Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers – 10/26/13
Much like last season, the Bruins are off to a solid start, winning seven of their first nine games and having one of the best scoring defenses and penalty kills in the league. With these stats working in their favor through three and a half weeks and the great play of Tuukka Rask continuing, they look poised to perhaps make another deep playoff run despite losing one of their top-6 forwards for an indefinite amount of time on Wednesday. Here is a closer look at how the last two weeks for the B’s have shaken out by the numbers, including just how long it has been since they won a game in the final second.
1: Jarome Iginla picked up his first goal as a Bruin in his ninth game of the season on Thursday.
1.26: Rask’s 1.26 goals against average is third-best in the league.
1.4: Boston’s 1.4 goals against per game is tied for second in the league.
2: Bartkowski’s minus-2 rating is the lowest of any Bruin.
2: Krug leads the team with two power-play goals.
2: Lucic’s two-goal game against the Sabres was his first since Nov. 30, 2011 against Toronto.
2: Buffalo’s Nikita Zadarov scored his first NHL goal in the second game of his career Wednesday against Boston.
3: The Bruins are averaging three goals per game through their first nine, which is good for 11th in the league.
3: They are one of three teams undefeated on the road in regulation this season (4-0-0). The Avs and Blues are the other.
3: Up until the San Jose game, the Bruins had scored three goals in every win.
4: This is the fourth time under Claude Julien that the Bruins won five of their first seven games.
4: The B’s are currently in the midst of a four-game winning streak with victories against the Panthers, Lightning, Sabres and Sharks. It is their longest win streak since rifling off six straight from Feb. 17 to March 2 of last season, when they beat the Lightning twice and Panthers once.
4: Hamilton scored his first goal of the year in his fourth game against the Panthers. Last year, as a rookie, he scored his first goal in his 12th game.
5: Lucic leads the team with five goals. Krug and Kelly are next with three apiece.
5: Kelly and Hamilton have combined for five goals this season, but have no assists between them.
5: Krug’s five points (3-2-5) are tops among defensemen with McQuaid, Seidenberg, Chara and Johnny Boychuk each having three.
5: Reilly Smith had a five-game point streak end Thursday against San Jose.
5: The five-goal win against the Lightning was the team’s largest since beating the Maple Leafs, 8-0, on March 19, 2012.
6: Krejci is in the midst of a six-game point streak with two goals and six assists.
6: Rask’s six wins are tied for the third-most in the league.
6: Smith’s six points this year are third on the team and more than Iginla, Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
7: Rask started the first seven games of the season before Chad Johnson was inserted between the pipes for Wednesday’s game against the Sabres despite the three days off.
7: Kelly scored three goals in his first seven games this season. Last year, the third-liner did not score his third goal of the shortened season until his 28th game on April 17.
7: Hamilton had seven shot attempts against the Sabres Wednesday night, six of which were blocked. The only one that got all the way through was the game-winning goal.
8: Seidenberg is leading the team with a plus-8 rating.
8: Krejci’s eight assists are tied for fourth in the league.
8: Patrick Marleau scored his eighth goal of the season against the B’s. No one on the Boston roster has more than five.
8:24: Thornton is on the low end of ice time again this season averaging 8:24 per game – almost two minutes less than the next-lowest on the team, Daniel Paille, who averages 10:20 per game.
9: Bergeron won all nine defensive-zone faceoffs he took against San Jose.
10: Lucic and Krejci are tied for the team lead with 10 points apiece (Lucic: 5-5-10; Krejci: 2-8-10). They are tied for 22nd in the league.
10: Thornton is one of nine NHL players with three or more fighting majors this season.
11: It had been 11 years since the Bruins won a game with a goal in the final second of play before Krejci’s heroics the other night. The last time that happened was 11 years ago on Oct. 14, 2002 when Sergei Samsonov lifted them over the Avalanche in the knick of time.
12.9: The team’s 12.9 percent power-play success rate is 23rd in the league.
13: Boston’s 13 goals allowed on the season are the second-fewest in the league behind Colorado’s 12.
13: With a goal against the Sabres in the first period, Buffalo has now been outscored, 14-1, in first periods this season.
14: Fourteen Bruins have played in all nine games so far this season.
14: Their 14 points have them tied atop the Atlantic Division with Toronto.
17: Rask picked up the 17th shutout of his career with 23 saves against Tampa Bay.
17: The Bruins beat the Sharks despite putting up just 17 shots on goal (39 against).
18: The Red Wings blocked eighteen more shots than the B’s did in their Oct. 14 win (22-4).
18: Just eighteen seconds into the third period on Thursday, Marleau tied the game at one.
18: All 18 skaters who dressed against the Blue Jackets had an even rating or above.
18:44: Krejci is leading all forwards with an average of 18:44 played per game. Bergeron is next at 18:21.
20: San Jose combined to outshoot Boston, 30-10, in the first and third periods (by 20), including 16-3 in the first. Those are the two periods that the B’s scored their goals.
22: The B’s improved to 22-4 all-time when Thornton scores a goal after he got one against the Lightning last Saturday.
23:22: Chara is still holding on to his time on ice per night lead over Seidenberg as the big man is averaging 23:22 per game and Seids is at 22:24.
24: McQuaid’s 24 penalty minutes lead the team.
27: Iginla leads the club with 27 shots on goal.
30: The Bruins improved to 30-0-1 since the start of the 2011-12 season when they have had a three-goal lead in a game.
30: The Sharks were the last team to lose in regulation this season thanks to Krejci’s heroics.
30: Thornton’s goal against the Lightning was his first in 30 games dating back to March 14 of last year.
32: Bergeron has now played 32 career games against the Panthers. In those games, he has scored 11 goals and now has 15 assists with his helper against them last week.
33.3: McQuaid and Kelly share the team lead in shooting percentage at 33.3 percent each.
50: Defensemen accounted for 18 of the 36 shots the B’s put on net against Columbus (50 percent).
55: Kelly and Bergeron scored 55 seconds apart in the second period against Tampa to put the B’s up, 4-0.
59: Smith’s first goal as a Bruin came with 59 seconds left in the third against Florida to give the B’s the win against Tim Thomas.
59.0: Bergeron’s 59-percent faceoff percentage is once again near the top in the league.
86.7: Bergeron won 13 of the 15 faceoffs he took against the Sharks (86.7 percent).
87.5: The Bruins’ penalty kill percentage is third-best in the league behind only Colorado and Washington.
100: Lucic scored the 100th goal of his career late in the matinee loss to the Red Wings.
148: Eriksson had played in 148 consecutive games before missing Thursday’s against the Sharks with a concussion.
119:52: Iginla’s goal against the Sharks snapped Antti Niemi’s scoreless streak at 119:52.
223: Rask has saved 223 of the 233 shots he has seen this year.
.476: The Bruins’ opponents so far have a combined record of 30-29-4 – a win percentage of .476.
500: Thornton played the 500th game of his NHL career on Columbus Day against the Wings.
518:48: It took Iginla 518:48 of game time to score his first goal for Boston.
700: Julien coached his 700th NHL game against Columbus not to be confused with the Detroit game on Columbus Day.
.957: Rask’s .957 save percentage is second in the league.
The boys are back in action later on tonight as they host the Devils at the Garden.
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