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Charlie Coyle hopes for bigger role with Bruins during upcoming season

Charlie Coyle hopes for bigger role with Bruins during upcoming season

Boston Bruins hometown hero Charlie Coyle is ready for his rather short summer away from hockey to be over.

The 27-year-old Weymouth, Mass. native is looking forward to the 2019-20 NHL season, and he's set some pretty high standards for himself heading into the upcoming year. Coyle noted that he would like to play a bigger role with the Bruins during the upcoming campaign in a recent interview with NHL Network's Brian Lawton on "NHL Tonight."

"I obviously want to be better for my team," Coyle told Lawton. "You know, the whole contract thing and being unrestricted coming up, yeah it's in the back of your mind and you want to play well but I want to be a better player for the team. I know we have a team that can make another run and I want to be a bigger part than what I was last year and I want to do that right from the start."

"So I'm really looking forward to playing with this team right from the getgo, right from the season start rather than coming in halfway through," said Coyle. "Like I said, we have the team to do something again and I want to be a bigger part of that and make sure I'm doing the right things for the team."

Considering he wants to make a splash with the Bruins this coming season, Coyle needed to put in extra training this summer, and he did just that.

"I took a few weeks off, and then slowly got back in the gym," Coyle said. "You know, obviously you go through body work and make sure you're working properly and fix any aches and pains. Get into the weights and getting stronger, the usual stuff and a few weeks after that I got on the ice mid-July and you start to crank it up a little bit and, you know, make sure you're prepared and work on some things that you need to work on in your game to become a better player this year."

Through 21 games with Boston last season, Coyle tallied two goals and four assists for six points while exploding in the playoffs, tallying 16 points (nine goals and seven assists) through 24 games. With an open roster spot on David Krejci's right wing, the veteran very well could get a shot to prove himself as a top-six forward and see increased ice time before he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the close of the season.

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Talking Points from the Bruins 4-2 win over the Leafs

Talking Points from the Bruins 4-2 win over the Leafs

Here are Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs Saturday night in Boston.

GOLD STAR: Brett Ritchie was pretty quiet for much of the first few weeks of the season after scoring in the season opener, but the Bruins power forward is getting hot at the right time for the Black and Gold. Ritchie scored the game-winning goal in the third period to break open a tie hockey game and played the kind of solid, strong game that the Bruins had in mind when they signed him as a free agent in the first place. Ritchie’s goal was simply good things happening to somebody that was hanging around the net as Jake DeBrusk’s shot bounced off a Leafs defender, and then landed right on the stick of Ritchie powering to the net. He flicked the shot past Michael Hutchinson for his second goal of the season, and added four shot attempts, four hits and a takeaway in his 13:26 of effective ice time.

BLACK EYE: Mitch Marner has routinely been a guy that kills the Bruins, but he was not very noticeable at all for the Maple Leafs against Boston. Instead he was on the ice for a couple of goals against in his 21:26 of ice time, was shut off the scoreboard and had three shots on net while doing very little else while Alex Kerfoot, Kasperi Kapanen and William Nylander accounted for the goals for the Leafs. Marner did his damage in the overtime win for Toronto last weekend when Boston traveled up to Canada, but he couldn’t summon that kind of speed and energy for the home-and-home rematch in Boston. Both Marner and Auston Matthews were average at best on Tuesday night and that’s why they ended up losing.

TURNING POINT: The game was tied 2-2 and the Bruins were playing a team that was going on the second night of back-to-back games with travel, so one would expect that the third period was going to be a good one for the Black and Gold. And it was. The B’s outshot the Leafs by a 14-8 margin in the final 20 minutes as it was pretty clear that Toronto was lacking in the skating legs department, and they poured on the two goals that ended up being the difference in the game. Certainly the Brett Ritchie goal six minutes into the period gave the Bruins confidence as front-runners on the scoreboard, and then killing the late penalty that turned into Par Lindholm’s goal was the coup de grace in the final period.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Pastrnak continues to dazzle with his offensive skill, his game-breaking ability and the way he has carried the team in the first month of the season. He had a goal taken away in the first period when an offside was successfully challenged by the Leafs, but then he came back with a between-the-legs score that will make highlight reels for the rest of his career. It was Pastrnak’s NHL-leading 10th goal of the season, the 300th point of his NHL career and exactly what the Bruins were looking for to take the momentum headed into the first intermission. Pastrnak added five shots on net, seven shot attempts and he threw a nifty centering pass to Brad Marchand for his own goal in the second period.

BY THE NUMBERS: 500 – the number of career NHL games for Tuukka Rask, who also won his 269th career game in another milestone event against the Maple Leafs team that drafted him.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Everything catches my eye with him right now. He’s just on it.” –Bruce Cassidy on David Pastrnak, who has 10 goals and 17 points in nine games this season.

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Don Sweeney issues update on Karson Kuhlman: Out at least four weeks

Don Sweeney issues update on Karson Kuhlman: Out at least four weeks

The Boston Bruins will be without another player for an extended period of time. 

Winger Karson Kuhlman sustained a hairline nondisplaced fracture to his right tibia in Boston's 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Oct. 19 and will be reevaluated in four weeks.

Kuhlman, 24, earned the spot on David Krejci's right wing out of training camp. And although he hasn't recorded a point through eight contests, he's played an integral role in Boston's offense.The Minnesota-Duluth product has played 19 NHL games with Boston, tallying five points (three goals, two assists). 

In this case, it looks like recently-recalled Anders Bjork will remain with Boston for some time -- at least until Krejci and/or Joakim Nordstrom return.

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