Last Sunday, no matter how many shots or chances they got, the Boston Bruins just couldn’t seem to light the lamp against Jonathan Bernier and the Detroit Red Wings in a 3-1 loss. Bernier – who made 39 saves in that game – looked to be on the same path Saturday as he turned away 19 Bruins shots in the first period and then four more in the second before the Bruins finally broke through for three goals in a span of 4:29 en route to a 4-1 win over the Wings. The win snapped a five-game win streak and following the game, one fo the goal scorers, Charlie Coyle credited his team’s persistence and positivity for finally beating Bernier and the Red Wings.
“That’s one of the first things I was pretty impressed with when I came over last year was guys are never down,” Coyle said. “It’s always positive in here no matter what happens in the period, we come in, guys talk and say ‘Hey let’s stick with it, keep playing the right way and it’s gonna come for us’ and just have that trust in here in each other and our team as a whole and we find a way. Sometimes it doesn’t always work out but it’s how you come back and stay positive through that and stay within our game. If we bring that compete like we did, we win our battles, everything just flows after that and our game just kind of comes out and the skill shows and that’s the way we gotta play.”
As for his goal that put the Bruins up 3-1 12:30 into the middle frame, Coyle was happy to light the lamp but happier about what led to that goal.
“It’s nice to get rewarded but it’s another thing to just kind of stick with it knowing that it will come,” Coyle said. “You’re playing the right way; you’re playing well for your team and yeah we want to finish, it’s nice to get it right away but it’s not always the case but you don’t get frustrated. You stay positive; stay with it, keep working and it’s nice to get the result.”
Here’s Coyle on that and more: