Bruins

How Charlie Coyle’s impact in Saturday’s win went far beyond the box score

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The Bruins might have entered the first intermission of Saturday’s matinee in a one-goal hole, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort on Charlie Coyle’s part. 

Sure, the Red Wings struck gold on one of their six shots on net against Tuukka Rask in the opening 20 minutes — with Darren Helm’s shorthanded tally giving the visitors a lead just 3:12 into the contest. 

But most of the opening frame consisted of the B’s skating in circles around a tanking Detroit club in the offensive zone — with Bruce Cassidy’s crew often extending possessions by playing keep-away with the biscuit. 

Most of those frustrations for Detroit seemed to manifest whenever Coyle and his line hopped over the boards — and the Red Wings simply did not have an answer.