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State Of The Bruins’ D Following Johnny Boychuk Trade

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Adam McQuaid could see an increased role on the Bruins now that Johnny Boychuk has been dealt.

On Saturday afternoon, the Bruins pulled the trigger on what many thought would have come sooner than it did. They traded 30-year-old defenseman, Johnny Boychuk, to the Islanders in exchange for three draft picks. Although the shakeup on the blue line has come less than a week before the regular-season opener on Wednesday, the B’s are not in a terrible position when it comes to filling the hole left by one of their top players and biggest leaders.


They have young defensemen with NHL skills, size and experience who could slide in and fill the void. The likes of Torey Krug, Kevan Miller and Matt Bartkowski may all see increased responsibility with the Black and Gold.

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Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Semifinals By The Numbers

Coming into the postseason, the Bruins were expected to make another deep run and possibly contend for their third Stanley Cup in four seasons. Unfortunately for them, however, they ran into the red-hot Canadiens and saw their offense go cold at the worst possible time. Despite a heartbreaking loss in Game 7 at the Garden, there were still a lot of memorable moments in the series and, like always, plenty of interesting stats and facts to go around (and, yes, there are a lot). This series featured a record number of Game 7 meetings for the B’s and Habs, one Boston rookie doing something only one other player had done in the last 75 years, a new NHL record concerning consecutive seasons with a Game 7 appearance and Montreal’s netminder joining a goaltending legend as the only two to accomplish one particular feat. This, for the final time in 2013-14, is Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Semifinals By The Numbers.

The Canadiens frustrated the Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and earned a series win in seven games.

The Canadiens frustrated the Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and earned a series win in seven games.

0: The Canadiens had zero players with a positive rating through Game 2.

0: The Merlot line had zero shots on goal in Game 4. And Game 6. And Game 7. Brutal.

0: Boston’s first line scored zero five-on-five goals in the series.

1: P.K. Subban’s game-winner in Game 1 was the first overtime goal of his postseason career.

1: Matt Fraser made his playoff debut in Game 4 after being called up from Providence earlier in the day. He scored his first postseason goal in the game and it was a pretty big one. In doing so, he became the first player in history to score an overtime goal in both the AHL and NHL playoffs in the same season, according to Elias Sports.

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Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals By The Numbers

In the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, we saw just how good the Bruins could be. After a slight setback in Game 1, they dominated the Red Wings like the top-seed they are and reeled off four straight convincing wins. The first round saw a number of playoff firsts for some of the team’s young contributors, a postseason assist from the team’s recently named Vezina finalist, more than half of the team’s forwards scoring goals, the power-play unit being on fire, Boston’s successful coach hitting a playoff milestone and the first time a 500-goal scorer had ever accomplished something in the postseason. This is Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals By The Numbers.

Patrice Bergeron (37) and Zdeno Chara celebrate after eliminating the Red Wings in Game 5 on Saturday.

0: Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar (0) combined for fewer points than Tuukka Rask (1) in the series.

1: The Bruins lost Game 1 to the Red Wings, 1-0, marking the first time this season they lost a game in which they gave up only one goal. Their last 1-0 loss (regular or postseason) was on Feb. 28, 2012 against the Senators.

1: Kevan Miller made his postseason debut in the 4-1 Bruins win in Game 2.

1: Dougie Hamilton scored the first goal of his playoff career in Game 3 to give the Bruins the 1-0 lead exactly 9:00 in after he had beaten Jimmy Howard, but hit the post just a few minutes earlier. Jordan Caron followed that up with his first career postseason goal about seven minutes later to give the B’s a 2-0 lead.

1: Miller picked up his first career playoff point with an assist on the Caron goal and Carl Soderberg picked up his first playoff point with an assist in Game 4.

1: Jarome Iginla’s game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4 gave him more goals than Jaromir Jagr had all of last postseason (1).

1: Reilly Smith and Loui Eriksson scored the same amount of goals in the first round as Tyler Seguin did (1).

1.16: Rask is second among all goalies after Tuesday’s games with a 1.16 goals-against average in the first round of the playoffs.

1.20: Boston leads the league with just 1.20 goals against per game in the first round, well ahead of second-place Chicago, which allowed 2.33 goals per game.

2: Smith and Justin Florek each scored their first career playoff goals in their second career playoff games in Game 2.

2: Torey Krug picked up his second career multi-point playoff game in Game 2 with two assists in the win. It was his first career 2-assist playoff game as he had a goal and a helper in Game 2 against the Rangers in the second round of last season’s playoffs.

2: The last two players to score the Bruins’ first playoff goal are Florek and Wade Redden.

2: The Red Wings, in Game 1, became just the second team to shut the Bruins out this season. The only other team to shut the B’s out this year was the Avalanche on Oct. 10.

2: The Red Wings had just two shots on goal on the power play in Games 1 and 2 combined (0-for-6).

2: Rask’s shutout in Game 3 was the second all-time playoff shutout by a Bruins’ goaltender against Detroit. The first was registered by Don Simmons in the last time these two teams met in the playoffs (1957).

2: Boston fill-ins, Florek and Caron, combined to score as many goals (2) as the Red Wings did in Games 1-3.

2: Rask’s assist on Eriksson’s power-play goal in Game 5 was the second postseason assist of his career. The first came on April 21, 2010 in Game 4 of the first round of the series against the Sabres on the game-winning goal scored by Miroslav Satan.

2: Last postseason, the Bruins’ third line scored two goals in the first three rounds of the playoffs. In five games this postseason, Eriksson, Florek and Soderberg have already matched that total.

2: Daniel Alfredsson had just two shots on goal in the series and neither of them came until Game 5.

2: David Krejci and Brad Marchand were the only B’s with a negative rating in the first round (minus-1 each).

2:00: With Zdeno Chara in the box late in the first period of 1-0 Game 1 loss, Johnny Boychuk played the full 2:00 on the penalty kill for the Bruins.

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Boston Bruins: Final Two Weeks By The Numbers

The Bruins’ historic regular season has come to a close and as the weather warms up in New England, they have their sights set on another deep playoff run. The B’s have seen their share of positives over the final couple weeks of the regular season, including the 100th career victory for their Vezina-worthy netminder and a career-best points streak for one of their leaders. The team also handed out their individual end-of-season awards, set a franchise record for consecutive road victories and became the first team in the league to clinch their division. This is Boston Bruins: Final Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Chad Johnson is congratulated by Loui Eriksson after the Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title.

Chad Johnson is congratulated by Loui Eriksson after the Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title.


1: The B’s became the first team in the league to clinch their division title as they locked up the Atlantic with the 4-2 win over the Capitals on March 29.

1: According to Dan Cagen of the MetroWest Daily News, Jarome Iginla became the first player to join the Bruins via free agency and go on to score 30 goals that season.

1: Iginla was also named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for March.

1: The Bruins topped the Flyers, 5-2, on April 5 to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 3/29/14

It has been a very exciting last couple of weeks in the hub of hockey as the Bruins went on a tear following the Olympic Break and became the league’s first team to clinch a playoff spot. While their winning streak finally ended at the hands of Montreal, their point streak is still alive. Also happening were a milestone game for a hockey legend, a milestone assist for a Merlot member, another NHL debut for one rookie, the first ever home win against one opponent and the third-longest winning streak in team history. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Jarome Iginla has been absolutely on fire during the month of March and a major reason the Bruins won 12 games in a row.

Jarome Iginla has been absolutely on fire during the month of March and a major reason the Bruins won 12 games in a row.

1: Last Tuesday’s win over the Wild was the first time the Bruins have beaten Minnesota at TD Garden (1-6-0).

1: Corey Potter played his first game with the Bruins on March 18 in New Jersey.

1: With their win over the Avalanche on March 21, the Bruins became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff berth.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 3/15/14

After dropping their first two games following the Olympic Break, the Bruins have since rattled off seven straight wins and are in a daily battle with the Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. With wins over the Canadiens as well as Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo, the B’s seem to be peaking at the right time. Also, Claude Julien hit a coaching milestone, Gregory Campbell has been hot since the break, the team got a hat trick from its leading scorer and it has been a while since Boston has lost to a team from Florida. This is: Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Claude Julien became the second coach in Bruins history to win 300 games, joining Art Ross.

0: The Bruins and Capitals combined for zero penalty minutes in Boston’s 3-0 win on March 6 at the Garden.

1: Tuukka Rask beat the Caps in the regular season for the first time last Thursday night (1-3-3) and Washington goalie, Braden Holtby, lost to the B’s for the first time in the regular season (4-1-0).

1: Johnny Boychuk had his first multi-point game of the season on March 8 with a goal and an assist against Tampa Bay. It was his first multi-point game in the regular season since March 24, 2011 despite having one in each of the last two postseasons.

1:31: Daniel Paille and Carl Soderberg scored goals 1:31 apart against the Lightning on March 8 to turn the Bruins’ 2-0 deficit into a tie game.

2: Campbell scored twice on March 2 against the Rangers, giving him his first two-goal game since April 10, 2013.

2: The Bruins had a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play against the Capitals, but could not score and only managed one shot on goal.

2.10: Rask’s goals against average has slipped to 2.10, but is still good enough for fifth in the league.

2.15: The B’s are allowing just 2.15 goals per game, good for second in the league.

3: They swept the season series from the Rangers, 3-0.

3: Dougie Hamilton had a career-high three points (1-2-3) against New York.

3: David Krejci’s hat trick on March 4 was the third of his career in the regular season.

3: Zdeno Chara was plus-3 for the second time this season against Florida (Dec. 7).

3: Kevan Miller was plus-3 against the Caps two nights later.

3: Chara is also in the midst of a three-game point streak, tying his longest such streak of the season.

3: Boston improved to 3-0-1 on Sundays this season with their win over the Panthers.

3: Rask earned just his third career win against the Canadiens Wednesday night, improving his record against the heated rivals to 3-10-2.

3.15: Boston’s 3.15 goals per game are third in the league with their 208 total goals also being third in the league.

4: The Bruins scored four goals against Henrik Lundqvist for the first time ever in the regular season.

4: Matt Bartkowski was a career-high plus-4 against the Rangers.

4: Campbell had four goals in four games after the Olympic Break, giving him seven for the season. Loui Eriksson also scored his seventh goal in the same game.

Gregory Campbell has been hot since the team returned from the Olympic Break.

4: Boston improved its league-best third-period differential with four goals against the Panthers on Sunday.

4: The B’s broke a four-game home losing streak to the Coyotes with their win on Thursday. Their last win had come on March 19, 2002.

4: Rask snapped a personal four-game losing streak to the Canadiens with his win against them on Wednesday.

4: The Coyotes’ third-ranked power play managed just one shot on net during a four-minute power play on Thursday.

4: The B’s are averaging four goals per game over their last 10 – the most in the NHL during that span.

4: Carl Soderberg had a four-game point streak end Thursday against Phoenix.

4.33: Thomas is 0-3-0 with a 4.33 goals against average in three starts against the Bruins this year.

5: The Bruins and Coyotes combined for an exciting five total shots in the second period of their game on Thursday with Boston getting the 3-2 edge.

5: The B’s snapped a five-game losing streak to the Habs with their win on Wednesday.

6: Rask had fallen to 0-3-3 in his career against the Caps in the regular season with his loss on March 6 before getting that first win five days later.

6: Patrice Bergeron had six shots on goal through two periods on March 6 against the Caps. Washington, as a team, had eight shots on goal through two periods.

6: Andrej Meszaros scored his sixth goal of the season on Sunday and first as a Bruin in his first game in the lineup for the Black and Gold. He also led the team with six shots on goal in the game.

6: The Bruins beat Montreal for the first time in six games.

6:23: Shawn Thornton played 6:23 in the first two periods against the Capitals. He played just 6:07 in the game before that.

7: Of Krejci’s seven shots on goal against the Panthers, three went in.

7: Boston beat Florida for the seventh straight time on March 5. The last time the Panthers got the better of the B’s was on March 15, 2012.

7: The Lightning managed the first seven shots on goal in the first period on March 8, but the Bruins came back with the last five. Boston didn’t put one on goal until there was 6:04 left in the period.

7: The seven-round shootout against the Lightning was the longest for the Bruins since they went eight rounds on Feb. 13, 2010 against the Panthers.

7: The B’s are currently in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, their longest of the season and longest since winning 10 in a row in Nov. 2011.

7: Chad Johnson improved to 7-1 at home this year with a goals against average of 1.75 in eight starts.

8: Bergeron finished with a season-high eight shots on goal on March 5 against the Capitals. It was his most in a game since Feb. 25, 2012, when he had nine.

8: The Bruins have won eight straight games against the Lightning with their last loss coming on March 13, 2012.

9: Alex Ovechkin had nine shots on goal on March 1 against the Bruins.

9: With Soderberg’s goal against New York, the Bruins became the second team in the league to have nine players to have scored 10-plus goals this season.

10: Ten Bruins had at least one point against New York in the 6-3 win on March 2.

10: The Bruins had five or fewer shots in the first period for the 10th time this year against Tampa Bay. They are now 9-1 in those games, however.

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