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April 6th may have seemed like any other day but for three Bruins players, it really was a day to remember. Nathon Horton played his 500th career game and Tomas Kaberle played his 900th career game Wednesday night against the Islanders. Not to be outdone, the true NHL workhorse, Mark Recchi, passed Chris Chelios for fourth all time with an astonishing 1,651 games played. Kudos to all three players, who put the physical and mental effort into playing in the NHL game after game, and are doing it at a high level.
Of course, all that matters to the fans is a win, and a win they got.
After a heartbreaking loss to the New York Rangers on Monday night, the Bruins came out strong en route to their 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Goals by Shawn Thorton, Dennis Seidenberg, and Gregory Cambells sent the Bruins fans home happy and easing the pain from Monday’s loss.
Shawn Thorton could not have asked for a better game to have after missing the last three games with a 40-stitch headache. Shawn scored the B’s first goal with .01 seconds remaining in the first period to give his team a lead they would not lose.
Tim Thomas (34-11-9) proved once again why he will win the Vezener Trophy for the NHL’s best goaltender this year by stopping 30 of 32 shots in his 34th win of the season. Key stops and remarkable plays gave the Bruins a momentum boost they would hold for the entire game.
The Bruins have tallied up 13 points in their last ten games (6-3-1) and have a higher playoff seed in their sights. While the Washington Capitals have all but wrapped up the first seed in the Eastern Conference, the struggling Flyers are only two points ahead of the surging Bruins. With two games to play for each team remaining, it is still possible for the Bruins to claim the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
If the Bruins continue to play like they did Wednesday night, that second seed may be closer than you think.