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DENVER — The dressing room had mostly cleared out, with the Bruins headed to the showers before boarding their bus to the airport for their trip to Phoenix. But from behind a curtain came a shout, “First team to clinch!” A rathers subdued cheer followed.
That was it. The Bruins had just taken care of business, handing the Avalanche their first shut out of the season, 2-0, at the Pepsi Center that also counted as their 11th straight win. Boston became the first to clinch a playoff berth and is tied with St. Louis for the most points in the league at 101.