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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Phoenix



(Saturday, March 22nd)

Final Score: Boston 4, Phoenix 2

Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins had clinched a playoff spot on Friday, but that didn't slow them down on Saturday.

Shawn Thornton scored the game-winner late in the third period and Boston won its 12th straight game with a 4-2 victory over Phoenix.

The Bruins became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with Friday's 2-0 blanking of Colorado, and the team has now ripped off its longest winning streak since a 13-game run from Feb. 23-March 20, 1971.

The team has twice won 13 games in a row, with the other occurring from Dec. 3, 1929-Jan. 9, 1930, under head coach Art Ross.

Also, the victory pushed the team two points ahead of St. Louis for the best record in the NHL.

"We don't want any easy games, we want to get better as a team and this was the kind of game where you can do that," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "Tonight, in my mind, it showed our character where we came back in the third and won it."

Jarome Iginla scored twice and Patrice Bergeron had the other marker for the Bruins, who got 30 saves from Tuukka Rask.

Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for the Coyotes, who had a three- game winning streak stopped. Mike Smith stopped 24-of-27 shots.

"We let them hang around too much," said Doan. "We didn't play as well in the third as we did in the first. Give them credit, they found ways to win a game."

Boston trailed by a goal entering the third period, but tied the contest at 3:48 as Zdeno Chara blasted a shot from the high slot that Iginla deflected in from in front.

The Bruins then took the lead with 3:18 to play after Daniel Paille threw it on net from the left boards and Thornton re-directed it past Smith for a 3-2 lead.

Iginla put the puck into the open net with under 30 seconds to play to seal the victory.

The Bruins got on the board at 3:25 when Bergeron notched his 22nd marker of the season, but Doan tied the game eight minutes later with his 20th of the season.

Phoenix scored the only goal of the second period, and did so just 39 seconds in on the power play as Ekman-Larsson skated through the middle, made a slick move to get around the defender and put home his own rebound for a 2-1 lead.

Game Notes

Boston will look to tie its franchise record at home against Montreal on Monday ... Phoenix hits the road for three games starting in New York against the Rangers on Monday ... The Bruins have won four straight against the Coyotes ... Phoenix went 1-for-3 on the power play while Boston was 0-for-3.

03/23 01:01:44 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
2nd
SAV 45
NCCU 56
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
4th
MIA 105
PHO 92
 
4th
MIN 99
LAC 102
 
3rd
DAL 75
NOP 68
 
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
 
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
1st OT
HOW 58
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
1st OT
NO 79
NICST 89
 
2nd
SAV 45
NCCU 56
 
2nd
ALAAM 51
TXSOU 58
 
2nd
VT 32
BC 52
 
2nd
MVSU 41
GRAM 41
 
2nd
ISU 28
OKLA 48
 
2nd
ALAST 38
PVU 42
 
1st
ARKPB 34
JST 29
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
1st
SJS 1
MON 0