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Bruins By The Numbers: This Week’s Good And Bad

The Bruins have entered the All-Star Break and despite having just one All-Star representative, they’re in a better position than most people would have predicted. Their last week of games before their week-long break included the end of an impressive penalty killing streak, a couple of milestones for their gritty, diminutive winger and some continuing road success against one Eastern Conference foe. This is: Bruins By The Numbers: This Week’s Good And Bad.

Patrice Bergeron is back in the All-Star game as the Bruins enjoy a week off.

Patrice Bergeron is back in the All-Star game as the Bruins enjoy a week off.

2: The B’s scored two power-play goals in their 3-2 win over the Flyers on Monday, marking the first time they scored more than one power-play goal since Dec. 29.



2: Brad Marchand was assessed a tripping penalty just two seconds into the second period of Monday’s win over the Flyers.

2: Somehow, Matt Beleskey was plus-2 in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to his former team in the Ducks.

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Bruins This Week: 28 Numbers You May Have Missed

The Bruins renewed a couple of their most notable rivalries this past week and as the All-Star Break approaches, they still sit within the playoff 8 in the Eastern Conference. This past week featured an All-Star passing a Bruins’ legend, the continuing dominance of the penalty kill, a rare special-teams occurrence and a last-minute victory. This is Bruins This Week: 28 Numbers You May Have Missed. 

Patrice Bergeron accomplished a pretty impressive feat this past week.

Patrice Bergeron accomplished a pretty impressive feat this past week.

0: The Bruins and Canucks combined for zero power plays in Vancouver’s win on Thursday, marking the first power play-free game for the Bruins since March 6, 2014 against the Capitals, according to Ken Laird.

2: The Bruins won their second consecutive game Saturday, beating the Maple Leafs, 3-2, at The Garden. It marked their first pair of consecutive wins since Dec. 16-20.

3: The B’s improved to 3-0-0 against the Leafs this season with their win on Saturday.




4: Patrice Bergeron recorded his fourth 2-goal game of the season in Saturday’s last-minute win over the Leafs, tying him with Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand for the team lead.

4: The B’s improved to 4-1-1 this season in the second of back-to-back games with their win over Toronto on Saturday.

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Meet the Sox: David Price

The Boston Red Sox made arguably the biggest splash of the off-season in December when they signed free agent left-hander David Price. The signing instantly brought the Sox a much-needed ace for their staff. However, Price’s contract also certainly put a hole in Boston’s budget.

 

Price is a well known commodity to the Red Sox: he spent his career in the American League, with particular focus in the AL East. Playing for the Tampa Rays, Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays before signing with the Sox, Price is 6-1 lifetime at Fenway Park with a 1.95 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 11 career starts. To further the familiarity, Price was brought to Detroit (and then summarily traded away) by the Sox new GM, Dave Dombrowski.




While succeeding during the regular season (3.09 ERA, 1372 SO, 1.132 WHIP), the knock against Price are his post-season struggles. In 14 playoff games, Price is 2-7 with a 5.12 ERA (roughly 63 innings). It should be noted that a few of those games came against the Red Sox themselves. With or without Price’s well-documented dust-up with David Ortiz, it will be nice for Price to not have to face Big Papi this year.

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Bruins This Week: 31 Numbers You May Have Missed

The Bruins have been struggling so far in 2016, but Friday night’s win was hopefully a sign of good things to come. This past week featured a milestone for the head coach, yet another one-goal game against a fellow Original 6 foe and the continuing dominance of Boston’s special teams. This is Bruins This Week: 31 Numbers You May Have Missed.

Brad Marchand to the ice this week, but the Bruins offense continued to struggle.

Brad Marchand to the ice this week, but the Bruins offense continued to struggle.

1: Frank Vatrano was a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career Monday in the game against the Rangers.

1: Boston’s 3-2 loss to the Flyers on Wednesday was the team’s first regulation loss on a Wednesday this season (4-1-2).

1: Max Talbot registered his first fight as a Bruin in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Sabres and his first since Dec. 5, 2014.




2: Brett Connolly was scratched for the second time of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Senators and for the first time since Oct. 17.

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Bruins This Week: 22 Stats You May Have Missed

Just two games this week for the Bruins as they looked to turn the page on their disappointing Winter Classic performance. While their struggling offense did get one piece back in New Jersey and is slated to enjoy Brad Marchand‘s return Saturday, it’s been a struggle of late for the B’s. This week featured the continuation of a losing streak, a lengthy drought without a lead, some All-Star honors and a milestone victory for the franchise. This is Bruins This Week: 22 Stats You May Have Missed.

The Bruins' offense was on point Friday night, led by Frank Vatrano who got them on the board right off the bat.

The Bruins’ offense was on point Friday night, led by Frank Vatrano who got them on the board right off the bat.

0: In their first game together, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson and David Pastrnak did not allow a shot attempt in the first period of Friday’s game against the Devils.

2: Bergeron was named to his second career All-Star Game (second consecutive) Wednesday – the lone representative from the Bruins.

3: Dennis Seidenberg had two assists and a plus-3 rating in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Devils – his best rating in a game since a plus-3 on Oct. 19, 2013.

5: The B’s have now lost five straight games to the Capitals with their last win coming on March 29, 2014. They’ve scored just five goals in those five games.

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Bruins This Week: 38 Stats You May Have Missed

It was a busy week for the Bruins with four games highlighted by a lackluster performance in the NHL’s marquee event. We’ve got a bit more than usual to cover, so let’s get to it! The past week featured a third period they had not seen since 1984, the first time the team had three two-goal scorers since 2001, the first time two local boys had a hat trick for Boston in the same season in a couple decades and a few milestones leading up to the second New England Winter Classic. This is Bruins This Week: 38 Stats You May Have Missed.

 

The Bruins hosted the eighth annual NHL Winter Classic Friday.

The Bruins hosted the eighth annual NHL Winter Classic Friday.

2: Jimmy Hayes became the second Massachusetts-born Bruins’ player to net a hat trick in the month of December (Frank Vatrano on Dec. 18) in Boston’s 7-3 win over Ottawa on Tuesday. It’s the first time since 1989-90 that the B’s have had two Massachusetts-born players each record a hat trick in the same season, according to Elias.

2: Matt Beleskey notched his first 2-goal game since April 9, 2010 in Tuesday’s 7-3 win over the Senators.

2: The Bruins became the first team to host two Winter Classic’s as they welcomed the Canadiens to Gillette Stadium on Friday – six years after hosting the Flyers at Fenway Park. Read more

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