Bruins wax Coyotes for 12th straight victory


For the first time in seven games, the Boston Bruins actually fell behind.

It didn’t last, and the third-longest win streak in franchise history is still alive.

The Bruins scored three times in the third period, the go-ahead goal by Shawn Thornton with 3:18 to play, and Boston won its 12th in a row, 4-2 over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

The Bruins are two shy of the franchise mark of 14 straight set in the 1929-30 season. They also have the most points in the NHL with 103, two more than Western Conference-leading St. Louis.

They managed their third-period rally despite the fact they were playing their second game in as many nights.

“Tonight in my mind, it showed a lot of our character,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “We needed to show a lot of character there in the third to come back and we did. . .”

Jarome Iginla scored his 27th and 28th goals of the season for the Bruins, the second into an empty net in the final seconds.

Flyers 4, Blues 1

In Philadelphia, Scott Hartnell and Brayden Schenn scored in the second period as the Flyers came back to beat St. Louis for their fifth straight victory.

Penguins 4, Lightning 3 (OT)

In Pittsburgh, James Neal’s power-play goal 1:27 into overtime lifted the Penguins to a wild victory over Tampa Bay.

Red Wings 3, Wild 2

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Gustav Nyquist’s third-period goal helped Detroit top the Wild for its fourth win in five games.

Flames 8, Oilers 1

In Edmonton, Curtis Glencross had a hat trick and Matt Stajan scored on a penalty shot and added three assists as Calgary scored four times in just over three minutes in the second period to cruise past the Oilers.

Capitals 3, Sharks 2 (SO)

In San Jose, Nicklas Backstrom scored the winning goal in the shootout to lead Washington to its first win in San Jose in more than 20 years.

Stars 3, Senators 1

In Dallas, Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn scored third-period goals to help the Stars rally for a victory over Ottawa.

Kings 4, Panthers 0

In Los Angeles, Jonathan Quick broke the Kings’ record for goalie wins, making 24 saves in his fifth shutout of an injury-hampered season as Los Angeles beat Florida.

Quick earned his 172nd career victory and surpassed Rogie Vachon. The shutout was the 30th of Quick’s career, two shy of Vachon’s franchise mark.

Rangers 2, Devils 0

In Newark, New Jersey, Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves in posting his Rangers record 50th NHL shutout as New York improved its playoff chances with a victory over the fading Devils.

Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 3

In Toronto, Tomas Plekanec scored the go-ahead goal just as a power play expired midway through the third period, and Montreal defeated the hosts.

Hurricanes 3, Jets 2

In Winnipeg, Carolina scored three straight goals in just under three minutes in the second period and held on for a win over the Jets.