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Talking Points: Perfection And Coyle, Bruins Win 5-1



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The Boston Bruins bounced back from one of their ugliest losses of the season and dominated the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-1 win Wednesday in Buffalo.

That 4-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday clearly left an imprint as Patrice Bergeron, Charlie Coyle, and David Pastrnak all had a goal and an assist. Boston Bruins forward Taylor Hall and defenseman Mike Reilly also lit the lamp, and forward Nick Foligno had two helpers.

Boston Bruins rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman was thrown into a last-minute start and did his job making 24 saves on 25 saves.

Kyle Okposo scored the lone goal for the Sabres. Aaron Dell got lit up for four goals on 22 shots and Dustin Tokarski made 24 saves on 25 shots in relief.

GOLD STAR: Charlie Coyle – Look, let’s get this out of the way now. Yours truly has been hard on Coyle and saying he is better suited as the 3C on the Boston Bruins center depth chart. Well, as I always try to do, I admit when I’m wrong, and right now, Coyle is making me look an idiot. With a goal and an assist Wednesday, Coyle now has three goals and two assists in his last five games. Coyle is seizing the moment and given the uncertainty of the top 6 for this team, this is huge.



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BLACK EYE: The state of the Buffalo Sabres. Seriously, this puck scribe that grew up watching the Sabres-Boston Bruins rivalry of the eighties and early nineties is disgusted. The Pegulas ownership is a straight-out disgrace! 9,416 attendance for the Thanksgiving Eve game is embarrassing. It is so hard to watch what I consider a good hockey town be disrespected.

TURNING POINT: 1st Period – The Boston Bruins didn’t waste time setting the tone in this game. After Okposo put the Sabres up 1-0 at 10:56 of the opening frame, the Bruins caught fire scoring the next three goals to lead 4-1 after one.

HONORABLE MENTION: Perfection line – One of these lines is usually the Gold Star and to be honest, Patrice Bergeron or David Pastrank could’ve been with a goal and an assist each. That’s true on so many nights but on Wednesday, perfection was complimentary.

BY THE NUMBERS: 33-15- that was how bad the Boston Bruins beat the Sabres on the dot. Bergeron was 12-2 and Tomas Nosek was 8-1 on faceoffs.


With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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BB have to beat the good teams, though.

William Mahoney

Coyle is an excellent center and I only hope he is encouraged to shoot more by the coaches!

Chuck Rose

I agree. I think most of the sports writers have misread Coyle’s abilities by thinking “once a 3C always a 3C. Fact is Charlie has gotten significantly better since he played with Mike Rupp. He is proving he can hang on 2C quite well thank-you-very-much. Both of Boston’s last two victories featured Coyle scoring the winning goal. Krejci was a better passer. Coyle is better puck possession and goal scorer that can still pass at a high level. He’s on pace for a 30+ goal season which is something Krejci never did (career high of 23 goals in a season).… Read more »

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