Frustration boils over for Rangers' Brian Boyle
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PHILADELPHIA - Like a lot of Rangers, Brian Boyle was frustrated Tuesday night.
With 15:31 left in the third period and the Blueshirts down by four goals, he crashed the net and punched in a bouncing puck past Steve Mason. It would have broken the Flyers goaltender's shutout, but the officials quickly waved off the goal.
With 1:37 left and the Rangers down 5-1, Boyle, who was credited with one shot all night and lost three of four faceoffs, dropped the gloves with Adam Hall, and received five minutes for fighting.
Moore a nominee
The NHL announced three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which salutes perseverance and dedication to hockey, Wednesday. Dominic Moore, 33, was the New York Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association nominee.
Chris Kreider remains sidelined (left hand surgery, March 28) and is doing on-ice conditioning daily, but shooting and stickhandling with the right hand. If the Rangers advance, it's possible that he could play during that series.
J.T. Miller had his second assist in two games on Mats Zuccarello's goal with 56.5 seconds left . . . Carl Hagelin led the Rangers with seven shots . . . The Rangers won 53 percent of the faceoffs . . . Cam Talbot, in his NHL playoff debut, stopped all five shots he faced in the third . . . Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists . . . Asked about turning the page quickly, coach Alain Vigneault said: "Do we have a choice?"