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Rangers’ Boyle says sitting out ‘infuriating’

Feb 12, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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New York center Brian Boyle will be a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game when the Rangers face the Bruins on Tuesday.

Clearly, he’s not happy about it.

“I know I can be a good player and effective player in this League and on this team,” he said after the morning skate. “It’s infuriating sitting out, it’s awful.

“And it’s pissing me off a lot.”

Getting scratched against the Bruins probably has an extra sting for Boyle, a Boston native.

He’s never really had success against the club — 14 games, zero goals, minus-5 rating — and now must suffer the ignominy of being benched in his hometown.

But it’s not like the scratch comes without reason.

Boyle’s struggles this season are well documented, going beyond his ugly stat line (no goals, one assist, minus-3) as Rangers head coach John Tortorella took aim at Boyle’s poor performance in various facets of the game, including two he values highly.

“[Boyle] hasn’t done a good job killing penalties; I don’t think he’s done a good enough job blocking shots,” Tortorella said last week.

While it might sound like the relationship between player and coach is at an all-time low, Torts was quick to point out he hasn’t written off Boyle entirely.

“When Brian gets in, like I said, I hope he never lets me put myself in this decision again,” Tortorella explained. “”I believe Brian will be a big part of it, I just don’t know when I’ll change the lineup.”

  1. rpiotr01 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    He hasn’t been able to buy a goal this year and I’ve always thought he played soft for a big guy. Should be throwing his weight around a hell of a lot more. No speed, little power, no productivity – and HE’s pissed off?

  2. nhbsfan - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    “I hate the Bruins. I hate them with a passion,” Boyle said prior to tonight’s tilt against New York. “That’s how it’s supposed to be, I think, and that’s how it’s been for a while. Last year they won and congratulations to them, but it really made me upset. I was pretty angry about it.”

    He seems pissed off a lot. I bet being a scratch against Boston really pissed him off…

    http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/14/rangers-boyle-i-hate-the-bruins-i-hate-them-with-a-passion/

    Awww…poor guy. *sniff*

  3. dropthepuckeh - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    He would look good in the spoked “B” and I’m pretty sure he could amend his story to include it was always his dream to play for Boston etc…..

    • nach0mancandysandwich - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      What would you trade for him? Just curious.

  4. mrpickled - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Torts is a jack off

  5. stakex - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    The Rangers have won the two games in which Boyle has say, and they won them by a combined score of 9-2. Sorry to say it, but the Rangers are finally starting to click… and they are doing it without Boyle in the lineup. If this keeps up and no one get injured, I just don’t see Boyle getting back in the lineup any time soon.

    On the flip side, its a good thing hes pissed…. he should be. He should be pissed that hes played so bad that hes in this position, and he should use that anger to light a fire under his game when he gets a chance again.

  6. johnstone17 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    When your play is sub standard Brian, this is whay happens.

  7. ram11273 - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    I think Boyle should be in and Halpern out.

  8. uscthom78 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I have to imagine that his blooding is boyling right now.

  9. pwilson264 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    i like boyle, i think with tort;s sitting him, when put by in the lineup he will preform much better, sometimes being sat make’s you play that much harder. hope to see him back soon.

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