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Eastern Race Gets Tighter

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

Tuesday, 04.6.2010 / 10:07 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Eastern Race Gets Tighter
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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 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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