The Bruins have entered the All-Star Break and despite having just one All-Star representative, they’re in a better position than most people would have predicted. Their last week of games before their week-long break included the end of an impressive penalty killing streak, a couple of milestones for their gritty, diminutive winger and some continuing road success against one Eastern Conference foe. This is: Bruins By The Numbers: This Week’s Good And Bad.
Patrice Bergeron is back in the All-Star game as the Bruins enjoy a week off.
2: The B’s scored two power-play goals in their 3-2 win over the Flyers on Monday, marking the first time they scored more than one power-play goal since Dec. 29.
2: Brad Marchand was assessed a tripping penalty just two seconds into the second period of Monday’s win over the Flyers.
2: Somehow, Matt Beleskey was plus-2 in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to his former team in the Ducks.
The Bruins renewed a couple of their most notable rivalries this past week and as the All-Star Break approaches, they still sit within the playoff 8 in the Eastern Conference. This past week featured an All-Star passing a Bruins’ legend, the continuing dominance of the penalty kill, a rare special-teams occurrence and a last-minute victory. This is Bruins This Week: 28 Numbers You May Have Missed.
Patrice Bergeron accomplished a pretty impressive feat this past week.
0: The Bruins and Canucks
combined for zero power plays in Vancouver’s win on Thursday, marking the first power play-free game for the Bruins since March 6, 2014 against the Capitals
, according to Ken Laird.
2: The Bruins won their second consecutive game Saturday, beating the Maple Leafs, 3-2, at The Garden. It marked their first pair of consecutive wins since Dec. 16-20.
3: The B’s improved to 3-0-0 against the Leafs this season with their win on Saturday.
4: Patrice Bergeron recorded his fourth 2-goal game of the season in Saturday’s last-minute win over the Leafs, tying him with Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand for the team lead.
4: The B’s improved to 4-1-1 this season in the second of back-to-back games with their win over Toronto on Saturday.
It was a busy week for the Bruins with four games highlighted by a lackluster performance in the NHL’s marquee event. We’ve got a bit more than usual to cover, so let’s get to it! The past week featured a third period they had not seen since 1984, the first time the team had three two-goal scorers since 2001, the first time two local boys had a hat trick for Boston in the same season in a couple decades and a few milestones leading up to the second New England Winter Classic. This is Bruins This Week: 38 Stats You May Have Missed.
The Bruins hosted the eighth annual NHL Winter Classic Friday.
2: Jimmy Hayes became the second Massachusetts-born Bruins’ player to net a hat trick in the month of December (Frank Vatrano on Dec. 18) in Boston’s 7-3 win over Ottawa on Tuesday. It’s the first time since 1989-90 that the B’s have had two Massachusetts-born players each record a hat trick in the same season, according to Elias.
2: Matt Beleskey notched his first 2-goal game since April 9, 2010 in Tuesday’s 7-3 win over the Senators.
2: The Bruins became the first team to host two Winter Classic’s as they welcomed the Canadiens to Gillette Stadium on Friday – six years after hosting the Flyers at Fenway Park. Read more
Just two games on the schedule for the Bruins this past week, so we’ll take a look at some of the numbers from their pre-Holiday Break play. Featured this week are a lenghty goal drought for one of the team’s best offensive players, a milestone game for a fourth liner and an impressive special teams streak. This is Bruins This Week: 31 Stats You May Have Missed.
Landon Ferraro has been a welcomed addition to the Bruins this season and has even seen some first-line minutes recently.
2: Landon Ferraro and Loui Eriksson were the only Bruins to register a shot on goal in the first period of Sunday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Devils.
2: They earned their second shootout win of the season, 2-1, in that game. They had just four shootout wins all of last year.
2: Max Talbot received a 2-game suspension on Monday for his interference penalty on New Jersey’s Jiri Tlusty in Sunday night’s win.
3: For the third time this season, Patrice Bergeron won 20 or more faceoffs in a game as his 21 wins led the B’s to a shootout victory over New Jersey on Sunday. He also fell to 0-for-3 in shootout attempts this season in the win.
The Bruins continue to try to find their legs and eliminate the “passengers” they have on the ice, but it’s been a tough go of late. Over the last two weeks, however, the power play did something it hadn’t accomplished since the 2006 season, a local kid scored in his first game, they continued their trend of not being able to win in high-scoring games and keep losing at home this century to one Western Conference foe. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
Frank Vatrano had a memorable NHL debut for the Bruins on Nov. 7.
1: Frank Vatrano made his NHL debut on Nov. 7 and became the first Massachusetts-born Bruins player to score in his first NHL game since Shawn Bates on Oct. 2, 1997. He became the second Bruin this season to score in his first career NHL game, joining Tyler Randell.
1: Jonas Gustavsson took the loss against the Canadiens, 4-2, on Nov. 7, giving him his first loss as a Bruin in his fourth start.
1: Zach Trotman recorded his first point of the season with an assist on David Krejci’s goal in the 3-1 win over the Red Wings on Saturday.
The Bruins appeared to have gotten things turned around after their 0-3-0 start as they rattled off five in a row to close out October. Faltering in their last two games and losing one of their leaders in the process, however, leaves the B’s at 6-5-1 with a tough test of back-to-backs on the horizon this weekend. The last two weeks have seen the team earn their latest first home victory in quite some time, some milestone point accomplishments for a couple of longtime centermen, a really hot power play, a not-so-great welcome back to a former player and the team accomplishing something they’ve only done one other time – in 2010-11. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
Brett Connolly celebrates with David Krejci after scoring for one of the best offenses in the league.
1: The B’s got their first win without Tyler Randell in the lineup on Halloween with a 3-1 victory over the Lightning. They had been 0-3-0 without him in the lineup this season and 5-0-1 with him in there at that point.
1: Brad Marchand was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending Nov. 1. The winger totaled a league-leading four goals and two assists in three Bruins’ wins.
1: Former Bruin, Tyler Seguin, scored his first three goals as a visitor at TD Garden as the Stars beat the Bruins, 5-3, on Tuesday.