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Eastern Race Gets Tighter

The Bruins are two points out of sixth, two points from ninth.

Tuesday, 04.06.2010 / 10:07 AM / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Boston, MA -- This morning, the Boston Bruins woke up in New England and logged on to BostonBruins.com to see the standings look tighter than rush hour on 93-South.

#. Team, GP, Record, Pts
6. Montréal, 79, 39-32-8, 86
7. Boston, 79, 36-30-13, 85
8. Philadelphia, 79, 39-34-6, 84
9. NY Rangers, 78, 36-32-10, 82
10. Atlanta, 79, 34-32-13, 81

With one point taken in last night's overtime loss to the Washington Capitals, the Bruins maintained a tenuous hold on seventh place in the conference.

"We’ll take anything right now," said Bruins veteran forward Mark Recchi. "That’s a big point for us, regardless.

"To come in here, on the road, and get a point and play a pretty good game, it’s something to continue to build on. It spreads us a little farther from the Rangers and gets us away from Philly, and a point closer to Montreal.

"So anything helps at this point. We’ve got to go home and do some work on Thursday and we have to get some things going at home, and hopefully we can."

The Bruins actually had the lead late in the second period, but Washington scored to force overtime.

"They’re a good team, it was a good effort, but we need more," said B's assistant captain Patrice Bergeron. "We need those points.

"The extra point is huge, and we’ve let it slip."

The task doesn't get any easier on Thursday, when the Northeast Division-leading Buffalo Sabres will arrive at the TD Garden.

"We just have to keep working," said Recchi. "We got a good point on the road.

"There’s nothing to get down about [...] We played a good game, we played solid. And to come into this building and get a point is pretty good right now.

"We’ve got a lot of positives to look forward to and continue to push it ahead. We got three games left and we need every point we can get right now."

"We have to be even more ready," added Bergeron. "[Buffalo's] a team that came into our building last time and they took it to us.

"We need to be ready for that.

"They’re a good team and we need to be ready for Thursday. Tonight’s game was a huge game. We got a point. Two would have been a lot better. But we have to keep going. Thursday needs to be an effort from everyone," he said.

The Bruins practice today in Wilmington's Ristuccia Arena at 12:30 p.m.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 61 18 26 4 44
L. Eriksson 61 14 21 2 35
R. Smith 62 12 23 11 35
B. Marchand 57 18 16 8 34
M. Lucic 61 13 21 11 34
D. Hamilton 62 10 24 0 34
C. Soderberg 62 10 24 6 34
T. Krug 58 11 20 6 31
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 60 7 19 8 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 25 16 9 .920 2.34
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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