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Senators-Bruins game will decide Northeast title

Apr 27, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

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Both the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators will have something to play for in Sunday’s postponed game, which is the last contest of the NHL’s 2013 regular season.

Saturday’s results made it certain that tomorrow’s game will matter. The Boston Bruins lost to the Washington Capitals 3-2 in OT while the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1.

That victory gives the Habs a temporary lead for the Northeast Division title. They now have 63 standings points and hold the regulation/OT win tiebreaker.

With that, the Bruins’ goal is clear: Boston needs any kind of win against Ottawa to take the division title (and the second seed in the East). The Northeast Division runner-up will have home ice advantage against the Maple Leafs, who clinched the fifth seed.

Ottawa still has something on the line. The Senators are currently in eighth place in the East but only trail the seventh-ranked New York Islanders by one standings point.

Depending upon how things shake out, today’s Montreal-Toronto game and tomorrow’s Ottawa-Boston scuffle could very well serve as a pair of playoff previews. Plenty can change, however.

  1. 8man - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Given the way Toronto turtled tonight, the four seed may be the better initial perch. Granted you may have to play Pittsburgh after that, but that may be an inevitability anyway.

    If the Bs win they get the Isles and the Habs get the Leafs. If the Bs lose they get the Leafs and the Habs get the Sens. Hmmm.

    Well I don’t think you want to lose a chance at a division title at home and then play the team that denied you in a playoff series a couple of days later. I guess my only question is, would the Sens just stay in Boston?

    Gut tells me that the Bruins get it done and host the Islanders.

    • govtminion - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Actually if the B’s win in OT/shootout, they’d get Ottawa in the first round, I think. To be honest, I’d rather get Toronto though- Ottawa is getting healthy at the right time (Spezza aside), and they’ve been successful even when half their team was on IR. Give me the Leafs, please! (And definitely not the kind of scary Isles!)

      • odj810 - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:36 AM

        i’d like to avoid pitt in a potential 2nd round matchup.

  2. dumbassgreg - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    time for father julien mr intregrity. too once again show if he has one standard for his people different for others. our game stuff . we don’t do that kind of thing here. lmao. if boston does not play too win then why is this game even being played . except to fill jeremy jacobs pockets.

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