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.
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.
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.