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Coyle on Brink of Cup Title with His Hometown Team

May 26, 2019

A hair over three months ago, Charlie Coyle was hoping to make a last push for the postseason to get another chance to compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

It wasn’t with his hometown team, but the Minnesota Wild, where he had been in the playoffs five years previous. The Wild were on the outside looking in, trying to crack a competitive Central Division.

Then he got the call.

He still would be battling for a playoff spot, but it would be with the Bruins.

“It’s been a blast,” Coyle said. “We accomplished some goals, but there’s more to come, there’s the big one to come. We’ve hit every one so far. It’s crazy how fast it’s been too. That’s what happens when you’re having fun, it flies by. You just try to enjoy it every day. Even practice, it’s a good mood and positive vibes. It’s been a lot of fun with this team.”

Coyle was traded to the Bruins in time to face the Blues at the end of a successful West Coast trip, where the Bruins extended their point streak to 19 games. They made the move for him a week before the trade deadline, while the team was in Vegas, shipping Ryan Donato to the Wild.

It wasn’t easy for the Weymouth native to get acclimated at first. There was so much chemistry established in the room, being the new guy has its challenges.

Once he had someone with something in common, though, Coyle felt at ease enough to elevate his game.

“It was actually kind of nice for Marcus Johansson to come a few days later,” Coyle said. “That kind of helped me to have another new guy come in, so I was only the new guy for a couple days, which was nice. That really did help, we lived in the same building for a bit so we would drive together and talk. It was nice to have someone here to go through that with.”

Coyle’s offense didn’t pick up until later, not scoring his first goal as a Bruin until 12 games into his tenure.

Some of that was adjusting to a new team and getting his feet under him, but once he felt at ease, he began to take off, and just in time for the first-round series with Toronto.

“You always think about what it’s going to be,” he said. “They were on a big winning streak when I came in, and you don’t want to be, like you don’t want to diminish anything. You want to play your game and add to that. They were all so welcoming and helped me get acclimated and comfortable.”

The Bruins sought a third-line center all season with varying success, from slotting Sean Kuraly a spot higher in the lineup to using a couple of young players. Once they had an established player such as Coyle, the rest seemed to fall into place.

That helped lineup depth, and as the rest of the team thrived with cemented roles, Coyle had time to find his game.

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