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Senators take Northeast Division lead from Bruins

Mar 16, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins can’t seem to find answers for their struggles, but the Ottawa Senators have no plans to make life easier for them. The surprisingly effective team edged the Montreal Canadiens in a tight 2-1 OT win to take at least a temporary hold on the Northeast Division lead.

Filip Kuba scored the game-winner after Colin Greening tied the game early in the third period.

Here’s how the Boston-Ottawa standings situation looks right now:

Ottawa: 84 points, 10 games remaining, 37 wins, 32 in regulation/OT
Boston: 83 points, 12 games remaining, 40 wins, 33 in regulation/OT

Here is a quick look at how their schedules pan out:

  • The two teams have one game left against each other: an April 5 match in Ottawa, which will be one of the final contests of the regular season for each squad.
  • Ottawa plays its next two games at home, then plays four of five on the road before ending with two of three at home. Overall, they have five home and road contests left.
  • The Bruins play their next two games at home, then have a California trio of road contests. After that, it’s two home games against Southeast Division teams, two away contests against New York squads, then the Ottawa skirmish sandwiched between two home contests against teams who might be fighting for playoff seeding (Pittsburgh and Buffalo). Overall, the Bruins play six more games in Boston and six contests away from Beantown.

Outlook

The Bruins’ games in hand give them an obvious leg up, but their four-game losing streak – all in regulation – doesn’t inspire the same confidence. Ottawa most likely will need to finish the season with one more point, although the regulation/OT tiebreaker isn’t out of reach.

It could very well come down to that April 5 game in Ottawa, but either way, it should be fun (except for especially nervy Bruins fans, perhaps).

With all that in mind, who do you think will take it?

  1. blomfeld - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    SENATORS & BRUINS = JUNK
    _________________________

    LA Kings 4 vs Ananhein Ducks 2 … now that equals victory ! … or “sieg” if you will. Heck, that also means “victoire” in French or “victoria” in Spanish. The bottom line is that the juggernaut which is the LA Kings, is now on the march ! This mental case Boudreau and his stupid visions of a 12-0 finish were “dealt with” tonight by our beloved Kings, in no uncertain terms. We’re on the march friends and therefore if you haven’t already done so, then “fall in” with us now … won’t you ?

  2. dougr42 - Mar 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    hahahahahahahahahahaha. good for them.

  3. brian32556 - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    The BruBags aren’t finished sinking yet! Who knows, maybe right out of the playoff picture!

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