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Bruins win Northeast Division for third time in four seasons

Apr 1, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 1: Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers skates against Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on April 1, 2012 in New York City. The Bruins defeat the Rangers 2-1. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers both entered Sunday’s contest with a chance to lock up their division with a victory. The Rangers kept the game close, but Tim Thomas turned aside 33 shots in Boston’s 2-1 win.

Marian Gaborik struck first, scoring his 40th goal of the season on a breakaway. After a disappointing 2010-11 campaign, he’s been one of the NHL’s biggest comeback players. Unfortunately for the Rangers, his efforts proved to be moot as the Bruins’ struck back in the second period.

Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron both managed to beat Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist. Zdeno Chara registered his 40th assist of the season and extended his point streak to five games.

It was all Rangers in the third period, but the Bruins and Thomas managed to shut the door. The Rangers had some good chances, but Thomas made some impressive saves. With roughly two minutes left in the third, Thomas lost his stick and fell out of position, but Thomas managed to scramble back and make a glove save on Ryan Callahan’s shot.

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Boston is now locked into the second seed and will probably end up playing the Ottawa Senators in the first round. Despite this loss, the New York Rangers will still almost certainly end up with the first seed and play either the Washington Capitals or Buffalo Sabres in the playoffs. You can watch some further analysis below.

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  1. betrayedbylife - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    read ’em and weep bruins haters

  2. pastabelly - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Claude, time to rest Chara, Thomas, and Bergeron (and anyone else who needs it). These last three games are totally meaningless. If Rask is at all close to returning, he should get some games. There is absolutely no purpose in Turco seeing another minute of ice time. If Rask can’t go, get the kid Khoudobin some NHL experience.

  3. bergeronforselke - Apr 2, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Hell put in Corvo and make him the TOI leader for the remaining games. Bring up some goons and let em tenderize Pitts, Ott and Buff in time for the playoffs

  4. 8man - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    Was a little worried that feisty Ottawa might catch ’em. The upside to the Atlantic division winner clinching the top seed is that the Bs have 3 games left and nothing to play for. Rest for the weary. Wearing that title crown gets tiring.

  5. drewsylvania - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    The division doesn’t really mean much. In the NHL, any team can go deep in the playoffs. But it’s probably a confidence-booster nonetheless. Give anybody who needs rest time off. Wouldn’t mind seeing Krug for a game to see what he brings to the table.

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