Brian Boyle’s misfortune is Chris Kreider’s gain.
That was the story out of New York on Wednesday, as the Rangers announced they called up Kreider from AHL Connecticut.
The move comes after Boyle suffered a right leg injury during a 4-2 loss to Philly on Tuesday.
Boyle was hurt on a hit by Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn with 6:09 to play in the first period, and didn’t return to the contest.
After the game he appeared to be wearing a brace underneath his suit pants, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
So, sounds like Boyle will be replaced by Kreider in the lineup on Thursday when the Rangers take on Florida.
Kreider, 21, was sent back to Connecticut on Apr. 3 and has since appeared in six games for the Whale, scoring 1G-3A.
In 17 games with the Rangers this season, he’s posted 2G-1A.
For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.
The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.
They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.
It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.
Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)
Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.
This post will be updated if there’s video of that staggering sequence.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
Here’s video of Abdelkader’s hat trick: