Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers

By The Numbers lives on. If you haven’t heard by now, the Bruins swept the Penguins Friday night to earn a second trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in the last three years. Here’s a much closer look at the series as the Bruins’ season continues.

The best offense in the league scored just two goals in more than four full games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The best offense in the league scored just two goals in more than four full games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

0: Torey Krug has not been on the ice for a goal against in the playoffs.

0: Despite allowing one goal in Game 2, no Bruins finished with less than an even rating.

0: The Penguins never trailed after the second period in the first two rounds. They trailed after two in both Games 1 and 2.

0: No one besides a Pittsburgh center won a faceoff for them in Game 4 (0-for-4).

0: The Penguins never led in any of the four games in the series.

0: Since the NHL expanded from six to 12 teams in 1967, no home team down 2-0 in a series has come back to win it.

0.44: Tuukka Rask put up a 0.44 goals against average in the Conference Finals.

1: Sidney Crosby has been minus-2 with zero points just one time this season. It was in Game 1.

1: Rask registered the first shutout of his playoff career with his 3-0 victory in Game 1. He added his second in Game 4.

1: The Bruins scored on their first shot of the night in two consecutive games – Games 2 and 3.

1: The Eastern Conference Finals is the first time the Penguins have trailed in a series this postseason.

1: Milan Lucic played his first career game on his birthday Friday night and celebrated with a sweep.

1: Andrew Ference recorded his first point of the postseason in his first game back in Game 1 against the Penguins with an assist on David Krejcis first goal of the game.

2: The Bruins won twice as many faceoffs as the Penguins in Game 1 (32-16).

2: Before Game 1, the Penguins had not been shut out at home in over two years – since April 27, 2011.

2: Pittsburgh has been involved in both double-overtime games this postseason and are 0-2 in them.

2: Each of the last two times the Bruins have clinched a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the score sheet of the clinching game of the Conference Finals has looked the same: 0 0 1.

2: The two goals the Bruins allowed in the Conference Finals were tied for the second-fewest in a playoff series in NHL history.

2: Before the Bruins won the first two games on the road, only the Sharks, in the first round against the Canucks, had also done that this postseason.

2: Adam McQuaid’s goal in Game 4 was his second of the postseason, doubling his regular-season total of one.

2: The Bruins have now been up by two games at some point in each of their three playoff series so far this postseason.

2: Pittsburgh lost two straight home games for the first time since their first two of the season on Jan. 23 and 29.

2: Kaspars Daugavins and Chris Kelly are the only Bruins yet to record a playoff point.

2: The Bruins have won two 1-0 games in the last three years to advance to the Stanley Cup. Before that, the last team to win a game 1-0 to clinch a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals was the 1950 Red Wings.

2: With Gregory Campbell now out for the remainder of the playoffs, the only two Bruins to have played in every regular and postseason game are Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin. Campbell and Andrew Ference played in every regular-season games before each missing time in the playoffs.

2: Patrice Bergeron’s fight against Evgeni Malkin in Game 2 was the second of his postseason career and first since April 18, 2009 in the 5-1 Game 2 win over the Canadiens in the opening round. He fought Josh Gorges that night and the B’s went on to sweep that series as well.

3: Of Pittsburgh’s 54 shots on goal in Game 3, Crosby had just three of them, including only one in regulation.

3: Pittsburgh had not lost three straight games all season.

3: Nathan Horton figured in all three goals in Game 1 with a goal and two assists.

3: At one point in the first period of Game 2, the Bruins scored on three consecutive shots, resulting in Tomas Vokoun being pulled.

3: Crosby was held without a single point in the first three games of the series. It is the first time he has gone pointless in three straight games since November 2009. Malkin was held pointless in three straight for the first time since December 2010. Crosby had never gone four straight games without a point in his career. But now he has.

3: Ference was plus-3 in Game 2 without recording a point. Bergeron, Horton and Jaromir Jagr were also plus-3, but combined for six points.

3:56: Shawn Thornton played just 3:56 out of 95:19 in Game 3.

4: Brad Marchand was plus-4 in Game 2 – the highest rating for him since Dec. 23, 2011 when he had a hat trick and two assists as he finished plus-5.

4: Kris Letang was on the ice for four of the six goals the Bruins scored in Game 2.

Kris Letang didn't have a Norris Trophy type of series.

Kris Letang didn’t have a Norris Trophy type of series.

4: Crosby had four turnovers in Game 2. The Bruins had two.

4: Pittsburgh hit four posts in regulation of Game 3.

4: The Bruins were outshot, 14-4, in the third period of Game 3, but the two teams each fired 15 shots in the 35:19 of overtime.

4: Krejci had more goals (four) in the Eastern Conference Finals than the Penguins did (two).

4: A four-game scoreless streak is now the longest drought of Crosby’s career.

4: The B’s scored four goals in the first period of Game 2. The last time they put up a four spot in a period was on March 27 against the Canadiens, though they eventually lost. The last time they did it in the playoffs was in Game 6 of the 2011 Cup Finals when they scored four times in the first period against the Canucks. Those goals took place over just 4:14, however, and these ones took place over 19:36 of game time.

4: This was the fourth Conference Finals sweep since 1994. Sweeping teams have gone 2-1 in the Cup Finals in that span.

4: With McQuaid scoring in Game 4, the B’s now have four defensmen with two or more goals in the playoffs.

4: Following Game 3, the Bruins have now played a double-overtime game in each of the last four postseasons and are 3-1 in such games.

4: The four best plus-minuses in the playoffs all belong to Bruins: Horton (plus-21), Krejci (plus-14), Lucic (plus-13) and Chara (plus-12).

4:39: The B’s managed just one shot on goal in 4:39 of power-play time in the third period of Game 3.

5: Pittsburgh won the first five faceoffs in Game 2, but then lost 11 of the next 13.

5: Seguin went the first five periods of the series without registering a shot on goal before recording three in the third period of Game 2.

5: The Bruins had no five-goal wins during the regular season. Game 2 was their first.

5: Five Bruins played a career high in minutes in Game 3: Dennis Seidenberg (39:54), Krejci (35:46), Marchand (32:01), Bergeron (31:59) and Lucic (30:12).

5: Bergeron recorded his fifth assist of the postseason on McQuaid’s goal in Game 4, but wasn’t on the ice for it, giving Krejci and Horton additions to their great plus-minuses.

5: Johnny Boychuk has five times as many goals this postseason as he did in the regular season.

5: The team’s second straight 3-0 series lead is their fifth under Claude Julien.

5: Horton figured in five of the first six Boston goals against the Penguins with only Marchand’s unassisted breakaway goal not rendering Horton a point.

5.20: Krejci held the puck for 5.20 seconds before scoring the opening goal of Game 3.

6: The first six “three stars” of the series were all Bruins, including Horton in both games.

6: The Bruins have currently won six straight home games this postseason dating back to Game 7 against the Leafs.

6: Malkin, James Neal and Matt Cooke were a combined minus-6 in Game 3.

6: The Penguins had won six straight games at TD Garden before their Game 3 loss.

6: The six goals scored in Game 2 were the most in a playoff game for the team since they scored eight in Game 3 of the 2011 Finals.

6: Boston’s Game 1 win over the Penguins broke their six-game losing streak against Pittsburgh. They had last beaten them on Dec. 5, 2011 and were swept, 3-0, in the regular-season series.

6: Campbell had six points (3-3) in 15 playoff games this season. He had six points in his previous 32 playoff games.

He will be missed.

He will be missed.

7: The Bruins went seven days between eliminating the Rangers and beginning the Conference Finals against the Pens. The last time they went that long between games was between the 2011 Eastern Conference Semis and Finals when they went eight days after sweeping the Flyers.

7: To go along with their zero points, Crosby and Malkin combined for a minus-7 rating in the series.

7: At 95:19, Game 3 was the seventh-longest game in Boston Bruins history.

8: Letang, Crosby, Neal and Jarome Iginla combined to go minus-8 in Game 1.

8: Marchand’s two goals in Game 2 gave him the eighth multi-point game of his postseason career.

8: He also put the B’s back up by three with eight seconds remaining in the first period.

8: The Bruins became just the eighth team to ever win the first two games of a playoff series on the road by three or more goals each time.

9: The No. 1 offense in the league had just nine shots on goal through the first 31:11 of Game 2.

9: Krejci continues to lead the playoffs with nine goals; Horton is third with seven.

9: Nine goals allowed by the Penguins over two games may seem like a lot, but it hasn’t been a while since that last happened. They allowed 10 goals combined in Games 3 and 4 in the first round against the Islanders, but won Game 3, 5-4, in overtime before dropping Game 4, 6-4.

10: Ten Bruins had at least one point in Game 2, including Bergeron, Campbell, Horton, Jagr, Krejci, Lucic, Marchand, Thornton, Krug and Boychuk.

10: Ten of the first 11 shots on goal in the second period of Game 3 were courtesy of the Penguins.

10: The Bruins have now won 10 straight Game 3’s.

10:01: McQuaid (10:01) played the fewest minutes of any Bruins’ defensemen in Game 4 by far, but had the team’s only goal. Krug (16:08) was the next-lowest.

11: Thornton didn’t hit the ice until after the 11-minute mark in the first period of Game 4.

12: Rask currently leads the postseason with 12 wins.

14: Krejci lost 14 of his 19 faceoffs in Game 2 (26.3 percent).

14: The sweep of the Penguins was the 14th in Bruins’ history and first for them in the Conference Finals since 1990 (also against the Penguins).

14: Fourteen different Bruins have had a multi-point game this postseason.

15: The Penguins fell to 2-15 in the playoffs when Crosby or Malkin didn’t have a point, including 0-4 against the Bruins.

15: Daugavins played for the first time in 15 games (Game 1 against Toronto) and logged 6:46 of ice time.

15: McQuaid’s goal from the point in Game 4 was the 15th that the team has scored from the point in the playoffs. They scored just 14 in the regular season.

16.7: Malkin was just 1-for-6 on faceoffs in Game 1 (16.7 percent).

17: The Penguins had 20 giveaways in the first two games of the series, compared to just three by the Bruins.

19: After averaging 39.5 hits per game in their first 12 playoff games, the Bruins registered just 19 in Game 1 against the Penguins.

19: The Bruins have now advanced to the 19th Stanley Cup Finals in their history (6-12).

20: The double-overtime thriller in Game 3 was the 20th multiple overtime game in Bruins’ history.

21: At plus-21, Horton is seven points higher than the next-highest player in the playoffs; the next-highest is Krejci at plus-14.

21: Krejci’s 21 points in the playoffs are tops in the league. Horton’s 17 rank second.

21: Horton enjoyed his first three-point postseason game in Game 1 since the 6-5 Game 2 victory over the Lightning in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.

21: Jagr’s last game in the Stanley Cup Final was June 1, 1992 — that was the first NHL game ever played in the month of June (21 years ago).

23: Following Game 2, Malkin had played 23 career games against the Bruins, but Games 1 and 2 were the first times he has been held pointless in consecutive games against them.

23: The B’s are now 23-7 all-time when holding a 2-0 lead in a playoff series.

23: The last time the Bruins led 3-0 in two consecutive playoff series was in 1990 when they went up 3-0 on the Canadiens before clinching the series in five in the second round and then swept the Capitals in the Conference Finals. Sound Familiar? They lost in the Finals, though.

24: The Bruins’ 24 shots on goal in Game 4 was their lowest total of the postseaosn.

25: Marchand scored his second goal of Game 2 just 25 seconds after Brandon Sutter cut the Boston lead to two with 33.2 seconds left in the first period.

26:35: Jagr’s 26:35 of ice time in Game 3 was the highest for him since he played 27:31 on April 3, 2007 as a member of the Rangers.

27: Marc-Andre Fleury entered Game 2 in the first period and saw game action for the first time in 27 days. The last time he played was on May 7 in Game 4 against the Islanders in the first round.

28: Marchand scored just 28 seconds into Game 2 to give the Bruins the 1-0 lead, but the quickest ever Bruins’ postseason goal was 10 seconds in.

28: The two teams combined to go 0-for-28 on the power play in the series, including 0-for-11 in Game 3.

30: The Bruins improved to 30-17-1 all-time in Game 2’s when leading a playoff series, 1-0.

30: The B’s became the first road team to score four goals in the first period of a conference semifinal or final playoff game in 30 years.

30: At the halfway point of Game 3 (well, of regulation), Crosby, Iginla, Pascal Dupuis and Brenden Morrow had combined for zero shots on goal. Morrow finished the game with zero.

32: Horton has been on the ice for 32 of the Bruins’ 50 goals this postseason.

35: The Bruins have gotten 35 of their 138 points in this postseason from defensemen, including 15 of their 50 goals.

37.1: Bergeron won just 37.1 percent of his faceoffs in Game 3 (13-of-35) – much lower than his season average.

40:50: Letang led the Penguins with 40:50 of ice time in Game 3.

42:05: Chara led all skaters with 42:05 of ice time in Game 3. It was his highest total in 11 years.

43: Rask’s shutout in Game 1 was the 43rd in Boston postseason history.

45: The Penguins had gone 45 straight series without being swept. It last happened in 1979 at the hands of the Bruins.

45: Jagr has the most shots in the playoffs (45) without a postseason goal.

The goals aren't there, but Jagr was a very important player in the series.

The goals aren’t there, but Jagr was a very important player in the series.

48: Horton, Krejci and Lucic are a combined plus-48 in the playoffs.

50: Bergeron registered the 50th point of his postseason career with an assist on Marchand’s second of the night in Game 2.

52: Pittsburgh trailed for 52 minutes in the series opener – longer than they trailed in their entire second-round series against Ottawa.

57.3: The Penguins ended up winning 57.3 percent of the faceoffs in Game 3 (51-of-89), but at one point held a 70-30 edge over Boston.

68: This is the first time in 68 years that the last four Stanley Cup champions were the final four remaining teams in the playoffs. This last happened in 1945 when the Bruins, Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Canadiens remained in the playoffs. Pittsburgh won in it all in 2009, Chicago in 2010, Boston in 2011 and L.A. last season.

73: After playing in all 48 regular-season games and each of the first 15 of the playoffs, Campbell will be out of the lineup for the remainder of the postseason and the first time in 73 games. He last missed a game on April 1, 2012 against the Rangers as a healthy scratch.

75: Bergeron went 6-for-8 against Crosby on faceoffs in Game 1.

82:05: Before Sutter got the Penguins on the board in Game 2, they had gone 82:05 without scoring a goal, dating back to Game 5 against the Senators.

87: The Bruins and Blackhawks have been in the league together since 1926 (87 years) and have never met in the Stanley Cup Finals.

88.9: Rich Peverley won 8-of-9 faceoffs in Game 2 (88.9 percent).

89: Chara was on the ice for 89 percent of Malkin’s shifts in the series and Malkin wound up at minus-5.

93:37: This was the time between goals scored by the Bruins in Game 3. Krejci scored 1:42 into the game and Bergeron ended it 95:19 in at 15:19 of double overtime.

94: The Bruins and Penguins combined for 94 shots on goal in the Game 3 double-overtime thriller.

96: Game 1 was the first time the Penguins had been shut out since Feb. 1, 2012 – a span of 96 games.

100: Seidenberg was on for every one of Crosby’s shift’s in the third period of Game 1 (100 percent). Chara was on for all but one of Malkin’s shifts in the period.

110: The Bruins’ win in Game 4 left teams up 3-0 in a series 110-66 in Game 4’s with the chance to clinch.

128:48: Rask went 128:48 without allowing a goal after Dan Girardi put the Rangers up, 1-0, 10:39 into Game 5. The streak ended when Sutter got the Penguins on the board with 33.2 seconds left in the first period of Game 2.

136: Crosby, Malkin, Neal and Iginla combined to put up 136 points for the Penguins in the regular season. The foursome had zero in the Conference Finals.

174: Teams up 3-0 in a playoff series are now 174-3 in NHL history.

.923: With Marchand’s two goals in Game 2, the Bruins improved to 12-1 all-time when No. 63 scores a playoff goal – that’s a winning percentage of .923.

Bruins fans around New England now want something.


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