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Sounds of the game… Bruins 4, Devils 1
Posted By Mike Petraglia On March 22, 2009 @ 6:14 pm In General | 1 Comment
It was quite simply the biggest game of the regular season.
And the urgency that coach Claude Julien  has been preaching and begging his players to show was on full display on Sunday time at the best time against the one of the best goalies in NHL  history.
On this Sunday afternoon at the Garden, the Bruins made Martin Brodeur  look human, while avoiding being tagged victim No. 554.
That’s called answering the bell – or in the Bruins’ case – the deafening foghorn that sounded four times in a win that clinched the Bruins first Northeast Divsion title since 2003-04. For those who don’t remember, that was the last season before the 2004-05 lockout that wiped out an entire season.
But listen to Julien and you get the sense there was much less excitement in clinching the division title than Garden P.A. announcer Jim Martin had in announcing it to the fans.
‘It wasn’t even mentioned once,” Julien said . “I didn’t talk about it. I didn’t hear any players talk about it. Everything tonight was put on the way we needed to play. Nothing else was talked about. I didn’t talk about the division title, I didn’t talk about the importance of the win. I just talked about our play. To me, it just showed to me how important that is to me, to do the things you have to do to win.’
“I didn’t even know about it until I heard it being announced to the crowd after the game,” Bruins goalie Tim Thomas  added afterward.
Of course, in the bigger picture is the Eastern Conference, which the Bruins now lead Jersey by five points (102-97) with nine games remaining for Boston while Jersey has 10.
‘I think what happened tonight is something, definitely not everything,” Julien said . “It was certainly something where we took a step in the right direction. It was a big game for both teams. We found a way to win that. There’s still nine games left. Jersey has some games in hand and they’re playing extremely well.’
The Bruins found a way to protect a 2-0 lead by making it 3-0, something they couldn’t do on Jan. 29 against these same Devils on the same Garden ice. They lost in overtime, 4-3.
Mark Recchi  wasn’t in Boston then. He was on Sunday and he helped by assisting on the first two goals.
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 Mark Recchi: http://media.weei.com/hockey/mark-recchi.htm
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