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Tuukka backbones B’s seventh straight win, 2-1

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is congratulated by teammates at the bench after scoring against the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is congratulated by teammates at the bench after scoring against the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla, left, goes to congratulate teammate Johnny Boychuk (55) after Iginla's goal against the Phoenix Coyotes as Milan Lucic looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla, left, goes to congratulate teammate Johnny Boychuk (55) after Iginla's goal against the Phoenix Coyotes as Milan Lucic looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla, left, goes to congratulate teammate Johnny Boychuk (55) after Iginla's goal against the Phoenix Coyotes as Milan Lucic looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla, left, goes to congratulate teammate Johnny Boychuk (55) after Iginla's goal against the Phoenix Coyotes as Milan Lucic looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Phoenix Coyotes center Antoine Vermette (50) tries to take the puck from Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Phoenix Coyotes center Antoine Vermette (50) tries to take the puck from Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Phoenix Coyotes center Antoine Vermette (50) tries to take the puck from Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Phoenix Coyotes center Antoine Vermette (50) tries to take the puck from Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is congratulated by teammates at the bench after scoring against the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is congratulated by teammates at the bench after scoring against the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Phoenix Coyotes left wing Lauri Korpikoski (28) knocks down Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Phoenix Coyotes left wing Lauri Korpikoski (28) knocks down Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Phoenix Coyotes left wing Lauri Korpikoski (28) knocks down Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Phoenix Coyotes left wing Lauri Korpikoski (28) knocks down Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is congratulated by teammates at the bench after scoring against the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla, left, goes to congratulate teammate Johnny Boychuk (55) after Iginla's goal against the Phoenix Coyotes as Milan Lucic looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla, left, goes to congratulate teammate Johnny Boychuk (55) after Iginla's goal against the Phoenix Coyotes as Milan Lucic looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Phoenix Coyotes center Antoine Vermette (50) tries to take the puck from Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Phoenix Coyotes center Antoine Vermette (50) tries to take the puck from Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is congratulated by teammates at the bench after scoring against the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Phoenix Coyotes left wing Lauri Korpikoski (28) knocks down Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Phoenix Coyotes left wing Lauri Korpikoski (28) knocks down Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

BOSTON — Tuukka Rask made 21 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla scored for Boston. The Bruins took over the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 93 points, one more than Pittsburgh.

Mike Smith made 18 saves for the Coyotes, who had won two straight,

The Bruins scored twice in the first period, the first coming on Chara’s wrist shot past Smith, who was screened by Bruins forward Chris Kelly. It was the 16th goal of the season for the Bruins’ captain — three short of his career high.

It was still 1-0 when the Coyotes had their best early scoring chance, getting a puck that got through Rask and trickled behind him. But the goalie reached back with his stick and swiped it off the goal line for the save.

On the ensuing breakout, the Bruins got the puck to Johnny Boychuk at the blue line and his slap shot was deflected by Iginla into the net. It was his 21st goal of the season.

Lauri Korpikoski scored for Phoenix with 12 minutes left in the game to spoil Rask’s shutout. Phoenix had a chance to tie with about 2 minutes to play but Rask slid to his left and deflected a shot off his skate and into the post before it rolled harmlessly away.

Notes: The teams combined for five shots in the second period. ... Phoenix F Shane Doan played in 1,300th NHL game. ... The Bruins had lost four straight to Phoenix in Boston. ... The victory was coach Claude Julien’s 300th on the Boston bench.

Hurricanes 4, Sabres 2 — Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty scored in a 1:55 span in the third period to give the Carolina Hurricanes the lead in their 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Semin tied it at 2 on a power play with 8:12 left, and Tlusty scored with 6:17 to go.

Jeff Skinner had a first-period goal — his 26th — to help Carolina win its second in a row after losing seven of eight. Nathan Gerbe had an empty-net goal with a second left.

Cam Ward made 21 saves, making his second consecutive start after backstopping the Hurricanes to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Tyler Ennis scored on a penalty shot and Drew Stafford added a goal for Buffalo. Michal Neuvirth made a season-high 51 saves in his second start for the Sabres since being acquired in a trade with Washington on March 5.

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