BOSTON -- Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 21 saves in a 2-1 victory against the Coyotes at TD Garden on Thursday to extend the Bruins' season-high winning streak to seven games and snap Phoenix's winning streak at two.
The Coyotes finished a four-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams with a 2-2-0 record. Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith stopped 18 of 20 shots, and Lauri Korpikoski scored the Coyotes' only goal.
"For where we are right now, obviously, we need more points than we got, and .500 is not what we're looking for," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "That being said, we've got to go home and regroup. One stop at home and playing, then we're on the road again."
With the loss, the Coyotes remained one point behind eighth-place Dallas, which was idle on Thursday. Phoenix has 15 games left; Dallas has 17.
Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla scored for Boston, which has lost once in regulation in its past 13 games.
"Yeah, I think we're playing well," Iginla said. "I think there have been different types of games. I think a big part is, you know, we've had great goaltending all year and we had that in this [game]. But also it's been fun that it's been all different lines all different nights of the winning streak, and really all season, have been carrying the play on different nights. On some nights we have everybody going and we have an exploding night, but it's been fun."
After stopping all 10 Phoenix shots through two periods, Rask stopped 11 of 12 in the third period to improve to 30-14-4.
"I don't think anybody enjoys it, really," Rask said about playing in back-to-back games. "But it was a late game (Wednesday at Montreal); we got in late. It's always kind of tough to sleep in that situation. But it's always challenging, but that's what they pay us [for]. We try to battle through it."
Chara put the Bruins on the scoreboard first at 5:54 of the first period. He intercepted Keith Yandle's clearing attempt at the blue line and then skated up to the top of the right circle for a snap shot that beat Smith high inside the far post for his 16th goal.
After the Bruins killed off a double minor for high sticking to right wing Jordan Caron, they took a 2-0 lead on a tip-in goal by Iginla from the slot at 17:31. Johnny Boychuk one-timed a shot from the right point that a wide-open Iginla deflected past Smith for his 21st goal.
The Coyotes had plenty of chances to avoid going scoreless in the first period, when Rask made eight saves. Rask robbed Brandon McMillan a couple times, including a glove stop to deny a quick McMillan shot from the slot.
Just before Iginla's goal, McMillan's shot from the right half-wall deflected off Rask and Boston defenseman Dougie Hamilton, and Rask had to reach back and sweep the puck off the goal line.
Boston's 2-0 lead carried over into the third period. The Bruins outshot the Coyotes 3-2 in a tight-checking second period.
The Coyotes matched their second-period shot total in the opening 8:14 of the third period and scored on their second shot when Korpikoski tipped Oliver Ekman-Larsson's shot past Rask to cut the Bruins' lead to 2-1. It was Korpikoski's ninth goal.
Rask made one more great save to preserve the Boston lead, diving to prevent Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette from stuffing the puck in the net with less than four minutes to play.
The Coyotes were 0-for-5 on the power play.
"We just didn't execute very well, and our power play got outworked, it's as simple as that," Tippett said. "Third period, the last one in the third, we actually started executing a little bit and moving; we had some chances. But if you're not willing to work and outwork penalty killers and use the advantage you have, you're not successful very often."
"The road trip is over," said Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who played in his 1,300th NHL game. "It wasn't a total disaster. It wasn't a huge success. We've got to find ways to win at home (on Saturday)."
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