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Matt Grzelcyk scores 1st NHL goal with father in building and on the clock

Ty Anderson
November 24, 2017 - 8:48 pm

Sometimes the stars simply align.

Bruins rookie defenseman and Charlestown, Mass. native Matt Grzelcyk found that out on Friday, the day of the annual Black Friday Bruins-Celtics doubleheader at TD Garden, when he scored his first NHL goal in a 4-3 victory over the Penguins.

Grzelcyk has no affiliation with the C’s, but it’s significant because of what happens between those doubleheaders. It’s Matt’s father, John, that works as part of the “Bull Gang” responsible for the Garden’s changeover from an ice rink to a basketball court. That meant he was not only in attendance, but also on the clock for his son’s first goal.

“I don’t think it’s really settled in yet,” Grzelcyk, who said he had been skating on Boston ice since before the old Boston Garden was torn down (Grzelcyk says he wasn't even two years old and was doing it with a milk crate of support), said of his first goal in TD Garden. “It was pretty cool to score in this building obviously. It was great to get the win.”

It was also off a somewhat broken play that Grzelcyk was in position for the goal, too.

“JD [Jake DeBrusk> told me to go backdoor so I was heading that way and [David Krejci> came over right after actually and said ‘well don’t go down all the way wait in the slot.’” Grzelcyk said of his goal. “Just kind of fate happened and he fanned on the puck and it landed right on my tape. Credit those guys for putting me in the right direction.”

Grzelcyk finished the win with a goal and a plus-2 rating in less than 12 minutes of time on ice, while his father gained a new souvenir for the Grzelcyk house's mantle. 

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