It has, for the most part, been a year to forget for the Bruins’ Charlie Coyle.
In the first year of a six-year extension worth over $31 million, Coyle has chipped in with just six goals and 16 points through 48 games this year. Over a normal 82-game season, that’s a mild 27-point pace. And Coyle’s goal Thursday, which held as the game-winning tally in a 5-2 final over the Sabres, was his first time finding the back of the net in a simply staggering 29 games.
Charlie Coyle buries his first goal since Feb. 28.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 30, 2021
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It was without question the worst slump of Coyle’s career to date — Coyle’s previous career-worst goal drought came close, with a 24-game goal drought in 2014-15 — but it didn’t come with any sort of pressure on the Weymouth, Mass. native.
“No,” Coyle quickly said when asked if the drought was weighing on him. “I mean, it’s not about me and scoring goals. It’s about the team winning. Yeah, did I realize I hadn’t scored in a little bit? Yeah, but you just got to make sure you play your game. I don’t go into every game saying, ‘Hey, I gotta score, gotta score.’ It’s just about me bringing what I am capable of bringing what I need for the team to play well. And they need a lot more than scoring goals.
“Is scoring goals great? Yeah, it is, and I want to do more of it. But it’s not something that was weighing on me because then that’s about me. And it’s not just about me. It’s about the team.”
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