Talking Points: Bruins 4, Coyotes 2

Talking Points: Bruins 4, Coyotes 2
March 23, 2014, 1:00 am
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GOLD STAR: Jarome Iginla finished with a pair of goals including a big game-tying goal in the third period, led the Bruins with four shots on net and was physically engaged while going back-and-forth with Oliver Ekman-Larsson for most of the night. It was his courage that got him some reward with the first goal when he stood in and screened Mike Smith on a full Zdeno Chara blast, and was fortunate to have the puck graze off his equipment before ending up in the back of the net. Iginla now has 11 goals during the B’s 12 game-winning streak, and has been the NHL’s hottest goal-scorer during the month of March. It’s pretty amazing when there’s more than a week left in the month, and Iginla has already wrapped up Player of the Month with three weeks worth of work.
BLACK EYE: Mike Ribeiro once again was a “no show” for the Coyotes against the Bruins after pulling the same act when Phoenix was in Boston a few weeks back. Ribeiro finished with a minus-2 rating in 15:34 of ice time with one shot on net, two giveaways and a 4-for-15 performance in the face off circle. The only impact he really had on the game was trying to work a call when he thrust himself into the boards after a Matt Bartkowski hit, but he didn’t hoodwink the refs into making the call. It was another rough night for Keith Yandle against his hometown team as well as he finished with a minus-2 and just one shot on net in 23:19 of ice time.
TURNING POINT: Midway through the second period the Bruins started to impose their will on the Phoenix Coyotes, and one prolonged shift from David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla seemed to really take the starch out of the Desert Dogs. The Bruins were still trailing in the game by a 2-1 score headed into the final 20 minutes, but that seemed to soften Phoenix enough for the Bruins to go for the kill in the last stretch of the game. The Bruins reeled off three unanswered goals to dominate the third period, and take home yet another win.
HONORABLE MENTION: The Bruins won the game, but Oliver Ekman-Larsson was pretty damned good for the Coyotes. He had seven shot attempts, seven registered hits including a big one on Jarome Iginla that got his attention in the third period and a one-man scoring rush up the ice where he dangled through Loui Eriksson on the penalty kill before scoring on his own rebound. Ekman-Larson did all of that in 26:49 of ice time for the Coyotes, and was arguably the best player on the ice for either team throughout the game. It still makes me scratch my head that Ekman-Larsson wasn’t getting ice time for Team Sweden in the Olympics given how talented he is.
BY THE NUMBERS: 12 – the number of consecutive wins for the Bruins on the longest winning streak for the team since the 1970-71 season, which was smack dab in the best parts of the Bobby Orr Era.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “I can’t say enough about being able to use our whole bench. It’s been a trademark of ours, but it’s also been one of the reasons that we’ve been able to come out of these games with wins.” –Claude Julien, who has overwhelmed teams with Boston’s forward and defensemen depth during the 12-game winning streak that doesn’t seem to want to end.