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Bruins' Charlie Coyle has fun story behind 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' video

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Bruins' Charlie Coyle has fun story behind 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' video

BRIGHTON, Mass. — If you’re a Bruins fan, you’ve probably seen by now the viral video of Charlie Coyle playing “Rock, Paper, Scissors” with a young Bruins fan during pregame warm-ups in Buffalo on Friday night.

The fact that it was actually spelled “Rock, Paper, Sissors” on the sign just made it all the better.

The video showed Coyle and the young fan playing the game three times with the youngster finally winning a puck from the Weymouth native on the third and final trip that the Bruins center made over to the side boards where the fan was holding the sign. Well, according to Coyle it actually went on for much longer than that, which makes the story even better of the interaction between the Bruins player and the adoring young hockey fan.

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“I had never seen [a rock, paper, scissors sign] before, so I thought it was pretty clever,” said Coyle. “I usually do my warm-ups on the other side [of the ice] and I thought ‘Oh, somebody will be over there playing with him.’ I thought it was pretty creative, and he still had the sign up toward the end [of warm-ups] so I thought I’d go over there and play with him for a little bit.

“It was funny because the video only showed me doing it three times with him. When I first went up to him I did three separate [games] with him and I beat him every time. So I was 3-0 and then his friend banged on the glass and said ‘my turn’ and he beat me right away. So I tossed him a puck. I’m pretty sure I did one more with the kid and I beat him again.

"So then I went and did a lap, and that’s when the laps started happening. So I think I beat him a good seven times and I was feeling pretty good about my rock, paper, scissors shoot game. I was starting to think I might get stuck out there with the Zambonis coming out. I wanted to give one to him so bad. And he finally won, and I had a lot of fun with it. You could tell they were having fun with it and having some smiles."

Coyle has shown an eagerness throughout his career to interact with the young fans by the glass during warm-ups, and it probably goes back to his days as a young Weymouth kid watching his older cousin Tony Amonte go through warm-ups at the Garden. Amonte always did something for the Boston kids hanging around by the glass during warm-ups and now Coyle gladly carries on the tradition when he sees Bruins fans.

“When my cousin Tony Amonte was playing and we’d go for warm-ups, we’d have the face paint on and the jerseys. He used to shoot a couple in the stands and we’d hopefully get one or two [pucks],” said Coyle. “Kids eat that stuff up, you know? You see more and more signs now and they’re being more creative. It makes it fun and a little more entertaining. It lets the kids have some fun and that’s really what it’s all about.”

So does the video show the B’s center making a Charlie Coyle fan for life after playing the shoot game with him for a puck?

“I don’t know,” said Coyle with a smile. “But I’ve got his number in rock, paper, scissors. I’m 7-1 against him.”

Brad Marchand disses Ryan Lindgren after exchanging blows

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Brad Marchand disses Ryan Lindgren after exchanging blows

Brad Marchand had a feisty game against the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon that included notching his 51st assist of the season in the 3-1 win at Madison Square Garden. The Bruins left winger also got into it physically with a few Rangers players along the way, including former Bruins prospect and current Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren.

Lindgren lined Marchand up for a hit in front of the Rangers bench in the first period that the B’s forward sidestepped, and then the two scuffled in a sequence that landed Lindgren in the box with a retaliatory roughing penalty.

During a key stretch late in the second period, it was Lindgren again starting a shoving match with Patrice Bergeron in front of the New York net. Marchand stepped in to help defend his linemate during the scrum, but then got knocked off his feet by a nasty cross-check from behind by Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich.  

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The force of the impact knocked Marchand’s helmet off and sent him flying to the ice, but he ended up getting the only penalty called against him. The Bruins got the last laugh, though, when Charlie Coyle scored the shorthanded game-winner during the ensuing Rangers power play, and Marchand was spotted celebrating in the penalty box after the breakaway goal.  

After the game, the ever-quotable Marchand was asked about Lindgren by reporters in New York, and he let the bottom-pairing Rangers defenseman have it by unloading both of his verbal barrels on the youngster.

"He's not going to be a player there that's going to have a very long career,” said Marchand. “I'm not overly concerned about him. ... He's a good, steady defenseman ... All the best to him, hope he does a great job. But I can't see it."

Ouch. Marchand and the Bruins won on the scoreboard, and then again with the postgame chirps from Madison Square Garden.

Bruins-Rangers Talking Points: Charlie Coyle continues dominant play in B's win

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Bruins-Rangers Talking Points: Charlie Coyle continues dominant play in B's win

GOLD STAR: Charlie Coyle has picked up the scoring pace as of late with four goals in his last five games. And now he was scored in two straight games after picking up the shorthanded game-winning goal for the Bruins on Sunday afternoon.

Coyle was a dominant force again on Sunday against the Rangers from his third line center spot and has played with the same kind of strength, motor and relentless play that everybody saw from him in the playoffs last year. Even better, Coyle is now on a pace to get close to 20 goals this season for the Bruins, and his play in Sunday’s game was a beauty. He broke up a play at the Rangers offensive blue line, sped behind the New York power play and then threw a couple of moves at Alexander Georgiev before flipping a forehand bid past him late in the second period.

Coyle finished with the goal, a plus-2 rating, three shots on net and a hit and a takeaway in 15:57 of ice time for the Bruins.

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BLACK EYE: Pavel Buchnevich certainly made a statement about his game on Sunday. He was a team-worst minus-3 and he managed to miss the net with all four of his shot attempts.

But the biggest moment was his cheap cross-check to an unsuspecting Brad Marchand that knocked the Bruins forward’s helmet off as he squared up with Ryan Lindgren after the New York defenseman started trouble with Patrice Bergeron.

Buchnevich also had a giveaway in 17:14 of ice time as many of New York’s best players simply didn’t do enough in a game that the Rangers desperately needed to stay in shouting distance of the playoffs. But it’s amazing that Buchnevich wasn’t called for even a minor penalty for throwing a major cheap shot at one of the NHL’s best players.

TURNING POINT: The turning point for the game was the cheap shot Buchnevich threw on Marchand. Marchand was the only one whistled for a penalty as he cross-checked Lindgren while sticking up for his linemate Bergeron, and then Buchnevich came out of nowhere to knock the Bruins winger off the ice with a cross-check from behind.

The force of the Buchnevich two-hander knocked Marchand’s helmet off, but somehow there was no minor penalty called on him.

As the saying goes, though, the puck don’t lie. With Marchand in the box for what should have been matching penalties, Charlie Coyle scored on a shorthanded breakaway for the game-winning goal at the end of the second period.

HONORABLE MENTION: As has been the case for a number of games since the NHL All-Star break, Charlie McAvoy was one of the best players on the ice for the Bruins. McAvoy scored another goal when his point shot deflected off a Rangers body in front before fluttering in past Georgiev, and gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead in the game.

McAvoy finished with a game-high 24:52 of ice time, scored a goal, had five shot attempts and was a plus-1 rating while throwing two registered hits and blocking a couple of shots as well.

McAvoy played an elite, tough level at both ends of the ice and was pushing the envelope offensively in a way he wasn’t doing earlier in the season when his confidence wasn’t at an all-time high. McAvoy is playing his best hockey of the season right now and Sunday’s win was another example of it.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 – the number of assists in Sunday’s win for the Bruins despite scoring three goals. Brad Marchand had the lone assist on Patrice Bergeron’s empty netter while Charlie McAvoy and Charlie Coyle’s goals were both unassisted earlier in the game.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “He's not going to be a player there that's going to have a very long career. I'm not overly concerned with him." –Brad Marchand on New York Rangers defenseman (and former Bruins prospect) Ryan Lindgren after the two players scuffled a couple of times during Sunday’s matinee.