Brian Boyle ruled out for Friday's game against Buffalo

Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers at

Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (April 7, 2012) (Credit: Getty)

Brian Boyle, who injured his right leg on a check by Luke Schenn in Philadelphia on Tuesday, missed Thursday night's game, and coach John Tortorella said the forward will not dress for Friday night's game against the Sabres in Buffalo.

Several candidates with the Connecticut Whale were discussed to replace Boyle, Tortorella said. "Because of his speed,'' Tortorella said, the Rangers chose Chris Kreider, 21, who recorded a goal and three assists in six games in the AHL after being sent there April 3. Tortorella added: "I'm still not crazy about bringing a kid here.''

Callahan wins award

Captain Ryan Callahan won the Steven McDonald Extra Effort award, which is determined by a fan vote, for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in the last five seasons.

Before the game, McDonald, a former New York City police detective who was shot on July 12, 1986, leaving him a quadriplegic, presented Callahan the trophy, which has recognized a player for "going above and beyond the call of duty'' since 1988. Derek Stepan finished second.

Henrik can carry load

It's not official who will start in net Friday night, but Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 64 times and has a record of 40-17-7 with a 1.91 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and six shutouts.

Blue notes

Defenseman Marc Staal, who missed his 22nd game after injuring his right eye March 5, said his eyesight remains blurry and the pupil is dilated and sensitive to light. He is considering experimenting with a slightly tinted visor . . . Forward Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle), who has yet to play since being acquired from Columbus, went through some conditioning tests Wednesday. He is not cleared to shoot until next week, so it appears unlikely that he will play in the regular season.

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