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  • It’s not quite the shock of Lesnar beating Undertaker, but the Black and Gold’s streak over the Coyotes, which went 19 straight wins and dated back to 2010, is officially no more.

    At Mullett Arena for a Friday night showdown with the Coyotes after what was a 14-game road swing for the Coyotes, the Bruins were doomed by a night of near-misses, and were officially done in by a last-minute judgment call that waived off an icing and gave the Coyotes a go-ahead goal with 13.5 seconds left in the game.

    For the Bruins, it was their first loss to the Coyotes since Opening Night 2010, and was their first loss to the Coyotes on U.S. soil since Oct. 17, 2009.

    Here’s a look at the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the game from a loss in Tempe…

  • No. 3 Star: David Pastrnak

    Dec 9, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates a goal with left wing Brad Marchand (63) against the Arizona Coyotes in the first period at Mullett Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 9, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates a goal with left wing Brad Marchand (63) against the Arizona Coyotes in the first period at Mullett Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

  • The first scorer of what was a three-goal night for the Black and Gold, David Pastrnak was all over the ice in this game, and was a constant threat against a flat-footed Arizona defense.

    On the board with his 19th goal of the season, Pastrnak’s first-period strike extended his goal scoring streak to four games, and gave him goals in eight of his last nine games overall.

    The Bruins also dominated whenever No. 88 was on the ice in this contest, as Pastrnak finished the night with an on-ice corsi-for percentage of 86.36 percent (the shot attempts favored the Bruins 19-3), as well as an on-ice edge in shots (13-2), scoring chances (10-2), and high-danger scoring chances (8-1) in 15:25 of five-on-five play.

  • No. 2 Star: Lawson Crouse

    Dec 9, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse (67) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins in the third period at Mullett Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 9, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse (67) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins in the third period at Mullett Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

  • On a night where the Coyotes were absolutely smoked territorially, winger Lawson Crouse put forth about as good of a five-on-five night as the Coyotes could have asked for, as he scored two goals (including the game-winning goal) and was on the ice for three of Arizona’s four five-on-five goals in this contest.

    And though the game-winning goal will rightfully steal the headlines, Crouse’s second-period goal was an absolutely gigantic one, as it came just 2:52 after Charlie Coyle’s go-ahead goal, and in a period that the Bruins were simply dominating. If Crouse doesn’t score that goal, perhaps the wheels fall off the Coyotes.

    Crouse also added an assist on Josh Brown’s game-opening tally, and finished this game with an Arizona-leading four shots on goal, as well as a forward-high 21:43 of time on ice.

  • No. 1 Star: Karel Vejmelka

    Dec 9, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes goalie Karel Vejmelka (70) stops a shot on goal by the Boston Bruins in the third period at Mullett Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 9, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes goalie Karel Vejmelka (70) stops a shot on goal by the Boston Bruins in the third period at Mullett Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

  • It’s been established that it takes a white-hot goaltender to beat the Bruins these days. And that remained the case Friday night in Tempe, as the Coyotes’ Karel Vejmelka was absolutely crushed with 46 shots… and won.

    In the win column with a 43-save performance, the 46-shot night for the Bruins was a season-high, and their 28 high-danger scoring chances at all situational play (per Natural Stat Trick) were also a season-high. According to NST, Vejmelka’s expected goals against average was north of 5.00 (his actual in this game was 3.00), and he stopped all but one of the 20 high-danger shots on goal he faced by the night’s end.

    The man was simply pelted all night long, and never let this game slip away. Hell of a performance.

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