BOSTON (WGGB) — The Northeast Division title Boston’s for the taking Sunday night. All the Bruins had to do was defeat the visiting Ottawa Senators, and the division title and No. 2 seed in the upcoming playoffs were theirs.
But it was Ottawa who improved their seeding Sunday night, earning the No. 7 playoff seed with a 4-2 win over the Bruins.
They were the only two teams in action in the NHL Sunday, as they played a game rescheduled because of the Boston Marathon bombings. Ottawa made a statement early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead.
Rich Peverley answered with a power-play goal in the second period, on assists from Wade Redden and Dennis Seidenberg. Then, it was Seidenberg who netted his fourth goal of the season just 14 seconds into the third period to tie it up at 2-2.
As overtime drew near, Jean-Gabriel Pageau tallied only his second goal of the year for the Sens to break the tie. The Senators would add an open-net goal to dash the Bruins hopes of the Northeast Division title.
Now, the Bruins fall to a No. 4 seed, as the Montreal Canadiens take over first place in the division. That means Boston will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. It will be the first time the two teams have met in the playoffs since 1974.
The Bruins finish the shortened 2012-2013 regular season with a mark of 28-14-6. The Bruins went 3-1 in four match-ups against the Maple Leafs this season. Game 1 will be at 7 p.m. in Boston on Wednesday.