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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 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
2 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
3 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
4 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
5 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
6 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
7 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
8 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 54 21 26 10 47
L. Eriksson 54 17 25 11 42
B. Marchand 49 26 14 14 40
D. Krejci 44 12 28 2 40
R. Spooner 54 11 27 -7 38
Z. Chara 52 7 22 11 29
M. Beleskey 52 8 18 9 26
J. Hayes 52 12 13 -7 25
T. Krug 53 3 21 2 24
B. Connolly 51 7 12 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 20 16 5 .917 2.55
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
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