Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers

Tuukka Rask leads the league in wins through eight weeks of play, but what stats aren't you aware of?

Tuukka Rask leads the league in wins through eight weeks of play, but what stats aren’t you aware of?

It’s hard to believe another two weeks have come and gone so quickly. The Bruins‘ 39 points have them in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, just one behind Montreal. Some of the numbers haven’t been kind to the team, however, including three-goal leads and Tuukka Rask‘s odds against one particular opponent. In case you missed it, and chances are you didn’t pick up on all these stats, here is the Bruins’ last two weeks by the numbers.

0: In four chances, Rask has never beaten the Capitals. His latest loss came in the game on March 5.

0: The Bruiuns have not lost a regulation game to a member of the Southeast Division this season (7-0-1).

0.96: Patrice Bergeron‘s 0.96 points per game are good for 34th in the league.

1: The Bruins lost their first game to a Southeast Division opponent on March 5 against the Capitals, 4-3, in overtime. They had been 6-0 entering the game after going 7-13 against the same division last season.

1: The B’s were awarded their first penalty shot of the season in that game against the Capitals. Brad Marchand scored to put them up 1-0 at 6:29 of the first. It was their first penalty shot since Shawn Thornton scored on Ondrej Pavalec of the Jets on Jan. 10 of last season. Both penalty shot goals were short-handed.

1: Only one Bruins team has ever produced a better 22-game start to a season in its franchise history. In 1929-30, the team opened up 19-3-0 the season after winning their first Stanley Cup.

1: Marchand continues to be the only member of the Black and Gold to have reached double digits in goals. Tyler Seguin has nine and Bergeron has eight.

1:16: The first three goals of the March 3 game against Montreal were scored in a span of 1:16 in the middle of the first period. The Canadiens led, 2-1, after one.

1.91: Rask’s 1.91 goals against average is third-best in the league.

2: The Bruins scored two power-play goals in the first period of their win over Tampa Bay on March 2. They have scored just 10 other power-play goals this season.

2: Chris Kelly has missed the last two games since injuring his leg Monday against his former team, the Senators. They are the only two games he has missed as a member of the Bruins.

2: The B’s blew two two-goal leads in the last two weeks resulting in losses to the Caps and the Penguins.

2: Marchand scored his team-leading second short-handed goal of the season with the penalty shot against Washington. He is now one of three NHL players with multiple shorties this year.

2: The Bruins’ two road losses are tied for the fewest in the league with Montreal.

2.12: Boston’s 2.12 goals against per game is third-best in the league.

2:18: The Bruins scored three goals in a span of 2:18 in the first period of their 3-0 win against the Flyers on March 9. Goals went to Seguin (8), Kelly (2) and Daniel Paille (4).

2.92: Boston’s 2.92 goals per game are ninth in the league.

3: On March 3 against the Canadiens, Milan Lucic fought Brandon Prust for the third time in his career, marking the most he has ever fought a single player.

3: Dougie Hamilton was called for just his third penalty of the season on March 11 against Ottawa. He served a cross checking penalty at 6:27 of the third period. It was his first penalty taken since Feb. 21.

3: Thornton has three points in his last four games. He had one in January and February combined.

3: The Bruins have only been outshot three times this year, with the most dramatic of these coming on Tuesday when Pittsburgh outshot them, 34-16.

3.2: Seguin’s 3.2 shots on goal per game are 32nd in the league.

4: There were four boarding calls made in the March 2 game against Tampa Bay, three of which went against the Bruins.

4: Boston’s four regulation losses are the fewest in the Eastern Conference and trail just Chicago and Anaheim for fewest in the league.

4.25: In four career starts against the Capitals, Rask has a 4.25 goals against average.

5: Five players have 10 or more assists on the season, all of whom are forwards.

5: David Krejci leads the team with five power-play assists. Rich Peverley is second with three.

6: Though he still leads the team in goals with 12, Marchand has not scored since March 5 against the Capitals – six games ago.

You may be surprised to learn that Brad Marchand hasn't scored in a while.

You may be surprised to learn that Brad Marchand hasn’t scored in a while.

6: The Bruins have blown six two-goal leads this season with the most recent coming against the Penguins on Tuesday.

6: The first line combined for a minus-6 rating in the same game.

7: The Bruins had gone seven games without a fighting major before Adam McQuaid took on Pierre-Cedric Labrle of the Lightning in the first period of their 3-2 victory on March 2.

7: With the short-handed goal the Bruins surrendered to Shawn Matthias in the March 14 game against the Panthers, there became only seven NHL teams who have not allowed one on the season.

7: The third line of Chris Bourque, Kelly and Peverley was a combined minus-7 in the 4-3 overtime loss to the Caps on March 5.

7: The first line combined is just plus-7 on the season.

7:17: Bourque played just 7:17 in the March 2 game against the Lightning – his lowest total of the season in his second-to-last game for the Bruins. In 16 games before that, he had averaged 13:34 per game.

8: The B’s beat the Maple Leafs for the eighth consecutive time on March 7 with a 4-2 win at The Garden.

8: The team’s eight penalties committed on March 8 were a season-high. They killed just six of them.

9: Thornton went nine games between fights after taking on John Scott of Buffalo on Jan. 31. The drought ended on March 5 and was the longest for No. 22 since a string of 12 straight last season.

9: Through 25 games, Rask and Bergeron are tied with the most “three stars” recognitions with nine apiece.

9: Nine Bruins have not missed a game this season: Bergeron, Krejci, Seguin, Nathan Horton, Zdeno Chara, Hamilton, Peverley, Gregory Campbell and Andrew Ference.

9:46: Thornton played a season-high 9:46 against the Senators on March 11 in the shootout win.

12: Marchand continues to lead the team with 12 goals, but has scored just twice in the last two weeks.

12: Surprisingly, Chara leads the team with 12 minor penalties this season.

13: The team had gone 13 periods without trailing before falling behind, 2-0, in the first period of the March 2 game against Tampa. They had not trailed since the second period of the Feb. 17 game against the Jets.

13: Rask registered his 13th career shutout on March 9 in the 3-0 win over Philadelphia.

14: His 14 wins are tied for tops in the league.

15: The Bruins racked up 15 minutes of penalty time in the first period alone of the March 2 game against Tampa Bay. This total was their highest in a period since they recorded 19 on Jan. 25 against the Islanders.

16: Bergeron leads the team with 16 assists through 25 games.

16: Sixteen first-period shots on net Thursday against Florida matched a season-high.

17:16: Chara played a season-low 17:16 on March 3 against the Canadiens. His 17 penalty minutes resulted in the first time since Dec. 10, 2011 that he has played less than 18 minutes in a game. He left that contest against the Blue Jackets with an injury after playing just 13:27.

16: Just 16 seconds elapsed form the time Seguin tied the game at one and David Desharnais gave the Canadiens the lead back in the 4-3 loss to Montreal on March 3.

16: Boston registered just 16 shots on goal over three periods in Tuesday’s loss to the Penguins in which they blew a two-goal third-period lead.

18: Seguin scored the team’s first home power-play goal of the season in their eighth homs game on March 2, a 3-2 win over the Lightning. It was the first home power-play goal they’d scored since April 7, 2012.

18: Bergeron won 18 faceoffs Thursday against Florida. As a team, the Panthers won 17.

Patrice Bergeron continues to be one of the best in the faceoff circle.

Patrice Bergeron continues to be one of the best in the faceoff circle.

20: Though it is no longer a unit, the line combination of Bourque, Kelly and Peverley is a combined minus-20 this season.

20: Bergeron’s plus-20 rating is tied for second in the league.

20: The Bruins have won 20 consecutive games when Kelly scores a goal with the most recent coming on March 2 over the Flyers.

21: They have the 21st-ranked power play at 16 percent.

22: Boston’s goal differential of plus-22 is fourth in the league.

24: Bergeron leads the team with 24 points through eight weeks of play.

24:38: Chara continues to lead the team averaging 24:38 of ice time per game, which is also good for 22nd in the league. His plus-13 rating is the highest of anyone in the top-30.

25: No team has played less games or the same amount as the 25 that the Bruins have played.

26.7: Marchand’s team-leading shooting percentage is 13.7 points higher than the next-highest member of the team (Krejci at 13 percent).

28: It had been 28 years since the Canadiens had played a Sunday night game in Boston before the one on March 3. The Habs got the better of the B’s with a 4-3 win in their first such game since Oct. 13, 1985.

29: The Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line has accounted for 29 points in the last two weeks.

29: Bergeron’s 24 points are tied for 29th in the league. Marchand’s 23 are good for 34th.

30: The B’s became the 30th and final team to score a home power-play goal with Seguin’s tally on March 2 against the Lightning.

33: Boston got out to its best 21-game start in 33 years. The team’s 15-3-3 start was their best since opening up with the same 15-3-3 record in 1979-80, Ray Bourque‘s first year in the league.

39: Only four teams have more than Boston’s 39 points through 25 games.

41: It had been 41 games since Chara lost fought somebody before he took on Alexei Emelin of the Habs on March 3.

46: The second line has scored 46 points in their last 13 games.

50: Bergeron won just 50 percent of his faceoffs (11-of-11) on Monday in Ottawa. His percentage on the season is 61.8 percent.

53: The 53 goals the Bruins have allowed are the fewest in the league.

55: The Senators got on the board 55 seconds into the March 11 game with a goal from Guillaume Latendresse. It was the earliest goal the Bruins have allowed this season.

56: The Bergeron line is a combined plus-56 this season.

57: Lucic leads the team and is 12th in the league with 57 penalty minutes.

61: Paille scored goals in two straight games on March 9 and 11 for the first time in 61 games, dating back to Dec. 14 and 17, 2011. Coincidentally, the opponents – Philadelphia and Ottawa – were the same both times.

61.8: Bergeron’s faceoff percentage is tops in the league among those who have taken 200 or more draws.

62: Dennis Seidenberg‘s 62 blocked shots are good for 15th in the league.

Berlin Wall: Dennis Seidenberg is leading the team in blocked shots again.

Berlin Wall: Dennis Seidenberg is leading the team in blocked shots again.

66.7: Marchand was denied for the first time in his young shootout career last Monday against the Senators, dropping his percentage to 66.7 percent for his career (2-for-3).

73: Thornton recorded points in back-to-back games with an assist against the Flyers on March 9 and goal against the Senators on the 11th. It was the first time in 73 games (Dec. 5-6, 2012) that Thorty has recorded points in consecutive contests.

78.3: Bergeron won 18-of-23 faceoffs Thursday against the Panthers, finishing at 73.8 percent for the game.

81: Seguin leads the team with 81 shots on goal.

83: The team’s 14-3-2 19-game start was the best for them since 1929-30 – 83 years ago when they opened up 17-2.

88: Lucic is tied for 10th in the league with 88 hits.

92.8: The Bruins still sport the top-ranked penalty kill, which has done its job on 92.8 percent of kills this season.

99: Kelly scored the 99th goal of his NHL career last Saturday in the win against Philadelphia. It will be his last for a while as he is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his leg.

200: Peverley registered his 200th career point with an assist on that Kelly goal in the first period of last Saturday’s win over the Flyers.

200: Siedenberg played in his 200th game as a member of the Bruins on March 12 against the Penguins. He registered an assist in the loss.

246: Claude Julien now stands alone with the second-most wins ever by a Bruins’ coach as he passed Milt Schmidt with his 246th on Thursday against the Panthers.

310: Bergeron’s 310 faceoff wins are the fifth-most in the league.

400: Paille played in his 400th NHL game on March 7 in the 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs at the Garden. Paille had no shots in just nine minutes of ice time.

400: Krejci played in his 400th NHL game four nights later in Ottawa. All of his games have been played in a Bruins uniform.

431: Campbell has played 431 shifts this year. In case you were wondering.

500: Chara played in his 500th game as a Bruin in the March 11 win over the Senators. He registered an assist in the win.

.750: Anton Khudobin now has a career win percentage of .750 (9-3) after going 2-1 in the last two weeks.

Anton Khudobin is on pace to be the best goalie of all-time.

Anton Khudobin is on pace to be the best goalie of all-time.

.857: The B’s have a record of 12-1-1 when scoring first in games this season (.857). Both of their losses have come in the last two weeks against Washington and Pittsburgh.

.930: Rask’s .930 save percentage is second in the league behind only Craig Anderson at .952.

Enough numbers for you? Just remember this last one; it’ll be simple: one. The B’s host the Capitals at 1 p.m.

 

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