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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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 75 21 32 2 53
L. Eriksson 75 19 24 1 43
M. Lucic 75 17 25 14 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
C. Soderberg 76 12 29 10 41
B. Marchand 71 22 17 5 39
R. Smith 75 13 25 9 38
T. Krug 72 12 25 13 37
D. Krejci 41 7 21 6 28
C. Kelly 74 7 20 7 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 19 12 .923 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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