The race for the Stanley Cup has started

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The 2014 Stanley Cup race has now started as the Boston Bruins have become the first team to confirm a play-off berth following a 2-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

The Bruins shut-out the Avalanche for the first time this season with goals from Patrice Bergeron and a power play goal from Carl Soderberg enough to secure the win.

The victory moves the Bruins onto 101 points and extends their lead at the top of the Atlantic division to 16.

The Tampa Bay Lightning sit second in the Atlantic and are five points above the fourth spot Toronto Maple Leafs who will face a race with the Montreal Canadiens for the final wildcard spot in the Altantic division.

Both NHL divisions in the Eastern conference have teams with a double digit lead at the top of the standings, the Pittsburgh Penguins are currently on top of the Metropolitan division by 14 points.

Meanwhile in the Western conference the St Louis Blues are the only other team to have reached 100 points but are only four points ahead of the chasing Chicago Blackhawks in the Central division.

The Pacific division is perhaps the most interesting however with the San Jose Sharks just two points ahead of the Anaheaim ducks and third placed LA Kings five points ahead of fourth placed Phoenix Coyotes.

The play-off race is heating up in the NHL and as the games pass by and more and more teams secure their play-off berths the hockey will only intensify.

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