Bruins win 4-1, send Coyotes to 9th straight lossPosted: Updated:
BOSTON (AP) -- Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist, helping the Boston Bruins send the Arizona Coyotes to their ninth straight loss, 4-1 on Saturday night.
Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal and an assist for the Bruins, who won for the third time in four games following a six-game losing streak (0-4-2).
Tuukka Rask made 31 saves for Boston after missing Friday's win in New Jersey because he was sick.
Martin Erat scored for the Coyotes, who finished a four-game road trip during which they got outscored 16-5.
Arizona starting goaltender Mike Smith was pulled after giving up four goals on 20 shots, including Lucic's that caromed in off his skate when he was out of position.
The Bruins won both regular-season meetings by easy margins, also posting a 5-2 victory in Arizona on Dec. 6.
Rask was hardly tested in the first two periods as Boston built a 4-0 lead.
Lucic's goal made it 1-0 just 2:40 in. Smith mishandled David Pastrnak's dump-in pass behind the net and Lucic flipped a backhand shot from the side of the net.
Marchand fired a wrister from the left circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Reilly Smith, sending it past Smith's glove to make it 2-0 late in the first.
Bergeron's goal increased it to 3-0 early in the second when his backhander hit Keith Yandle's left skate and trickled into the net.
With the Bruins skating on a power play, Chara unloaded a slap shot that beat Mike Smith over the left shoulder, making it 4-0 midway into the second. Smith was then replaced by Louis Domingue.
Erat scored with 9:39 left in the game.
NOTES: It was Boston's sixth straight win against the Coyotes. ... Arizona RW Mark Arcobello played his 100th career game. ... Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk, who turns 80 in May, watched from a luxury box. ... The Bruins wore their alternate jerseys - black with gold trim and a bear on the front. ... The Coyotes entered with 23 road power-play goals, second in the NHL. ... The Bruins are off until Thursday when they face Calgary. ... Arizona opens a six-game homestand when it hosts Anaheim on Tuesday.
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