GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Linus Ullmark saved 30 shots, David Pastrnak provided two assists and the Boston Bruins extended their winning streak over the Arizona Coyotes to 17 games in a row with a 2-1 win on Friday night.
Erik Haula and Charlie McAvoy each had goals to help Boston bounce back to take a two-goal lead after losing to Colorado.
“We’ve got some constant pressure in the O-Zone,” Haula said. “It doesn’t have to be as difficult as we would like in the early stages. We got better as the game went on. In the end, we did enough to get two points. “
Arizona was much better after falling late in defeats to Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers.
Scott Wedgewood excelled in his second game in 12 games, finishing with 36 saves. Nick Schmaltz led Arizona’s recovery from Boston’s first goal, scoring late in the first period.
Coyotes missed several scoring opportunities, especially late, and has yet to have a Boston since 2010 in the Czech Republic. They have lost four games in a row.
Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny said: “It was difficult to have a good attack against them and we did tonight. “It’s something to be proud of, but we have nothing to show for.”
Boston took a 3-1 lead in its final game, losing 4-3 in extra time to Avalanche on Wednesday after conceding a goal with just 36 seconds left in regulation time.
The Bruins took the lead again when a Coyotes interception protected Anton Stralman just before Pastrnak in the left circle. Pasternak quickly passed it to Haula, who beat Wedgewood from the pass.
Schmaltz tied it late in the first half, beating Ullmark from the left side of the circle after a trick from Shane Gostisbehere briefly stunned the Boston keeper.
“I knew they would go overboard,” says Gostibehere. “I had a good shot and thought if I pumped the dummy, other things would open up. I didn’t see Nicky right away, but when I got to the middle I saw him.”
McAvoy put Boston back into power play late in the second half, scoring from the right circle on a shot Wedgewood couldn’t see through the traffic.
Wedgewood made some tough saves as Boston continued to power in mid-third, then made a stunning save from Haula’s shot in 4v-4.
Ullmark also played well in the final two minutes after Arizona pulled Wedgewood, making some tough saves in traffic.
“The daily winning game is so much more fun, it feels like I have a chance to win every night,” Ullmark said. “There is no game that you do not enjoy. The boys will go out on the field and play hard for 60 minutes overall. “
Bruins Center Brad Marchand was asked about Arizona being able to play at Arizona State’s new 5,000-seat arena in a few years and dug into Coyotes’ attendance.
“The only way for them to get 5,000 fans at their games now is if they give away 4,500 so that doesn’t change much,” Marchand tweeted on Thursday.
The fans at Gila River Arena didn’t seem to mind or even know about Marchand’s digging. Then again, most of them were wearing Bruins’ clothes.
Schmaltz was quick to go to the box to take a penalty with a high sub to Anton Blidh. A video review shows McAvoy hitting Blidh with a stick, not Schmaltz. … Arizona’s McAvoy and Antoine Roussel were sent to the box for fighting early in the third round. Roussel ended the serve with a tough right to McAvoy’s head, but was hit with a double penalty for the rough behaviour. … Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk is back after missing two games with an upper-body injury. ……Bruins G Tuukka Rask suffered from lower back pain day by day.
Boston: Broadcast in Dallas on Sunday.
Arizona: Buffalo Saturday host.
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