June 14th, 2012 by

Top 10 Bruins games of the ’11-12 season: April 1, 2012

Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins, The Hub of Hockey

(Photo: Bridget Samuels/) The Tim Thomas stopped 33 of 34 shots and the Bruins clinched the Northeast Division for the second straight year with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers

Bruins Daily will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins games of the 2011-2012 season.

Today, we take a look at No. 7: April 1, 2012 New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins

Fourth time was the charm for the Bruins as they finally defeated their Eastern conference foe the New York Rangers by a score of 2-1. The win was the Bruins 47th of the year and it clinched the Northeast Division title for the second year in a row.

The Bruins and the Senators were trading blows toward the end of the season for the number two seed and the Bruins finally finished the job in Madison Square Garden with only three games to go in the regular season.

The Bruins lost the previous three decisions to the Rangers and incase these two teams met in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bruins needed reassurance that they could beat this tough and gritty team.

Tim Thomas was the star of the night stopping 33 of 34 shots the Rangers had for him including all 19 shots he faced in the third period. Henrik Lundqvist turned away 19 of 21 shots, but “King Henrik” had the Bruins number all season long.

The Rangers got off to an early lead in the first period on a goal by Martin Gaborik, but the B’s never say die attitude stormed them back into this contest. Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron netted goals for the black and gold to finally escape Madison Square Garden with a victory against the Rangers.

At the time, the Bruins were 7-1-1 in their last nine games and swept a weekend in New York defeating the Islanders and the Rangers.

Rangers Goal Scorers: Martin Gaborik

Bruins Goal Scorers: Seidenberg, Bergeron (PP)

Game Notes: Bruins clinched the Northeast Division title. Gregory Campbell was unavailable after being struck in the foot with a puck the game before. Lundqvist took a loss for only his third time in his previous nine starts.

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