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Bruins withstand third period attack and take 4-1 victory

03.22.09 at 3:56 pm ET

15:37: As expected, the Devils are coming at the B’s with everything they’ve got in the third, but so far the D and Tim Thomas are holding their end of the bargain up. Little extended shoving match between Andrew Ference and Jamie Langenbruner after the last whistle.

The Bruins keep piling it on in the third. Brian Gionta hit the side of the net with a snipe when Thomas lost sight of the puck on a Devils’ rush.

9:57: Zdeno Chara sent to the box for two minutes for a roughing penalty after throwing a quick punch at Bobby Holik behind the Bruins bench. Chara and Holik have been going at it all game long.

The Bruins survived a frantic Devils attack in the third period that saw them outshot by a 17-3 margin, and take a huge 4-1 win over New Jersey. The win clinches the Northeast Division crown for the Bruins, and pushes the Devils back to five points behind the Black and Gold.

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