The New York Rangers added Dan Boyle last summer hoping he’d be able to help the team produce offense from the blue line. The veteran struggled a bit, putting up 20 points in 65 games played. He didn’t find the back of the net during the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and was lit up by a monsterous body check at the end of Game 1 against the New York Rangers.
As Boyle wobbled his way to the bench, Joel Ward scored with less than two seconds remaining. The Capitals won that game, and some wondered whether or not the defenseman would be able to suit up in Game 2.
He was able to play, and with the Rangers looking to tie the series at one-all on home ice, Boyle scored an important power-play goal in the first period. The Capitals entered the contest having stopped every power play attempt against. That changed before the first period ended, when Boyle scooped up the puck at the blue line and launched a shot on goal.
It seemed to catch Washington goalie Braden Holtby by surprise, and Rick Nash was providing the screen in front. It was Boyle’s 15th career playoff goal and gave the Blueshirts a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. The Rangers don’t need Boyle to score all that frequently, but timely goals like this make the team even more dangerous and tough to match up with.