Boston Bruins

Not even a rocky-yet-sleepy start against the Arizona Coyotes could stop the Bruins on Tuesday, as Bruce Cassidy’s squad extended their winning streak to three straight games by way of a 4-3 final at TD Garden.

In what was shaping up to a successful killing of Matt Grzelcyk’s hooking penalty, Arizona forward Nick Schmaltz blasted a bomb through B’s netminder Tuukka Rask with just 10 seconds left on the man advantage, and Nick Cousins scored the Coyotes’ second goal just 40 laters on a goal that Rask undoubtedly would have liked to have back. Even if it appeared to hit Bruins defenseman John Moore’s shin on the way through, sullying an otherwise solid opening 20 minutes from the B’s.

But in the middle frame, the Bruins began to find their offensive rhythm in the attacking zone, creating the space necessary to work against the Coyotes and an active stick from goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

Danton Heinen finished off a beautiful sequence with a net-front poke off a feed from Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, and David Pastrnak did the same 33 seconds later off a pass from Brad Marchand on his drive towards the net, which drew the attention of two Arizona skaters and created the space for Pastrnak in the first place. Marchand connected on a feed from Pastrnak (and David Krejci with a true secondary assist to make it all happen) just 2:18 after that. And before it was all done, Marchand potted his second as he collected some garbage in front of Kuemper’s net just 1:59 after his first goal.

All in all, it was a stretch that featured some pretty passing and four total goals in just 4:50 of action.

It also showed just how impactful Krejci can be when he was not one but two wingers that elevate his game in the o-zone.

The ‘Yotes would bring themselves back within one when another d-zone miscue Moore ended up in the Boston net.

Protecting a one-goal lead in the third period, the Bruins were forced to hunker down and lean on Rask on a late-game penalty that landed Moore in the box, and Rask delivered, with stops on the pair of Coyote chances thrown on goal. The Bruins were not out of the woods after the successful kill, though, with their next biggest stop coming by way of a Charlie McAvoy block.

That was until Rask made a legitimate last-second stop against Schmaltz to seal the deal on the win.

Rask’s effort was enough by the night’s end, with stops on 31 of the 34 shots thrown his way for his eighth win of the season.

Also of note: David Backes took an Oliver Ekman-Larsson skate to the face in the first period of play, but would ultimately return to action in the second period and took regular shifts throughout the rest of the night. Keep in mind that Backes missed time last season after Yanni Gourde’s skate sliced his leg open in a Mar. 17 head-to-head with the Lightning. Looks like there’s a considerable bullet dodged on the part of both No. 42 and the Bruins, all things considered.

The Bruins will travel to Pittsburgh for a Friday night meeting with the Penguins.