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Lightning’s Brian Boyle races home after Game 2 to witness son’s birth (pic)

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Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle seemed to be floating on air during the team’s morning skate on Wednesday, but not because he and his teammates knotted up its Eastern Conference Finals series with the New York Rangers at one game apiece.

Instead, the 30-year-old veteran had just experienced something that arguably even puts a hockey player’s relentless pursuit of the Stanley Cup in its proper perspective: Witnessing the birth of his child.

Boyle hurriedly raced back to Florida on a flight right after Tampa’s 6-2 throttling of the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, arriving home at 2 a.m. After taking a quick nap he traveled to the hospital and was present as wife Lauren gave birth to  9-pound, 5-ounce Declan Gabriel Boyle, the couple’s first child.

“Our whole world begins and ends with you…” Boyle tweeted along with the above photograph.

The entire experience understandably is still sinking in for Boyle.

“I’ve never been that scared and happy at the same time,” Boyle said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “When we first heard him, it was pretty emotional. When I first saw him, I was petrified I guess, I was in charge of this human. It was just joy, holding him, being around him. When he sneezed it was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. It was cool.”

Boyle gave all due and deserved credit to his wife, whom he married last July after he left the Rangers and signed with the Lightning.

“She handled planning a wedding through the playoffs last year, she handled a third trimester in the playoffs and having a baby this year,” Boyle said. “She’s really special, I’m very lucky.”

Boyle also feels pretty fortunate thanks to a little bundle of joy he gratefully was able to welcome into the world.

“I’m trying to soak it all in,” Boyle said, via the New York Post. “He’s beautiful. We’re very lucky.”