Bruins fight off Coyotes, 4-2

Bruins fight off Coyotes, 4-2
March 22, 2014, 11:45 pm
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GLENDALE, AZ – Things looked dicey there for a while, but the Bruins pull out a 4-2 win over the Coyotes.

The Bruins were slow out of the gates for the second straight game while getting outshot by a 15-7 margin in the first period. Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring on a play gift-wrapped by Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith, who tried to make a stretch pass in traffic from the crease. Instead Andrej Meszaros intercepted the puck, carried it toward the net and created a rebound that Bergeron cleaned up for his third goal in three games.

The Coyotes tied it up midway through the period when Shane Doan collected his own rebound goal for his 20th score of the season. The Desert Dogs took the lead in the second period when Oliver Ekman-Larsson dangled through Loui Eriksson on a Phoenix power play during a one-man rush to the net, and then popped in the rebound of his own nifty shot.

That put the Bruins down on the scoreboard for the first time since trailing in the second period of a March 9 win over the Florida Panthers, and snapped a streak of 20 consecutive periods where the B’s hadn’t trailed during their win streak.

Of course the Bruins managed to fight back and tie it up in the third period when Jarome Iginla camped down low, and tipped a Zdeno Chara howitzer past Mike Smith for the tying goal. It was Iginla’s 10th goal this month and his career 557th goal, which allowed him to pass Johnny Bucyk for 25th all-time on the NHL goals scored leader board.

Shawn Thornton drilled home the game-winner with a 35-foot wrist shot, giving the Bruins a 3-2 lead.

Iginla added an empty-netter for good measure, his 558th career goal.