Hardly ever does a participant get to be the goat and the hero on the identical evening, however that is precisely what occurred to Charlie Coyle on Thursday.
The Bruins heart was immediately chargeable for a objective in opposition to earlier than scoring his Boston’s last two targets in its 3-2 extra time win in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Sport 1 of their second-round sequence. Coyle’s rollercoaster sport embodied the Bruins’ evening, as Boston exchanged leads with the Blue Jackets till cementing the victory within the additional body.
Coyle entered Thursday’s contest with three targets and an help from the Bruins’ first-round sequence win over Toronto, however his first contribution to Sport 1 in opposition to Columbus was a turnover contained in the Bruins’ zone that led to the primary of two Blue Jackets targets in a 13-second span. These Columbus targets flipped the momentum within the sport, giving the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead halfway by means of the third interval.
To not be discouraged by his miscue, Coyle reversed his staff’s fortunes as soon as once more. With beneath 5 minutes left in regulation, Coyle obtained a cross-ice cross from Marcus Johansson and ripped a one-timer previous Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to tie the sport up.
In extra time, Johansson and Coyle mixed as soon as once more. Simply over 5 minutes into the additional body, the Bruins rapidly broke out of their very own zone and, after making 4 passes to search out Coyle in entrance of objective, the 27-year-old poked the puck into the Columbus internet for the winner.
Along with giving his staff the primary victory of the sequence, Coyle made a little bit of historical past together with his pair of targets. The Boston space native joined Patrice Bergeron as the one Bruins to attain a game-tying objective within the last 5 regulation minutes of a playoff sport earlier than additionally notching the extra time winner.
Coyle and the Bruins face the Blue Jackets in Sport Three on Saturday.