Nobody said it was going to be easy. The Bruins knew this and every day they find themselves fighting to hold on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have had a rough go of it over the last couple of weeks and things will only get more difficult on their current 5-game Western Conference road trip. During the last two weeks, the Bruins got a rare opportunity to face a different New York goaltender, the Habs accomplished a couple different things not done in quite some time by beating the B’s, Boston suffered its first home regulation loss against one Western Conference team in over a decade and they experienced a first-period outcome not seen since 2008. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
Zdeno Chara gathers his thoughts during the Bruins’ most recent setback to the Canadiens.
1: Gregory Campbell had a plus-1 rating against the Islanders on Jan. 28 and again against the Kings on Jan. 30. It was the first time this season he has had a positive rating in consecutive games. In fact, he had gone 18 consecutive games without having a negative rating before a minus-1 showing Friday in Vancouver with his previous coming on Dec. 27.
1: Vancouver is the only NHL city the Bruins have not won a game in since they claimed the Stanley Cup in 2011, according to Dan Cagen.
2: Brad Marchand’s two goals against L.A. on Jan. 31 gave him his first multi-point game since Dec. 23.
2: Chris Kelly’s goal against the Kings on Jan. 31 was his second game winner of the year, but first since Opening Night.
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.
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.
Johnny Boychuk of the Boston Bruins has joined teammates Gregory Campbell, Brad Marchand and Torey Krug in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about ALS.
Johnny Rocket called out Joe Haggerty of CSNNE and Haggs rose to the occasion.
What member of the Black & Gold will be next in the Ice Bucket Challenge?
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Coming into the postseason, the Bruins were expected to make another deep run and possibly contend for their third Stanley Cup in four seasons. Unfortunately for them, however, they ran into the red-hot Canadiens and saw their offense go cold at the worst possible time. Despite a heartbreaking loss in Game 7 at the Garden, there were still a lot of memorable moments in the series and, like always, plenty of interesting stats and facts to go around (and, yes, there are a lot). This series featured a record number of Game 7 meetings for the B’s and Habs, one Boston rookie doing something only one other player had done in the last 75 years, a new NHL record concerning consecutive seasons with a Game 7 appearance and Montreal’s netminder joining a goaltending legend as the only two to accomplish one particular feat. This, for the final time in 2013-14, is Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Semifinals By The Numbers.
The Canadiens frustrated the Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and earned a series win in seven games.
0: The Canadiens had zero players with a positive rating through Game 2.
0: The Merlot line had zero shots on goal in Game 4. And Game 6. And Game 7. Brutal.
0: Boston’s first line scored zero five-on-five goals in the series.
1: P.K. Subban’s game-winner in Game 1 was the first overtime goal of his postseason career.
1: Matt Fraser made his playoff debut in Game 4 after being called up from Providence earlier in the day. He scored his first postseason goal in the game and it was a pretty big one. In doing so, he became the first player in history to score an overtime goal in both the AHL and NHL playoffs in the same season, according to Elias Sports.