The Buzzer: Brian Boyle’s inspirational night

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1. Brian Boyle, New Jersey Devils

Boyle scored his first career hat trick on Hockey Fights Cancer night in Pittsburgh. You can’t write this kind of thing. Boyle was instrumental in New Jersey’s 5-1 thumping of the Penguins and continued to be an inspiration to anyone who is fighting cancer. Boyle’s hatty was of the natural variety, scoring once at even strength before notching the next two on the power play.

2. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers might be without their starter and their backup in goal, but when Giroux is on fire, it doesn’t seem to matter. The Flyers captain had two goals and added an assist as Philly closed out a four-game road trip with a 5-2 win over the surging Arizona Coyotes. The Flyers went 3-0-1 on the road trip despite their issues in the crease. Giroux had six points over those four games.

3. Keith Kinkaid, New Jersey Devils

While Boyle stole the show with his three-goal game, Kinkaid was quietly putting together a solid outing between the pipes. He stopped 35-of-36 shots en route to his sixth win of the season while snapping a two-game skid. Kinkaid made five saves on the power play to make sure the Penguins went 0-for-3.

Highlights of the Night

Boyle’s hat trick:

What a pass:

What a pass?

Factoids

Scores

Islanders 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)

Bruins 2, Stars 1 (OT)

Capitals 4, Oilers 2

Devils 5, Penguins 1

Flyers 5, Coyotes 2


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck