The Bruins capped off their most recent two-week stretch with their first game against their rival Canadiens Thursday night, but came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 loss in the first of four meetings. They did, however, go 4-2 during the stretch, which featured their big left wing doing something he never did last year, a Gordie Howe hat trick a bad injury for one of the Black and Gold’s top defenders, who has not been very good against Pittsburgh this season and Loui Eriksson doing something he had not done in 77 games. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
0: Carolina did not score an even-strength goal against the B’s on Nov. 22. Their first came on the power play and second came short-handed in their 3-2 overtime loss.
1: Gregory Campbell scored Boston’s only goal against Montreal on Thursday, but was minus-1 for the game after being on the ice for both goals against.
1: Paille remains the only Bruins’ regular not to have committed a penalty this season.
1.90: Tuukka Rask’s 1.90 goals against average is fourth-best in the league.
1.97: Chad Johnson is 4-1 this year with a 1.97 goals against average, just behind Rask.
2.0: The Bruins’ 2.0 goals against per game is best in the league
2: Zdeno Chara scored goals in back-to-back games twice last year. His goals on Nov. 23 and 25 were the first time he has scored in two straight last year. They came against Carolina and Pittsburgh and last year, included Carolina and Pittsburgh.
2: Coming off his two-goal performance against the Canadiens, Penguins’ forward, James Neal, scored each of Pittsburgh’s first two goals against Boston in his next game. It was the first time in his six-year NHL career that he scored multiple goals in consecutive regular-season games.
2: Milan Lucic now has two two-goal games this season after his performance against Columbus. He had no multi-goal games last year.
2: The Blue Jackets managed just two shots on goal against the B’s in the first period on Nov. 30.
2.7: Boston’s 2.7 goals per game are good for 14th in the league.
3: The three straight overtime games against the Blues, Hurricanes and Penguins were the first group of three consecutive overtime games played by the Bruins since Nov. 25-28, 2009.