Well, the Bruins were within the playoff structure on U.S. Thanksgiving. Recent history tells us that gives them a better-than-average chance at being one of the 16 teams still playing come playoff time. In the last week, the Bruins’ power play has continued its torrid pace, the team set a new season high in shots on goal (and saves), Torey Krug took (and won) a faceoff, the team did something that no other team has done in the Expansion Era and one of the best two-way players in the league tied an impressive franchise mark. This is Bruins This Week: The Stats You Need To Know.
The Bruins are rolling thanks, in large part, to some of their newest faces.
0: For the first time this season, the Bruins entered a third period in a scoreless tie in their game against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. They’d had no 1-0 games after two either. That was also just the second game this season in which neither the Bruins nor their opponent scored a power-play goal. In the other game, Winnipeg did not have a power play opportunity on Opening Night.
2: The B’s blanked the Leafs, 2-0, on Saturday (Nov. 21) for their second shutout of the season. Last year, they recorded their second shutout on Nov. 18. That win gave them their first pair of consecutive home wins since March 31 and April 4 of last season.
2: On Monday, Zac Rinaldo had just his second game of the season with a positive rating in the 18th game he played.
2:53: Zdeno Chara ended the first period of Wednesday night’s game in Detroit with 2:53 of consecutive ice time. Zach Trotman was also caught out there for the final 2:46.
The Bruinscontinue to try to find their legs and eliminate the “passengers” they have on the ice, but it’s been a tough go of late. Over the last two weeks, however, the power play did something it hadn’t accomplished since the 2006 season, a local kid scored in his first game, they continued their trend of not being able to win in high-scoring games and keep losing at home this century to one Western Conference foe. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
Frank Vatrano had a memorable NHL debut for the Bruins on Nov. 7.
1: Frank Vatrano made his NHL debut on Nov. 7 and became the first Massachusetts-born Bruins player to score in his first NHL game since Shawn Bates on Oct. 2, 1997. He became the second Bruin this season to score in his first career NHL game, joining Tyler Randell.
1: Jonas Gustavsson took the loss against the Canadiens, 4-2, on Nov. 7, giving him his first loss as a Bruin in his fourth start.
NESN’s Sarah Davis is very easy on the eyes and she has a very dirty mind. During the Bruins game on Thursday night, she had a freudian slip when talking about Dennis Seidenberg’s return to the line up.
Disc and dick easy slip up right?
It’s okay Sarah, Seids coming back to help the Bruins porous defense gets me all hot and bothered too….
Pretty much nothing beats a good ole hockey fight…..well except 25 minutes of Big Bad Bruins brawls, donney brooks and slobber knockers. Sit back grab a sixer and enjoy some of the best fights in Black and Gold history.
Whoever this mysterious “The Mook” is, he deserves a Oscar for this bloody masterpiece!
The Bruinsappeared to have gotten things turned around after their 0-3-0 start as they rattled off five in a row to close out October. Faltering in their last two games and losing one of their leaders in the process, however, leaves the B’s at 6-5-1 with a tough test of back-to-backs on the horizon this weekend. The last two weeks have seen the team earn their latest first home victory in quite some time, some milestone point accomplishments for a couple of longtime centermen, a really hot power play, a not-so-great welcome back to a former player and the team accomplishing something they’ve only done one other time – in 2010-11. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
Brett Connolly celebrates with David Krejci after scoring for one of the best offenses in the league.
1: The B’s got their first win without Tyler Randellin the lineup on Halloween with a 3-1 victory over the Lightning. They had been 0-3-0 without him in the lineup this season and 5-0-1 with him in there at that point.
1: Brad Marchand was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending Nov. 1. The winger totaled a league-leading four goals and two assists in three Bruins’ wins.
1: Former Bruin, Tyler Seguin, scored his first three goals as a visitor at TD Garden as the Starsbeat the Bruins, 5-3, on Tuesday.