The Ottawa Senators spent most of the season trying to catch the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division. They'll have to settle for second place -- but a playoff berth isn't a bad consolation prize.
The Bruins assured themselves of a second straight division title when they edged the New York Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron scored second-period goals for Boston. Tim Thomas made the lead stand up with 33 saves as the Bruins beat the Rangers for the first time in four tries this season.
Boston's win came about four hours after the Senators added their name to the list of playoff qualifiers by polishing off the New York Islanders 5-1. Kyle Turris scored twice and set up two goals for the Senators, who've won four in a row. Ottawa is likely to finish seventh in the East -- which would earn the Senators a first-round meeting with the Bruins.