The Bruins may well have found their identity as 2015 is coming to a close, showing dramatic improvement compared to their play at the start of the season. Along with some wins over quality opponents, this week the B’s also extended a 15-year point streak, the offense carved out a season high, an NHL first for a local kid, and one of their wingers hit a milestone for points. This is: Bruins This Week: 30 Stats You May Have Missed.
Frank Vatrano celebrates his first career hat trick after the B’s stomped the Penguins Friday night.
1: Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins up, 4-2, over Pittsburgh Friday night as he scored the team’s first 4-on-4 goal of the season and extend his point streak to seven games (is third 5-game points streak of the year).
3: Ryan Spooner picked up his third multi-point game of the season in Saturday’s win over the Panthers – his first since Oct. 23. It was also his third career multi-goal game and first against a team other than the Senators.
3: Edmonton managed just three shots on goal in the second period of their 3-2 overtime win in Boston on Monday and did not have one until the 16:39 mark. That tied the fewest shots the B’s have allowed in a period this season.
3.26: Boston currently has the 2nd-best offense in the league, averaging 3.26 goals per game. It would be the third time they finished as a top-2 offense under Claude Julien.
4: Zdeno Chara is the only Bruin to have at least a point in all four of the team’s overtime losses this season.
4: Boston matched a season low with just four shots on goal in the second period of Wednesday’s 3-0 win against Pittsburgh.
4: With his fourth shutout of the season Wednesday night against Pittsburgh (30th of his career), Tuukka Rask moved into a tie for the league lead in 2015-16. He had just three all of last season.
4: Spooner logged a career-high four points (0-4–4) in the 6-3 win in Pittsburgh on Friday.
7: Loui Eriksson scored his seventh power-play goal of the season Friday in the win over Pittsburgh and, in so doing, passed his power-play goal total for all of 2014-15.
8: The Bruins have now won eight consecutive home games against the Panthers and 18-of-22 overall in the series after their 3-1 victory on Saturday.
9: Brad Marchand set a career high with nine shots on goal in the loss to the Oilers on Monday. It also marked the most shots on goal in a game by any Bruin this year.
9: Boston has fewer regulation losses (9) than Montreal does (10) with two games in hand.
9: Frank Vatrano broke a 9-game goal-scoring drought as he went off for a hat trick in the win over Pittsburgh Friday night. Of course, it was his first career NHL hat trick and he became the first Bruins’ player to record a hat trick on the road since Tyler Seguin on Nov. 5, 2011 as well as the first Boston rookie to get one since Blake Wheeler on Nov. 6, 2008.
10: Spooner has 10 points in his last six games and Rask is riding a 10-game point streak (8-0-2) with a .959 save percentage.
11: At 11-2-2, the B’s have the best road record in the Eastern Conference.
13: They have points in 13 of their last 14 games (10-1-3).
14: Rask improved to 14-2-1 in 17 career appearances against the Panthers and improved his GAA to 1.28 in those games as he led the B’s to a 3-1 victory on Saturday.
15: Jimmy Hayes scored his first goal in 15 games (Nov. 5) to give the B’s a 2-0 lead over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. It was also his first multi-point game since Oct. 27 (third of the season).
15: Marchand’s 15 goals are tied for seventh in the league and his plus-14 rating is tied for sixth. It’s also the same amount as Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby combined.
16: The B’s extended their point streak against the Oilers to 16 consecutive games despite falling, 3-2, in overtime Monday. Their last regulation loss to Edmonton came on Oct. 17, 2000. It was also their first home loss of any kind to the Oilers since Nov. 7, 1996 – before Connor McDavid was born and while the “Macarena” was the Billboard No. 1 song.
17: The Bruins have now allowed two goals or fewer in 17 consecutive home games against the Panthers following their 3-1 win on Saturday. The last time they allowed more than two was Feb. 9, 2008.
18: Rask made a season-high 18 saves in the second period of Wednesday’s shutout win over the Penguins. The 18 shots on goal matched the most the B’s have allowed in a period this season. The 14-shot differential (18-4) was also the team’s worst in a period this season.
20: The Bruins’ 20 shots on goal in the third period of Monday night’s loss, however, were the most they have had in a period this season (previous high was 19 on Oct. 17).
21: Bergeron’s 21 assists are tied for sixth in the league and his 30 points are tied for 13th.
25: The Bruins outshot the Oilers by 25 (49-24) in Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss – their best shot disparity in a game this season and best since Jan. 8 when they outshot the Devils by 29.
29: Max Talbot scored his first goal in 29 games and first as a Bruin to give the B’s a 1-0 lead against his former team, the Penguins, on Wednesday. Talbot scored in his final game with the Avalanche on Feb. 28. It was also his first point of the season.
29.2: The Bruins’ still lead the league with a 29.2 percent success rate on the power play this season.
49: The Bruins took a season-high 49 shots on goal in Monday’s overtime loss to the Oilers – their most in a game this season (previous high was 43 on Oct. 17) and the most the Oilers have allowed this season. It was their most in a game since piling on 50 in a win over the Leafs on April 4.
61: The Bruins and Penguins combined for 61 hits Friday night in Pittsburgh.
250: With his goal Monday against the Oilers, Marchand reached 250 points for his career in his 404th game played.
The B’s are back in action late Sunday afternoon as they travel to New Jersey for their first matchup of the season with the Devils.
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