Coyotes lose tight game to Bruins

Scott Wedgewood made 35 saves but Boston skated off with a win


James Mackey

Gila River Arena before Friday night’s game between Arizona and Boston.

Friday night’s game at Gila River Arena was the Arizona Coyotes’ first at home after an 11-day road trip. Scott Wedgewood was tasked with the start in the net, his second after being in COVID protocols.

For the visiting Boston Bruins, Linus Ullmark got the nod in goal.

The Coyotes’ penalty kill went to work and prevented the Bruins from nabbing a power-play goal after Jakob Chychrun closed his hand on the puck. But Boston got on the board at 12:31 of the period on a one-time shot by Erik Haula. David Pastrnak and Derek Forbort assisted, as the Bruins capitalized on an Anton Stralman turnover.

However, the hosts had a response through their All-Star forward.

Clayton Keller passed the puck to Shayne Gostisbehere, who then picked out Nick Schmaltz between two defenders. Schmaltz quickly fired the tying goal past Ullmark with under two minutes to play in the period.

The second period was the only other frame to feature a goal.

Charlie McAvoy scored the eventual game-winner  in the second period, following a tripping penalty on Gostisbehere. Pastrnak dropped the puck off to Brad Marchand, who fed it across the top of the zone to McAvoy. His walk in wrist shot beat Wedgewood to make it 2-1 Bruins.

The third period was a penalty-ridden frame, with five combined penalties. Antoine Roussel had two, both for roughing after a fight with McAvoy, and Lawson Crouse was sent to the box for tripping.

The Bruins’ two penalties were for roughing on McAvoy, and Patrice Bergeron for high-sticking Chychrun.

“(It is) tough to get good offense going against them and we did it tonight, so we have something to be proud of, but nothing to show for it,” Coyotes coach André Tourigny said after the game.

The Coyotes return to home ice Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.