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Bruins still holding on a one-goal advantage

04.04.09 at 1:09 pm ET

17:56: Apparently the new contract has given Tim Thomas a lot more confidence to venture out and play the puck as he narrowly avoided insult and injury when Rangers and Bruins skaters came crashing just outside the right corner at the same time. Thomas was able to recover and there was no harm on the play, but it did show the really uncertain area of Thomas’ game. He’s improved, but he’ll never be the surest puckhandler in the world.

No antics from Sean Avery as of yet.

13:00: On cue Avery started pulling the stunt with Thomas where he tries to block the goalie’s view in front of the net. Then after the shift was over, the Bruins Faithful delivered a pretty strong chant of “Avery (Sounds like stinks, but isn’t stinks)”

11:14: Weird blue line tip by Chris Drury that ended up gaining steam as it sped in on Tim Thomas. It handcuffed the B’s goalie a bit, but he was able to block it with his body.

9:48: Great save by Thomas on an odd man rush by Avery and Ryan Callahan that ended with Thomas slapping away Callahan’s strong bid with his glove as he split down into the Thomas version of the butterfly.

6:51: Dismissive flip of the glove by Thomas on an Avery wrist shot from the left faceoff circle. He’s looked sharp on what’s essentially turned into Tim Thomas Day here at the Garden.

There isn’t a great of urgency being shown by the New York Rangers this afternoon. Surprising given where they are in the playoff standings.

3:48: Great goaltending play by Lundqvist during a Boston flurry in front of the net. He managed to get a piece of Stephane Yelle’s wraparound bid, and then blocked a wide open Dennis Wideman blast from the right faceoff circle when Yelle zipped the rebound back through the open slot area.

1:14: Tim Thomas is playing big in the nets today, the broken record theme for the afternoon. Scott Gomez found Wade Redden taking a B-line for the net after hopping over the boards, but Thomas absorbed the puck amid heavy traffic in front of the net.

00:01.9: There’s some juicy Rangers/Bruins pre-playoff action. Chara smashes Avery into the boards by the penalty boxes, and then Avery goes down in a heap with no penalty called. Paul Mara comes calling for Chara and there’s some extended pushing-and-shoving between Chara, Mara and Shane Hnidy, who took issue with Mara getting involved. Penalties to both Mara and Chara as a result. Should be an entertaining third period.

The Bruins are still leading the Rangers by a tight 1-0 score after two full periods at the Garden.

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