more traffic in front of the opposition's net and what better way to accomplish that by putting the giant Boyle in the face of the other team's goalie. Boyle could get some deflection or rebound points in this position so consider picking him up if you need a short-term scoring boost.
Mar 28 - 9:23 AM

Brian Boyle netted a goal in Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss to Nashville on Thursday night.

The gritty 30-year-old now has 23 points in 75 games this season as well as 52 penalty minutes and a +3 rating.
Mar 27 - 1:12 AM

Brian Boyle will suit up to the right of Jonathan Drouin and Valtteri Filppula to form Tampa Bay's third line on Saturday versus the Jets.

Boyle has had his best season since his 20-goal campaign for the Rangers back in 2010-11. Through 69 games this season, Boyle has put up 14 goals (three short handed), 21 points, 50 PIMs, 55 blocks and 122 hits along with half of his 762 draws this season.
Source: Corey Long
Mar 14 - 5:55 PM

Coach Jon Cooper likes Brian Boyle's versatility.

"I can't say enough about what Brian does for us," Cooper said. "He wins us big draws. He'll block that big shot for you. Now, we've gotten a little thin on the (defensive) corps (and) you can put him back there and he seems to make plays all over the ice for us. Coupled with the fact that the kid has played deep into the playoffs for the past few years, it's what you need." Boyle helped fill in on the back end on Sunday when Luke Witkowski missed some time. He has chipped in 12 goals and 17 points in 55 games.
Feb 10 - 9:12 AM

Brian Boyle scored two goals in Tampa Bay's 5-3 win over Anaheim on Sunday.

Boyle's first goal opened the scoring in the game and his second goal extended the Lightning's lead to 4-1. The 30-year-old has been a nice addition to Tampa Bay's bottom-six forward group. Boyle now has 12 goals and 17 points in 55 games. Valtteri Filppula, Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan also scored for Tampa Bay. Boyle was named the game's first star.
Feb 8 - 8:19 PM

Brian Boyle tallied his 10th goal of the season Tuesday, but the Lightning fell to Carolina by a score of 4-2.

With his second shorthanded goal of the campaign, Boyle reaches double-digit markers for the third time in his career. Despite the productive season by his standards, he's likely not worth a look in your fantasy league. Cedric Paquette also found the back of the net in the loss.
Jan 28 - 12:21 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Brenden Morrow
5Jonathan Marchessault
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Jonathan Drouin
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Anton Stralman
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy