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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 - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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