Bruins Win North of the Border, Clinch Playoff Berth

Matt BakerCorrespondent IApril 4, 2008

Bruins Officially Clinch Playoff Berth; Will Jockey for Position Tomorrow

Somebody call Jim Mora and let him know we want to talk about the playoffs. It is now official. The Boston Bruins are headed to the playoffs for the first time since the 2004 season. With their 2-1 victory over Ottawa tonight, the Bruins have locked up a spot in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s cup, and now have just one game left to improve their final seed.

As it stands right now, the Bruins are tied with the Senators for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 94 points. The Senators season is over, and the Bruins have one last game tomorrow night back in Boston against the Sabres. If the Bruins win tomorrow night, they will lock up the six seed. However, the Bruins could potentially still fall to the eight seed if they lose tomorrow, all depending on what happens with the Flyers/Penguins game on Sunday.

The six seed is no doubt where all Bruins fans want the team to end up. Besides the obvious reason of being a higher playoff seed, holding the six spot will guarantee that the Bruins will not face the Canadiens in the first round. This would be good news seeing as how the Habs have beaten the Bruins all eight times they have faced them this year.

I do not think there is any way the Bruins will lose tomorrow night. Buffalo is out of the playoff hunt, and must have no desire to even get on a plane to come to Boston. The Bruins should be running on the emotion of tonight’s win, knowing they can lock up the six spot with a win. It will be their final home game, but I expect them to treat it as their first playoff game.

There is no telling yet on who the Bruins will face come Game 1 of the playoffs. So until we do, (on Sunday), let’s just sit back, enjoy tomorrow nights game, and prepare ourselves for the intensity and excitement that comes along with finally being back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Wow, that really sounds nice.)