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Bruins down Coyotes, win 12th straight

Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins had clinched a playoff spot on Friday, but that didn't slow them down on Saturday.

Shawn Thornton scored the game-winner late in the third period and Boston won its 12th straight game with a 4-2 victory over Phoenix.

The Bruins became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with Friday's 2-0 blanking of Colorado, and the team has now ripped off its longest winning streak since a 13-game run from Feb. 23-March 20, 1971.

Also, the victory pushed the team two points ahead of St. Louis for the best record in the NHL.

Jarome Iginla scored twice and Patrice Bergeron had the other marker for the Bruins, who got 30 saves from Tuukka Rask.

Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for the Coyotes, who had a three- game winning streak stopped. Mike Smith stopped 24-of-27 shots.

03/22 23:42:20 ET