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Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals By The Numbers

In the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, we saw just how good the Bruins could be. After a slight setback in Game 1, they dominated the Red Wings like the top-seed they are and reeled off four straight convincing wins. The first round saw a number of playoff firsts for some of the team’s young contributors, a postseason assist from the team’s recently named Vezina finalist, more than half of the team’s forwards scoring goals, the power-play unit being on fire, Boston’s successful coach hitting a playoff milestone and the first time a 500-goal scorer had ever accomplished something in the postseason. This is Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals By The Numbers.

Patrice Bergeron (37) and Zdeno Chara celebrate after eliminating the Red Wings in Game 5 on Saturday.

0: Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar (0) combined for fewer points than Tuukka Rask (1) in the series.

1: The Bruins lost Game 1 to the Red Wings, 1-0, marking the first time this season they lost a game in which they gave up only one goal. Their last 1-0 loss (regular or postseason) was on Feb. 28, 2012 against the Senators.

1: Kevan Miller made his postseason debut in the 4-1 Bruins win in Game 2.

1: Dougie Hamilton scored the first goal of his playoff career in Game 3 to give the Bruins the 1-0 lead exactly 9:00 in after he had beaten Jimmy Howard, but hit the post just a few minutes earlier. Jordan Caron followed that up with his first career postseason goal about seven minutes later to give the B’s a 2-0 lead.

1: Miller picked up his first career playoff point with an assist on the Caron goal and Carl Soderberg picked up his first playoff point with an assist in Game 4.

1: Jarome Iginla’s game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4 gave him more goals than Jaromir Jagr had all of last postseason (1).

1: Reilly Smith and Loui Eriksson scored the same amount of goals in the first round as Tyler Seguin did (1).

1.16: Rask is second among all goalies after Tuesday’s games with a 1.16 goals-against average in the first round of the playoffs.

1.20: Boston leads the league with just 1.20 goals against per game in the first round, well ahead of second-place Chicago, which allowed 2.33 goals per game.

2: Smith and Justin Florek each scored their first career playoff goals in their second career playoff games in Game 2.

2: Torey Krug picked up his second career multi-point playoff game in Game 2 with two assists in the win. It was his first career 2-assist playoff game as he had a goal and a helper in Game 2 against the Rangers in the second round of last season’s playoffs.

2: The last two players to score the Bruins’ first playoff goal are Florek and Wade Redden.

2: The Red Wings, in Game 1, became just the second team to shut the Bruins out this season. The only other team to shut the B’s out this year was the Avalanche on Oct. 10.

2: The Red Wings had just two shots on goal on the power play in Games 1 and 2 combined (0-for-6).

2: Rask’s shutout in Game 3 was the second all-time playoff shutout by a Bruins’ goaltender against Detroit. The first was registered by Don Simmons in the last time these two teams met in the playoffs (1957).

2: Boston fill-ins, Florek and Caron, combined to score as many goals (2) as the Red Wings did in Games 1-3.

2: Rask’s assist on Eriksson’s power-play goal in Game 5 was the second postseason assist of his career. The first came on April 21, 2010 in Game 4 of the first round of the series against the Sabres on the game-winning goal scored by Miroslav Satan.

2: Last postseason, the Bruins’ third line scored two goals in the first three rounds of the playoffs. In five games this postseason, Eriksson, Florek and Soderberg have already matched that total.

2: Daniel Alfredsson had just two shots on goal in the series and neither of them came until Game 5.

2: David Krejci and Brad Marchand were the only B’s with a negative rating in the first round (minus-1 each).

2:00: With Zdeno Chara in the box late in the first period of 1-0 Game 1 loss, Johnny Boychuk played the full 2:00 on the penalty kill for the Bruins.

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B’s Beat: Fight Hunger Pains, Get Your Thorty Black & Gold Sandwich At Michael’s Deli (PHOTO)

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If you are fighting hunger pains at lunch stop by Michael’s Deli at Coolidge Corner in Brookline, MA for a Thorty Black & Gold Sandwich.

Here is the sandwich description:

Black Romanian Pastrami, Cheddar Cheese, Honey-Mustard, Hots on a Bulkie Roll  

They will be donating $1 from each sale to the Thornton Foundation which is Shawn Thornton’s charity that helps raise money to fight cancer and Parkinson’s.

Great eats for a great cause!

Boston Bruins: Final Two Weeks By The Numbers

The Bruins’ historic regular season has come to a close and as the weather warms up in New England, they have their sights set on another deep playoff run. The B’s have seen their share of positives over the final couple weeks of the regular season, including the 100th career victory for their Vezina-worthy netminder and a career-best points streak for one of their leaders. The team also handed out their individual end-of-season awards, set a franchise record for consecutive road victories and became the first team in the league to clinch their division. This is Boston Bruins: Final Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Chad Johnson is congratulated by Loui Eriksson after the Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title.

Chad Johnson is congratulated by Loui Eriksson after the Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title.



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1: The B’s became the first team in the league to clinch their division title as they locked up the Atlantic with the 4-2 win over the Capitals on March 29.

1: According to Dan Cagen of the MetroWest Daily News, Jarome Iginla became the first player to join the Bruins via free agency and go on to score 30 goals that season.

1: Iginla was also named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for March.

1: The Bruins topped the Flyers, 5-2, on April 5 to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

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B’s Beat: Shawn Thornton Chirps At Opponent’s Intake Of Dairy Products (VIDEO)

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All Bruins fans know that enforcer Shawn Thornton is a tough S.O.B., but did you know he is one of the most hilarious chirpers on the ice? Check out this clip from the latest “Behind The B” episode.

Nothing like ragging on your opponent because he loves Milk.

EPIC chirp Thorty….EPIC!

Pot Of Baked Beans Goes To Reddit!

Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 3/29/14

It has been a very exciting last couple of weeks in the hub of hockey as the Bruins went on a tear following the Olympic Break and became the league’s first team to clinch a playoff spot. While their winning streak finally ended at the hands of Montreal, their point streak is still alive. Also happening were a milestone game for a hockey legend, a milestone assist for a Merlot member, another NHL debut for one rookie, the first ever home win against one opponent and the third-longest winning streak in team history. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Jarome Iginla has been absolutely on fire during the month of March and a major reason the Bruins won 12 games in a row.

Jarome Iginla has been absolutely on fire during the month of March and a major reason the Bruins won 12 games in a row.

1: Last Tuesday’s win over the Wild was the first time the Bruins have beaten Minnesota at TD Garden (1-6-0).

1: Corey Potter played his first game with the Bruins on March 18 in New Jersey.

1: With their win over the Avalanche on March 21, the Bruins became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff berth.

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B’s Beat: Please Re-sign Jarome Iginla

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I could think of a profound way to set up this article, but the title is doing so flawlessly. Jarome Iginla joined the Bruins during free agency after rejecting them so publicly during the trade deadline last season. It would be really easy to be a bitter little New Englander and hate on the guy, but I am going to go ahead and take the high road.

Iginla has been one of the best players on the team this season, he has completely come as advertised, and is contributing in tons of ways that don’t contribute to his stat line (which is good by the way).

It is becoming more apparent game after game; that Jarome Iginla needs to be re-signed by the B’s and given a multi-year (2-3 years, nothing crazy) to stay with this team for as long as the “window” open.

The former Flames’ captain and future hall of famer has contributed to the terrific consistency line-mates David Krejci and Milan Lucic have shown this season. Krejci has had his most complete season to date as a member of the Bruins. The Czech center has 16 goals, 44 assists, and a +33 in 69 games. Looch has been having his best season as a member of the B’s. He has 21 goals, 31 assists, and a +26.

The numbers for Krejci and Lucic are great, but it is the compete level and consistency that I mentioned above, which has contributed to their overall success. I attribute those two things to the presence of Jarome Iginla. The Bruins’ top line has never looked better.

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