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Dan Boyle thinks quickly, doesn't touch stick

New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle looks on

New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle looks on against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

LOS ANGELES - Veteran Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle, voted the first star of the game for his goal, assist and seven shot attempts, also made a quick mental decision worthy of an accolade and avoided a penalty at a critical time.

Midway through the third period, with the Kings rushing through the neutral zone and Boyle backpedaling and stickless in the defensive zone, J.T. Miller tossed his own stick up ice toward Boyle. But Boyle didn't touch it. It would have given the Kings a two-minute power play.

"I was probably 90 percent sure [it would be a penalty] and I wasn't about to take a chance," Boyle said. "Had it not been a rule, I probably would have looked pretty foolish, but . . . As it was coming toward me, I made the decision. It's not something you see very often. I wasn't sure, but I erred on the cautious side."

Rangers impress Sutter

Kings coach Darryl Sutter admires the Rangers' speed and lamented the Kings' inability to keep up the pace.

"We had trouble keeping up with a fast team," he said. "There is two ways of neutralizing speed: be fast yourself, or slow them down. Even on the Carter line, we couldn't handle it . . . You need to be able to skate with them. You have to be able to check, and some top players tonight were not in the checking mood."

Blue notes

With their two power-play goals, the Rangers moved into eighth in the NHL (21.2 percent) and have scored 10 times in the last 23 opportunities . . . The penalty kill was 4-for-4 . . . The Rangers have won a road game against Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles and Vancouver in the same season for the first time in franchise history . . . When leading after two periods, the Rangers are 17-0-1 . . . When Kevin Klein and Lee Stempniak scored 19 seconds apart in the second period, it was the fourth time this season that the Rangers have scored twice in less than a minute . . . Klein and Derick Brassard (two assists) each extended his point streak to four games.

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