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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- No obstacle is too big for the Boston Bruins these days. Their first deficit in two weeks? No problem. Rallying in the second of back-to-back road games? Easy pickins.

Right winger Jarome Iginla scored the game-tying goal early in the third period and right winger Shawn Thornton redirected left winger Daniel Paille's tough angle shot with 3:18 remaining as Boston won its 12th straight game with a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday at Jobing.com Arena.

Boston is two short of the franchise record for consecutive wins, set in the 1929-30 season.

The Bruins got on the board just 3:25 into the game when defenseman Andrek Meszaros intercepted Phoenix goalie Mike Smith's high clearing attempt at the blue line and sent the puck back toward the net. Center Patrice Bergeron eventually banged it in for a 1-0 lead.

The Coyotes evened the game when right winger Shane Doan collected a rebound of left winger Brandon McMillan's shot off a feed from center Mike Ribeiro and flipped it over diving Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.

Phoenix defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson gave the Coyotes their only lead when he picked up the puck in his own zone, weaved through the neutral zone and put a stunning stick fake on Boston right winger Louis Eriksson at the blue line to walk in alone on Rask. Rask stopped Ekman-Larsson's first attempt, but the Swedish Olympian knocked the rebound in for a 2-1 lead.

But Boston tied it when Iginla redirected defenseman Zdeno Chara's shot from the point early in the third period for his team-leading 27th goal of the season.

Thornton's game-winner came from in front of Smith when he got his stick on Paille's high shot. Iginla added an empty netter for his 558th career goal, moving two past Johnny Bucyk into sole possession of 25th all time.

NOTES: Coyotes RW Shane Doan scored 11:45 into the game, marking the first time Boston had allowed a first-period goal in 11 games. ... Doan's goal was his 20th of the season, giving him 12 NHL seasons with 20 or more goals. ... Coyotes D Keith Yandle's 382 consecutive games played represent the second-longest streak in franchise history and the third-longest active streak in the NHL. ... When Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a power-play goal early in the second period, it broke a streak of 20 straight periods in which the Bruins had not trailed. The last time they had trailed was in the second period of a March 9 win over the Florida Panthers. ... D Derek Morris played his 1,100th career game on Saturday. ... Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc announced via Twitter that Saturday's game broke the regular-season single-game franchise revenue record. ... Bruins Cs Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci entered the game with the NHL's two highest plus-minus ratings at plus-35 and plus-33.
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