Greer’s Celebration Served As A Symbol

BOSTON – Jim Montgomery noticed a participant who will get it.

After potting his first objective as a Bruin on Saturday evening, A.J. Greer rotated the Arizona web, grabbed hang of his sweater, and laid a large fats smooch at the Spoked-B on his chest, as he roared in conjunction with the raucous TD Garden crowd.

It was once an emblem, Boston’s bench boss mentioned, of ways a lot Greer appreciates donning the Black & Gold.

“I think it echoes what I’m talking about how special it is to be a Bruin,” mentioned Montgomery. “I see it. And I know I am very fortunate to be in that locker room. And I think he sees it, too. It’s awesome that he’s showing that emotion and it’s a connection that I think everybody can understand, how special it is to be a Bruin.”

Greer adopted up his standout birthday party with every other objective slightly below 5 mins later, an empty-netter that put a bow on Boston’s 6-3 victory over the Coyotes on Saturday night time at TD Garden within the B’s house opener. It additionally capped an evening to bear in mind for the 25-year-old Quebec local, who had simply two targets and 8 issues throughout 48 profession video games with Colorado and New Jersey getting into the evening.

“Even in the preseason I was telling my fiancé, my parents, how energetic this building is and how fun it is to play here,” mentioned Greer, whose first objective got here 3:20 after Derek Forbort‘s eventual winner gave Boston a 4-3 lead halfway during the 3rd. “Just playing for the Bruins is very special because it’s an Original Six team. It’s such a special organization and I’m so grateful for myself to be in this position.

“I used to be beaten after I scored that objective and I simply sought after to turn my love for the Bruins and for the enthusiasts as a result of with out them the power’s no longer there. It was once any such nice development this night. It was once a fantastic night time, even simply getting my title presented initially, it was once superior.”

Video: Greer nets two, Bruins win 6-3 over ARI

Greer, who also delivered a two-goal game in the B’s preseason win over the New York Rangers at TD Garden, shifted to his off wing against the Coyotes as Trent Frederic entered the lineup in place of the injured Jake DeBrusk and played the left side, with Charlie Coyle manning the middle, on Boston’s third line.

The power trio – all of whom stand at 6-foot-3 – displayed a blend of skill and strength that put Arizona on its heels every time they hit the ice. Their effectiveness was evident in the first period when Greer and Frederic wreaked havoc on the Coyotes in the neutral zone and forced a turnover at the Arizona blue line.

Frederic then fed Coyle, who burst into the Coyotes end and roofed a wrister over the shoulder of goalie Karel Vejmelka with 1:36 remaining in the first to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

“I assumed everybody roughly targeted up and our traces did the duty handy,” said Greer, who was a plus-4 and also picked up an assist on Coyle’s goal, giving him a three-point night and his first-ever multi-point outing. “I do not name it the 3rd and fourth line as a result of I believe that any one can play anyplace. I believe that [Nick Foligno’s] line did a super task taking part in down low and taking part in over the puck. Our line was once nice. I assumed we had truly just right chemistry, we learn off each and every different, we had some great downlow performs but additionally off the frenzy.

“We were very good defensively. In the neutral zone I thought that we put them on their heels and cut off those passing lanes. That first goal we were playing a system and we cut off the pass and then next thing you know it’s in the back of the net. It was a very good feeling to have that chemistry with Charlie and Frederic. Looking forward to what’s gonna come next.”

Video: ARI@BOS: Greer makes it 5-3 along with his 1st Bruins objective

Greer confirmed off his ornery aspect, too, touchdown a game-high six hits, whilst additionally coming into it with Arizona’s Liam O’Brien on the ultimate buzzer, a tussle that unquestionably stemmed from O’Brien’s vicious hit on Brandon Carlo within the first duration that compelled the B’s blue liner out of the sport with an upper-body damage.

That willingness to interact the opponent and supply a spice up to his teammates is precisely the kind of taste that Greer is keen to embody, and one he has come to understand performs moderately neatly round those portions.

“You look at Boston in general and they’re energetic people. They are people who are passionate. Passionate people. I lived here when I was at BU. I went to the Sox games, I didn’t get to the Patriots game, I went to a few Bruins playoff games, and just the culture and energy that the people bring here and the passion and the love they have for their sports teams,” mentioned Greer, who performed at Boston University from 2014-16.

“For me I create energy, I’m a power forward, and I hit, I skate, I try to do everything I can at 110 percent. For the people here to appreciate that, that’s love for me. Yes, there have been a lot of guys in the past – you look at guys like [Sean] Kuraly, [Milan] Lucic, obviously. But for me I’m just trying to play my game.

“I constructed my recreation as much as a definite stage the place I’ve matured. I’ve understood what it approach to play in the ones 3 zones, and to be dependable and to have good fortune. It wasn’t simple. I went thru ups and downs in my profession initially, when I used to be roughly lazy within the D-zone and I had to be checked and, thankfully, I performed for excellent coaches within the American League, coaches that cared about me, that no longer most effective cared concerning the participant I used to be, however concerning the particular person I used to be.

“I really built my game up and I got it to a point last year where I felt I was comfortable with getting that success and making sure I’ll be ready for that opportunity when it comes in the NHL.”

Video: ARI@BOS: Greer provides on with the empty web objective

Greer’s way has definitely stuck the eyes of his teammates.

“I was thrilled for him tonight, seeing him score those goals,” mentioned Nick Foligno, who potted a objective of his personal to present Boston a 3-1 lead overdue in the second one duration. “He’s a guy that’s provided us with a lot of energy. He’s had a pretty crazy story in trying to break into the league and trying to find his way.

“You root for guys like that – the blokes that know the way arduous and the way privileged they’re to be right here. He’s a man that I do not believe he’s taking an afternoon without any consideration.”

He certainly is not.

“We’re most effective two video games in, however I think truly just right about the place I’m at at the moment with my recreation,” said Greer. “Obviously it isn’t absolute best. It’s most effective gonna recover from right here. But I believe that I’ve agree with within the coaches, each time I do one thing improper or I want some checking. whether or not it is within the offensive zone, impartial zone, or D-zone, they are gonna inform me and I’m gonna reply and make certain that does not occur once more.”

Wait, There’s More 

  • Carlo exited the game in the first period after taking a high hit from O’Brien and did not return due to an upper-body injury. “I do not have any observations – clearly it is an upper-body damage,” said coach Jim Montgomery. “We’ll have additional info for you guys [Sunday].”
  • Early in the second period, Frederic, who was making his season debut, responded by dropping the gloves with O’Brien. And at the final buzzer, Frederic and Greer both let the Coyotes forward have it at the Bruins’ bench.
  • Montgomery was pleased with the efforts of Frederic – who was in the lineup for the injured Jake DeBrusk – and the TD Garden crowd. “It was once superior,” said Montgomery. “The crowd was once truly into it. I assumed our 3rd and fourth traces were given the gang into it with how bodily they had been. I like Trent Frederic’s reaction going available in the market and being bodily, and being competitive…and I gotta inform ya, after they performed – I’m forgetting the title of the band [Dropkick Murphy’s], however it is the Boston track…that was once superior, that were given me just a little goosebumps at the back of the bench.”
  • With his assist on Zacha’s power-play goal in the first period, Foligno picked up his 500th career point. The veteran forward later scored his first goal of the season when he tipped home a Connor Clifton point shot to put the B’s up 3-1 with 5:57 left in the second. “Nice to get off to a just right get started, clearly, for our workforce. Two wins. Nice to give a contribution,” said Foligno. “I’m feeling just right. I think wholesome. I’m excited, I love what our traces are all doing. That’s been probably the most a laugh, is each time that we step over the forums the identification that we’ve got is precisely what we preached in coaching camp. It’s been a laugh to be part of.”
  • Montgomery flipped Craig Smith and David Pastrnak halfway during the recreation. “Yeah, I did not suppose the ones traces had been producing up to the 3rd and fourth line, in order that’s a very simple transfer to position [Patrice Bergeron] again with Pasta,” said Montgomery. “I do not believe it is the ultimate time you can see me transfer the ones issues if I do not like what I see.
  • The Bruins have now gained 19 consecutive video games towards Arizona relationship again to Oct. 10, 2010. It is the longest energetic successful streak towards one franchise and the second one longest in NHL historical past (Montreal, 23 directly vs. Washington from 1974-78), in keeping with NHL Stats.

Video: Montgomery speaks with media after 6-3 win over AZI

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