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Bruins still holding to one-goal lead in defense-fest

16:51: Big body shot by Milan Lucic [1] on Markus Naslund at the blueline. Naslund immediately tumbled to the ground amid oohs and aahs from the Looch-friendly crowd.

Dennis Wideman [2] blocked a shot earlier in the third and fell to the ice in immediate pain. Wideman, who looked as if he took the shot off his arm or wrist, skated off in pain, but is now back on the ice without missing a beat. Wideman is easily one of the toughest guys on the team when it comes to playing through pain.

It’s official: the Giant Jack Edwards head is back in the house again. According to my personal stats, the Bruins are undefeated since one industrious fan took to bringing a gigantic, cardboard cutout of Jack Edwards’ head to the balcony section.

12:53: After some sleepy action in the first and second, things are ramping up in the third. Great Lundqvist save on a Lucic breakaway bid on one end, and then a similarly solid glove save on Nikolai Zherdev in Boston’s end. Thomas has 23 saves on the day.

10:01: We have pipe. Rangers winger Lauri Korpikoski slammed the left post with a bid from the left faceoff circle, and the B’s remain in the lead. The puck bounced all the way back toward the blue line after ringing iron.

9:49: Holding penalty on Krejci. First PP opportunity for the Rangers.

8:34: Solid saves on Rozsival and Gomez by Thomas during the penalty kill.

6:35: Another wide right by Michael Ryder [3] from the high slot. Great feed by Lucic to set things up. Ryder has appeared a bit off with his shot as of late.

5:24: Avery at it again. It appears that he hit Thomas in the back of his head with the stick well after the whistle blew. Then Thomas chased after Avery at center ice and clocked him with a right. Fredrik Sjorstrom then went after Thomas, the B’s goaltender turned around and slammed Sjorstrom in the face with another right.  Matching penalties for Avery and Thomas as a result. Now, that was Old Time Hockey!

The Bruins beat the Rangers 1-0 and Tim Thomas [4] celebrates his extension with a shutout and Sean Avery [5] beatdown at the TD Banknorth Garden [6]. Bruins clinch top spot in the Eastern Conference with win.