Injuries force Lightning to play Boyle as a real forward

The Elbow staff

EDMONTON, AB – Thanks to yet another injury in their top six, the Lightning had their hands forced into a difficult roster move prior to their game against the Oilers on Saturday.

After announcing earlier this week that both Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat would be out day-to-day, the team was put in the unfortunate position of asking Brian Boyle to contribute on the scoresheet.

"Obviously this is not the situation that we wanted to be in," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said before the game. "But when you're hit by the injury bug like we have been recently, you have to ask guys to play roles they're not used to playing."

According to a source in the team, Boyle did not take the news well.

"There was quite a bit of confusion in the meeting," the source said. "It mainly centred around what the move would involve, and how he could achieve it."

"Changing his game from being a policeman with a toy gun to someone who has a real job is not easy."

Boyle's chance to shine against the Oilers was saved for the shootout, with reporters at Rogers Place on Sunday morning saying that goalie Cam Talbot is still waiting for the shot to come in.

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