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Boyle out for at least one week

By DAMIAN CRISTODERO
Published December 8, 2003

NEW YORK - Looking back, Dan Boyle said the worst thing he could have done was play in Saturday's game against the Sabres. The Lightning defenseman still was feeling the effects of a stomach flu.

"But I hate to sit out," he said Sunday.

How about getting knocked out?

Boyle said he was "out cold" for 30 seconds after he was thrown headfirst into the side boards by Buffalo's Ales Kotalik. The result was a concussion Lightning medical trainer Tommy Mulligan said likely will keep him out at least a week.

Boyle, 27, was on the ice for about three minutes before skating to the dressing room with Mulligan's aid. Boyle said he watched a video of the blow but does not remember it.

In fact, he said he doesn't remember anything until he got to the dressing room. The good news, he said, is he does not have any symptoms.

"I shouldn't have played," Boyle said. "It's my fault. I wasn't strong on my skates."

"It's a huge blow," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "He's our first pass out of the end zone. He's our best point man on the power play, and he gets our counter going. But it gives other people an opportunity."

Such as Darren Rumble, who played in his second game of the season and first since Oct. 21 and had 10:51 of ice time, including 1:25 on the power play.

"He comes in and plays 11 solid minutes," Tortorella said. "He can step into a game like that with a lot of rust on him and is able to handle it because he's smart mentally and through his positioning."

ST. LOUIS BREAKS OUT: Martin St. Louis broke a nine-game scoring drought with his breakaway, power-play goal in the second period that tied the score at 2.

But the Lightning right wing, who got his sixth goal and an assist on Cory Sarich's winner, didn't see any reason to gloat.

"Like the team, I haven't been playing well at all," he said. "I expect more of myself. It went in (Sunday). I'm happy about it, I guess."

St. Louis' 14:47 of ice time was five minutes less than his average.

ALSO LOSING ICE: Center Brad Richards, with one goal in 18 games, had 15:32 of ice time. That was 2:05 more than Saturday but still almost five minutes less than his average.

"We have a number of guys fighting it," Tortorella said. "We need to try to win every night. And some other guys have taken their ice time."

ODDS AND ENDS: Right wing Ben Clymer, who also sustained a concussion Saturday, is expected to miss at least a week. ... Defenseman Brad Lukowich and left wing Chris Dingman had season highs of ice time of 22:02 and 14:26, respectively. ... Left wing Andre Roy (knee) was scratched.

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