With one month left to play in the regular season, the Boston Bruins are scorching hot. They extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games Thursday night. Boston narrowly edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1, at TD Garden.
In victory, the Bruins passed the Pittsburgh Penguins to take over the number one spot in the Eastern Conference standings. In upping their record to 44-17-5, Boston has now totaled 93 points on the season, which is good for second in the entire NHL. Only the St.Louis Blues have more points as they check in with 95.
Tuukka Rask earned his fifth straight win and his second in as many nights. Rask stopped 21 of 22 shots and nearly recorded a shutout. He made 35 saves Wednesday night in Montreal. Lauri Korpikoski scored the lone Phoneix goal with 12 minutes remaining in the game.
Mike Smith was just as solid in goal for the Coyotes. Smith stopped 18 of 20 shots.
Chara scored the opening goal after picking off Keith Yandle‘s clearing attempt. He then moved in and fired the puck past Smith with Chris Kelly screening. Iginla scored the second Boston goal after the penalty-killing unit succesful downed a high sticking double minor. Iginla tipped home a Johnny Boychuk one-timer.
Phoenix had an abundance of scoring chances, but they just could not capitalize. Rask was in the zone and stopped eight shots in the opening frame. Boston also blocked 15 shots as a team.
With only one regulation loss and points in 12 of their last 13 games, the Bruins will look to continue their domination on Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes.