While it may have been a lot of what Bruins fans expected, the first two weeks of the season certainly have not gone the way they wanted. Thankfully, however, there have been plenty of interesting factoids and curious stats to distract from the pedestrian play, including a couple of double-digit home winning streaks getting snapped, a scoring feat that hadn’t happened since 2008, another that hadn’t been seen since 1992, a new father climbing the all-time list and a milestone game for the captain. This is Boston Bruins: First Two Weeks By The Numbers.
The Bruins missed Zdeno Chara to start the year, but have improved since his return.
1: Matt Belesky notched his first point as a Bruin in the third period of the Opening Night, 6-2, loss to the Jets as he assisted on David Pastrnak’s first of the season. He logged his first goal two nights later against Montreal.
1: Ironically, Zac Rinaldo drew a penalty on his first shift as a Bruin, putting the B’s on the power play less than two minutes into the season.
1: D-man, Colin Miller, made his NHL debut in Game No. 2 against the Canadiens on Oct. 10 and Tommy Cross played in his first career game on Oct .14 in Colorado, picking up his first point three nights later in Arizona. Tyler Randell also debuted against the Avs and he scored his first career goal, becoming the first Bruin to score in his first game since 2008 (Blake Wheeler). Jonas Gustavsson made his Bruins’ debut and backstopped the team to its first win of the season. Miller recorded his first point against the Avs.
1: Claude Julien lost his first career coach’s challenge in the loss to the Habs.
1: Ryan Spooner received the first ejection of his career in the 4-2 loss to the Habs. He received a 5-minute major for boarding in the third period.
1: Adam McQuaid was plus-1 against the Canadiens and, as a result, was the only Bruin with a positive rating through the first two games.
1: Kevan Miller scored to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead over the Avalanche on Oct. 14. It was his first goal since Jan. 29. He also dropped his gloves against in a decisive bout against Joe Vitale of the Coyotes on Saturday to mark the team’s first fighting major of the season.
1: Joonas Kemppainen scored the first goal of his NHL career Friday night against the Islanders to tie the game at two.
1:54: The Bruins found themselves on the power play just 1:54 into the season as Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry went off for a trip. Last season, they had to wait 9:44 for their first power play and got it courtesy of Rinaldo, who was then with the Flyers.
2: David Krejci’s goal against the Jets on Oct. 8 was the second Opening Night goal of his career and first since Oct. 9, 2008 against the Avalanche.
2: Patrice Bergeron committed two penalties in the loss to the Lightning on Columbus Day – his first multi-penalty game since Nov. 22, 2014.
2: Randell scored goals on each of his first two career NHL shots as he found the back of the net against Colorado and Arizona. He became the first Bruins’ player with a goal in each of his first two NHL games since Dimitri Kvartalnov in 1992. He played just over 13 minutes total between the two games.