The Boston College Eagles had a very good showing in the 2014 NHL Playoffs, despite no new names getting added to Lord Stanley’s Cup this year.
Chris Kreider, Brian Boyle, and the New York Rangers played three overtime games out of five against the champion Los Angeles Kings and had nothing at all to show for their closely-fought series. Regardless, they and all the other former Eagles did this school very proud, as they always do.
Through the 2014 NHL Playoffs, we have tracked the points totals for individual players and finally have a final tally for Boston College players in this postseason. The table below is sortable in most up-to-date browsers.
BC Eagles in the 2014 NHL Playoffs: Points
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Having played the longest, it is no surprise that Kreider and Boyle lead the way this year. Kreider’s performance in the playoffs this season was particularly impressive considering that he did not appear in the Rangers’ first ten playoff games due to injury.
In Boyle’s case, he is a fourth-line NHL center who has had a knack in recent years for elevating his game in the playoffs. Head coach Alain Vigneault used Boyle appropriately and put him on a line where he could develop chemistry with his linemates.
Kreider and Boyle were not the only former Eagles who had good postseasons, however. For example, Ben Smith of the Chicago Blackhawks came on strong and Brian Gionta, captain of his Montreal Canadiens, scored or assisted on seven goals.
Once more, all former Eagles who participated in the 2014 NHL Playoffs deserve a round of applause for the seasons they had and for representing their alma maters and the programs from which they came with distinction.