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Bruins looking for help in playoff quest

Boston feeling good after slump but won't make it unless someone loses

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins worked so hard to accomplish so little Thursday. That's what happens when you have to rely on help from others. That's what happens when a team fighting for a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs goes into a late-season slump.

As good as the Bruins were in a 5-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden -- and they were dominant -- they still need help to get into the playoffs because their 2-7-1 stretch from March 15 through Tuesday has a chance to be their undoing.

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game recap

Bruins keep Red Wings from clinching

Boston ties Detroit for third in Atlantic Division with one game left

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

Krug sets up Marchand

DET@BOS: Marchand rips home one-timer from Krug

4/7/16: Brad Marchand drills a one-timed shot past Jimmy Howard to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead early in the opening period

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BOSTON -- David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand scored in the first 2:44 to propel the Boston Bruins to a 5-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings that prevented Detroit from clinching a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on Thursday.

The Bruins, with 93 points, are tied with the Red Wings for third place in the Atlantic Division. Boston has one game remaining, Saturday at home against the Ottawa Senators. Detroit visits the New York Rangers.

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Situation Room

Coach's Challenge: DET @ BOS - 1:25 of 1st Period

Original call stands, good goal Bruins @NHLdotcom

Situation Room: DET vs. BOS

Situation Room: Pastrnak's goal confirmed

4/7/16: The Red Wings challenge that the Bruins were offside on David Pastrnak's goal in the 1st, but after review, the goal stands

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At 1:25 of the first period in the Red Wings/Bruins game, Detroit requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Boston's David Pastrnak was off-side prior to his goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that the Bruins entered the attacking zone legally prior to the goal.

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NHL Insider

Howard sparks Red Wings' turnaround

Bruins must find way to defeat Detroit's hot goalie Thursday

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

What's that saying again? That's why they play the games.

Exhibit A: Jimmy Howard.

Exhibit B: Detroit Red Wings.

Exhibit C: Boston Bruins.

Who knew?

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game preview

Clinching in sight for Red Wings

Victory against Bruins would secure 25th straight berth in Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

RED WINGS (41-28-11) at BRUINS (41-30-9)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; FS-D, NESNplus, NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV

BOSTON - The Detroit Red Wings can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 25th straight season if they defeat the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday.

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