GLENDALE, AZ. Most would have expected some rust and sluggishness to the Bs game after the holiday break, and there was a little bit of both against the Phoenix Coyotes.
But the Bruins managed to pull out the two points with an overtime blast from Dennis Seidenberg with Chris Kelly screening the Phoenix goaltender in front of the net, and another game-winning play involving Benoit Pouliot on the pass to Seidenberg. They beat the Coyotes, 2-1.
The Bruins actually jumped on the board quickly and perhaps that led to some of the laxity in their game. Brad Marchand carried the puck into the offensive before handing it over to Nathan Horton, and the puck eventually managed to find David Krejci spinning and shooting at the net from the high slot.
The Krejci shot beat Jason LaBarbera to the blocker side just 47 seconds into the game, and gave Boston an early lead. Phoenix managed to tie things up in the final six minutes of the first when Ray Whitney played the give-and-go game before cutting through the heart of the Bs defense before beating Tuukka Rask with a five-hole shot.
Whitneys beautiful goal snapped Rasks scoreless streak at a shade over 170 minutes, and tied things up as it would remain throughout the second period. It was Rask that really took things over in the second period with a pair of big stops on Whitney and Phoenix defenseman Dave Schlemko when it was still a nip-and-tuck tied game. The Whitney stop was perhaps the games best with Rask kicking out his left pad to stuff the Coyotes scorer attempting to stuff a puck inside the post.
Otherwise it was a defensive battle with LaBarbera making his own flashy save in the third when Tyler Seguin set up Brad Marchand for a searing wrist shot from the slot that ended in the back of the goaltenders glove.