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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers

The Bruins seem to have found their stride as the first half of the season has come and gone and as a team hanging around the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, their current five-game winning streak could not have come at a better time. Over the last couple of weeks, the B’s have extended some recent dominance over a couple different opponents, seen their prized rookie do something not many Bruins’ teenagers have, outshot an opponent by more than they have in almost five years, fired the fewest shots on goal they have had in a period this season, had a couple centermen hit a milestone on the same night and rattled off a season-high point streak. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

David Pastrnak has come on in a big way over the last few games and is in Boston to stay.

David Pastrnak has come on in a big way over the last few games and is in Boston to stay.

1: Former Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin made his first start against Boston as his Hurricanes came away with the 2-1 shootout win on Jan. 4 in Raleigh.

1: David Pastrnak scored his first NHL goal – first two actually – in the 3-1 win over the Flyers on Jan. 10. He is the youngest NHL player to appear in a game this season.

1: In the same game, the Bruins won for the first time this season when Zdeno Chara committed a penalty (1-5-3). They then improved to 2-5-3 in their next game against Tampa Bay.

1: Patrice Bergeron was selected as the Bruins’ lone representative to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 1/3/15

Unlike in seasons past, the Bruins have led fans on an up-and-down ride so far in 2014-15. Just when they are able to string a couple of strong wins against quality teams together, it seems they are followed with a shootout defeat and then a 6-2 loss. As the calendar turns to 2015, the Black and Gold will certainly need to find that element of consistency that has been eluding them this season, but for now, let’s take a look at the numbers from the last couple of weeks. They include a season high in shots on goal, a look at the goal output with and without one of the team’s best players, a first for one Boston defenseman and everybody on the ice getting into the act against Detroit. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

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The Bruins are glad 2014 is over and know they need to battle to make up ground.

0: The fourth line of Matt Fraser, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille combined for zero shots on goal on Dec. 21 against Buffalo. They were the only Boston forwards to be held without a shot on net.



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1: Matt Bartkowski picked up his first career fighting major on Dec. 21 in the 4-3 overtime win over the Sabres as he dropped the gloves with Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno after No. 43 laid a questionable hit on Brian Gionta for which he was given a game misconduct.

1: The Bruins are now 1-0-0 in Sunday games this season after their win over Buffalo.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers – 12/20

The Bruins appear to be on their way back to full strength with the return of some of their core players from injury and as rumors continue to swirl about them landing some big names, their play has been improving over their last couple games despite the results not being there. During the last couple of weeks, they have seen a rematch of the 2013 Cup Finals, the first goal for a rookie winger, a dominating performance in the face off circle and a milestone goal for the Little Ball of Hate despite averaging a 10th-worst 2.42 goals per game this season. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

The Bruins have certainly struggled to score goals over the last few weeks, but they are starting to get some key guys back from injury.

The Bruins have certainly struggled to score goals over the last few weeks, but they are starting to get some key guys back from injury.

1: Craig Cunningham scored his first NHL goal against the Senators on Dec. 13 in his seventh career game – a shorthanded goal that put the Bruins up, 1-0. It was the third shorty the Bruins have scored this season: David Krejci on Oct. 21 and Gregory Campbell on Oct. 25.

1: Niklas Svedberg became the first Bruins goalie to require overtime in four of his first five career wins, according to Elias. Three have come this year against Buffalo, Columbus and Minnesota as well as his first career win on Jan. 2 of last season against the Predators.

1: The Bruins have given up just one power-play goal in their last 15 games dating back to Nov. 15.

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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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