Flames gut Boyle twice in one night

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:13 PM ET


 Going into the Stanley Cup final, Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle expected trouble from the Flames. But not this.

 While he was playing the third period of the Stanley Cup opener against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night, his house was burning down.

 After the game, he finished an interview with The Toronto Sun and walked to the training room. There he was met by team captain Dave Andreychuk.

 "He told me my house was on fire," Boyle said yesterday. "I thought it was some kind of a joke, but it was reality.

 "I went to the house afterward. I was there until about 3:30 in the morning. I was trying to get things straightened away. I didn't even know where to start, I had so many questions. Its a tough situation."

 Preliminary indications are that the fire in the 15-year-old Tampa house started as a result of an electrical flaw downstairs, worked its way upstairs to Boyle's bedroom, then moved through the attic.

 "One third of the house is burned down," Boyle said. "I lost a lot of my belongings. All my clothes are gone."

 Boyle, 27, also lost a number of mementos, but the puck from his first National Hockey League goal, despite being damaged, is salvageable.

 "They just told me it's going to be six months before things are back to normal," he said. "So it's going to be a long summer unfortunately, but it will be a lot better if we can win this thing."

 Boyle was able to look on the bright side.

 "I'm the only person living there so that's a good thing," he said. "My folks were down for two months until the playoffs started, so I can be thankful that they weren't there or I wasn't there sleeping at night. It could have been a lot worse.

 "Sometimes, being a player in the playoffs, you think you're superhuman, but, honestly, this makes you realize that you're not."

 Now, Boyle says, his problem will be to get his mind back on the Stanley Cup final.

 "Obviously, its not on hockey right now, but come (tonight), I'm going to be ready for Game 2."


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