Brian Boyle

Boyle's hat trick helps Devils defeat Penguins

New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle wants to serve as a role model in the fight against cancer.

He certainly was inspiring on Monday night.

The cancer survivor scored three times for his first career hat trick, leading the Devils to a 5-1 victory over the slumping Pittsburgh Penguins.

Boyle got his natural hat trick on "Hockey Fights Cancer" night in Pittsburgh. It included two power-play goals and two redirections in front of the net.

"I love these nights, I really do," Boyle said. "Just the initiative and seeing the survivors on the ice and being recognized. Sometimes you feel kind of alone. It can be a dark place at times...