The Boston Bruins defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 on Sunday night, to clinch the Northeast Division and the second overall seed in the Eastern Conference. Here are my five observations.
Number Five – Blueline depth
Defenseman Joe Corvo was a healthy scratch as Dennis Seidenberg made his return. Mike Mottau played as Adam McQuaid recovers from a head injury. Once McQuaid returns, the defense will be fully healthy. Seidenberg proved that depth tonight with his game-tying goal early in the second period.
Number Four – Patrice Bergeron
Patrice Bergeron again proved what an asset he is. He squeezed in a goal between Henrik Lundqvist and the post for a power play goal, and what ended up being the game-winning goal.
Number Three – Marty Turco
As I said yesterday, we will be seeing a lot of Marty Turco in these last three games. The Bruins will be taking on the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators in their final games of the regular season. Expect Turco in most of them.
Number Two – Clinched playoff seeding
The Bruins clinched two things on this night. One: the win gives them the Northeast Division title over the Ottawa Senators. And two: they have clinched sole possession of the second overall seed in the east, so the Florida Panthers cannot catch them.
Number One – Potential opponents
Playoffs? Playoffs?!? Yes, playoffs. The Bruins are ready for the playoffs to begin in a week and a half, and they will be taking on either Ottawa, Buffalo or the Washington Capitals.