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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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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 3/15/14

After dropping their first two games following the Olympic Break, the Bruins have since rattled off seven straight wins and are in a daily battle with the Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. With wins over the Canadiens as well as Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo, the B’s seem to be peaking at the right time. Also, Claude Julien hit a coaching milestone, Gregory Campbell has been hot since the break, the team got a hat trick from its leading scorer and it has been a while since Boston has lost to a team from Florida. This is: Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Claude Julien became the second coach in Bruins history to win 300 games, joining Art Ross.

0: The Bruins and Capitals combined for zero penalty minutes in Boston’s 3-0 win on March 6 at the Garden.

1: Tuukka Rask beat the Caps in the regular season for the first time last Thursday night (1-3-3) and Washington goalie, Braden Holtby, lost to the B’s for the first time in the regular season (4-1-0).

1: Johnny Boychuk had his first multi-point game of the season on March 8 with a goal and an assist against Tampa Bay. It was his first multi-point game in the regular season since March 24, 2011 despite having one in each of the last two postseasons.

1:31: Daniel Paille and Carl Soderberg scored goals 1:31 apart against the Lightning on March 8 to turn the Bruins’ 2-0 deficit into a tie game.

2: Campbell scored twice on March 2 against the Rangers, giving him his first two-goal game since April 10, 2013.

2: The Bruins had a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play against the Capitals, but could not score and only managed one shot on goal.

2.10: Rask’s goals against average has slipped to 2.10, but is still good enough for fifth in the league.

2.15: The B’s are allowing just 2.15 goals per game, good for second in the league.

3: They swept the season series from the Rangers, 3-0.

3: Dougie Hamilton had a career-high three points (1-2-3) against New York.

3: David Krejci’s hat trick on March 4 was the third of his career in the regular season.

3: Zdeno Chara was plus-3 for the second time this season against Florida (Dec. 7).

3: Kevan Miller was plus-3 against the Caps two nights later.

3: Chara is also in the midst of a three-game point streak, tying his longest such streak of the season.

3: Boston improved to 3-0-1 on Sundays this season with their win over the Panthers.

3: Rask earned just his third career win against the Canadiens Wednesday night, improving his record against the heated rivals to 3-10-2.

3.15: Boston’s 3.15 goals per game are third in the league with their 208 total goals also being third in the league.

4: The Bruins scored four goals against Henrik Lundqvist for the first time ever in the regular season.

4: Matt Bartkowski was a career-high plus-4 against the Rangers.

4: Campbell had four goals in four games after the Olympic Break, giving him seven for the season. Loui Eriksson also scored his seventh goal in the same game.

Gregory Campbell has been hot since the team returned from the Olympic Break.

4: Boston improved its league-best third-period differential with four goals against the Panthers on Sunday.

4: The B’s broke a four-game home losing streak to the Coyotes with their win on Thursday. Their last win had come on March 19, 2002.

4: Rask snapped a personal four-game losing streak to the Canadiens with his win against them on Wednesday.

4: The Coyotes’ third-ranked power play managed just one shot on net during a four-minute power play on Thursday.

4: The B’s are averaging four goals per game over their last 10 – the most in the NHL during that span.

4: Carl Soderberg had a four-game point streak end Thursday against Phoenix.

4.33: Thomas is 0-3-0 with a 4.33 goals against average in three starts against the Bruins this year.

5: The Bruins and Coyotes combined for an exciting five total shots in the second period of their game on Thursday with Boston getting the 3-2 edge.

5: The B’s snapped a five-game losing streak to the Habs with their win on Wednesday.

6: Rask had fallen to 0-3-3 in his career against the Caps in the regular season with his loss on March 6 before getting that first win five days later.

6: Patrice Bergeron had six shots on goal through two periods on March 6 against the Caps. Washington, as a team, had eight shots on goal through two periods.

6: Andrej Meszaros scored his sixth goal of the season on Sunday and first as a Bruin in his first game in the lineup for the Black and Gold. He also led the team with six shots on goal in the game.

6: The Bruins beat Montreal for the first time in six games.

6:23: Shawn Thornton played 6:23 in the first two periods against the Capitals. He played just 6:07 in the game before that.

7: Of Krejci’s seven shots on goal against the Panthers, three went in.

7: Boston beat Florida for the seventh straight time on March 5. The last time the Panthers got the better of the B’s was on March 15, 2012.

7: The Lightning managed the first seven shots on goal in the first period on March 8, but the Bruins came back with the last five. Boston didn’t put one on goal until there was 6:04 left in the period.

7: The seven-round shootout against the Lightning was the longest for the Bruins since they went eight rounds on Feb. 13, 2010 against the Panthers.

7: The B’s are currently in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, their longest of the season and longest since winning 10 in a row in Nov. 2011.

7: Chad Johnson improved to 7-1 at home this year with a goals against average of 1.75 in eight starts.

8: Bergeron finished with a season-high eight shots on goal on March 5 against the Capitals. It was his most in a game since Feb. 25, 2012, when he had nine.

8: The Bruins have won eight straight games against the Lightning with their last loss coming on March 13, 2012.

9: Alex Ovechkin had nine shots on goal on March 1 against the Bruins.

9: With Soderberg’s goal against New York, the Bruins became the second team in the league to have nine players to have scored 10-plus goals this season.

10: Ten Bruins had at least one point against New York in the 6-3 win on March 2.

10: The Bruins had five or fewer shots in the first period for the 10th time this year against Tampa Bay. They are now 9-1 in those games, however.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two (Game) Weeks By The Numbers – 3/1/14

The last two weeks of Bruins game action has covered nearly a month on the calendar, but the good news is that the NHL is back and the B’s enjoyed success at the Olympics. On the ice, Andrew Ference made an emotional return to Boston, Chad Johnson picked up his first shutout, the B’s beat Vancouver at home for the first time in seven years and a trio of young players had a good all-around night against Ottawa. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two (Game) Weeks By The Numbers.

Andrew Ference waves to the crowd after a video tribute in his return to Boston.

1: Dougie Hamilton scored goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1.

1: Johnson picked up his first shutout of the year against the Oilers on Feb. 1.

1: David Warsofsky picked up his first career NHL assist on Chris Kelly’s first-period goal in the 7-2 win over the Senators just before the Olympic break.

1:34: Johnny Boychuk played 1:34 of the two minutes on the Bruins’ first penalty kill in the game against the Blues on Feb. 6.

2: The Oilers had just two shots on goal in the first 20 minutes in their 4-0 loss to the Bruins on Feb. 1.

2: The Bruins had goals disallowed in two straight games against Edmonton and Vancouver.

2: Zdeno Chara missed the team’s final two games before the Olympic break as he headed to Sochi early to carry Slovakia’s flag.

2: Patrice Bergeron picked up his second two-goal game of the season on Feb. 8 against Ottawa. His first was on Nov. 9 against the Maple Leafs.

2: Bergeron had two assists in his first game in Sochi for Team Canada, passing his one-assist performance in the entire 2010 games.

2: The Bruins were one of two teams to have a player win Gold (Bergeron), Silver (Loui Eriksson) and Bronze (Tuukka Rask) at the Olympics. Phoenix was the other.

2:08: The Bruins scored two goals in 2:08 of game time in the third period against the Blues on Feb. 6 to eventually send the game to overtime.

2.11: Rask’s goals against average is now sixth-best in the league.

2.19: The Bruins’ 2.19 goals against per game is second in the league.

3: Boychuk recorded three hits against the Canucks on Feb. 4 and they all came on Vancouver winger, David Booth.

3: Against the Bruins, the Blues blew a two-goal lead for the third straight game (2-0-1).

3: Reilly Smith was a career-high plus-3 for the Bruins against the Senators on Feb. 8.

3: Warsofsky and Kevan Miller were also each plus-3 – both career highs for them in their young NHL careers.

3.09: Boston’s 3.09 goals per game is fifth in the league.

4: Ference was on the ice for all four goals that the Bruins scored against the Oilers.

4: Ottawa defenseman, Jared Cowen, had a tough day against the Bruins as he finished minus-4.

4.25: The Bruins concluded their season series averaging 4.25 goals per game in four game against the Sens this season.

5: The Bruins handed the Canucks their fifth straight loss on Feb. 4.

5: Brad Marchand‘s goal against the Blues was the first for his line in five games.

5: The Bruins played just five games in the month of February.

5: Johnson had won five straight starts before losing in Buffalo and started 5-0-0 in 2014.

5: Bergeron snapped a five-game pointless streak on Feb. 8 with two goals and an assist against Ottawa.

5:28: Warsofsky led all Bruins with 5:28 of power-play ice time against the Blues.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers – 2/1/14

The Bruins have played some of their best hockey of the season in the last two weeks with just one regulation loss and four straight wins over some quality teams. Their 18-goal outburst over three games was something the team has not done since 2011, while they also hosted the Canadiens for the first time this season and welcomed an old goaltender back to the Garden while their own set a new career high and their captain reached a major milestone. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Johnny Boychuk's first fight of the season.

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1: Johnny Boychuk picked up his first fighting major of the season on Jan. 25 as he took on Scott Hartnell in the win over the Flyers.

1: Shawn Thornton registered his first assist of the season with a helper on Reilly Smith’s goal in the second period of the 6-3 win over the Islanders on Monday.

1: The goal that Montreal’s Alexei Emelin scored in the first period Thursday was his first of the season and first since April 3 of last season.

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Celtics Circuit: Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce Tributes (VIDEO)

Paul Pierce (left) and Kevin Garnett (right) were greeted with applause from Celtics' fans.

The TD Garden was rocking on Sunday night as the Boston Celtics honored Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce with separate video tributes. Fans shared tears with both Garnett and Pierce. The crowd gave a standing ovation for the two stars and chanted their names even when current Celtic Kris Humphries shot free throws.

The Garnett tribute came during a television timeout near the end of the first quarter. In the video, there were clips of Garnett’s introductory press conference and when he shouted, “Anything is possible.” The latter moment was after the Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals. Garnett spent six seasons with the Celtics. The Celtics made two appearances in the Finals (winning in 2008) and the Celtics lost in the Eastern Conference finals in 2012 to the Miami Heat. He was the defensive anchor as he played both power forward and center. Garnett averaged 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

 

Pierce’s video occurred after the opening quarter concluded on Sunday night. Pierce spent his whole career with the Celtics before he was traded along with Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets this summer. In Pierce’s 15 years with the Celtics, he made the organization relevant again with multiple playoff appearances. He hit many clutch shots in his career with the Celtics and was named MVP in the 2008 NBA Finals. The 6-foot-7-inch forward was not only embraced on the court, but he was an inspiration off the court with his charity work in the community. In 1998, the Celtics drafted Pierce with the 10th overall selection. Pierce became the second leading scorer in Celtics history with 24,021 points behind only John Havlicek (26,395). Pierce’s nickname was “The Truth” (given by Shaquille O’Neal) and he will go down as one of the greatest scorers in Celtics’ history.

 

The Nets defeated the Celtics, 85-79. The fans at the Garden enjoyed a truly special night.

Bruins Fall Flat To Maple Leafs, 4-3

Last night’s Bruins game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was supposed to be a gamechanger. After trekking across the west coast all week, the Bruins were hoping to come home for just a night and seek some respite in the comfort of their own barn.

That ended quicker than a Zdeno Chara slapshot, and the B’s dropped to Toronto 4-3.

It wasn’t all misery, and in fact fans were on the edge of their seat until the very last second of the third period. With just over 10 minutes to go in the period, the Bruins, down just one goal after Gregory Campbell netted his third goal of the season, failed to convert after that Campbell goal.

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But they had their chances.

The B’s not only gave up two goals on the penalty kill, but also failed to convert on any of the three power play chances they were given. Of those three power plays, they managed only six shots.

“It’s pretty hard if your PK is not doing the job and your power play is not scoring,” Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said. “It’s going to be tough unless you don’t get any penalties for or against. We’re a great five-on-five team and we’re good when we have our special teams going.”

It wasn’t all bad for the Bruins, however, and they started off well and scored twice in the first period.

Brad Marchand stepped up quickly in the first to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead off a Reilly Smith effort. Reilly broke into the zone, crossed in front of the net and fired a shot towards the net. After the initial save by Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier, Marchand took the rebound and netted it for his 11th goal of the season. He now has 9 points in six of his last 12 games.

Toronto came back quickly and Tyler Bozak led the way. Just over two minutes after Marchand gave the Bruins the lead, Bozak came in with the equalizer to make it 1-1.

He did it 10 minutes later when Patrice Bergeron accounted for the second Bruins goal in the period at the 10:48 mark, making it 2-1. Bozak came out two minutes later to tie it up 2-2.

The Maple Leafs added two more goals from Jake Gardiner and James van Riemsdyk respectively before Campbell put in his goal with 10:25 left to play.

Despite the rough patch the Bruins seem to be caught up in, the general feel of the team is positive, though there’s an obvious need to get better. Bruins forward Jarome Iginla said that everyone is in the same boat and no one is worried about not coming out of it for the better.

“By no means is anyone feeling sorry for ourselves or don’t believe we can’t do it,” Iginla said. “It’s just a tough stretch and sometimes when it’s not going your way you got to stay with it. Just like on the power play you get chances.”

The Bruins travel to Dallas and will play the Stars on Thursday at 8:30 P.M. EST.

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