Observations: Bruins 2, Coyotes 1 (OT)

December, 29, 2011
12/29/11
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The Boston Bruins are back on top of the Eastern Conference after beating the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 in overtime on a Dennis Seidenberg goal just 58 seconds into the extra frame. The Bruins won their seventh straight, and have 49 points and lead the New York Rangers by a point for the top spot in the East.

Tuukka Rask won his fourth straight game with a 21-save performance. Ray Whitney was the only Coyote to beat him. David Krejci scored the Bruins' first goal.

Rask's shutout streak snapped, but he was solid again:Rask got his second straight start Wednesday and was solid despite having his shutout streak snapped at 170:26 when Whitney scored at 15:16 of the second period. Rask had two straight shutouts heading into this game and hadn't allowed a goal since Dec. 6 against Winnipeg. Rask made 21 saves Wednesday night and once again proved he is ready whenever coach Claude Julien wants to give Tim Thomas some rest. Thomas is scheduled to start Saturday night at Dallas.

Seidenberg's hard work paying off: After going 32 games without lighting the lamp, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has scored in two straight games with his overtime winner. As Julien has pointed out many times this season, Seidenberg could've been a Conn Smythe candidate in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs with how valuable his play was to the Bruins and while he hasn't lit the lamp a lot this season, he is still a steady presence on the blue line. It's nice to see his hard work get rewarded with an overtime winner.

Krejci and Marchand stay hot: David Krejci and Brad Marchand stayed hot on Wednesday night as they extended their point streaks to four games. Krejci scored 47 seconds into regulation and Marchand assisted. Over the past four games, Krejci has four points (two goals, two assists) and Marchand eight points (four goals, four assists).

McQuaid goes to bat for Ference: After watching his defensive partner Andrew Ference take a high elbow from Coyotes winger Raffi Torres 17:11 into the first period, Adam McQuaid wasted no time defending his teammate, promptly grabbing Torres and earning a decisive win in their fight, bloodying Torres above the eye.

Peverley misses second straight game: Rich Peverley missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury. Other than that, the Bruins lineup remained the same as it was prior to the Christmas break in the 8-0 win over the Panthers:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Zach Hamill
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Tim Thomas

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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