Charlie Coyle lives out childhood dream with tying, winning goals in Bruins' Game 1 win

Evan Marinofsky
April 26, 2019 - 12:43 am
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As a young kid growing up in Weymouth, Charlie Coyle dreamed of some day scoring big goals in the NHL. But scoring a game-tying and game-winning goal in Game 1 of a Stanley Cup playoff series while playing for the hometown Bruins?

That probably would've been a little too far-fetched, yet that's exactly what Coyle did Thursday night to give the Bruins a 1-0 series lead over the Blue Jackets.

"Either with friends or by myself you always think about that stuff and play scenarios in your head and what it'd be like when you're older," said Coyle. "I think most times you envision yourself in the future. I think we've all done that." 

Bruins fans have a special affinity for hometown kids, as was evident by Weymouth trending on Twitter after the game. 

"I think in Minnesota they didn't have much luck getting to the second round so he's probably excited," said head coach Bruce Cassidy. "He's advancing. Now you're at home. Now you're the hero. I think it's awesome. Good for him. Great story." 

But what became a lifelong dream actually started as a nightmare. 

It began 7:39 into the third period. Coyle brought the puck back into his own end to try to settle the play down. He saw the weakside defenseman -- Charlie McAvoy -- and tried to thread the needle. Riley Nash intercepted the pass. 

That turnover started the sequence that ended just seconds later in Brandon Dubinsky tipping a shot past Tuukka Rask to tie the game at 1-1.

All of that was perfect fuel for a blame-filled nightmare. 

"I had a costly turnover in the third period," said Coyle. "You can't have that during the game. To my teammates, to (Rask) I owe a lot more. I'm just glad we kept playing and got to go out there and redeem ourselves." 

Roughly eight minutes later, Coyle made the shift from having a nightmare to a dream. 

As Marcus Johansson skated down his off-wing, he shoveled a pass through three Blue Jackets defenders and right in the wheelhouse for Coyle to one-time it past Sergei Bobrovsky. 

If Coyle put the Garden crowd on silent with his turnover, he sent them to max-level volume with his game-tying goal. 

Chris Wagner, another Massachusetts native, didn't even know the one-timer had gone in given how quickly it bounced right back out of the net. 

"I went to chase the puck after and then he started cellying," said Wagner. "I was like 'I guess I trust him.'" 

Since coming to Boston, Coyle has slotted in well as the third line center for a team that was dying to add one at the trade deadline. 

"Secondary scoring is something we need," said Cassidy. "We lacked it at times this year and we've found it and it's really helped us. He's been a big part of that. Very happy for him. He's a hard working guy."

The secondary scoring continued into overtime when Coyle tipped home the game-winner. 

Johansson threw up an aerial pass that Danton Heinen caught and sent back to Johansson. After settling it down, Johansson passed it along to lucky No. 13 for the tip-in and the game was over. 

The dream became complete. Even better for Coyle: it was reality. 

"I was just relieved that we got the win," Coyle said of the game-winner. "That's special. It's special personally. But it's all about the team here and I was just glad after the turnover just to get the win no matter how we did it." 

Coyle's two lamp-lighters Thursday night tied him for second on the Bruins in points during this playoff run at six. 

"He's been great all playoffs," said Wagner. "I kind of expect that from him. Big game player. Always has been since we were 18. So happy for him." 

The Bruins seventh player of the year had one question for Coyle after tapping home the game winner. 

"How do you like playing at home?" 

It's safe to say he likes it. 

A lot.

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