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Coyotes D Conor Timmins exits with upper-body injury in loss to Bruins

Oct 15, 2022, 7:19 PM | Updated: 8:04 pm
(Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
(Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) — Derek Forbort scored the tiebreaking goal with 9:29 left in the third period, and the Boston Bruins won their home opener 6-3 over Arizona on Saturday night, beating the Coyotes for the 19th straight time.

It’s the Bruins’ longest winning streak in club history against any opponent, with their last loss against the Coyotes coming on Oct. 9, 2010, in Prague.

The Bruins have won their first two games to begin their 99th season under new coach Jim Montgomery, who replaced the fired Bruce Cassidy.

“In a lot of areas we were better tonight,” Montgomery said. “We played a team that was hungry. Things didn’t go really well in their first game. Human nature is they’re going to come back and they did. … I just like the way we responded.”

The Coyotes erased a 3-1 deficit early in the third period when Josh Brown scored at 2:58 and Shayne Gostisbehere beat goaltender Jeremy Swayman between the pads on a breakaway for a short-handed goal a little less than three minutes later.

But Forbort saved the home opener from being a big letdown for the TD Garden crowd by slipping a wrister into the net from the left faceoff circle for his first goal since Nov. 20, 2021.

A.J. Greer then added an insurance goal 3:20 later before sealing it with an empty-netter.

Pavel Zacha, acquired from New Jersey for forward Erik Haula in the offseason, had a power-play score for the Bruins’ first home goal of the season and his first in a Boston uniform. Charlie Coyle and Nick Foligno each added a goal for the Bruins. Swayman stopped 21 shots.

“It’s nice to get off to a good start, obviously, for our group — two wins,” Foligno said. “Nice to contribute. I’m feeling good, feel healthy. I’m excited. I like what our lines are all doing. That’s been the most fun. … That’s exactly what we preached in training camp. It’s exciting to be a part of.”

Clayton Keller added a power-play goal for the Coyotes (0-2) and Karel Vejmelka made 37 saves.

Boosted by an early two-man, power-play advantage, the Bruins had a handful of good chances against Vejmelka before Zacha scored off a rebound 4:03 into the game when Foligno’s shot hit the post and caromed right out front to him.

Coyle’s goal made it 2-0 late in the opening period when he beat Vejmelka over the left shoulder with a wrister from just inside the right circle.

Keller beat Swayman with a one-timer from the right circle 6:21 into the second period, but Foligo redirected Connor Clifton’s shot past Vejmelka at 14:03 to restore the Bruins’ two-goal lead.

“You saw how hard we played in the offensive zone,” Swayman said. “I couldn’t be happier how the system’s going right now.”

LOOSE PUCKS

– Coyotes defenseman Conor Timmins exited the game with an upper-body injury and did not return.

– Arizona forward Travis Boyd played his 200th career NHL game.

UP NEXT

The Coyotes visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night for a puck drop at 4 p.m. Arizona time on ESPN 620 AM / 98.7 FM HD-2.

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Boston Bruins' Charlie Coyle (13) scores against Arizona Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka (70) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Boston Bruins' Pavel Zacha (18) celebrates with teammates Nick Foligno, left, Charlie Coyle (13) and Craig Smith (12) after his goal as Arizona Coyotes' Nick Bjugstad, right, skates away during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Arizona Coyotes' Nick Ritchie (12) checks Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Arizona Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka (70) blocks a shot by Boston Bruins' Pavel Zacha (18) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) greets teammates during introductions before an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Boston Bruins' Nick Foligno (17) celebrates after his goal against Arizona Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka, second from right, with teammate Hampus Lindholm (27) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Boston Bruins' Jeremy Swayman (1) blocks a shot by Arizona Coyotes' Travis Boyd (72) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Boston Bruins' Jeremy Swayman (1) prepares to block a shot by Arizona Coyotes' Travis Boyd (72) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Arizona Coyotes' Shayne Gostisbehere (14) scores against Boston Bruins' Jeremy Swayman (1) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Arizona Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka (70), left, blocks a shot by Boston Bruins' A.J. Greer (10) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) 
              CORRECTS THAT GOAL WAS DISALLOWED - Boston Bruins' Nick Foligno (17) celebrates after an apparent goal against Arizona Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka, second from right, with teammate Hampus Lindholm (27) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. The goal was disallowed. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
            
              Boston Bruins' Trent Frederic (11) and Arizona Coyotes' Liam O'Brien (38) fight during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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