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Bruins could see Rangers again in playoffs

Following the Bruins' 1-0 loss to the Rangers, Joe McDonald looks at the possibility that Boston could see New York again in the playoffs:

The last two games for the Boston Bruins have been good tests with the Stanley Cup playoffs quickly approaching.

After a 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday at TD Garden, and a 7-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, the Bruins now have a pretty good indication what they could be facing in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals in less than a month.

With only eight games remaining in the regular season, Boston appears to be a lock for the No. 3 seed, with the Canadiens, Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning all battling for spots 5 through 7.

Ask any player or any coach in the NHL about potential playoff matchups and they all will answer the same way, saying once the postseason begins it's totally different than the regular season. Behind closed doors, however, you can be certain it's being discussed.

After New York's victory Saturday, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said his team is not thinking about a specific playoff opponent, rather making sure it's focused on its game. Still, New York's win will leave an impression for both the Rangers and the Bruins if these clubs meet at any point during the playoffs.

"I think anytime you can win in someone else's building you can draw from that, knowing you were able to do it in the past. It is a big win in a lot of ways," Stall said.

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