Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers – 2/1/14

The Bruins have played some of their best hockey of the season in the last two weeks with just one regulation loss and four straight wins over some quality teams. Their 18-goal outburst over three games was something the team has not done since 2011, while they also hosted the Canadiens for the first time this season and welcomed an old goaltender back to the Garden while their own set a new career high and their captain reached a major milestone. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Johnny Boychuk's first fight of the season.

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1: Johnny Boychuk picked up his first fighting major of the season on Jan. 25 as he took on Scott Hartnell in the win over the Flyers.

1: Shawn Thornton registered his first assist of the season with a helper on Reilly Smith’s goal in the second period of the 6-3 win over the Islanders on Monday.

1: The goal that Montreal’s Alexei Emelin scored in the first period Thursday was his first of the season and first since April 3 of last season.

.143: Tuukka Rask fell to 2-10-2 in his career against the Canadiens, a winning percentage of .143.

2: The Bruins scored two goals in all three periods against the Flyers on Jan. 25.

2: Thornton scored points in back-to-back games against the Islanders and Panthers. It was the first time he had points in consecutive games since March 9 and 11 last season.

2:00: The Bruins played the entire first 2:00 of both the second and third periods against the Islanders down a man. Zdeno Chara received a penalty at 20:00 of the first period and Patrice Bergeron was assessed a penalty at 20:00 of the second.

2.12: Rask has slipped to sixth in the league with a 2.12 goals against average.

2.19: The B’s are allowing an average of just 2.19 goals per game this season – second-best in the league behind L.A. (2.07).

3.00: Boston’s three goals per game average is fifth-best in the league.

3: Vincent Lecavalier won just 3-of-19 faceoffs and had no shots on goal for the Flyers against the B’s.

3: Jarome Iginla recorded his third two-goal game of the season on Jan. 25. All of them have come since Dec. 12.

3: Somehow, Michael Grabner was plus-3 for the Isles in their 6-3 loss to the Bruins.

3: Chad Johnson allowed three goals on Tuesday to the Islanders – his most this season in a win.

3: New York’s Kyle Okposo has had a three-point game in each of the three meetings with the Bruins this year.

3: The Bruins had leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 against the Islanders and, all three times, New York tied the game up.

3: The three-goal loss to the Canadiens tied the team’s biggest setback of 2014 (5-2 against Anaheim on Jan. 7) and was their biggest since falling, 6-2, to the Canucks on Dec. 14.

3: The Bruins are one of just three teams in the league that has eight players with 10 or more goals on the season (Lightning and Jets).

3: Boston’s win over the Panthers broke their three-game losing streak on Tuesdays.

3.24: In his last 11 games against Montreal, Rask has a goals against average of 3.24, according to CSSNE.

4: The four days between games against L.A. and Philadelphia tied the longest idle stretch for the B’s so far this season (Dec. 1-4).

4: Brad Marchand regained his league lead in shorthanded goals on Jan. 20 with his fourth of the season against the Kings.

4: His four-game goal streak came to an end against Philadelphia after he set a career-best with a goal in his fourth straight game against the Kings. Marchand had scored in three straight games twice before in his career.

Brad Marchand went on an offensive tear in January.

4: Iginla’s four-point game against the Flyers was his first since April 6, 2011 against the Oilers.

4: New York center, Casey Cizikas, was minus-4 against the B’s on Monday.

4: Marchand had a goal and three assists Monday against the Islanders for his third career four-point night. It was his most points in a game since he had five on Dec. 23, 2011. He had four points all of October.

4: Florida’s Brian Campbell was minus-4 against the Bruins on Tuesday.

4: Milan Lucic was plus-4 in the game against the Panthers, his highest rating in a game since being plus-5 on Feb. 9, 2011 against the Canadiens.

4: Iginla was plus-4 as well. For him, it was the first time since Feb. 14, 2011 against the Avalanche.

4: Boston’s four straight wins from Jan. 20-28 tied their longest winning streak of the season. They now have four four-game win streaks on the season.

4: Rask was pulled for the fourth time this season against the Canadiens on Thursday.

4: The B’s allowed a power-play goal in four of their six games played in the last two weeks. They scored on the power play in three of the six games.

4:03: Marchand was first on the team among forwards in shorthanded time on ice against New York on Monday.

5: Boston’s five-goal win over Philadelphia matched their largest victory of the season. They also beat Tampa Bay, 5-0, on Oct. 19 and Ottawa, 5-0, on Dec. 27.

5: David Krejci was plus-5 against the Panthers, his best single-game performance since also posting a plus-5 rating on Feb. 9, 2011 against Montreal.

5: Carl Soderberg was 0-for-5 on faceoffs against Florida.

6: The win against the Flyers was their biggest since beating them, 6-0, on Dec. 17, 2011.

6: The B’s scored six goals in three straight games against the Flyers, Islanders and Panthers, marking the first time they have done that since November 2011.

6: Krejci, the team’s leading scorer, led the B’s with six blocked shots against the Islanders, but had no points.

6: Marchand and Bergeron’s point streaks both ended at six games as they were both shut out against the Panthers.

6: Tim Thomas allowed six goals against the Bruins – his second-highest of the season (seven on Oct. 5).

Tim Thomas said he would have rather watched the State of the Union than made that kind of return to Boston.

6: The Canadiens snapped the Bruins’ season-best six-game point streak on Thursday.

6: Dougie Hamilton set a career high with six shots on goal against Montreal.

7: Iginla, Krejci and Torey Krug combined for seven assists against the Flyers on Jan. 25.

7: Reilly Smith’s goal against the Flyers was his first in seven games.

7: Chara became the seventh Bruin to hit double-digits in goals on the season with his first-period tally in Philadelphia.

7: Despite nine goals between them, Boston and New York combined to go 0-for-7 on the power play.

7: Lucic, Krejci and Iginla combined for seven points against Florida.

7: Boston’s seven short-handed goals are currently for the second-most in the league.

8: Lucic had a game-high eight hits on Jan. 19 against the Blackhawks.

8: Iginla snapped an eight-game goal-scoring drought with two against Philadelphia on Jan. 25.

8: Jordan Caron returned to the lineup against the Flyers for the first time since Jan. 2 after missing four games with a back injury and four as a healthy scratch.

8: Chara scored his seventh and eighth power-play goals of the season against the Flyers. He now has 13 total goals on the year – his most since 2010-11.

8: The Marchand-Bergeron-Smith line had eight points against the Islanders.

8: Marchand had eight goals in January after scoring nine in October, November and December combined.

9: Johnson improved to 9-2-0 in 11 starts this season after the win against the Islanders.

10: The Bruins are 10-0-0 this season when Chara scores a goal.

10: Thursday’s meeting between the Bruins and Canadiens was the first game in the last 10 between them that was not decided by one goal.

10: The Bruins are the only team in the league with two defensemen who each have 10-plus goals on the season (Krug and Chara).

11: Rask’s start against Philadelphia was just his second game in 11 days.

11: The Bruins went 11 days between night games from Jan. 16 to Jan. 27 with matinees against the Blackhawks, Kings and Flyers.

11: Bergeron and Krejci opened the game against the Islanders going 0-for-11 combined on faceoffs.

11: Eleven of the 18 Bruins’ skaters had at least one points against the Panthers on Tuesday.

12: That came one night after twelve of the 18 Bruins’ skaters had at least one point against the Islanders.

12: Chris Kelly won 12-of-15 faceoffs against the Panthers in his first game since Dec. 7.

Chris Kelly is back on the ice for the Bruins.

12: The Bruins scored 12 goals in their consecutive games against the Flyers and Islanders. It was the first time they have scored at least 12 in back-to-back games since Jan. 4-5, 2012. Earlier that season, they averaged six goals per game over a five-game stretch from Nov. 1-12 at the beginning of a 15-game point streak.

13: Lucic, Krejci and Iginla were a combined plus-13 against the Panthers.

14: Chara went 14 games without a goal between Dec. 19 and Jan. 25.

14: The B’s were 14-7-1 while Kelly was out.

15: Thornton’s goal against the Panthers was his first in 15 games.

15: Krejci has just one power-play goal on the year, but 15 power-play assists.

15: The loss to the Habs was just the third in 15 home games for the Bruins.

16: The Bruins improved to 16-3-1 this season when playing in back-to-back games.

17: Seventeen of Boston’s 18 skaters had at least one shot on goal against New York. Surprisingly, the only one held without a shot on goal was Iginla. Against Florida, only Krug was held shotless.

17: The Lucic-Krejci-Iginla line combined for 17 points in the three games against the Panthers, Islanders and Flyers.

17.1: Iginla scored his 14th goal of the season with 17.1 seconds left in the first period against the Flyers.

18: Eighteen seconds after the Kings tied things at two against the B’s on Jan. 20, Marchand gave them the 3-2 lead back.

18: The B’s led the Isles in shots, 18-2, at one point in the first period Monday.

18: Smith has regained his team lead in goals with 18 on the year.

18.9: Marchand’s first goal against the Blackhawks on Jan. 19 came with just 18.9 seconds left in the first period.

19: Boston had 19 shots on goal in the first period against the Panthers on Tuesday.

19: With the win in that game, they climbed to 19 games over .500 on the season – the highest they have been over the even mark.

20: The frustrated Flyers had 20 more hits than did the Bruins on Jan. 25 (39-19) in the 6-1 loss.

20: The B’s have five players with a rating of plus-20 or higher: Bergeron, Boychuk, Marchand, Iginla and Krejci.

21:43: Chara played just 21:43 of ice time on Jan. 25 against the Flyers. It was his fourth-lowest ice-time total of the season and lowest since playing 19:50 against the Rangers on Nov. 29, when he had seven penalty minutes.

22: Kelly missed 22 games with a broken leg before returning on Tuesday against the Panthers.

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23: The game in Chicago on Jan. 19 was the 23rd road game of the year for the Bruins and the first one that did not end in regulation.

23: Rask’s win against the Flyers was his 23rd of the season and a new career high for him.

Tuukka Rask has 30 wins well within his sights.

23: Chara’s first goal at Philadelphia was his first in 23 road games this season.

23: Bergeron leads the team with a rating of plus-23, followed by Boychuk at plus-22. Bergy is tied for seventh in the league.

23.5: Krejci won just 4-of-13 faceoffs (23.5 percent) against New York.

24: Rask’s 24 wins on the year are tied for fifth in the league.

24:55: Chara is up to an average of 24:55 of ice time per night – 15th in the league.

25: Chara was held without a shot on goal against the Blackhawks for just the first time in 25 games, dating back to Nov. 21. Interestingly, the last three times Chara has finished without a shot on net, the team has lost, 3-2, in a shootout.

26: Marchand scored just five goals in his first 26 games of the season. He scored seven in a span of six games from Jan. 14-27.

26: The shootout loss to the Blackhawks was the first time the B’s had been involved in a shootout in 26 games, dating back to Nov. 21 against the Blues.

26:03: Boychuk played a season-high 26:03 of ice time on Jan. 19 in Chicago – his highest of the season on his 30th birthday.

28: Tuesday’s game against Montreal was the team’s 28th home game of the season, but first time they hosted the Canadiens. It was the latest in the season (game wise) they have ever hosted their most bitter rivals for the first time.

29: Gregory Campbell’s fight on Jan. 25 was his fourth fighting major of the season and first in 29 games (since Nov. 19).

30: The Marchand-Bergeron-Smith line has combined for 30 points in their last eight games.

32.7: Soderberg scored his seventh goal of the season with 32.7 seconds left on the second-period clock on Monday.

34: Krejci’s 34 assists are tied for 11th in the league.

40: Marchand had a 40-percent shooting percentage during his four-game goal scoring streak, scoring six goals on 15 shots on net.

43: Boston’s win at Philly on Jan. 25 was their 43rd all-time win in the City of Brotherly Love. Their overall record in Philadelphia is 43-35-12, giving them the only visiting team to have a winning record on the Flyers’ home ice.

43: The Panthers went 43 straight power plays without a power-play goal until they scored one in the third period against the Bruins.

45: Krejci continues to lead the team with 45 points on the year.

50: Marchand’s second goal on Jan. 19 against Chicago came just 50 seconds into the second period and only 68 seconds of game time after his first.

50: Willie Mitchell of the Kings scored his first goal in 50 games against the B’s on Jan. 20.

50: From Jan. 14-20, The Bruins scored 12 goals in four games (2-1-1); Marchand literally provided 50 percent of that offense with six of those 12 goals.

50: All five centermen for the Islanders were over 50 percent on faceoffs for the night. The team won 43-of-70 draws.

53: Seven Bruins have played in all 53 of the team’s games this season: Krejci, Smith, Iginla, Bergeron, Marchand, Krug and Campbell.

59.8: Bergeron’s faceoff percentage has sunk slightly below 60 percent on the year to 59.8 percent, now third in the league.

63: Loui Eriksson’s goal against the Islanders was his first since Nov. 25 against the Penguins, a span of 63 days.

69: Despite missing the bulk of the month, Adam McQuaid still leads the team with 69 penalty minutes.

71: Boston’s 71 points have them four points ahead of Tampa in the Atlantic Division and seven points behind the first-place Penguins in the Eastern Conference standings.

82.4: Boston’s PK sits at 13th in the league with a success rate of 82.4 percent.

95: Iginla’s two-goal game against the Flyers was the 95th of his NHL career.

Jarome Iginla is closing in on Johnny Bucyk's mark for NHL goals.

100: Boychuk’s fight on Jan. 25 was his first fighting major in 100 games. Each of his last three fights in the regular season have come against the Flyers.

116: The Bruins’ 116 goals allowed this season are tied with the Kings for the fewest in the league.

146: Bergeron maintains his slight team lead in shots on net with 146, followed closely behind by Iginla with 139.

163: Lucic is 11th in the league with 163 hits. The next-highest on the team (Chara) has 112.

378: Thomas played in 378 games as a member of the Bruins. This past Tuesday marked the first time he took the Garden ice as a visitor.

500: Chara registered his 500th career NHL point as he capped off the Bruins’ second straight six-goal game with a third-period goal against the Islanders. Of those 500 points, 325 have come since Chara became a Bruin.

696: Begeron has won 696 faceoffs on the season.

.928: Rask’s save percentage is still good for fourth in the league.

1,600,000: Kevan Miller signed a two-year one-way contract with the team on Jan. 21 that will pay him $1.6 million over the next two years.

The B’s are back in action later this afternoon as they welcome Andrew Ference back to the Garden before matching up with Vancouver on Tuesday – two of the more anticipated games of the month for Boston.

 

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