Tonight the Bruins took on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden for the final time of the regular season. They went into tonight’s game knowing they needed the two-points to remain second seed for the playoffs and become Division Champions. It would be a battle between two of the best teams in the country with a performance that mirrored that of an Eastern Conference Final.
Throughout the first period it would appear as though the Bruins had no sense of offensive talent as they gave up an easy goal to Marion Gaborik early on off of a Chara blast. They needed to find their legs and come out of the locker room roaring and ready to go.
Watching the second period you would think you were witnessing an entirely different team on the ice as the tempo quickly increased as well as the physicality from both teams. Just four minutes into the second Dennis Seidenberg would rip a shot from the blue line with Bergeron setting a screen in front to tie the game at one. It wouldn’t be until 10:32 of the second period that the first penalty of the game would be awarded to the Rangers, presenting the Bruins with a power play opportunity that Patrice Bergeron would capitalize on, putting the Bruins one up on the Rangers going into the third.
In order to maintain their lead, the Bruins needed to make sure they kept their composure and didn’t give into the physical game the Rangers were trying to rattle them with and that is exactly what they did. Despite starting the third shorthanded and quickly going down 5 on 3 through the first three minutes of play, they managed to hold off the Rangers and avoid a series sweep.
By winning tonight against the Rangers they clinched the NorthEast Division Championship, maintain their second place seed for the playoffs, presenting them with home ice advantage and get to go home to the Garden with two wins under their belt.
The next game is Tuesday night at the TD Garden against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7pm EST.