June 08, 2013 by
By The Numbers lives on. If you haven’t heard by now, the Bruins swept the Penguins Friday night to earn a second trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in the last three years. Here’s a much closer look at the series as the Bruins’ season continues.
The best offense in the league scored just two goals in more than four full games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
0: Torey Krug has not been on the ice for a goal against in the playoffs.
0: Despite allowing one goal in Game 2, no Bruins finished with less than an even rating.
0: The Penguins never trailed after the second period in the first two rounds. They trailed after two in both Games 1 and 2.
0: No one besides a Pittsburgh center won a faceoff for them in Game 4 (0-for-4).
0: The Penguins never led in any of the four games in the series.
0: Since the NHL expanded from six to 12 teams in 1967, no home team down 2-0 in a series has come back to win it.
0.44: Tuukka Rask put up a 0.44 goals against average in the Conference Finals.
1: Sidney Crosby has been minus-2 with zero points just one time this season. It was in Game 1.
1: Rask registered the first shutout of his playoff career with his 3-0 victory in Game 1. He added his second in Game 4.
1: The Bruins scored on their first shot of the night in two consecutive games – Games 2 and 3.
1: The Eastern Conference Finals is the first time the Penguins have trailed in a series this postseason.
1: Milan Lucic played his first career game on his birthday Friday night and celebrated with a sweep.
1: Andrew Ference recorded his first point of the postseason in his first game back in Game 1 against the Penguins with an assist on David Krejci’s first goal of the game.
2: The Bruins won twice as many faceoffs as the Penguins in Game 1 (32-16).
2: Before Game 1, the Penguins had not been shut out at home in over two years – since April 27, 2011.
2: Pittsburgh has been involved in both double-overtime games this postseason and are 0-2 in them.
2: Each of the last two times the Bruins have clinched a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the score sheet of the clinching game of the Conference Finals has looked the same: 0 0 1.
2: The two goals the Bruins allowed in the Conference Finals were tied for the second-fewest in a playoff series in NHL history.
2: Before the Bruins won the first two games on the road, only the Sharks, in the first round against the Canucks, had also done that this postseason.
2: Adam McQuaid’s goal in Game 4 was his second of the postseason, doubling his regular-season total of one.
2: The Bruins have now been up by two games at some point in each of their three playoff series so far this postseason.
2: Pittsburgh lost two straight home games for the first time since their first two of the season on Jan. 23 and 29.
2: Kaspars Daugavins and Chris Kelly are the only Bruins yet to record a playoff point.
2: The Bruins have won two 1-0 games in the last three years to advance to the Stanley Cup. Before that, the last team to win a game 1-0 to clinch a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals was the 1950 Red Wings.
2: With Gregory Campbell now out for the remainder of the playoffs, the only two Bruins to have played in every regular and postseason game are Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin. Campbell and Andrew Ference played in every regular-season games before each missing time in the playoffs.
2: Patrice Bergeron’s fight against Evgeni Malkin in Game 2 was the second of his postseason career and first since April 18, 2009 in the 5-1 Game 2 win over the Canadiens in the opening round. He fought Josh Gorges that night and the B’s went on to sweep that series as well.
3: Of Pittsburgh’s 54 shots on goal in Game 3, Crosby had just three of them, including only one in regulation.
3: Pittsburgh had not lost three straight games all season.
3: Nathan Horton figured in all three goals in Game 1 with a goal and two assists.
3: At one point in the first period of Game 2, the Bruins scored on three consecutive shots, resulting in Tomas Vokoun being pulled.
3: Crosby was held without a single point in the first three games of the series. It is the first time he has gone pointless in three straight games since November 2009. Malkin was held pointless in three straight for the first time since December 2010. Crosby had never gone four straight games without a point in his career. But now he has.
3: Ference was plus-3 in Game 2 without recording a point. Bergeron, Horton and Jaromir Jagr were also plus-3, but combined for six points.
3:56: Shawn Thornton played just 3:56 out of 95:19 in Game 3.
4: Brad Marchand was plus-4 in Game 2 – the highest rating for him since Dec. 23, 2011 when he had a hat trick and two assists as he finished plus-5.
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