Boyle draws a lot of attention from Flames

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:37 PM ET


 Perhaps Dan Boyle should replace his No. 22 with a target.

 All game long last night in the opener of the Stanley Cup final, the Calgary Flames went after him -- not in a particularly dirty fashion but just to minimize his involvement.

 Boyle is a fine skater and an excellent rusher, often the spearhead of the Tampa Bay Lightning attack.

 So the Flames did what they could to negate Boyle's effectiveness.

 "That's fine," Boyle said after Tampa could not defend its home ice in dropping a 4-1 decision to the Flames.

 "Obviously, my game is to try to get involved offensively and (Flames) are a team that really finishes their checks. They don't let you go.

 "I turned over the puck a few times behind the net and those are plays I've made a million times before.

 "For whatever reason, it came off my stick a little off. But you've got to create your own bounces."

 Boyle is not the kind of person who makes excuses and he wasn't about to offer any in the aftermath of Tampa's loss.

 "I definitely don't think the effort was enough," he said.

 "We worked hard, but at this point in the playoffs, you've got to give everything you've got. They definitely gave it their all and we came up short."

 Yet, despite having said that, he felt the Lightning didn't get the breaks.

 "It was kind of the way things went," he said. "Their first goal was a bad bounce. Their second goal hops over Freddy Modin's stick. The third goal, for whatever reason, I thought I had it, but it hops over my stick and it's gone. It's in the net.

 "The whole night we were trying to do things out there but it just wasn't crisp. It just wasn't clicking."


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