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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers 11/22

Despite a couple of consecutive startling losses, the Bruins have weathered the storm without Zdeno Chara quite nicely over the last month or so. They are now…since losing their captain, including…over the last two weeks. Also during that time, one winger notched an offensive milestone, Toronto scored the most goals it has scored against Boston at home in 14 years and one Bruins leader had his worst individual game in over three years. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

The Bruins celebrate a goal during a come-from-behind win in Columbus.

The Bruins celebrate a goal during a come-from-behind win in Columbus.

1: Somehow, Simon Gagne, Dougie Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg were each plus-1 in the 6-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Nov. 12 and no one was worse than minus-2.

1: Matt Fraser’s fight with Nathan Beaulieu of the Canadiens on Nov. 13 was his first penalty of the season in his 10th game.



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1: Matt Bartkowski recorded his first point of the season on Torey Krug’s Nov. 18 goal against the Blues though it was only his sixth game of 2014-15. Bartkowski, who still does not have a goal in 91 regular-season NHL games, notched his first point since April 3.

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B’s Beat: Bruins Sign David Krejci To A 6 Year $43.5 Million Extension

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Finally some action! TSN is reporting that the Boston Bruins have signed center David Krejci to a 6 year extension worth $43.5 million ($7.25 Million per season). This is some pretty surprising news given the fact that Torey Krug and Reilly Smith have yet to receive deals for the upcoming training camp which starts in roughly two weeks.

Over the last several seasons, Krejci has developed into the B’s best offensive player. Ever since his arrival in Boston, he has been in the team’s top five scorers over the last five seasons, and led the team in points last year with 19 goals, 50 assists, and a +39 in 80 games.

David Krejci has also been the Bruins’ most potent (last season excluded) playoff performer during the last 4-5 years where they have been legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. Both years the B’s went to the finals, he led the NHL in playoff points.

The extension also makes Krejci the highest paid member of the B’s.

While the contract figures may seem really big in comparison to Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and Tuukka Rask; he would have gotten more if he had hit the market following next season. In fact, he could have gotten upwards of $8-8.5 million on a desperate club seeking a proven big game center. Teams always overpay on free agent day. Think I am crazy? Ask Benoit Pouliot.

Another thing to keep in mind is the expected salary cap rise for the 2015-15 NHL season. It is expected to go upwards of $75-76 million. If the cap keeps rising going forward, this deal could become a bargain.

With this extension, the Boston Bruins’ have locked up the two cornerstones to their offensive attack (Bergeron and Krejci) through the year 2021. This is a team built on its depth down the middle, and both of these players exemplify the team’s strong focus on transition, puck possession, and all three zones proficiency.

David Krejci has played his whole career with the Boston Bruins, has a Stanley Cup to his credit, and has competed in two Olympic games as a member of the Czech Republic. He has 110 goals, 268 assists, and a +97 in 504 NHL regular season games, and 29 goals, 48 assists, and a +28 in 93 playoff games.

The extension will keep Krejci in a Bruins’ sweater through the 2020-21 season.

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B’s Beat: Saying Goodbye To Shawn Thornton

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The Boston Bruins have announced today that they will not re-signing enforcer Shawn Thornton. While the news isn’t necessarily shocking given the direction of the team; it is still tough to see a fan favorite move on. We as B’s fans had to do so last season when Andrew Ference was given notice that he would not be re-signed by the team.

Hockey is a business, and this is unfortunate part of that business.

Thornton was signed by the Bruins as a free agent in 2007. He was coming off of his first Stanley Cup Championship with the Anaheim Ducks. He has been a Bruin ever since, and one of the faces of the team’s renaissance from laughing stock to elite contender.

He is a surprisingly skilled fourth line pugilist as well as an exceptional leader. Unfortunately he is 36 years old (he will 37 in July) and there are plenty of players in Providence that can step in and possibly make more of an impact. It’s also tough to ask someone at his age to keep fighting on a nightly basis. This point is further built upon by the league trending away from fighting.

In truth; guys like Shawn Thornton, leadership and character notwithstanding, are becoming a thing of the past in the NHL.

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Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Semifinals By The Numbers

Coming into the postseason, the Bruins were expected to make another deep run and possibly contend for their third Stanley Cup in four seasons. Unfortunately for them, however, they ran into the red-hot Canadiens and saw their offense go cold at the worst possible time. Despite a heartbreaking loss in Game 7 at the Garden, there were still a lot of memorable moments in the series and, like always, plenty of interesting stats and facts to go around (and, yes, there are a lot). This series featured a record number of Game 7 meetings for the B’s and Habs, one Boston rookie doing something only one other player had done in the last 75 years, a new NHL record concerning consecutive seasons with a Game 7 appearance and Montreal’s netminder joining a goaltending legend as the only two to accomplish one particular feat. This, for the final time in 2013-14, is Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Semifinals By The Numbers.

The Canadiens frustrated the Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and earned a series win in seven games.

The Canadiens frustrated the Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and earned a series win in seven games.

0: The Canadiens had zero players with a positive rating through Game 2.

0: The Merlot line had zero shots on goal in Game 4. And Game 6. And Game 7. Brutal.

0: Boston’s first line scored zero five-on-five goals in the series.

1: P.K. Subban’s game-winner in Game 1 was the first overtime goal of his postseason career.

1: Matt Fraser made his playoff debut in Game 4 after being called up from Providence earlier in the day. He scored his first postseason goal in the game and it was a pretty big one. In doing so, he became the first player in history to score an overtime goal in both the AHL and NHL playoffs in the same season, according to Elias Sports.

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BST&N’s Boston Bruins Vs. Montreal Canadiens Series Preview

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In yet another stroke of destiny; the Boston Bruins road to the Stanley Cup must go through Montreal. No two teams have met in the playoffs more than these two have in any of the major sports. This is easily the bitterest rivalry in all of the NHL and tonight will be another wonderful chapter in the metaphorical novel of hatred regarding these two original six teams.

To be totally honest with you; I mute Canadiens’ home games because I cannot stomach their fans. That’s me not controlling my emotions. This series for the Bruins is all about controlling their emotions. This is going to be a chippy, frustrating, and hard fought battle between two of the NHL’s more storied franchises.

The Canadiens are a speed team that thrives on special teams, they have always been a team that has been is gifted with favorable calls, especially at home.

Unlike past Canadiens’ teams; this was has more size up front. Sure they’ve got Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Brendan Gallagher, and David Desharnais that are small, but they’ve got Mac Pacioretty, Thomas Vanek, and Rene Bourque with good size. Speaking of Bourque; he has been outstanding during the playoffs for the Habs. Vanek has found his game for the Canadiens, and Pacioretty has carried his outstanding regular season into the playoffs after he missed the 40 goal plateau by 1.

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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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