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Dennis Seidenberg also tallied for the Bruins, who avoided a season sweep at
the hands of the top team in the Eastern Conference thanks to their fifth win
in six games.
Tim Thomas stopped 33 shots for his 34th win of the season.
"Theoretically, we have plenty of time to get that extra two points, but why
wait," Thomas said about securing the division title. "We had a chance to seal
it up and take all the hope out of Ottawa's sails. It's nice to do."
Marian Gaborik scored for the Rangers, who saw their four-game win streak
halted in their first chance to wrap up the Atlantic Division. New York
remained five points ahead of Pittsburgh, and both teams have three games
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 shots in defeat.
"It's always a one goal game against these guys," Lundqvist said. "They are
really good through the neutral zone, and in their defensive zone they are
really stingy. And Thomas played really well for them."
The deciding score was struck on a power play with 8:08 remaining in the
second period, when Bergeron whipped a loose puck home inside the left post
from behind the goal line. Tyler Seguin aided the goal, by stripping Rangers
defenseman Dan Girardi behind the net and pushing the puck towards Bergeron.
Boston escaped disaster in the final two minutes of regulation. Thomas
mishandled a dump-in to the far right of his crease, and though Derek Stepan
gained control, he was unable to find a trailing teammate and his flip to the
net was easily gloved down by Thomas, finally in position.
Lundqvist was sent to the bench for an extra skater with 1:23 to play, but the
hosts had no answer.
Gaborik put the home team on the board 4:33 after the opening faceoff,
streaking down the right wing and beating Thomas with a bullet to the far
Boston evened the score at the four-minute mark of the second, as Seidenberg's
right-point blast zipped over the glove of Lundqvist.
The Bruins won the Northeast Division for the second straight season and for
the fifth time since the grouping was created in 1993...Thomas allowed two
goals or less for the seventh consecutive start...Gaborik, whose tally was his
40th of the year, reached the milestone for the third time and second in three