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Charlie Coyle’s drought ends!

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Folks, it is Friday morning, and Charlie Coyle’s drought has ended.

After wandering goalless in the desert for 28 games, Coyle scored the Bruins’ third goal of the night (the eventual game winner) to end the longest goalless streak of his NHL career.

Of course, one goal in 29 games isn’t exactly cause for celebration, but hey...he also has one goal in one game. PERSPECTIVE.

You have to think the goal (which was a great finish) will do wonders for Coyle’s confidence, which should, in turn, do wonders for the Bruins’ bottom six.

Other good signs last night: David Krejci and Taylor Hall combining for another highlight-reel goal. I think we all could get used to that.

In other news last night, the New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers, meaning the Islanders are still a point ahead of the Bruins for third in the East Division, while the Rangers are now six points behind the Bruins for fourth.

The Bruins have a game in hand on the Islanders and two games in hand on the Rangers. Here’s where weird math comes in, but bear with me:

The Islanders and Rangers play again on Saturday. If the Bruins beat Buffalo on Saturday and the Rangers lose in regulation, the Rangers would be eight points behind the Bruins with just four games left.

This means the Bruins would need just a single point (or for the Rangers to drop a single point) over their last five games to clinch a playoff spot.

If I’m wrong, don’t correct me.


Today’s highlight

Happy birthday to the 2011 Flyers series! The Bruins absolutely pummeled Philly in this series.

Today’s discussion topic

Who’s happier: Krejci to have Hall on his line, or Hall to have Krejci as his center?