Tortorella: I lied
And he said it with a little smile on his face, too.
Coach John Tortorella said he knew defenseman Dan Boyle (out 11 weeks after a second surgery to repair tendons in his left wrist) was going to play Thursday against the Senators for the first time since Nov. 3. And he said he knew the tumult it would cause among reporters after the morning skate. So when asked if Boyle would play, Tortorella said no.
"I just didn't want you guys bugging him,'' Tortorella said when asked about it Monday.
That was it? No new information? No smoke screen to throw off the Senators?
"That was it,'' Tortorella said. "Everybody was trying to figure it out. I just didn't want you guys bugging him in the morning.''
As for Boyle, both he and his agent George Bazos said the defenseman, who scored two goals, came through the game with flying colors despite playing a team-high 24:25.
"I surprised myself,'' Boyle said.
More in tomorrow's paper.
Also, center Brad Richards apparently has a slight case of mono that did not keep him from practicing Monday. He is expected to play against the Sabres.