BOSTON (AP) _ P.J. Axelsson had a goal and an assist and Byron Dafoe made 28 saves as the Boston Bruins extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.
Boston is 4-0-1 in the last five games, while Phoenix dropped its third straight and eighth of its last nine. They head home with a 1-6-0 record in their two week road trip.
Axelsson’s seventh goal of the season came at 9:48 of the second period on a shot from the slot. It was his second game-winner of the season.
His assist came as the Bruins took a 2-1 lead at 1:45 of the second period when Rob DiMaio took a pass off the boards, left of the goal, skated to the center of the crease and flicked the puck past Phoenix backup goaltender Robert Esche.
Esche made his first start in the NHL. He stopped 19 shots, including one from point blank range by Anson Carter at the fifteen minute mark of the third period.
Deron Quint cut the Bruins lead to 3-2 at 5:21 of the third period when he took a pass from Daniel Briere and scored his third goal this season on a shot from just inside the right face off circle.
Bruins rookie Cameron Mann got Boston into the scoring column 53 seconds into the game when he scored his fifth goal of the season to give Boston a 1-0 lead.
Jeremy Roenick rebounded a Rick Tocchet shot midway through the first to tie it at 1-1. It was his 20th goal this season and first in the last eight games.