BOSTON -- The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs started Thursday night at TD Garden, but a recurring theme continued for the Boston Bruins.
Like in Tuesday’s deciding seventh game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Black and Gold stars of the show were not listed towards the top of the lineup card.
The supporting cast continued to play the most major offensive role. And again, it was a big night for the team’s local cast. Former Providence College captain Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) got the scoring started with a first-period shorthanded goal, giving him points in back-to-back games and three goals over his 24-game postseason career.
But late-February acquisition Charlie Coyle (Weymouth, Mass.) scored the B’s final two goals of the game — including the game-winner at the 5:15 mark of overtime — to propel his hometown team to a 3-2 win and one-game series lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets.