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Northeast Staring Contest Continues

The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens seem like theyre in a game of H-O-R-S-E for the Northeast Division title.

Both teams lost on Tuesday, but to mix things up, they both earned victories on Thursday. Boston beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 while the Canadiens kicked the Winnipeg Jets while they were down with a 4-2 triumph.

It sets up some intrigue in the 2013 seasons final days. Here is the standings scenario:

Boston: 28-13-5 for 61 points, two games left, 24 regulation/overtime wins

Montreal: 28-14-5 for 61 points, one game left, 25 regulation/overtime wins

The Bruins face the Washington Capitals on Saturday and then host the Ottawa Senators in a postponed game on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Habs visit the Toronto Maple Leafs in their final game on Saturday.

Boston can merely take it with three points in its next two games, but with Montreals ROW advantage, theres at least potential for some drama. All three of the teams that the Bs and Canadiens will face have already clinched playoff spots but not seeding situations, so it opens the doors for some interesting healthy scratch decisions.

Overall, it sets up to be an interesting race to watch, especially since these two teams have a tendency to throw in a few twists and turns.

For more on this story visit: James O'Brien, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk


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