Matt Grzelcyk celebrates with teammates after scoring a second period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden on May 12. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Bruins fans probably remember what happened on Mother's Day 49 years ago—Bobby Orr's famous flying-through-the-air goal.
Matt Grzelcyk's only 25, so he didn't get to watch Orr play, but the B's blue-liner undoubtedly grew up dreaming of being in the Hall of Famer's skates one day, and yesterday wasn't far off.
Grzelcyk celebrated this Mother's Day with a pair of goals in Boston's 6-2 clobbering of Carolina, and he did it with Orr in the Garden.
How cool was that?
"Just to be on the stage and be a part of the team, I kind of pinch myself every day," he said. "It's really fun right now, I try not to think about outside distractions, or anything too much. Try to stay in the moment and capitalize on an opportunity. To see Bobby Orr walking around, it's pretty cool, so I'm just trying to enjoy the experience with the guys. I've seen him a few times walking into the rink, never really had the chance to speak too much to him, but nothing but good things to say about him."
The Charlestown native is just the fifth B's defenseman to score multiple goals in a playoff game in 35 years—and he did it on Mother's Day, with his parents in the building!
He praised his mother after the game.
"She means the world," he said. "She's someone who I talk to every single day, and probably my best friend. Her and my dad obviously mean a lot to me. I wouldn't be in this position without them. It's great to share this experience with my family and friends. Just getting the win in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals, you don't want to allow yourself to sit back and relax and think too much about it. But obviously it's really special right now. Just trying to ride this momentum and go into game three."
B's will try for a three-games-to-none conference finals lead tomorrow.
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports