As Brian Boyle stood at his locker room stall, draped in an army camouflage jacket awarded to a New Jersey Devil player after each game for sticking up for his teammates, Boyle talked about inspiration.

Boyle had just scored in the Devils' 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks, Boyle's second goal of the season.

"I’ll probably remember it for a while because this day, start-to-finish, has been pretty inspiring for me with the people we’ve seen here, and the fan reaction," Boyle said.

He was the last Devils player to meet with the media, having been tied up earlier with postgame television obligations. While Boyle remained on the ice, and addressed the sell-out Prudential Center crowd that chanted his name, his teammates also talked about inspiration. They talked about Boyle.

"He’s been an inspiration to all of us all year," Taylor Hall said.

"He’s been an important part of it on and off the ice," Cory Schneider said, "and with everything that has gone on the first few months here, it’s almost hard to believe."

And then Boyle sauntered into the locker room, the media gathered around his lavender nameplate, specially outfitted for a special occasion that Boyle made all the more special with his goal.