MATT: There were a few choices here, but ultimately, I'm taking Brian Boyle, who scored his fourth goal of the season in the opening minutes of the first period. Boyle, along with the entire fourth-line, have been playing the best hockey of the season over the last two weeks or so. Boyle's biggest contribution of the night — aside from the goal — was Boyle's effectiveness on the penalty kill. The Rangers took too many penalties last night, but guys like Boyle were able to make sure they did not do them in, finishing with 2:31 of ice time on the PK. The Rangers need the fourth-line to keep playing the way they have been, as balance like this is necessary for successful teams.
JIM: You are right on multiple accounts here, not the least of which is that there are several candidates for Unsung Hero, but I am with you, Brian Boyle deserves this honor as the Blueshirts fourth line delivers again, scoring a clutch goal for the third straight contest--Dom Moore on Sunday, Daniel Carcillo on Wednesday, and Boyle on Friday. He showed some pretty nice hands on that goal, too, deflecting home Marc Staal's slap shot; but what I liked best was that Boyle planted himself in front of the Islanders net to score the goal. As you pointed out Boyle's main contributions came on the penalty kill where he won faceoffs, limited scoring chances, and again paired with Carl Hagelin up front to form an extremely effective combination.