The Bruins seem to have found their stride as the first half of the season has come and gone and as a team hanging around the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, their current five-game winning streak could not have come at a better time. Over the last couple of weeks, the B’s have extended some recent dominance over a couple different opponents, seen their prized rookie do something not many Bruins’ teenagers have, outshot an opponent by more than they have in almost five years, fired the fewest shots on goal they have had in a period this season, had a couple centermen hit a milestone on the same night and rattled off a season-high point streak. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
David Pastrnak has come on in a big way over the last few games and is in Boston to stay.
1: Former Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin made his first start against Boston as his Hurricanes came away with the 2-1 shootout win on Jan. 4 in Raleigh.
1: David Pastrnak scored his first NHL goal – first two actually – in the 3-1 win over the Flyers on Jan. 10. He is the youngest NHL player to appear in a game this season.
1: In the same game, the Bruins won for the first time this season when Zdeno Chara committed a penalty (1-5-3). They then improved to 2-5-3 in their next game against Tampa Bay.
1: Patrice Bergeron was selected as the Bruins’ lone representative to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career.
Unlike in seasons past, the Bruins have led fans on an up-and-down ride so far in 2014-15. Just when they are able to string a couple of strong wins against quality teams together, it seems they are followed with a shootout defeat and then a 6-2 loss. As the calendar turns to 2015, the Black and Gold will certainly need to find that element of consistency that has been eluding them this season, but for now, let’s take a look at the numbers from the last couple of weeks. They include a season high in shots on goal, a look at the goal output with and without one of the team’s best players, a first for one Boston defenseman and everybody on the ice getting into the act against Detroit. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
The Bruins are glad 2014 is over and know they need to battle to make up ground.
0: The fourth line of Matt Fraser, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille combined for zero shots on goal on Dec. 21 against Buffalo. They were the only Boston forwards to be held without a shot on net.
1: Matt Bartkowski picked up his first career fighting major on Dec. 21 in the 4-3 overtime win over the Sabres as he dropped the gloves with Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno after No. 43 laid a questionable hit on Brian Gionta for which he was given a game misconduct.
1: The Bruins are now 1-0-0 in Sunday games this season after their win over Buffalo.
The Bruins appear to be on their way back to full strength with the return of some of their core players from injury and as rumors continue to swirl about them landing some big names, their play has been improving over their last couple games despite the results not being there. During the last couple of weeks, they have seen a rematch of the 2013 Cup Finals, the first goal for a rookie winger, a dominating performance in the face off circle and a milestone goal for the Little Ball of Hate despite averaging a 10th-worst 2.42 goals per game this season. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
The Bruins have certainly struggled to score goals over the last few weeks, but they are starting to get some key guys back from injury.
1: Craig Cunningham scored his first NHL goal against the Senators on Dec. 13 in his seventh career game – a shorthanded goal that put the Bruins up, 1-0. It was the third shorty the Bruins have scored this season: David Krejci on Oct. 21 and Gregory Campbell on Oct. 25.
1: Niklas Svedberg became the first Bruins goalie to require overtime in four of his first five career wins, according to Elias. Three have come this year against Buffalo, Columbus and Minnesota as well as his first career win on Jan. 2 of last season against the Predators.
1: The Bruins have given up just one power-play goal in their last 15 games dating back to Nov. 15.
The weather has not been the only thing in Boston to start getting colder over the last few weeks. To say that the Bruins have gone cold would be an understatement compared to the standards Black and Gold fans have grown accustomed to over the past few seasons. They are enduring through injuries and that has really shown in their play. Here is a deeper look at the statistics – most not being so pretty – that include a road slump, some troubling news about which team has been scoring first, milestones for coach and one of his oldest players, a winning streak over one recently relocated franchise and a less-than-stellar month on the power play. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
The Bruins are fighting injuries and fighting to make up ground in the Eastern Conference standings.
0: Gregory Campbell had zero points in 12 games in November. It was his first full month without registering a point since October 2013.
0: The 2-0 loss to the Kings on Tuesday marked the first time that the Bruins were shut out on the road this season.
1: Montreal goaltender, Carey Price, registered his first ever shutout against the Bruins on Nov. 22, blanking his rivals, 2-0, at TD Garden.
1: Rookie Joe Morrow got his first NHL point and goal in the 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh (the team that drafted him) on Nov. 24 just 28 seconds after a Milan Lucic tally.
Despite a couple of consecutive startling losses, the Bruins have weathered the storm without Zdeno Chara quite nicely over the last month or so. They are now…since losing their captain, including…over the last two weeks. Also during that time, one winger notched an offensive milestone, Toronto scored the most goals it has scored against Boston at home in 14 years and one Bruins leader had his worst individual game in over three years. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
The Bruins celebrate a goal during a come-from-behind win in Columbus.
1: Somehow, Simon Gagne, Dougie Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg were each plus-1 in the 6-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Nov. 12 and no one was worse than minus-2.
1: Matt Fraser’s fight with Nathan Beaulieu of the Canadiens on Nov. 13 was his first penalty of the season in his 10th game.
1: Matt Bartkowski recorded his first point of the season on Torey Krug’s Nov. 18 goal against the Blues though it was only his sixth game of 2014-15. Bartkowski, who still does not have a goal in 91 regular-season NHL games, notched his first point since April 3.
Since losing Zdeno Chara a little over two weeks ago, the Bruins have collectively stepped up and gone 5-1-0 without their captain in the lineup. Guys like Dougie Hamilton and Brad Marchand have really started to take off and despite all of the injuries on the blue line, Boston now sits just one point behind the Canadiens. Here is a closer look at some of the statistics, which includes a look at just how hot Marchand has been, a first for one former Bruin and the continuing domination of the Black and Gold against one rival netminder. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
Brad Marchand has been a big part of the Bruins’ success in the last couple of weeks.
0: The Bruins did not have a power play against the Panthers on Tuesday. It was the first time since March 17 of last season that they did not have a power-play opportunity.
1: Shawn Thornton played in his first ever game as a visitor at TD Garden on Tuesday night. It was also the first time he had ever played against the Bruins.
1: Zach Trotman picked up his first career point with an assist on Seth Griffith’s goal in the first period of the Oct. 28 game against the Wild.
1:28: Matt Fraser scored two goals in 1:28 in the second period against the Senators last Saturday to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.