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Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) is tripped by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder (20) during the first period of Saturday's game at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
The victory, in the club's home regular season finale, gave the Bruins their second top-points trophy since the award began in 1986-87. The Bruins also won it in 1989-90.
Center David Krejci scored two goals and center Patrice Bergeron had his 30th of the season as the Bruins, who finish the regular season with a meaningless game at New Jersey today, won for only the second time in their last six games.
As of the end of the game, Philadelphia, Columbus and Detroit all remained possible first-round playoff matchups for the Bruins, who won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and lost in the finals last season.
Krejci scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season, and center Gregory Campbell had his eighth, while center Cody Hodgson scored his career-high 20th for the Sabres after the Bruins led, 3-0.
After the Bruins handed out their regular season awards in pre-game ceremonies, they started sluggishly. They didn't strike until late in the first period, but needed only 89 seconds to make it 2-0.
The goal moved Bergeron to within a goal of matching his career high, set in 2005-06.
NOTES: D Torey Krug had two assists for Boston. ... Bruins LW Chris Kelly was out and won't play in Sunday's finale at New Jersey because of back spasms. As far as the playoffs, coach Claude Julien said: "We're optimistic right now, but I can't guarantee anything at this point." ... The Sabres host the New York Islanders in the season finale for those teams on Sunday. ... LW Ville Leino of Buffalo, who made $4 million this season and still has $11 million owed over the next three years, moved a step closer to a goal-less season as a healthy scratch. He will likely be a compliance buyout during the offseason. ... The Bruins gave out their team awards on Fan Appreciation Day. G Tuukka Rask won both the John Bucyk (community service) and Three Stars honors. LW Brad Marchand got the Gallery Gods' hustle award and C David Krejci the local hockey media's honor for top performer in home games. After the game, the Bruins gave their game shirts away to lucky fans.