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Bruins win ninth straight

BOSTON — Jarome Iginla scored twice as the Bruins extended their win streak to nine games by beating the Wild 4-1 on Monday. It's the longest streak for Boston since a 10-gamer in November 2011.

The goals were Nos. 24 and 25 for Iginla, 36, who in his first season with Boston didn't score No. 1 until his ninth game and had just five in his first 29.

"We're talking about a veteran here with tremendous leadership qualities," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He's certainly been a great asset to our team."

Boston beat Minnesota at home for the first time after losing the first six games. It is 3-10 overall against the Wild, which began play in 2000-01.

Game highlights: Two goals by David Backes helped the host Blues beat the Jets 3-1 and become the first team to reach 100 points.

Around the league: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang practiced for the first time since suffering a stroke Jan. 28. He no longer takes blood-thinning medication, and he and the team said they are optimistic he will return this season. A timetable has not been determined. … Capitals center Brooks Laich is expected to miss the rest of the regular season after surgery on an adductor, which is part of the groin. He missed most of last season with a similar injury. … Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth will not travel for the upcoming road trip because of a lower-body injury. Backup Michal Neuvirth, who has missed two games with a lower-body injury, will travel. However rookie Nathan Lieuwen likely will start tonight. … Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk sat two days after crashing into the boards and is day to day. … Blues wing T.J. Oshie sat after his wife gave birth to a daughter Monday morning. Teammate and right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, who has 21 goals, is expected to miss six weeks with a hand injury.

at Bruins 0 2 2 4
Wild 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesMeszaros, Bos (tripping), 4:50.

Second Period1, Boston, Iginla 24 (Bartkowski, Meszaros), 3:52. 2, Boston, Eriksson 8 (Soderberg), 11:55. 3, Minnesota, Pominville 26 (Suter, Granlund), 18:34. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period4, Boston, Smith 19 (Bergeron, Chara), 7:50. 5, Boston, Iginla 25 (Chara), 18:55 (en). PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalMinnesota 10-8-16—34. Boston 8-11-10—29. Power-play opportunitiesMinnesota 0 of 1; Boston 0 of 0. GoaliesMinnesota, Kuemper 12-5-4 (28 shots-25 saves). Boston, Rask 31-14-4 (34-33). A17,565 (17,565).

at Blues 0 1 2 3
Jets 0 0 1 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period1, St. Louis, Morrow 11 (Roy, Bouwmeester), 1:44. PenaltiesLittle, Wpg (high-sticking), 2:39.

Third Period2, Winnipeg, O'Dell 3 (Kane, Bogosian), 1:55. 3, St. Louis, Backes 22 (Cole, Bouwmeester), 13:09 (pp). 4, St. Louis, Backes 23 (Pietrangelo), 18:49 (en). PenaltiesLittle, Wpg (roughing), 1:10; Backes, StL (roughing), 1:10; Pietrangelo, StL (high-sticking), 3:09; Kane, Wpg (slashing), 11:26; Jokinen, Wpg (roughing), 16:44; Sobotka, StL (charging), 16:44. Shots on GoalWinnipeg 7-5-5—17. St. Louis 6-12-9—27. Power-play opportunitiesWinnipeg 0 of 1; St. Louis 1 of 2. GoaliesWinnipeg, Montoya 11-6-3 (25 shots-23 saves). St. Louis, Miller 22-22-4 (17-16). A16,665 (19,150).

.Playoff chase

The top three teams in each division get berths. The two teams in each conference with the next-highest point totals, regardless of division, get wild cards. Wild-card standings with points, games left (fewer games played is the first tiebreaker) and regulation/overtime wins (ROW, second tiebreaker):

EastPts GL ROW

Maple Leafs 80 13 27

Rangers 76 13 32

Capitals 74 13 24

Red Wings 73 15 25

Devils 71 14 29

WestPts GL ROW

Wild 80 1428

Stars 75 15 29

Coyotes * 75 14 27

Canucks 72 1126

Jets 71 12 27

* Played late Monday

Bruins win ninth straight 03/17/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 17, 2014 11:55pm]

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