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Eastern Race Gets Tighter

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
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Boston, MA -- This morning, the Boston Bruins woke up in New England and logged on to to see the standings look tighter than rush hour on 93-South.

#. Team, GP, Record, Pts
6. Montréal, 79, 39-32-8, 86
7. Boston, 79, 36-30-13, 85
8. Philadelphia, 79, 39-34-6, 84
9. NY Rangers, 78, 36-32-10, 82
10. Atlanta, 79, 34-32-13, 81

With one point taken in last night's overtime loss to the Washington Capitals, the Bruins maintained a tenuous hold on seventh place in the conference.

"We’ll take anything right now," said Bruins veteran forward Mark Recchi. "That’s a big point for us, regardless.

"To come in here, on the road, and get a point and play a pretty good game, it’s something to continue to build on. It spreads us a little farther from the Rangers and gets us away from Philly, and a point closer to Montreal.

"So anything helps at this point. We’ve got to go home and do some work on Thursday and we have to get some things going at home, and hopefully we can."

The Bruins actually had the lead late in the second period, but Washington scored to force overtime.

"They’re a good team, it was a good effort, but we need more," said B's assistant captain Patrice Bergeron. "We need those points.

"The extra point is huge, and we’ve let it slip."

The task doesn't get any easier on Thursday, when the Northeast Division-leading Buffalo Sabres will arrive at the TD Garden.

"We just have to keep working," said Recchi. "We got a good point on the road.

"There’s nothing to get down about [...] We played a good game, we played solid. And to come into this building and get a point is pretty good right now.

"We’ve got a lot of positives to look forward to and continue to push it ahead. We got three games left and we need every point we can get right now."

"We have to be even more ready," added Bergeron. "[Buffalo's] a team that came into our building last time and they took it to us.

"We need to be ready for that.

"They’re a good team and we need to be ready for Thursday. Tonight’s game was a huge game. We got a point. Two would have been a lot better. But we have to keep going. Thursday needs to be an effort from everyone," he said.

The Bruins practice today in Wilmington's Ristuccia Arena at 12:30 p.m.
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