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Boston Bruins: First Two Weeks By The Numbers – 10/24/14

It has not been the prettiest of starts for the Boston 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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Boston’s Carl Soderberg falls to the ice in an early-season shutout loss to the Washington Capitals.

0: The 4-0 loss to the Capitals on Oct. 11 was Boston’s worst shutout loss since falling, 6-0, to the Sabres on Feb. 8, 2012.

0.4: Danny Briere’s goal with 0.4 seconds left on the clock gave the Avalanche a 2-1 win over the B’s on Oct. 13.



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1: Bobby Robins picked up a fighting major in the second period of his first career NHL game on Opening Night – nine days shy of his 33rd birthday. He took on Luke Schenn of the Flyers.

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B’s Beat: Bruins Sign Matt Fraser To 1 Year Deal, Invite Ville Leino To Camp

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The Boston Bruins announced yesterday the signing of prospect Matt Fraser to a 1 year 2-way deal. The financials of the deal were not disclosed. Fraser was one of the many pieces the Bruins acquired in the Seguin trade, and is expected to make the team this season as a bottom six forward.

Fraser saw limited time with the team last season, but made a big impression with the team in the postseason by scoring an overtime goal in his first career playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens. He showed terrific chemistry with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson in just a short time, and one has to believe that he will find himself on that line in the upcoming season.



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Fraser was one of just a few important free agents the B’s needed to get under contract in time for the start of the team’s training camp. Not to beat a dead horse here, but we are still awaiting the contracts of Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to be announced.

With camp on the horizon, you can expect to see a fury of activity around the hub, as the team hopes to get all of it’s players under contract, so they can have a full camp.

While there is no official deadline for the Bruins to get a deal done with the two crucial restricted free agents, it would still be wise to get them done. Hopefully this small signing of Matt Fraser will get the ball rolling on the others. Keep in mind though, that the B’s have to make a few cap-cutting moves for it all to work.

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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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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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Boston Bruins: Final Two Weeks By The Numbers

The Bruins’ historic regular season has come to a close and as the weather warms up in New England, they have their sights set on another deep playoff run. The B’s have seen their share of positives over the final couple weeks of the regular season, including the 100th career victory for their Vezina-worthy netminder and a career-best points streak for one of their leaders. The team also handed out their individual end-of-season awards, set a franchise record for consecutive road victories and became the first team in the league to clinch their division. This is Boston Bruins: Final Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Chad Johnson is congratulated by Loui Eriksson after the Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title.

Chad Johnson is congratulated by Loui Eriksson after the Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title.



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1: The B’s became the first team in the league to clinch their division title as they locked up the Atlantic with the 4-2 win over the Capitals on March 29.

1: According to Dan Cagen of the MetroWest Daily News, Jarome Iginla became the first player to join the Bruins via free agency and go on to score 30 goals that season.

1: Iginla was also named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for March.

1: The Bruins topped the Flyers, 5-2, on April 5 to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

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B’s Beat: The Struggles Of Reilly Smith

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Despite winning NESN’s Seventh Player Award during yesterday’s matinee game against the Philadelphia Flyers; Reilly Smith’s season has been one big roller coaster.

Smith really flew out of the gate for the Bruins and made the lack of production from Loui Eriksson (due to two concussions) a non-factor in justifying the controversial Tyler Seguin trade on July 4th of last year. His performance was good enough to earn him a spot on Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand’s line.

It was with Bergy and Marchy that Smith’s game really flourished. In the first half of the season, before the Olympics, he performed excellently with 42 points in 57 games. Since the Olympic break; Reilly Smith has 8 points in 31 games.

I am not going to sugar coat it for the young winger, he has been completely ineffective and invisible for the past 31 games. In fact; it has gotten to the point where I am only noticing the guy when he blows a glorious scoring opportunity. His crossbar during yesterday’s game being a perfect example.

I am not hear to get down on the guy, because he does play well in all three zones thanks to tutelage from Bergeron, and he still makes good plays under pressure. To me he is trying too hard and constantly forcing plays to his linemates. He is also guilty of one of biggest pet peeves in all hockey… too many moves that results in a turnover.

There have been a number of Bruins who have done this very thing over the years; Brad Marchand is guilty of it often, Phil Kessel used to do it too (remember how many times he went off-sides because of that one extra move at the blue line?). Reilly has been doing it a lot lately in search of his confidence.

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