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It was clearly a playoff atmosphere Sunday night at Madison Square Garden as the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers for the first time this season, winning 2-1.
Tim Thomas stole the show with 33 saves, as the veteran goalie has really turned his game around at the right time. Patrice Bergeron got it done in the faceoff circle winning 17 draws, compared to the Rangers 16 wins as a team. Bergeron added the game-winning goal and showed once again that he should be the leader for the Selke award.
After a rough March, Thomas has really turned it around of late and started April off with a huge win. The Bruins had not beaten the Rangers this season and could possibly meet them in the conference finals.
Thomas had 33 saves and really looked good in net. He made all the big saves at big times. With the division won, Thomas could get some rest before the first round begins.
Dennis Seidenberg started off the Bruins goal-scoring with a rocket from the point. Seidenberg has been playing with Zdeno Chara and that will give him the chance to let a few more shots go from the point.
Bergeron scored a game-winning goal in a big game, what else is new? After being knocked into the net, Bergeron stuck with the play and tucked one by Henrik Lundqvist short side.
Brad Marchand had a strong game, was involved in all three zones and was a factor on both Bruins goals.