Charlie Coyle

Bruins redecorate the visitors' locker room in St. Louis for a little motivation

Bruins redecorate the visitors' locker room in St. Louis for a little motivation

It seems the Bruins have already done a little redecorating in the visitors' locker room at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Framed photos of Zdeno Chara hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2011 and Bobby Orr swigging champagne from it in '72, as well as another of David Krejci smooching Lord Stanley's trophy eight years ago,  now adorn the walls of the room.

The images were captured by the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys who tweeted the video that features Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak talking about the motivation the photos provide. 

The Bruins look to take a 2-1 series lead tonight in Game 3, the first Stanley Cup Final game played in St. Louis since Orr's crew swept the Blues back in '70.

“Just little reminders of what it could be like, what’s here for us, what’s at stake, and the great opportunity in front of us,” Coyle said. “Always catch yourself looking around and just, kind of, taking it in. It’s a really good touch.”

Said Pastrnak: "It's what you've worked for your whole life."

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How Charlie Coyle made Massachusetts proud with last Bruins playoff goal

How Charlie Coyle made Massachusetts proud with last Bruins playoff goal

Charlie Coyle probably dreamed of scoring a playoff goal for the Boston Bruins as a kid growing up in Weymouth, Mass.

We're not sure he imagined scoring seven.

The Bruins forward, who spent all of his formative years in the area at Boston College High School and Boston University, notched his seventh goal of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Wednesday's Game 2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.

And by doing so, he became the most prolific local scorer in Bruins franchise history.

Coyle moved past Winchester, Mass., native John Carter and Concord, Mass., native Bob Sweeney, who each scored six goals during their respective runs to the Stanley Cup Final.

Coyle's seven goals this postseason trail only Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron for the most on the team, as the 27-year-old trade deadline pickup has been a revelation for the Bruins in April and March.

He scored just two goals in 21 games since coming to Boston from the Minnesota Wild in late February, but already has more than tripled that total through 19 games in the Cup playoffs.

Coyle is hoping for a different fate than Carter and Sweeney, though: Both players lost in the Cup Final, while the B's and Blue are knotted at 1-1 entering Game 3 in St. Louis.

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Charlie Coyle on Stanley Cup: 'It’s time to go earn it'

Charlie Coyle on Stanley Cup: 'It’s time to go earn it'

Charlie Coyle will see the first Stanley Cup Final action of his career. He is playing for his hometown team, the Boston Bruins, and is looking to help them bring home their first Cup since 2011. 

But, there's something else motivating Coyle as well.

In a recent piece posted on The Players' Tribune, Coyle talked about wanting to win the Cup not just for the Bruins, but for his nearby hometown of Weymouth. Here's a look at his inspiring words ahead of the first game of the Cup Final.

I want to win a Cup for Boston and Weymouth — for all the great people from my town who’ve supported me every step of the way. And I want to win one for all my cousins back home who I know are going to be losing their minds as soon as that puck drops.

Honestly I don’t how I got here — but man, what an opportunity. Only four wins stand between us and the greatest trophy in sports. This city – these people – they deserve it. Now it’s time to go earn it.

Let’s bring it home.

Coyle's hope to bring a championship to Weymouth has significance, as he talked about his run through the Super Eight tournament with Weymouth in the piece. Their unlikely success ended with a bitter 6-1 loss in the championship game of that tournament. Safe to say, Coyle is hoping for a different result in this year's Stanley Cup and hopes to make his hometown proud.

Coyle didn't really expect to get this opportunity when the season opened. A midseason trade to the Bruins from the Minnesota Wild was a big change of scenery from him, as he went from a middling team to a true contender, but he has proven to be just the jolt that the Bruins needed on the third line.

So far in the postseason, Coyle has been one of the Bruins' best players. He has logged 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) and has a rating of plus-9, good for third on the team. The B's will need him to keep playing well if they want their success to continue. And Coyle will have to keep his foot on the gas to help bring home the Cup.

The Bruins will take the ice Monday at 8:00 p.m. against the St. Louis Blues. The game will start at 8:00 p.m. and can be seen on NBC or streamed on the NBC Sports App.

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