Boyle furious over latest benching


Rangers forward (and Boston native) Brian Boyle will be scratched for the third straight game Tuesday against the Boston Bruins and he's not happy about it.

Venting his frustration, the struggling center wants back into the team's lineup and feels he can still contribute to his Rangers squad.

"I didn't play as well as I could've but I know I can be a good player and effective player in this league and on this team," he told reporters Tuesday morning after the team's skate at TD Garden. "It's infuriating sitting out, it's awful. And it's pissing me off a lot."

Gotta imagine John Tortorella likes to see this sort of fire and anguish from Boyle. Although the hulking centerman is fighting it right now, he's showing the requisite desperation to return.

When that will be remains unclear.

"It's not up to me who goes in the lineup, it's up to them. I like the way our guys played the last game, so I don't necessarily look at it as urgency to get a guy in," Tortorella told reporters. "When Brian gets in, like I said, I hope he never lets me put myself in this decision again. Again, I don't make the decisions on the lineup, they do."

Boyle has been limited to just one assists in nine games this season and has posted a disappointing minus-3 rating. The former Boston College standout has also struggled with penalty-killing and shot blocking, two vital facets of the Rangers' game.

Despite sitting him three straight games, Tortorella still expressed faith in Boyle, who played in all 82 games for the team last season.

"I believe Brian will be a big part of it," Tortorella said. "I just don't know when I change the lineup. It depends on what goes on with the players in each game."