GOLD STAR: Charlie Coyle continued his torrid 2019 postseason for the Bruins as he scored the tying and winning strike, and now has five goals in the playoffs for the Black and Gold after scoring just a couple after arriving in the regular season.
The first goal for the third-line center allowed him to make up for a turnover that led to the first Columbus goal in the third period. The overtime winner was a beautiful tap-in where he cut to the net and buried a feed from Marcus Johansson.
Coyle finished with the two goals, two shots on net and three registered hits in his 16:37 of ice time, but the timing of the goals was about as clutch as you can get. How many times do you think a young Coyle dreamed of doing that in Weymouth, Mass., when he was a kid?
BLACK EYE: Invisible game from Matt Duchene after he dominated the first round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Duchene didn’t get a single shot on net and really didn’t do much of anything with his speed and skill. Part of it certainly was the trick-or-treat nature of him as a player, but credit also the Bruins for doing the job on him defensively when he was out on the ice.
Artemi Panarin finished with an assist on the night, but he also really wasn’t a consistently dangerous force for a Blue Jackets team that could have really used that in the latter half of the game. One would expect both will be much, much better in Game 2 on Saturday night.
TURNING POINT: The Bruins clearly took a gut-punch from the when Columbus scored twice in a 13-second span in the third period, and briefly took a 2-1 lead. But credit the Bruins for sticking with it and seeing things through to the end, and eventually, their third line busted through again with Coyle scoring the tying goal on a one-timer bullet that bounced in and out of the net so quickly that people in the press box weren’t even sure it was a goal. That score energized the Bruins and sent them on their way to the eventual OT winner from Coyle.
HONORABLE MENTION: Noel Acciari was another role player who factored in a massive way for the Bruins with his shorthanded goal in the first period. It came amidst the Bruins outshooting the Blue Jackets 14-4 and Sergei Bobrovsky standing on his head to keep the B’s off the scoreboard.
It would have been a major bummer for the Bruins if they had gone through the first period without lighting the lamp. Even just the single goal felt like a missed opportunity, but at least Acciari gave them the early lead that they rode for a couple of periods. Without the shorthanded strike, the B’s might have lost this game.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1 – The number of shots on net for David Pastrnak in Game 1 as he continued to be off target with his shots and have difficulty cleanly handling the puck. It sure looks like something is wrong with his hands.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “His buddies probably expect him to get a hat trick next game, that’s the problem. Listen, [Coyle] has got to be excited. I think in Minnesota they didn’t have much luck in terms of getting to the second round, so he’s probably excited he’s advancing. Now you’re at home. Now you’re the hero of the game, so I think it’s awesome. Good for him. Great story.” –Bruce Cassidy, on Weymouth native Charlie Coyle scoring the tying and winning goals for the Bruins.
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