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Boston Bruins: Final Two Weeks By The Numbers

There are a lot of words that could be used to describe the 2014-15 season of the Boston Bruins. ‘Successful’ would not be one of them. Coming off of a Presidents’ Trophy a season ago, big things were expected from the Black and Gold, but they never got to showcase their full potential as injuries to several key players derailed their season and now there is only one team from the Garden that is playoff bound. Whether Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli return in 2015 is still up in the air, but the team did announce Monday that it will be parting ways with longtime fourth-liners and unrestricted free agents, Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell, as they look to improve in the goal-scoring department for next season. Before we completely turn the page to next year, however, let’s look back at the final two weeks of play, which featured a teenaged rookie setting a Bruins’ record and joining some pretty impressive company in the process, the first NHL goal for one young defenseman, the team’s most shots on goal in two years, a dismal scoreless streak against one playoff-bound team, a woeful piece of all-time history relating to a particular season series and Boston becoming the first team to miss the postseason the year after earning one of the league’s most impressive trophies. For the final time in 2014-15, this is Boston Bruins: Final Two Weeks By The Numbers.

The Bruins head off the ice after a disappointing end to the 2014-15 season.

The Bruins head off the ice after a disappointing end to the 2014-15 season.

0: The Bruins did not allow the Rangers (this year’s Presidents’ Trophy winners) to have a power-play opportunity in their 4-2 win on March 28. It was the first time since Nov. 10 against the Devils that the Bruins’ opponent did not have a single power play and just the second time this season.

1: Zach Trotman scored his first career NHL goal – the game winner – to beat the Red Wings late in the third period on April 2.

1: The Wings led the Bruins, 1-0, after two periods in that game before the B’s rallied to win with three goals in the third. It marked the first time this season that the Wings lost a game in regulation in which they led after two periods (21-1-4).

.167: The Bruins had a .167 winning percentage this season when Torey Krug committed a penalty – the lowest of any regular player on the team. Zdeno Chara (.214) was the next lowest.

1.85: New York’s Henrik Lundqvist came into the March 28 meeting against Boston with a 1.85 goals-against average in 36 career appearances against the B’s before surrendering four goals in the loss.

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The Autopsy Of The 2014-5 Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins autopsy

VICTIM NAME:

BOSTON BRUINS

TIME OF DEATH:

945PM, APRIL 11TH 2015

CAUSES OF DEATH:

  1. MISMANAGEMENT OF THE SALARY CAP (IGINLA & BOYCHUK)
  2. SIGNING EVERY SINGLE CORE PLAYER TO LONG TERM CONTRACTS
  3. GIVING OUT NO TRADE CLAUSES LIKE CANDY
  4. TERRIBLE DRAFTS BESIDES PASTRNAK
  5. LITTLE TO NO IMPROVEMENT OF THE ROSTER AT THE TRADE DEADLINE (FOR MULTIPLE SEASONS)
  6. STICKING WITH PLAYERS THAT HAVE NOTHING LEFT OR NEVER HAD ANYTHING TO BEGIN WITH (KELLY, CAMPBELL, PAILLE, BARTKOWSKI)
  7. NO FAITH OR TRUST IN YOUNG PLAYERS (SPOONER)
  8. NO IDENTITY (NOT BIG, NOT BAD, NOT FAST, NOT TOUGH)
  9. PLAYING WITH NO URGENCY, DESPERATION OR KILLER INSTINCT FOR THE BALANCE OF THE SEASON
  10. A ONCE PROUD DEFENSE REDUCED TO A SHELL OF ITS FORMER SELF 
  11. COULDN’T SCORE IN A NURSING HOME


Well, that’s it kids.

The Boston Bruins went from a Stanley Cup finalist to a President’s Trophy Winner to out of the f’n playoffs. How does that even happen?

Well you have a GM that could f*ck up a one car funeral procession.

A coach who sticks with “his guys” way too long and has a phobia for young offensive talent.

Too many players being passengers on this team and too many “core” guys were way too comfortable because of their no trade clauses and big fat contracts.

The only bright spots for the 2014-5 Boston Bruins were Patrice Bergeron (which is a given every year) and the rise of the kids (Pastrnak & Spooner).

And that is about it.

Just as your parents said to you when you did something wrong, “Hey Bruins, I am not mad, I am just EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED!”

 

Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 3/28

One thing is clear: if the Bruins are going to make the playoffs this season, they are going to have to be nearly perfect in their eight remaining games. In the last two weeks, they have fallen out of the playoff picture, missed a chance to sweep the season series from one division rival for the first time ever, surrendered a half dozen goals to another division foe for the first time in almost a decade, got their first shutout in one Eastern city in nearly four decades and still have not scored a goal this year against one team they are chasing. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

The Bruins have been bumped out of the playoffs, but Tuukka Rask has been far from the problem.

The Bruins have been bumped out of the playoffs, but Tuukka Rask has been far from the problem.

0: The Bruins shut out the Penguins, 2-0, on March 14 and then were shut out by the same score at the hands of the Capitals in their next game the following night. It marked the first time the B’s were involved in shutouts in consecutive games since Nov. 19 and 21, 2011 with 6-0 and 1-0 wins over the Islanders and Canadiens. It was also the first time they won a game via a shutout and then lost their next via a shutout since March 24 and 26, 2010 against the Canadiens and Rangers.

1.35: Ottawa’s Andrew Hammond came into last Thursday’s win over the B’s with a 1.35 goals-against average in 12 starts before surrendering four to Boston.

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Bruins Fans Must Boycott McDonalds After This (VIDEO)

Bruins fans must boycott McDonalds starting…well…yesterday! The Golden Arches have betrayed the Black & Gold by teaming up with the enemy, yep you guessed it….the Montreal Canadiens.

bruins fans boycott mcdonalds


If this season has not made you sick to your stomach enough, behold the Habs’ Max Pacioretty’s (who is a traitor being an American AND New Englander) new burger.

Wish these Bruins fans recognized him and called Big Z to “accidentally” body check him into a moving taxi…

Hey Montreal, of all the years this is not the one to f*ck with us, we are pissed off as it is!

You better pray we don’t make the playoffs…..

Bruins On A Tear, Milan Lucic Rocks Out To…..Taylor Swift (VIDEO)

milan lucic

The month of March has been much kinder to the Bruins than February. The Bruins are on a tear, ripping of an 8-1-1 record in their last 10. They went from being on the edge of playoff oblivion to the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference.

Every player has stepped it up especially Milan Lucic, since David Krejci went down and Ryan Spooner stepped in, Looch has a new jump in his step and is feeling the mojo. He is so relaxed that he finds time to rock out to Taylor Swift during his game versus Pittsburgh.

Rock on with your bad self Looch!

Pot Of Baked Beans Goes To @gorskic!

Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers

After a less than stellar February, the Bruins seem to have found their stride again during the first half of March as they have put some separation between themselves and those chasing for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. The team has gone 6-0-1 in its last seven games and seen their first shootout goal of the calendar year, one winger accomplishing something not done in 31 years, a rare two-goal game for a member of the fourth line, the special teams doing something they have not done since 2009 and the team opening the scoring in as consistent of a way they have not done since 1990. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Brad Marchand has been doing his part to help jumpstart the Bruins in the month of March.

Brad Marchand has been doing his part to help jumpstart the Bruins in the month of March.

0: Carl Soderberg failed to win a face off against the Flyers on Saturday for the first time since Nov. 21.

1: Ryan Spooner scored the first goal of his career on Feb. 27 to give the Bruins their 30th win, 3-2, over the Devils in overtime. It came in his 35th career NHL game.

1: Six nights later, he took the first shootout attempt of his career in the loss to the Flames (0-1).

1: Max Talbot earned his first point as a member of the Bruins with the primary assist on Brad Marchand’s game-winning overtime goal to beat the Flyers, 3-2, on Saturday.

1.20: David Pastrnak is tied for fifth in the league with 1.20 points per game against the Atlantic Division this season (just five games).

2: Daniel Paille recorded goals in consecutive games on Feb. 24 and 27 for the first time since Jan. 4 and 7, 2014.

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