SAN JOSE, Calif. - Dan Boyle, who played with the Sharks for six seasons, didn't know how he would react during Saturday night's planned video tribute for him.
"I left here with my health and my head held high," said Boyle, 38, who wasn't offered a contract last summer and accepted a two-year, $9-million offer from the Rangers, a team for which his favorite player, Brian Leetch, also played.
Boyle, who holds Sharks records for points and assists by a defenseman, said he doesn't keep a regular eye on his former club. "I did early on when the season started," he said. "I'll check every once in a while, but I'm not glued to it every day. I don't get overly concerned about it. I wish them well and hope they do well, except against us."
But there was no doubt that Boyle dearly wanted to win in his return -- and the Rangers did, 3-1. "There's a lot of guys that talked smack for six years and it'll be fun to be on the other side of it," he said. "You want to make sure you get the win because a lot of guys have big mouths and they're going to rub it in your face for a little while, and I won't get a chance to settle that score for another year."
Career year for Klein
If there were All-Star votes for career years, defenseman Kevin Klein would have a bucketful of ballots.
Klein, who entered 2014-15 with 17 goals in 433 NHL games, primarily with the Predators, has eight goals in 37 games this season. He entered Saturday with a four-game point streak (a goal and three assists).
Coach Alain Vigneault knew of Klein's defensive prowess; he leads the Rangers with a plus-15. The scoring? "Didn't really expect it . . . Big bonus."
Forward Tanner Glass (0-1-1 and a minus-12 in 29 games) was a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game, his longest stretch . . . Defenseman Matt Hunwick was scratched for the third straight game.