Boston Bruins: First Two Weeks By The Numbers
The first two weeks (or almost two weeks) of the new NHL season saw the Bruins play three games at TD Garden and get out to a 2-0-0 start against the Lightning and Red Wings before dropping game No. 3 to Patrick Roy’s Avalanche team that certainly appears to be for real. Now’s your chance to take a look at all the subtle stats you probably missed while watching the games on TV.
1: Chris Kelly’s penalty shot attempt on Opening Night was the first of his 10-yeat career.
1: Despite scoring four goals last postseason, Torey Krug’s goal against the Red Wings last Saturday was the first for him in the regular season.
1: Though scoring three goals in the season-opener, the B’s only had one assist on the night and it went to David Krejci.
1: Red Wings’ goalie, Jimmy Howard, entered Saturday’s game 3-0 in his career against the Bruins before suffering his firt loss, 4-1.
1.00: Tuukka Rask is tied for second in the league with a 1.00 goals against average.
1.33: Boston has allowed 1.33 goals per game, good for fourth in the league. Colorado’s 0.75 goals per game is tops.
2: For the second time in his NHL career, Kelly scored his team’s first goal of the season. The first time came on Oct. 8, 2010 while Kelly was a member of the Senators in a 2-1 opening-night loss to the Sabres.
2: The Bruins scored two short-handed goals against the Lightning on Opening Night. They scored five all of last year.
2: Only one other team, the Canucks, have two short-handed goals on the year.
2: The B’s scored two power-play goals in their first seven power plays this season with Zdeno Chara in front of the net (both against the Red Wings). They did not score a power-play goal last season until their 11th chance.
2: The B’s hit two posts in the first period against the Avs and Colorado banked two of their own on the same play in the third.
2: Kelly and Adam McQuaid lead the team with a plus-2 rating.
2: Only two Bruins have 10 or more shots on goal through three games: Iginla and Krug.
2: Shawn Thornton has two fighting majors through three games. Last season, he had two through five.
2.33: Boston’s 2.33 goals per game rank 20th in the league. They have seven goals. The Sharks have 21.
3: Milan Lucic is leading the team with three points – one goal and two assists.
5: Iginla’s five minutes for fighting on Opening Night were his first penalty minutes for a fight since April 20 of last season…against the Bruins.
6: Thornton officially logged six seconds of power-play time against the Lightning.
7: The B’s were a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill until Colorado got one by Rask in Game No. 3.
7:54:The Wings went a span of 7:54 in the first period of Saturday night’s game without a shot on goal.
8: Boston has now dropped eight straight home games to the Avalanche and have not beaten them in Boston since March 30, 1998.
8: They have now won eight straight over the Lightning at home, however.
9: The B’s outshot the Avs by nine (15-6) in the second period of their first loss of the season.
10: Lucic’s 10-minute misconduct near the end of the second period Thursday was his first since Feb. 24 of last year against the Panthers.
11: The Bruins have no one on the team with more than 11 shots on goal (Iginla). Alex Ovechkin leads the league with 32.
11:48: Thornton’s 11:48 average time between fights is the sixth-lowest among all NHL players.
12: With a loss to the Avs in their third game, the Bruins have not gone undefeated in their first three games of the season in 12 years – since 2001-02.
13: McQuaid has one assist through three games. He did not record his first point last season until his 13th game.
20: Thornton’s four penalty minutes per game are tied for 20th in the league.
23:19: Dennis Seidenberg’s 23:19 of ice time through three games leads the team and is 31st in the league.
29.7: His 29.7 shifts per game also lead the team and are tied for 25th in the league.
33.7: Boston’s 33.7 shots on goal per game are tied for the fourth-most in the league with Chicago.
36: Marchand scored his first goal of the season just 36 seconds into the second period against Detroit.
50: Bergeron is at just 50 percent on faceoffs through three games (33-of-33).
72: The Avs, led by J.S. Giguere, shut the Bruins out for the first time in 72 games Thursday. Their last shutout loss came on Feb. 28, 2012 against the Senators.
90: The Bruins are 90 years old this season.
90.9: The Bruins’ 90.9 percent penalty kill rate is good for sixth in the league (10-for-11).
.966: Rask’s .966 save percentage is third-best in the league.
Yes, it is still very early in this treat of a full 82-game season and the statistics will start rolling in more fiercely once the B’s and the rest of the league really get rolling. They are back on the ice later this afternoon as they take on Nathan Horton and the Blue Jackets in Columbus.
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