One of the most under the radar people in this series will be Brian Boyle, even though he will be very important. Boyle will not be out there to score goals (Although it’d be fine if he did), he’ll be out there to shut down Jason Spezza’s line. Boyle has been a monster all year, but is only now starting to get some recognition because of his recent goal scoring. The Rangers have relied on Boyle and the rest of his linemates to shut down the oppoisng team’s top lines all year and they’ve done a really good job.
The usual suspects on his line are Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko, and Brandon Dubinsky. Boyle recently has been changing lines sort of game by game, and it will be interesting to see if Tortorella finds him a permanent home by the time the puck drops tonight at the Garden.
You might be asking yourself why the hell is a guy with 10 goals so important to the Rangers success? Simply put, Tortorella will not match top line to top line because Richards, Gaborik, and Hagelin would likely be slaughtered in transition. That was the mistake Torts made against the Senators in the regular season, and I doubt he makes that mistake again.
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