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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.



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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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Boston Bruins: Last Two (Game) Weeks By The Numbers – 3/1/14

The last two weeks of Bruins game action has covered nearly a month on the calendar, but the good news is that the NHL is back and the B’s enjoyed success at the Olympics. On the ice, Andrew Ference made an emotional return to Boston, Chad Johnson picked up his first shutout, the B’s beat Vancouver at home for the first time in seven years and a trio of young players had a good all-around night against Ottawa. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two (Game) Weeks By The Numbers.

Andrew Ference waves to the crowd after a video tribute in his return to Boston.

1: Dougie Hamilton scored goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1.

1: Johnson picked up his first shutout of the year against the Oilers on Feb. 1.

1: David Warsofsky picked up his first career NHL assist on Chris Kelly’s first-period goal in the 7-2 win over the Senators just before the Olympic break.

1:34: Johnny Boychuk played 1:34 of the two minutes on the Bruins’ first penalty kill in the game against the Blues on Feb. 6.

2: The Oilers had just two shots on goal in the first 20 minutes in their 4-0 loss to the Bruins on Feb. 1.

2: The Bruins had goals disallowed in two straight games against Edmonton and Vancouver.

2: Zdeno Chara missed the team’s final two games before the Olympic break as he headed to Sochi early to carry Slovakia’s flag.

2: Patrice Bergeron picked up his second two-goal game of the season on Feb. 8 against Ottawa. His first was on Nov. 9 against the Maple Leafs.

2: Bergeron had two assists in his first game in Sochi for Team Canada, passing his one-assist performance in the entire 2010 games.

2: The Bruins were one of two teams to have a player win Gold (Bergeron), Silver (Loui Eriksson) and Bronze (Tuukka Rask) at the Olympics. Phoenix was the other.

2:08: The Bruins scored two goals in 2:08 of game time in the third period against the Blues on Feb. 6 to eventually send the game to overtime.

2.11: Rask’s goals against average is now sixth-best in the league.

2.19: The Bruins’ 2.19 goals against per game is second in the league.

3: Boychuk recorded three hits against the Canucks on Feb. 4 and they all came on Vancouver winger, David Booth.

3: Against the Bruins, the Blues blew a two-goal lead for the third straight game (2-0-1).

3: Reilly Smith was a career-high plus-3 for the Bruins against the Senators on Feb. 8.

3: Warsofsky and Kevan Miller were also each plus-3 – both career highs for them in their young NHL careers.

3.09: Boston’s 3.09 goals per game is fifth in the league.

4: Ference was on the ice for all four goals that the Bruins scored against the Oilers.

4: Ottawa defenseman, Jared Cowen, had a tough day against the Bruins as he finished minus-4.

4.25: The Bruins concluded their season series averaging 4.25 goals per game in four game against the Sens this season.

5: The Bruins handed the Canucks their fifth straight loss on Feb. 4.

5: Brad Marchand‘s goal against the Blues was the first for his line in five games.

5: The Bruins played just five games in the month of February.

5: Johnson had won five straight starts before losing in Buffalo and started 5-0-0 in 2014.

5: Bergeron snapped a five-game pointless streak on Feb. 8 with two goals and an assist against Ottawa.

5:28: Warsofsky led all Bruins with 5:28 of power-play ice time against the Blues.

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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.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers – 1/18/14

Like the January weather, the play of the Bruins has cooled down in the past couple weeks and not even a trip to sunny California could really get it going. As has been the case for what seems like most of the season, another member of the team made his NHL debut, Loui Eriksson returned to Dallas where he spent seven years and the B’s became just the second team to beat San Jose at home in regulation. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Justin Florek filled in nicely on the Merlot line for a couple of games.

 1: Justin Florek became the latest Bruin to make his NHL debut on Jan. 4 against the Jets.

1: He picked up his first NHL point in his second game with an assist on Daniel Paille’s goal on Jan. 7 against the Ducks and his first goal two nights later in Los Angeles.

1: Rookie, Kevan Miller, recorded the first fight of his NHL career when he took on Mike Brown of the Sharks on Jan. 11.

1:04: Gregory Campbell totaled 1:04 of power-play time on Jan. 4 against the Jets with Zdeno Chara in the box multiple times early in the game.

1.94: Boston is tied with L.A. having allowed the fewest goals per game in the league with 1.94 a night.

2: The Bruins became just the second team to beat the Sharks at home in regulation joining the Canucks, who did so on Nov. 7, but Boston has not given up nine goals in a game yet.

2: Against the Maple Leafs on Jan. 14, the Bruins allowed two power-play goals for the fourth time in their last seven games.

2.11: Tuukka Rask has fallen to seventh in the league with a 2.11 goals against average.

3: Adam McQuaid was plus-3 against the Jets on Jan. 4 for the first time in the regular season since being plus-4 against the Canadiens on Feb. 9, 2011.

3: Torey Krug was plus-3 in the same game for the first time in his career.

3: His three points against the Jets came after recording just three points in his previous 11 games combined.

3: McQuaid had fights in three straight games from Jan. 4-9 against the Jets, Ducks and Kings.

3: The Ducks scored goals on all three of their power play opportunities on Jan. 7.

3: Phil Kessel had three assists Tuesday against the Bruins, giving him his first three-assist game since April 18 of last year.

3: Campbell had points in three straight games from Jan. 4-9 for the first time since April 8-11 of last season.

3: Three Bruins – Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Milan Lucic – had multi-point nights against the Stars.

3:03: Just 3:03 into his first game back at the Garden on Thursday, Shawn Thornton was in the box for fighting.

Shawn Thornton squares off with Frazer McLaren of the Leafs.

Shawn Thornton squares off with Frazer McLaren of the Leafs.

4: Paille scored four goals in his first six games back after returning from a concussion on Dec. 27.

4: Carl Soderberg’s four-game point streak ended on Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.

4: The Bruins are 4-5 since losing Dennis Seidenberg for the season on Dec. 27.

4.0: Krejci scored his 10th goal of the season with 4.0 seconds left in the second period to give the B’s the 1-0 lead over Dallas on Thursday.

5: Five members of the Bruins were names to their respective Olympic teams this past week: Bergeron, Eriksson, Krejci, Rask and Zdeno Chara.

5: Paille had five shots on goal against the Ducks, his most of the year and most in a game since March 25 of last season.

5: Soderberg was 0-for-5 on faceoffs against the Sharks.

5: Rask picked up his league-leading fifth shutout of the season on Jan. 11 against San Jose.

6: Florek became the sixth Bruin to make his NHL debut this season. The six debuts are the most the team has had since the 2006-07 season, when Krejci was one of the six to play in his first game.

6: McQuaid and Krug combined to be plus-6 against the Jets two weeks ago.

6: Winnipeg goalie, Ondrej Pavalec, fell to 0-6-1 all-time at TD Garden with his team’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins on Jan. 4.

6: Winnipeg, who had only scored six power-play goals on the road coming into the game on Jan. 4, was 0-for-3 on the power play in their first meeting of the season against the Bruins.

6: Lucic, Krejci and Jarome Iginla were a combined minus-6 against the Kings.

6: Krejci’s goal in Dallas was his first point in six games after recording 20 points in his previous 18 contests.

6: Johnny Boychuk was officially credited with six blocked shots against the Stars.

6: Reilly Smith scored his sixth goal in seven games against the Jets, but since then, he has not found the back of the net.

6:51: Paille played just 6:51 against the Leafs, easily his lowest ice time total of the season. It was his lowest total since playing just 45 seconds against the Panthers on Dec. 8, 2011.

7: Soderberg and Ryan Spooner were a combined 0-for-7 in the faceoff circle against L.A. on Jan. 9.

7: Kessel had gone seven straight games against the Bruins without recording a single point.

7: Of Boston’s eight penalties against the Stars, defenders committed seven of them.

7: The Bruins have allowed at least four goals in each of their last seven losses.

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