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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 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 52 19 26 8 45
L. Eriksson 52 16 24 11 40
D. Krejci 42 12 27 2 39
R. Spooner 52 11 27 -5 38
B. Marchand 47 24 12 12 36
Z. Chara 50 7 20 8 27
M. Beleskey 50 8 17 10 25
T. Krug 51 3 21 6 24
J. Hayes 50 11 12 -5 23
B. Connolly 49 7 9 -5 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 19 15 5 .918 2.47
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .915 2.38
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