Tampa Bay Lightning: Five Players We’re Thankful For This Season

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May 7, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle (11) against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period in game four of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

3. Brian Boyle

There is no doubt in our minds that Brian Boyle is one of the key pieces to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s lineup. Judging by the way he has been playing lately, Boyle may be on his way to having an even better season than the one he experienced last season in his first year with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The thirty year old Hingham native known as Brian Boyle is by far one of the most versatile players on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Whatever needs to be done, you can bet your bottom dollar Boyle is up to the task; whether it be playing up front, doubling in for defense, or even the player who gets the call to be double-shifted.

So far this season, Brian Boyle has played in 19 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. In that amount of time, Boyle has managed to score four goals and two assists for a total of six points. While this may not seem like a lot, especially for someone with as much talent as Boyle, it is how he performs on the ice that has the most impact on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Brian Boyle is another one of the players who had an impact in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-0 shutout win over the Anaheim Ducks.

After the aforementioned J.T. Brown breaks up a play behind the Ducks’ net, Brown hands the puck off to the already waiting stick of Brian Boyle. Even as he is on his way to the ice on one knee, Boyle still finds a way to put the puck behind Anaheim Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen.

If there is anyone on this team we would like to have as a member of our Fantasy Roster, and more importantly as part of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s roster, it is someone like Brian Boyle. Thankfully, Boyle doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

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