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Seidenberg, Bergeron Lift B's Past New York

Bruins clinch Northeast division with 2-1 victory

Monday, 04.2.2012 / 9:03 AM ET / Features
By Anthony Gulizia  - BostonBruins.com
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Seidenberg, Bergeron Lift B\'s Past New York
BostonBruins.com – To put it simply, Dennis Seidenberg is a competitor and the numbers prove it.

Last season, the Bruins defenseman only missed one regular season game and played in all 25 postseason contests.

That said, Seidenberg was pleased he was able to return against the New York Rangers Sunday after missing two games because of an infection in a cut on his left knee.

“I was very anxious to get back in the lineup,” Seidenberg said. “As I’ve said many times before, I hate watching games.

"It just makes me miserable, and just to be part of the team again is something that makes it so much fun.”

Just 4:00 into the second period, the Bruins blueliner put a stamp on his return when he ripped a slap shot past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game at 1-1.

The goal effectively erased Marian Gaborik's first-period tally, which gave New York an early lead.

“I think even after that first goal, it seemed like it gave us some life and we kept going,” Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said.

Bergeron and his linemates Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand took it upon themselves to keep the momentum going and produced the winning goal seven minutes later – a power play goal scored by No. 37.

“I think all three of us down there, we kept battling,” Bergeron said. “We didn’t want the puck to get out of the zone so we kept reaching and put [out] our sticks to find a way to get the puck there and then the puck got turned over and I just got lucky. But I thought it was a great effort by all three of us to be resilient.

“That second goal was huge for us to get the lead and we did a good job of playing with it and we knew that they’re a team that can keep coming at us and I think we really did the little things tonight to win and it was good to see.”

With the win, the Bruins (47-28-4, 98 points) clinched the Northeast division title and beat the Rangers for the first time in four games this season.

“Well, it was a very physical game – both very good [defensive] teams,” Seidneberg said. “Both teams were playing to wait and see who made the first mistake, and we were on. We kept staying with the game plan – didn’t crack like the first three matchups we had and that gave us the win.”

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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

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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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