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Bruins score six, keep Coyotes winless

Get 11th straight victory against Arizona behind Chara's three points

by Craig Morgan / Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Boston Bruins scored three goals in the second period to break a tie in a 6-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

The six goals were a season-high for the Bruins (2-2-0), and the win was their 11th straight against the Coyotes (0-4-1). 

Coach Bruce Cassidy was looking for more offense after Boston scored seven goals in its first three games of the season. 


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"In the second, I thought we really did a good job winning pucks and starting our transition game by simple rims and battles," Cassidy said. "It's what we saw that could be available on the forecheck with a fast team against our defense. Instead of trying to make a lot of plays, let's just try to get it out of our end in a hurry."

Video: BOS@ARI: Bjork nets first career goal on power play

David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk, Brad Marchand, Tim Schaller and Anders Bjork each scored for the Bruins, who won their seventh straight game in Arizona. Defenseman Zdeno Chara had a goal and two assists, his first points of the season, and Anton Khudobin made 29 saves in his first start.

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored with the man-advantage at 16:25 of the third period to become the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise leader in power-play goals by a defenseman (41), passing Fredrik Olausson. Louis Domingue made 23 saves in his second start of 2017-18.

Forward Mario Kempe scored his first NHL goal to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead at 15:31 of the first period when he deflected Anthony Duclair's shot from the top of the right face-off circle past Khudobin.

Boston answered on its next shift when Chara's shot from the right circle deflected off Pastrnak and in at 16:07 to make it 1-1.

Video: BOS@ARI: Chara shoots, puck banks in off Pastrnak

DeBrusk scored on the power play at 1:39 of the second period to make it 2-1. Chara knocked in his own rebound at 5:03 to make it 3-1, and Marchand scored on a breakaway at 16:21 to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead.

"The second period, it was chaos," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "That's my fault. I thought I had them ready to go. A couple guys were loose, not getting the puck in deep. Some guys go off the grid. I'm kind of embarrassed for the fans."

After Ekman-Larsson made it 4-2, Schaller scored at 16:48 of the third to pad Boston's lead to 5-2. Bjork scored his first NHL goal at 18:37 to make it 6-2.

Video: BOS@ARI: Ekman-Larsson finishes one-timer for PPG

"If you want to be a good team you need to have depth all through the lineup and it's great to have that production right now," Marchand said. "We need everyone to do their job each and every night, be consistent and chip in at the right time."


Goal of the game

Chara caught Ekman-Larsson out of position with a pass that rimmed around the boards to Marchand in the neutral zone. Marchand went to his backhand on a breakaway and flipped the puck just over Domingue's pad for his third of the season. 

Video: BOS@ARI: Marchand nets slick backhand on breakaway

Save of the game

Khudobin was rarely tested, but he stopped rookie forward Clayton Keller's wrist shot 55 seconds into the game.


Highlight of the game

DeBrusk got his second goal of the season, deftly deflecting David Krejci's shot from the left circle under Domingue's glove. 

 Video: BOS@ARI: DeBrusk redirects Krejci's blast in for PPG


They said it

"It's a funny thing that you end up having a good, strong shift and the other line has a good, strong shift after that -- it's almost like a snowball. You just keep rolling and start feeling that you're taking control of the game." -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara

"It's just the way it is. I'm a goalie. I've got to stop pucks. I've done it in the past. What's going on? I don't know." -- Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue, who has allowed 16 goals on 116 shots this season (.862 save percentage)


Need to know

Arizona last defeated Boston 5-2 on Oct. 9, 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic. The Coyotes' last win against the Bruins in Arizona was 4-1 on Oct. 17, 2009. … Bruins center Patrice Bergeron missed his fourth straight game because of a lower-body injury. 


What's next

Bruins: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, ATTSN-RM, NESN, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: At the Dallas Stars on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-A, NHL.TV)


Video: Chara, Khudobin propel Bruins to 6-2 victory

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