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It's really starting to feel like this team won't lose another game.

The winning streak has hit the dozen mark as the Bruins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 behind goals from Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton.

Tuukka Rask made 31 saves to win his 32nd game of the season.

The Bruins were playing with tired legs versus the Coyotes as a result of playing last night in the high altitude of Colorado. It was apparent from puckdrop that the Coyotes had more energy than the Bruins, and it showed throughout the game.

But three third period goals pulled the Bruins even and then ahead, as the winning streak lives on as the B's head back home.

Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring just 3:25 into the first with his 22nd of the year, putting home the goal after jamming the puck past the pads of Coyotes goalie Mike Smith. 

Smith tried to clear the puck, but Andrej Meszaros picked off the attempt. He drove the net and ripped a shot and the rebound found Bergeron off to the side of the net.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan tied the game at 11:45, bagging his 20th of the year when he batted home a rebound in front of Tuukka Rask. The Bruins got caught out of position close to the net and lost track of Doan, leaving him open to put the goal home

Oliver Ekman-Larsson put the Yotes up 2-1 just 39, seconds into the second period on the power play. His goal was a thing of beauty as he skated through the Bruins defense and put home the rebound off his own shot on Rask.

The goal snapped the 410 minute stretch in which the Bruins had not trailed in a game. Quite the ridiculous stat.

The two teams kept trading high-flying scoring chances, with both teams getting premium chances on net and 25 total shots on net in the frame.

But the third period was a different story, as the B's found just enough, scoring twice through Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton to jump ahead and grab the win.

Iginla got the slightest deflection off a Zdeno Chara slapshot at 3:48 to tie the game. The teams were skating four-on-four, leaving some open ice to use. David Krejci worked the puck around the net and over to Doug Hamilton. Hamilton found Chara alone just inside the blueline. His bomb tipped off of Iginla and past Smith.

Shawn Thornton did more of the same for the go-ahead goal, getting a slight deflection on a Danny Paille shot from an impossible angle to beat Smith.

Iginla scored on the empty net to ice the game and seal the 12th straight win for the Black and Gold.

It was clear the Bruins were feeling the effects of playing less than 24 hours ago in Colorado. The Coyotes at times skated circles around the Bruins and had them caught holding on for dear life.

But as they've been doing for the other 11 games in the streak, the boys reached deep into the tank and found a little bit more gusto to come out on top.

The B's fly back home to play Montreal on Monday night looking to win their 13th straight win versus their hated rivals.


Mark Burke 3/23/2014 12:05:00 AM Edit

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