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Marchand's two goals help Bruins win 14th straight against Coyotes

Boston scores four in second period to keep streak intact

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

Marchand's second of the period

ARI@BOS: Marchand strikes in front for second goal

Brad Marchand spots David Krejci's rebound in front and slides it by a prone Darcy Kuemper, making it 4-2 with his second goal of the period

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BOSTON -- Brad Marchand scored two goals to help the Boston Bruins to their 14th straight win against the Arizona Coyotes, 4-3 at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Marchand (two goals, one assist), David Pastrnak (one goal, two assists) and David Krejci combined for nine points for the Bruins (17-10-4), who have won three in a row and haven't lost to the Coyotes since Oct. 9, 2010. It's the longest active regular-season winning streak against one opponent in the NHL.

Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for Boston, which scored its four goals in a 4:50 stretch of the second period after falling behind 1-0.


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"I think we talked about for the most part; it wasn't anything crazy, it was about respecting what was going on," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I thought we were a little disrespectful to the game. It showed in our power play; we were trying to force plays, not being hard enough, supporting one another. Then we talked about making some adjustments and closing our gaps and allowing our D to stay up for our forwards to work back, and we got some good transition opportunities and goals off of that."

Nick Schmaltz, Nick Cousins and Michael Bunting scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves for the Coyotes (13-14-2), who have lost three in a row. The Coyotes had won their previous three road games.

"We played a good hockey game for 50 [minutes]," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "We had a really good game ... it's 2-0 and we backed off again. It's very frustrating. We cannot back off. That's something that we've got to keep pressing here. It's a learning process."

Schmaltz scored on a one-timer from the left face-off dot to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead at 12:22 of the first period. The initial shot hit the post, but it deflected off Rask's skate and into the net.

Cousins extended the lead 40 seconds later with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that went off John Moore and past Rask on the short side to make it 2-0.

Heinen scored at 8:40 of the second period to make it 2-1. After Ryan Donato dumped the puck into the Arizona zone, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson won a battle and made a backhand pass to the front. Heinen kicked the puck to his stick with his right skate and scored on a slap shot.

Pastrnak tied the game 2-2 with a drive to the net at 9:13.

Marchand gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead with a tip-in from the top of the crease at 11:31 after a Pastrnak slap shot.

Marchand's second goal made it 4-2 at 13:30. Krejci took a shot from in tight and Marchand scored on the rebound with a backhand shot from the slot.

Bunting scored in his NHL debut at 15:00 for the 4-3 final score. After the Bruins had some miscommunication in front of their net, Bunting was able to poke the puck between Rask's left arm and his body.

"I thought it went pretty well," Bunting said. "At the start, I had my jitters. Right when the national anthem hit, it was like 'Alright, I'm in an NHL game.' After that I just played simple ... I was lucky enough to put one by the goalie."

They said it 

"I was pretty happy with a lot of parts to my game today. A few things, just some reads and timing. I've got to watch the video and get a little bit better at, but overall I felt pretty good in there." -- Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper, who returned from a lower-body injury to make his first start since Nov. 21 

"It's been fun. Those are two world-class players. I'm just happy to be on their line and happy to help the team to win games."
-- Bruins center David Krejci on playing with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak 

Need to know

Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson played his 700th career NHL game. ... Coyotes forward Alex Galchenyuk missed the game with a lower-body injury and is day to day. ... Bruins forward David Backes rushed off the ice after taking Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson's skate blade to the face late in the first period, but he managed to return for the start of the second. … Krejci, who played his 800th NHL game, has a four-game point streak (two goals, five assists). ... Marchand has a three-game point streak (three goals, five assists). ... The winning streak against the Coyotes is the third-longest against an opponent in Bruins history; they went 15-0-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers from Oct. 25, 1970-Dec. 17, 1972, and 17-0-0 against the Ottawa Senators from Oct. 12, 1992-Nov. 9, 1995.

What's next
Coyotes: At the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, FS-A, NHL.TV)

Bruins: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, NESN, NHL.TV)

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