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Rask, Bruins deliver a blow to Coyotes’ playoff hopes

Mar 13, 2014, 9:47 PM EDT

The Phoenix Coyotes had a chance to move into a playoff position on Thursday. Only problem was they ran into the Boston Bruins, playing what could be described as their best hockey of the season.

The Coyotes fell behind by a pair of goals, got one back in the third period to make it a close finish, but wound up losing 2-1 in Boston. The Bruins have now seven straight games, and their current streak has pushed them to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

For the Coyotes, the loss keeps them ninth in the West. They remain one point back of the eighth-place Dallas Stars, however Dallas has two games in hand.

Phoenix pushed in the third period for the equalizer, but ran into the goaltending wall of Tuukka Rask. The Bruins’ netminder was solid in a win over the Montreal Canadiens the previous night, and made a huge, desperation stop off Antoine Vermette with less than four minutes left in the third period of Thursday’s game.

  1. nunan - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Bs actually in the running for most points in the league right now..looking strong throughout the lineup. Third line is huge difference-maker.

  2. thailer35 - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Chara’s goal is exactly why we should have traded Yandle.

  3. pastabelly - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Bruins ran out of gas in the 3rd on the second night of a back to back. Time for Claude to rest some more players. Ridiculous that Chara led the team in minutes.

    • matt14gg - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:36 AM

      You’re right, which is why they’re cycling through defensemen right now. Hamilton sat for two games; Krug sat last night…and that’s prob what they’re going to do over the next couple weeks. The guy that amazes me that no one really talks about is Boychuk. That guy’s a shot blocking machine and he gets hurt, walks down the tunnel, puts his bones back together and gets right back on the ice. He’s a guy who will need some rest soon, but I doubt he’ll want it.

      • pastabelly - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:02 AM

        Most of the defensemen got three weeks off during the Olympic break. Chara didn’t and he’s the one who needs the rest, not a 23-year old Krug or two straight games off for Hamilton. Agree on Boychuck who has been the Bruins best defenseman this season.

  4. lordfletcher - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Thank you, Wild fan.

    Hopefully the B’s are off their game as we play em twice before season ends.

    Love the playoff push!!!

  5. the8man - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Now is the time to work more minutes in for the other defensemen. The President’s Trophy is overated. What matters is getting a good seed in your conference and going into the playoffs healthy. The two seed is a good one.

    The Bs have essentially clinched the two spot. Does it really matter that much if four games are played in Pittsburgh if it comes the Bs and the Pens in the Conference Finals? I say no. Better to spread minutes, get the young D engaged even deeper and go into April better for it.

    • pastabelly - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      Agree and the Bruins are very good on the road. A healthy and rested Chara is more important than an extra home game against Pittsburgh. Same goes for Tuukka.

      • bildomatic - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        This may be a controversial post, but I actually prefer when the Bruins start a big playoff series on the road. I think it takes some of the pressure off themselves to hold serve in their barn in the first two games. They go into the series with the mindset of “steal 1 on the road then we head home.” By then the feeling out process of the series is over and the Bruins can make the necessary adjustments. Plus by game number 3 the fans in Boston are fired up and there is a hatred for the opposition which equates to a rowdy atmosphere. I just think they play more loose and have the mindset of hey its gonna be a battle but we just need to steal 1 game here.

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