Bruins keep on rolling: The odds already weren’t in the Coyotes’ favor entering Saturday’s matinee at TD Garden. Arizona, having flown across the country late Thursday night after a 9 p.m. EST matchup in Glendale, was tasked with stopping a Bruins club that has outscored the competition, 17-5, during a five-game winning streak. Add in the fact that Arizona hasn’t exactly had much success against Boston over the last decade, and Rick Tocchet’s club had to feel awfully discouraged when it took the ice on Causeway Street this afternoon. After all, Boston had won its last 15 games against the ‘Yotes — with the B’s last loss to this team coming all the way back on Oct. 9, 2010 in Prague.
Well, make it 16 now. With Boston’s 4-2 victory over the Coyotes on Saturday, Boston set a new franchise record for consecutive wins against one opponent — surpassing a 15-0-0 run that Boston reeled off against the Flyers from 1970-72. Trailing 1-0 off of a power-play tally from Phil Kessel minutes into the second period, Boston closed out the middle frame with three unanswered goals — with Charlie Coyle, Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk all lighting the lamp to give the Bruins a lead they would not relinquish.
Jakob Chychrun cut Boston’s lead to one just 26 seconds into the third period, but Tuukka Rask (29 saves on 31 shots) shut the door down the stretch, while Coyle’s empty netter at 19:11 snuffed out any hope of an Arizona rally.