April 27, 2013 by
As the Bruins‘ season comes to a close (a day after most NHL teams), it is time once again to break down their last two weeks. As usual, it is my hope that you read this and think ‘wow, who notices that?’ So, here we go: for the final time in the 2013 regular season: Boston Bruins: last two weeks by the numbers.
Andrew Ference hadn’t fought anyone in a really long time.
1: One broken stanchion as a result of a punishing Andrew Ference hit against the Pens on April 20.
1: Only once this year has the same goalie started on back-to-back days for the Bruins. It happened on April 20 and 21 as Tuukka Rask got the nod against the Penguins and then the Panthers, going 1-1.
1: Carl Soderberg picked up his first NHL point in his second game as he assisted on Jaromir Jagr’s goal in the Bruins’ win over the Panthers last Sunday.
1: Ference registered his first fighting major of the year Thursday as he dropped the gloves with former teammate, Benoit Pouliot, of Tampa Bay. Ference’s last fight was on April 3, 2012.
1: Before April 13, the team had only surrendered two power-play goals in the same game once. They then went on to do it in three straight.
1: Chris Kelly recorded his first multi-point game of the season on April 17 as he logged a goal and an assist. It was his first two-point game since March 25, 2012 against the Ducks.
1: The Penguins are the only team that the Bruins did not beat this year, as they went 0-3 against them.
1: For the first time this year, the Bruins won a game in which Dougie Hamilton scored a goal. They had been 0-4 before finally pulling one out for him last Sunday against the Panthers.
1: Anton Khudobin played in the first shootout of his NHL career in the loss to Buffalo on April 17.
1: The Bruins have only scored one power-play goal in the last two weeks. It came on April 20 against Pittsburgh.
1: At 16-4-3, the Bruins have the best home record in the Eastern Conference.
1:40: Scott Hartnell scored his eighth goal of the season just 1:40 into the April 23 game against the Flyers.
1.94: Rask’s goals against average is good for third in the league.
2: The only two NHL teams to play a game on Sunday, April 28 will be the Bruins and the Senators.
2: Zdeno Chara has two game-winning goals this year after none last season.
2: The Bruins killed their first penalty in a long time as the No. 2-ranked penalty kill unit in the league on Sunday against Florida.
2: Khudobin was pulled for the second time this season after giving up two goals in seven seconds Tuesday against the Flyers.
Anton Khudobin has been scuffling a bit lately.
2: Wade Redden hadn’t played an NHL game in two years before returning to the league in January.
2.15: Boston’s 2.15 goals against per game average is the third-best in the league.
2.67: Their 2.67 goals per game are 13th in the league.
3: The Bruins registered three first-period fights on April 13 against Carolina. Chara, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell all dropped the gloves in the frame.
3: Tyler Seguin scored his 15th goal of the season in the game to extend his goal-scoring streak to three straight games. It was No. 19’s longest such streak of the year, but just the second-longest streak of his career as he scored seven goals in four games from Nov. 5-12 of last season.
3: The Bruins have swept the season series from three teams: the Devils, Panthers and Lightning – none of which are in the playoffs. They have a chance to sweep the season series with Ottawa, who is in the playoffs, on Sunday night.
3: The team has had an almost unheard of three postponed games this season.
3:14: The Bruins fell behind 1:40 into their game against the Flyers on Tuesday, but trailed for just 3:14 before Redden tied it up.
4: With an assist on Brad Marchand’s goal against the Penguins on April 20, Rask now has four in his NHL career. The previous three all came in the 2009-10 season.
4: Pouliot’s fight with Ference was just the fourth of his NHL career. He did not have any in the year he spent with the B’s in 2012.
4: Four members of the Bruins have played in all 46 games this season: Seguin, Chara, Campbell and Ference. Rich Peverley and David Krejci have each played in 45.
4: They also had four shots on goal in the entire first period of a recent game.
4: The Bruins lost four straight games from April 11-20. Their previous high this season had been two defeats in a row.
5: It had been five years since Milan Lucic missed a game as a healthy scratch. Before the April 20 game against the Penguins, the last time that happened was his rookie season.
5: Krejci’s five game-winning goals are one away from his career-high set in 2008-09.
5: Rask has five shutouts in 27 starts this season. That equals the amount he had as the team’s starter in 2009-10 when, of course, they played 82 games and is also tied for the league lead.
5: Marchand has a career-high five game-winning goals this season.
5: Seguin has five more assists this season (16) than he had in his entire rookie season when he played in 28 more games.
6: Six Bruins have scored 10 or more goals this season: Marchand, Seguin, Krejci, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille.
6: Krejci has no power-play goals for the first time since his rookie year six years ago.
6: Nearly six years after becoming Bruins’ property, Soderberg made his debut with the team on April 20 in the loss to the Penguins.
6: The Bruins had six healthy scratches in their game against Buffalo on April 17. All six to miss the game were not injured and included Soderberg, Kaspars Daugavins, Matt Bartkowski, Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid and Jay Pandolfo in the team’s first game since the marathon.
6: Joe Corvo has the same number of goals this season as Lucic.
6: Campbell has missed just six games as a member of the Bruins.
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