Boston Bruins defeat Buffalo Sabres, 3-1

If the Rangers lose in regulation to Philadelphia tonight, the Bruins are in the playoffs.

Or with just one more win of their own — tomorrow against Carolina at home or at Washington Sunday — they are also guaranteed a postseason spot.

The Bruins, who have bolted ahead of Montreal into sixth place, are on the cusp of playing well into April, thanks to a 3-1 win over Buffalo last night before 17,565 fans at TD Garden.

But they’re not officially in.

“Not yet. Not ye...

BOSTON—The Boston Bruins are closing in on the playoffs, and they'll have a better chance once they get there if Dennis Wideman is pitching in.

The much-maligned Boston defenseman, booed by his hometown crowd and scoring half as often as last season, broke a third-period tie to help the Bruins beat Buffalo 3-1 on Thursday night and jump from eighth to sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

"Right now, it's about winning," said Wideman, who has scored in consec...

Does it get any better than this? Probably not. Stitched up like crash test dummies, with wrist tendons torn, abdominal muscles bulging out of place, hands chopped up like apprentice butchers, and heads concussed, the Bruins won’t be much better stocked than they were last night (a 3-1 win over the Sabres) if they do survive the weekend and make it into the playoffs.

“What we’ve got right now,’’ noted coach Claude Julien, his squad inching ever-so-delicately into sixth ...