Hometown hero Coyle ‘just trying to do his part' after starring Game 1 role


BRIGHTON, Mass. – Charlie Coyle has undoubtedly enjoyed the last couple of days.

After all, the Weymouth kid scored the game-tying and overtime game-winning goals in Game 1 for his hometown Boston Bruins in Thursday night’s series-opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and then got to celebrate with one of his lifelong buddies Chris Wagner on the ice afterward.

Wagner yelling to Coyle, “How do you like playing at home?” right after the goal is the kind of stuff young hockey buddies all around New England dream of doing one day if they’re lucky enough to grow up and play for the Bruins.

There’s also the simple fact that Coyle has monumentally shown up in the postseason with five goals scored in eight games, and a third line that’s really showing a ton of life with Marcus Johansson and Wagner on either side of him.

“I just try to use my abilities and size to be the best player that I can for my team,” said Coyle. “When playoff time comes around, it’s a big man’s game and you want to step up to that challenge. There’s more responsibility and more challenges, and you’re just trying to step up to that as a team. I’m just trying to do my part.”

So Coyle should be feeling sky-high confidence wise right now, but he’s also experienced enough to know that it’s not going to automatically carry over for him into tonight’s important Game 2 at TD Garden.

“It was good. It was just great to get the win, and doing it in front of friends and family was great,” said Coyle. “But that’s over and done with now and we need to focus on the task at hand, which is Game 2 tonight. I’m just preparing for that.

“We just need to get into our game again because we know they are going to have a better start. That’s a no-brainer. We’re kind of figuring they’re going to come out like we did in that Game 2 against Toronto after losing the first one. We’re expecting their best and we’re expecting our best. We need to get to it right away and keep building from there.”

One additional thing going for Coyle headed into Game 2?

It looks like David Krejci might just play after making it through Saturday’s morning skate, and that would leave Coyle’s highly effective third line intact and ready to keep “doing their part” when the puck drops for the B’s and Blue Jackets.

It looks like the B's just might not have any changes as both Krejci and Matt Grzelcyk participated in Saturday's morning skate: 











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