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Senators take seventh seed, give Habs Northeast title with win vs. Bruins

Apr 28, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

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For at least one round, the Ottawa Senators will avoid the East’s juggernaut in the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not all of Canada might be happy, though, as Sunday’s 4-2 Senators win against the Boston Bruins takes a fascinating Montreal Canadiens-Toronto Maple Leafs series off the table.*

Robin Lehner was the star of the show, stopping 34 out of 36 shots for his fifth win of the season (avoiding a Bruins season sweep of the Sens in the process). Little-known forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the game-winner and also collected an assist.

This regulation loss hands the Northeast Division title to the Canadiens. They probably won’t pat the Senators on the back for too long, however, as they’ll host Ottawa in the second vs. seventh seed series.

Meanwhile, the Bruins stay seated in the fourth seed, drawing the Maple Leafs in the process. It might not have the pizzazz of Habs-Leafs, yet the Bruins and Leafs have a robust rivalry in their own right.

Then again, Canada still gets a clash to delight in, as that Habs-Sens series should provide plenty of venom in its own right.

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* – For now?

  1. titansbro - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I have no faith the Bruins can beat anyone right now.

    • theskinsman - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:45 AM

      Lifer Bruins fan here…and think they have a slightly better chance of playoff success than the Celtics this year..

    • 8man - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      They can’t score. In their last nine, of which they have lost 7, they have scored 3 goals only once and nothing above that. If this were a regular 82 game season, this would be a mid-year power outage, maybe something they could work through. But with only 48 and the playoffs on Wednesday, there is no time.

      On the bright side, if they do get past Toronto, they likely get the Pens. So it’s get it together or get out.

  2. canucks30 - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Bruins vs Leafs

    I got the Bruins in 3

    • sabatimus - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      I’d be surprised if the Leafs weren’t bounced in 3, given the B’s domination of them, but the B’s are basically limping into the playoffs. I just hope Jagr gets over his flu fast and Lucic plays like he did yesterday.

  3. bradygazelle - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    NHL is such a joke. How could they not have had both potential schedules ready to release as soon as the BOS-OTT game was final.

    • sabatimus - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Or at least just the Western Conference, which has been decided for about a day now.

  4. ryanw822 - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    The real losers in this is Montreal. I bag on the Canadiens a lot but I dont think anyone besides Pittsburgh would be excited facing the Sens. Every game against Ottawa is going to be a low scoring dog fight where one bounce of the puck could be the key.

    Let Montreal have at it with Ottawa now. The way the B’s are struggling, before the game I would’ve rather seen them take their chances to right the ship against either NYI or Toronto. Well they lost so its the leaves.

    • dolphincult - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      are u kidding? Im certain the habs were relieved to win the division and avoid the leafs as well as the islanders in the 1st round. I would rather play your big and crappy bruins than face the speedy leafs or speedy islanders,

      • ryanw822 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        yeah, lets be relieved about playing a team that has playoff experience compared to two teams that havent been there in years…

      • chadc84 - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:23 AM

        The only arguments that makes sense as to why the habs should be happy is that they get to avoid playing the penguins until the ECF and home ice for (probably) two rounds. I do agree it is a worse first round matchup especially after how the last game went against the leafs.
        Im not saying they will or will not get that far.

  5. dumbassgreg - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    no schedule because jeremy jacobs has tell little gary when the bruins play.

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    “Give habs title” Maybe I don’t know much about hockey, but the habs came from last overall in the East to first of their division. I think we can say they earned it. Shouldn’t we give them a little credit?

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