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Seidenberg, Bergeron Lift B's Past New York

Bruins clinch Northeast division with 2-1 victory

Monday, 04.02.2012 / 9:03 AM / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
5 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 62 18 27 5 45
L. Eriksson 62 15 21 3 36
B. Marchand 58 19 16 9 35
M. Lucic 62 14 21 12 35
R. Smith 63 12 23 12 35
D. Hamilton 63 10 25 1 35
C. Soderberg 63 10 25 7 35
T. Krug 59 11 20 8 31
C. Kelly 61 7 20 9 27
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 25 16 10 .920 2.35
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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