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Make it 12 straight wins: Bruins beat Coyotes with strong third period

Mar 23, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins have recently proven to be unstoppable.

They won their 12th consecutive game, thanks to a huge third period against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. Jarome Iginla scored twice, giving him 28 goals on the season, and Shawn Thornton deflected home the winner with less than four minutes remaining in the third period to give Boston a 4-2 victory.

Also impressive about Saturday’s win was Boston had played and won the night before on the road against the Colorado Avalanche to clinch a playoff spot. But 11 straight wins … that was so yesterday.

On Friday, it was back-up Chad Johnson who helped lead the Bruins to a victory. On Saturday against the Coyotes, Tuukka Rask was back between the pipes, and he made 31 saves for the win.

The Bruins are now up to an NHL best 103 points. As for the Coyotes, well, the loss makes things even more interesting in the Western Conference playoff race.

They remain in the second Wild Card spot with 79 points. However, the Dallas Stars, thanks to their win over the Ottawa Senators earlier in the day, moved to within two points of the Coyotes. Even the Vancouver Canucks, with 74 points, are still hanging around, but just barely.

For a full look at the Western Conference standings, click on this link.

  1. slaugin - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    First Gritty win in a loooong time

  2. lordstanley65 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Here we go!!!!

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    I do believe that if Iggy could redo it last year he probably would’ve went to Boston instead of us but at that time he went with who he thought was going to give him the best chance. I don’t blame him for going there this year. Very well spoken and mannered. A class act all the way…hence I still wear his Pens jersey.

  4. sjsharks66 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Damn! Can Boston ever lose? This is crazy. Bet all you Bruins fans are pumped! :)

    • mornelithe - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      This year’s for Iggy! B’s are more motivated than usual hah! :)

      • pastabelly - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:16 AM

        Bergeron is still the heart and soul of this team that seems to take on his personality. Iginla is a great story, but Bergeron is still an underrated superstar and leader.

    • govtminion - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      You might say that. 😉

      You might also say that we’re looking forward to trying for lucky #13 against the hated Habs on Monday night even more than we’re enjoying twelve straight. This team is awesome to watch right now- just vicious in all aspects lately.

  5. slaugin - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I just don’t understand Bylsma’s thinking using Iginla on the left wing.

  6. slaugin - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    And I also don’t understand Iginla’s thinking if he knew that’s where Pitt was going to use him and he went there any way

    • chanceoffleury - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      They actually did let him compete for a top RW spot, but it was Neal’s which just confused me. After Neal came back from his concussion they’d bop him and Neal in between Malkin’s right and left wing. I just didn’t understand the thought process of breaking up Neal and Malkin when you had the option of breaking up Dupuis and Crosby. Bylsma seems to have a commitment to keeping Dupuis on Crosby’s line. He was still doing it this year when Dupuis was struggling and Bennett was sitting on the third line as a grinder being totally misused.

  7. bsfan77 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    At that time, he probably thought he had a better chance to win a cup there. As a Bruins fan it killed me th see him go there. I thought he would have been a far better fit for the Bruins system. He is playing great this season! Met him at Bruins Casino Night. One of the nicest, down to earth guys I have met. Bruins are gelling and I dont think thry are peaking to early. Balanced team with 4 lines that I believe can give any team a run with the way they are playing. Go B’s!

  8. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Awesome. Go Iggy!

  9. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    This team is something special. I’ve seen it grow for a few years. What a great time to be a bruins fan.

  10. micasa81 - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Not a Bruins fan in the slightest, but I’ve always wished Iggy the best. Love that he’s lighting it up this year, and if they win it all, it’s gonna be awesome to see him hoist that cup.

  11. profootballcaulk - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    His play has really been selfless to say the least. In the remaining games you may have have three 25+ goal scorers on the first line and three twenty plus on the second line. According to Jagr, Lucic is the best power forward in the league. This simply feeds off of Iggy.

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