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Chara, strong second period lift Bruins past Coyotes

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October 15. 2017 2:43AM
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) scores on Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue (35) during the second period at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zdeno Chara, still a dominant player at age 40, had a goal and two assists and the Boston Bruins rode a three-goal second period to a 6-2 victory over the still-winless Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.
 
Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and rookie Jake DeBrusk -- the son of former Coyotes player Louie DeBrusk -- each had a goal and an assist, and backup goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 29 of 31 shots in his first start of the season.

Boston (2-2-0), which had lost its previous two games, has won 11 in a row against the Coyotes since 2010.

Arizona, playing under first-year coach Rick Tocchet, remains the Western Conference's lone winless team at 0-4-1 overall and 0-2-1 at home. This is the first time in the franchise's 38-year NHL history that the Coyotes are winless after five games.

Mario Kempe scored his first NHL goal for Arizona to open the scoring at 15:31 of the first period, but the Bruins recorded the next four goals against Arizona backup goaltender Louis Domingue (23 saves).

Pastrnak tied it only 36 seconds following Kempe's goal when Chara's one-timer from above the right circle deflected off his left leg. DeBrusk scored similarly on a power play 1:39 into the second by tipping in David Krejci's one-timer from left point, and Chara -- the multi-time All-Star defenseman -- put in his own rebound at 5:03 after Arizona center Max Domi's turnover at mid-ice.

Later in the third, Chara's long breakout pass wrapped around boards and directly onto Marchand's stick in the Arizona end. Marchand got loose on a short breakaway and put a backhander under the crossbar for his third goal in four games.

Arizona finally scored again when Oliver Ekman-Larsson netted his franchise-record 41st power-play goal by a defenseman with 3:35 remaining. But Boston again answered quickly as Tim Schaller scored his second of the season 23 seconds later, and Anders Bjork added a goal with 1:24 to play.

NOTES: Boston D Zdeno Chara matched his regular-season career best with three points. ... Boston has won seven straight at Arizona. ... Bruins C Patrice Bergeron (lower body) missed his fourth consecutive game. ... The Coyotes were without G Antti Raanta (lower body), their No. 1 goalie. He was pulled after one period Thursday against Detroit and has played only one full game this season. ... Bruins G Tuukka Rask, who started the first three games, is expected to start Sunday night at Vegas. ... Bruins C David Backes (diverticulitis) is skating again but remains out indefinitely. ... Boston started Austin Czarnik on the third line centered by Matt Beleskey and sat down RW Frank Vatrano.


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