- Associated Press - Sunday, March 23, 2014

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - For the first time in seven games, the Boston Bruins actually fell behind.

It didn’t last, and the third-longest win streak in franchise history is still alive.

The Bruins scored three times in the third period, the go-ahead goal by Shawn Thornton with 3:18 to play, and Boston won its 12th in a row, 4-2 over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

The Bruins are two shy of the franchise mark of 14 straight set in the 1929-30 season. They also have the most points in the NHL with 103, two more than Western Conference-leading St. Louis. The Blues clinched a playoff berth as a result of Phoenix’s loss.

They managed their third-period rally despite the fact they were playing their second game in as many nights.

“Tonight in my mind, it showed a lot of our character,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “We needed to show a lot of character there in the third to come back and we did. We did all the right things and we were determined to win and it showed.”

Jarome Iginla scored his 27th and 28th goals of the season for Boston, the second into an empty net in the final seconds.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a spectacular goal to put Phoenix ahead 2-1 in the second period. Shane Doan scored the other Coyotes goal on a power play. The loss snapped Phoenix’s three-game winning streak.

Tuukka Rask, who did not play in Friday night’s win at Colorado, had 30 saves for Boston. Phoenix’s Mike Smith had 24.

The loss and Dallas’ victory left the Coyotes two points ahead of the Stars for the final playoff spot in the West. Dallas has a game in hand.

Phoenix had a 2-1 lead just 39 seconds into the second period thanks to Ekman-Larsson’s heroics.

He took the puck from his own blue line, then evaded two would-be defenders, making a slick move that left Johnny Boychuk and Loui Eriksson in a heap. Rask deflected the first shot, but Ekman-Larsson knocked the rebound in as he sailed by the net.

“I skated it up and I was looking for someone to pass to,” Ekman-Larsson said, “but I didn’t see anybody so I figured I’d do it by myself.”

It ended a streak of almost 411 minutes, more than 20 periods, that the Bruins had never trailed. It was the first time in seven games that Boston trailed.

The Bruins turned up their trademark tough, physical play in the final period.

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