Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 12/7/13
The Bruins capped off their most recent two-week stretch with their first game against their rival Canadiens Thursday night, but came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 loss in the first of four meetings. They did, however, go 4-2 during the stretch, which featured their big left wing doing something he never did last year, a Gordie Howe hat trick a bad injury for one of the Black and Gold’s top defenders, who has not been very good against Pittsburgh this season and Loui Eriksson doing something he had not done in 77 games. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
0: Carolina did not score an even-strength goal against the B’s on Nov. 22. Their first came on the power play and second came short-handed in their 3-2 overtime loss.
1: Gregory Campbell scored Boston’s only goal against Montreal on Thursday, but was minus-1 for the game after being on the ice for both goals against.
1: Paille remains the only Bruins’ regular not to have committed a penalty this season.
1.90: Tuukka Rask’s 1.90 goals against average is fourth-best in the league.
1.97: Chad Johnson is 4-1 this year with a 1.97 goals against average, just behind Rask.
2.0: The Bruins’ 2.0 goals against per game is best in the league
2: Zdeno Chara scored goals in back-to-back games twice last year. His goals on Nov. 23 and 25 were the first time he has scored in two straight last year. They came against Carolina and Pittsburgh and last year, included Carolina and Pittsburgh.
2: Coming off his two-goal performance against the Canadiens, Penguins’ forward, James Neal, scored each of Pittsburgh’s first two goals against Boston in his next game. It was the first time in his six-year NHL career that he scored multiple goals in consecutive regular-season games.
2: Milan Lucic now has two two-goal games this season after his performance against Columbus. He had no multi-goal games last year.
2: The Blue Jackets managed just two shots on goal against the B’s in the first period on Nov. 30.
2.7: Boston’s 2.7 goals per game are good for 14th in the league.
3: The three straight overtime games against the Blues, Hurricanes and Penguins were the first group of three consecutive overtime games played by the Bruins since Nov. 25-28, 2009.
3: The B’s had just three shots on goal in the second period of that game, getting outscored, 3-0.
3: With the win over the Penguins, the Bruins improved to 3-0 in overtime games this season.
3: The Bruins are now 3-2 this year when Shawn Thornton has a fight.
3: The Habs managed just three shots on goal against Boston in the first period.
4: Reilly Smith scored his fourth goal of the season two weeks ago against the Hurricanes. Last year, he had three for the whole season.
4: Johnny Boychuk is a combined minus-4 in two games played against the Penguins this year. He is plus-4 against everyone else.
4: All four Bruins’ centermen were over 50 percent in the dot against the Red Wings despite the five-goal loss.
4: The Rangers registered just four shots on goal in the third period on Nov. 29 and were outscored, 2-0.
4: The Bruins have now lost four straight in Detroit and have not won there since March 11, 2007.
4: Chara is now a combined minus-4 against the Wings this season as two his three minus-2 games have come against the new division rival.
5: Boychuk played one more shift than Chara did against the Hurricanes, but Z played five more minutes than Boychuk did in the game. Workhorse.
5: Chara’s goal against the Penguins was his fifth of the year, but first that did not come on the power play.
6: Through the first four minutes of the game, the Bruins outshot the Hurricanes, 6-0.
6: Six members of the Red Wings scored at least two points in their 6-1 win on Nov. 27.
6: The Bruins are 6-0 this season when Chara scores a goal and have won eight straight regular-season games when he finds the back of the net.
6: The Bruins have now won six straight games against the Blue Jackets.
7: The overtime win against the Pens snapped a seven-game regular-season losing streak against them.
7: Montreal enforcer, George Parros, picked up his first shot on goal in his seventh game of the season against Boston.
8: Patrice Bergeron went eight games without a point before he scored against the Rangers on Nov. 29. He has two points in his last 11 games.
9: Defensemen have scored nine of the team’s 13 power-play goals this season.
9: The Canadiens are now 9-1-2 in their last 12 games.
9: Rask fell to 2-9-2 in his career against Montreal.
10: Kelly won 10 of his first 11 draws against the ‘Canes before finishing the day 12-of-17 (71 percent) on the dot.
10: Despite Pittsburgh putting up 10 of the first 11 shots of the game, the Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first.
10: Boychuk and Torey Krug combined for 10 shots on goal against the Blue Jackets, leading the team with five apiece.
10: Ten Bruins have reached double-digits in points for the season.
10:17: Benoit Pouliot was plus-1 and registered two shots on goal in 10:17 of ice time for the Rangers against the B’s on Black Friday. In 2012, he averaged 12:13 a game for Boston.
11: The Bruins have now won 11 straight games when Lucic scores two goals with their last loss coming on Feb. 10, 2009 against the Sharks. In those games, they outscored their opponents, 56-24.
11: The Bruins had led or had been tied entering the third period in 11 straight games before entering the final frame trailing Detroit, 4-0, on Nov. 27.
11: They are 9-0-2 in their last 11 home games.
11: Eriksson recorded 11 points and had a plus-5 rating in November after putting up just three points and a plus-3 rating in October.
11: Lucic is the only member of the Bruins with double-digits in goals at 11 – four more than he had all of last season.
12: Marchand finished November with 12 points compared to four in the month of October.
12: Soderberg has 12 points in 22 games this year after two in six last season.
14: Boston has scored the game’s first goal 18 times this year and won 14 of those games. One of their losses came Thursday against Montreal.
17: The team’s 17 shots on goal against Detroit matched their lowest total this season (Oct. 24 against the Sharks).
17: Krejci leads the team with 17 assists.
17.3: Boston’s power play is 16th in the league at 17.3 percent.
18:36: Krug played 18:36 against the Blue Jackets with 6:08 of that coming on the power play.
22: The ‘Canes went a span of 22 minutes between shots on net in the first and second periods.
22.4: Lucic leads the team with a 22.4 shooting percentage. It is good for third in the league among players with 25 or more shots on goal.
23: Evgeni Malkin picked up his league-leading 23rd assist against Boston on Nov. 25. He now has 30.
23: Rask has two shutouts in 23 games played this year, compared to five in 36 last season.
25: The Bruins outshot the Blue Jackets, 25-9, in the first two periods Saturday.
25:15: Chara has pulled away and leads the team with an average of 25:21 played each night – 13th in the league.
26: Boston outshot Carolina, 26-10, in the first two periods of the Nov. 23 game.
26: In the first and third periods, the Bruins outshot the Canadiens, 26-9, but in the second, when Montreal scored both their goals, they outshot Boston, 18-7.
28: There are 11 Bruins remaining who have played in all 28 of the team’s games this season: Krejci, Lucic, Smith, Krug, Iginla, Bergeron, Marchand, Chara, Kelly, Campbell and Paille.
29:50: Chara played nearly half the game with 29:50 of ice time against Montreal after Boychuk went down on Thursday.
34: Krug scored his seventh goal of the year 34 seconds into overtime to beat the Penguins, 4-3, last Monday at the Garden.
34: Chara’s fight against New York was his first in 34 games.
35: Marchand’s goal and assist against the Rangers gave him his first multi-point game since April 8 of last year – a span of 35 games.
36: The Bruins more than doubled the amount of shots the Blue Jackets had last Saturday as they put up 36 in the 3-1 win to Columbus’ 14.
37: Neal’s first goal of the Nov. 25 game at the Garden came just 37 seconds into the second period.
39: Montreal’s win over Boston saw them leapfrog the B’s for first place in the Atlantic Division standings with their 38th and 39th points of the season.
39: Adam McQuaid still leads the team with 39 penalty minutes despite missing 10 games due to injury.
40: The B’s scored on 40 percent of the shots they took on goal in the first period against Pittsburgh (2-of-5).
55: Boston’s 55 goals against this season are the fewest in the league.
59.7: Bergeron’s faceoff percentage is good for third in the league.
63: The Bruins won 63 percent of the draws against the Hurricanes (41-of-65), including 74 percent in the first period.
66: The six goals the Bruins allowed to the Wings were the most they had given up in 66 regular-season games since they allowed seven to the Sabres on Jan. 31, 2013. That was also the last time Rask let in six or more in a game.
66.7: Campbell scored the Bruins’ only goal against Canadiens and was the only centerman over 50 percent at 6-of-9 (66.7 percent).
77: Eriksson’s three-point game against the Penguins (1-2=3) was his first in 77 games dating back to March 20, 2012 against the Coyotes.
78: Bergeron leads the team with 78 shots on goal, one ahead of Iginla.
86: The B’s have the fourth-best penalty-killing unit in the league at 86 percent.
90: The five-goal loss to the Wings on Nov. 27 was the team’s worst loss since losing by the same 6-1 score to the Lightning on March 13, 2011 – a span of 90 games.
96: Lucic is sixth in the league with 96 hits.
127: Chara’s Gordie How Hat Trick against the Rangers was his first in 127 games, dating back to Dec. 17, 2011.
136: Between 2007-08 and 2012-13, Chara had a rating of plus-136. He is minus-2 this season.
344: Bergeron’s 344 faceoff wins are fourth-most in the league.
805: Chara’s 805 shifts this year are 40th in the league.
.934: Rask’s .934 save percentage is fourth in the NHL.
And the B’s are back in action tonight as they face the Penguins for the third and final time this season.
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