NHL: Bruins win division
Boston clinch second seed in the East
Last Updated: 02/04/12 8:53am
The Bruins clinched the divisional title with victory
The Boston Bruins clinched the NHL's Northeast Division title as they came from behind to beat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Sunday.
Marian Gaborik put the Rangers ahead in the first, but goals from Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron saw the Bruins turn the game around. The win also means the defending Stanley Cup champions are assured of being second seeds in the East.
The Philadelphia Flyers stormed back from an early two-goal deficit to win 6-4 at Pittsburgh in what could prove to be a preview of an Eastern Conference quarter-final series.
Steve Sullivan and James Neal put the Penguins two up in the first period, but goals from Claude Giroux and Maxime Talbot ensured the scores were level 1:25 into the second. Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek twice and Marc-Andre Bourdon scored in the third for Philadelphia, while Sullivan and Chris Kunitz replied for the Penguins.
Just one point separates the pair, who are likely to face off again in the post-season.
Jiri Hudler scored Detroit's only goal in regulation, then added the winner in the shoot-out as the Red Wings beat the Florida Panthers 2-1. Tomas Fleischmann put Florida ahead in the first before Hudler levelled in the third.
The Ottawa Senators clinched their play-off spot as two goals from Kyle Turris saw them to a 5-1 win over the New York Islanders.
The Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 after a shoot-out and the Edmonton Oilers were 2-1 winners over the Anaheim Ducks.