NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers and Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins are restrained by referees at Madison Square Garden on April 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Patrice Bergeron broke a Boston power play slump and the Bruins held on late to snap a four-game losing streak against the New York Rangers with a 2-1 win in front of a full house at Madison Square Garden Sunday night in New York.
Tim Thomas was stellar in net, stopping 33 of 34 shots and looking every bit as strong as he did during last season's postseason run behind a Boston team playing without two of its best defenders.
But once things got underway, the game started with a familiar plot.
Marian Gaborik opened the scoring when he beat Tim Thomas five-hole on a breakaway after a Zdeno Chara slapshot hit Jordan Caron and deflected back to the speedy winger, who bolted past Chara and Dennis Seidenberg before beating Thomas low.
Seidenberg tied it up with a slap shot from the point that beat Henrik Lundqvist just four minutes into the second period, and Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins their first lead of the season against the Rangers when he snuck the puck into the corner of the net when Lundvist failed to reach the post in time.
The Bruins clinched the Northeast Division for the second straight year, and will be the second seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.