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Boston Bruins win 12th straight, sit atop NHL standings

The Boston Bruins are now winners of a dozen consecutive games. They emerged victorious Saturday night, downing the Phoenix Coyotes in the desert, 4-2. The win also propelled the Bruins into sole possesion of first place in the NHL.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the final period, Boston battled back, showing tremendous character and emotion in earning a come-from-behind win on the road. The Bruins scored three unanswered goals, two coming off the stick of Jarome Iginla and one from Shawn Thornton‘s. Tuukka Rask slammed the door on the Coyotes.

Thornton’s goal was his fifth of the season. It was his first since Jan. 28.

Iginla’s third period scores upped his goal total to 11 on Boston’s winning streak. Iginla leads the Bruins in goals scored with 28.

Patrice Bergeron scored the game’s opening goal. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Shane Doan scored for Phoenix in the tilt.

Rask was dominant, as usual. Boston’s netminder turned aside 30 Coyote shots. In victory, Rask extended his personal winning streak to seven games.

Winning in come back fashion is someting the Bruins have not had to do in a long time. Over the course of their winning streak, they’ve jumped out to leads, and then finished off opponents with lockdown defensive play. Saturday night they exhibited an ability to overcome a defecit on the road in hostile territory.

With 103 points on the season, the Bruins jumped the St.Louis Blues for the league’s best record. They also hold a six point lead on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference.

Boston began their streak in second place in the East with 79 points.

Saturday’s victory was by far the dirtiest, most grittiest win of their twelve in row. All four lines left their prints on the win and the team’s physicality pushed them past the opposition.

Johnny Boychuk returned to the lineup as well.

The Bruins will return home Monday night after sweeping their mini three game roadie. They’ll play host to the rival Montreal Canadiens. The Habs sit in third place in the Atlantic Division.

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