Defenseman's house suffers heavy damage

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle's
house sustained $300,000 damage after an electrical fire broke out
while he was playing in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final across town
Tuesday night.

"They told me after the game that 'Your house is on fire,'"
Boyle said Wednesday. "I thought it was some kind of a joke, but
it's reality. Sometimes being a player in the playoffs you think
you're superhuman, but this makes you realize you're not."

No one was at Boyle's two-story south Tampa home when the fire
started in the wall of the game room, according to Tampa Fire
Rescue. The fire quickly spread up an outside wall and into the
attic, damaging about one-third of the house.

"My folks were down for two months up until the playoffs so I
can be thankful they weren't there, or I wasn't there sleeping at
night, or it could have been a lot worse," Boyle said.

Firefighters told Boyle they were watching the final minutes of
the Lightning's 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames when the fire was
reported. They arrived at 10:39 p.m. and had the fire under control
in about 20 minutes.

"It's a tough situation," Boyle said. "I lost a lot of my
belongings. The clothes are all gone. They told me six months from
now everything will be back to normal. It's just going to be a long
summer, unfortunately, but it'll be a lot better if we can win this

Boyle, who got a limited amount of sleep Wednesday, said,
"They're trying to keep my mind on hockey but, obviously, it's not
on hockey right now."

"Obviously, he's a little shocked," Lightning captain Dave
Andreychuk said. "I guess anybody would be shocked if your house
has caught on fire when you are not home. I think he settled down a
lot better after we talked to him."

Coach John Tortorella told Boyle not to worry because no one was
injured and the damaged home can be rebuilt.

"It's fine," Tortorella said. "That's just a bunch of wood
burning. There's no one hurt. There's nothing serious that
happened. His insurance will take care of it."

Though Boyle's house was heavily damaged, firefighters saved
keepsakes such as photos, souvenir pucks and jerseys by moving them
to other parts of the house.

"My first NHL goal was in a case; it's going to be all right
but it's a little burnt up," Boyle said. "That's probably the
biggest thing."

Boyle said there were no previous indications anything was wrong
with the house. He also has a house in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that
he bought while playing for the Florida Panthers.

"The house is 15 years old and had never had a problem but, for
whatever reason, it decided to fire up last night," Boyle said.

Boyle, 27, a native of Ottawa, has a goal and seven assists in
the playoffs. He has 37 goals and 114 assists in 325 career
regular-season games, and was a plus-23 with nine goals and 30
assists in a career-high 78 games for the Lightning this season.