Bruins Win 7; Claude Wins 300
Back to back games for the Boston Bruins had them playing tonight facing off against the Phoenix Coyotes. The B’s are currently riding a six-game winning streak and came into tonight hoping to win lucky number seven. To do so they would have to get past the 4th ranked team in the Pacific Division. Where as the Bruins are sitting pretty in first in the Atlantic with 91 points, the Coyotes have 73.
For the second night in a row Tuukka Rask ((29-14-4, 2.12 GAA, .928 SV%)) would get the start in net opposite the Coyote’s Mike Smith (24-19-10, 2.69 GAA, .914 SV%).
After sitting out for two games, Dougie Hamilton would be back in action giving Torey Krug the night off. Daniel Paille is still out for Boston though it is “possible” he’ll be back this weekend.
First period was all Boston as they scored the only two goals in the period. Zdeno Chara would get the B’s on the board first scoring his second goal in two nights for his 16th of the season. He is now tied for 2nd most goal for a defenseman in the NHL. With 2:29 to go in the first Jarome Iginla would notch his 21st goal. Iggy would tip in a drive from Boychuk that got past Smith.
Despite having one of the best power plays in the NHL the Coyotes failed to capitalize on four-minute and two two-minute power plays. After these the B’s have now killed 15th straight power plays.
11:46 to go in the third and Phoenix finally decided to get back into it making it a 2-1 game. Lauri Korpikoski would get credit for the goal. Unfortunately they just couldn’t make a comeback.
The Bruins would pick up the 2-1 win, extending their streak to 7. Coach Claude Julien has now won 300 games as coach of the B’s.
Also it’s important to note that AT THIS MOMENT, the Bruins are in the lead in the Eastern Conference with 93 points!
B’s are back in action Saturday for their annual St. Patricks game against the Carolina Hurricanes with a 1pm puck drop!