It has not been the prettiest of starts for the Bruins in 2014-15 as they look to rebound from their early playoff exit last spring. With a fair share of injuries in the first two weeks, the B’s have struggled through their first nine games, but have shown signs of improvement after putting up a dismal four goals in their first four. Some of their most reliable offensive weapons have gotten off to slow starts and a lot of guys have had to learn to play with new linemates. Here is a deeper look at how Boston has fared statistically through the first two weeks of the season with some interesting nuggets on player, team and opponent stats.
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During a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday night, Rajon Rondo was asked what his favorite NFL team was. He didn’t answer with the Patriots, but instead said the Bruins.
Its a bit surprising he didn’t know the Bruins played hockey considering they play in the same building the Celtics do, but in his defense, the Bruins could probably win more games than the Jaguars! Just give Patrice Bergeron the pigskin, and I’m sure he could find the end zone!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Bergeron had two assists in his first game in Sochi for Team Canada, passing his one-assist performance in the entire 2010 games.
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: 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.