First, the good news, which is that Boyle told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that he's doing okay.
Texted with Dan Boyle, he wanted to thank fans for well wishes: "I'm doing ok, thank you for your concern and support...'' con't...— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 16, 2013
Boyle con't: "Means a lot to me. I've never once taken this game or any of my fans for granted. Hope to be back soon.''— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 16, 2013
But tensions ran high in the Sharks locker room following the game, where players were outspoken in their criticism of St. Louis' Maxim Lapierre.
“Things like that happen, especially when idiots are idiots,” Sharks center Joe Pavelski told CSNBayArea.com. “Dan's a world-class defenseman, there's straight numbers [from behind]. There's guys in this league that will target that. It doesn't matter. They just go. It sucks.”
Logan Couture was even more critical, even referencing Lapierre's past. The 28-year-old was suspended four games in 2010 for a hit on Scott Nichol.
“A player that probably shouldn't even be in the league is taking out one of the best players in the world. That guy's got a history," Couture told CSNBayArea.com. "After the first shift, he's yelling at us from their bench that he's coming after us, and then he does that. I don't even know. It's pretty gutless. Then he turtles. Be a man if you make a hit like that. Don't turtle and run behind the linesman.”
Lapierre received a five-minute major for boarding, and he has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety.