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Bruins This Week: 30 Stats You May Have Missed

The Bruins may well have found their identity as 2015 is coming to a close, showing dramatic improvement compared to their play at the start of the season. Along with some wins over quality opponents, this week the B’s also extended a 15-year point streak, the offense carved out a season high, an NHL first for a local kid, and one of their wingers hit a milestone for points. This is: Bruins This Week: 30 Stats You May Have Missed.

Frank Vatrano celebrates his first career hat trick after the B's stomped the Penguins Friday night.

Frank Vatrano celebrates his first career hat trick after the B’s stomped the Penguins Friday night.

1: Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins up, 4-2, over Pittsburgh Friday night as he scored the team’s first 4-on-4 goal of the season and extend his point streak to seven games (is third 5-game points streak of the year).

3: Ryan Spooner picked up his third multi-point game of the season in Saturday’s win over the Panthers – his first since Oct. 23. It was also his third career multi-goal game and first against a team other than the Senators.

3: Edmonton managed just three shots on goal in the second period of their 3-2 overtime win in Boston on Monday and did not have one until the 16:39 mark. That tied the fewest shots the B’s have allowed in a period this season.

3.26: Boston currently has the 2nd-best offense in the league, averaging 3.26 goals per game. It would be the third time they finished as a top-2 offense under Claude Julien.




4: Zdeno Chara is the only Bruin to have at least a point in all four of the team’s overtime losses this season.

4: Boston matched a season low with just four shots on goal in the second period of Wednesday’s 3-0 win against Pittsburgh.

4: With his fourth shutout of the season Wednesday night against Pittsburgh (30th of his career), Tuukka Rask moved into a tie for the league lead in 2015-16. He had just three all of last season.

4: Spooner logged a career-high four points (0-4–4) in the 6-3 win in Pittsburgh on Friday.

7: Loui Eriksson scored his seventh power-play goal of the season Friday in the win over Pittsburgh and, in so doing, passed his power-play goal total for all of 2014-15.

8: The Bruins have now won eight consecutive home games against the Panthers and 18-of-22 overall in the series after their 3-1 victory on Saturday.

9: Brad Marchand set a career high with nine shots on goal in the loss to the Oilers on Monday. It also marked the most shots on goal in a game by any Bruin this year.

9: Boston has fewer regulation losses (9) than Montreal does (10) with two games in hand.

9: Frank Vatrano broke a 9-game goal-scoring drought as he went off for a hat trick in the win over Pittsburgh Friday night. Of course, it was his first career NHL hat trick and he became the first Bruins’ player to record a hat trick on the road since Tyler Seguin on Nov. 5, 2011 as well as the first Boston rookie to get one since Blake Wheeler on Nov. 6, 2008.

10: Spooner has 10 points in his last six games and Rask is riding a 10-game point streak (8-0-2) with a .959 save percentage.

11: At 11-2-2, the B’s have the best road record in the Eastern Conference.

13: They have points in 13 of their last 14 games (10-1-3).

14: Rask improved to 14-2-1 in 17 career appearances against the Panthers and improved his GAA to 1.28 in those games as he led the B’s to a 3-1 victory on Saturday.

15: Jimmy Hayes scored his first goal in 15 games (Nov. 5) to give the B’s a 2-0 lead over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. It was also his first multi-point game since Oct. 27 (third of the season).

15: Marchand’s 15 goals are tied for seventh in the league and his plus-14 rating is tied for sixth. It’s also the same amount as Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby combined.

16: The B’s extended their point streak against the Oilers to 16 consecutive games despite falling, 3-2, in overtime Monday. Their last regulation loss to Edmonton came on Oct. 17, 2000. It was also their first home loss of any kind to the Oilers since Nov. 7, 1996 – before Connor McDavid was born and while the “Macarena” was the Billboard No. 1 song.

17: The Bruins have now allowed two goals or fewer in 17 consecutive home games against the Panthers following their 3-1 win on Saturday. The last time they allowed more than two was Feb. 9, 2008.

18: Rask made a season-high 18 saves in the second period of Wednesday’s shutout win over the Penguins. The 18 shots on goal matched the most the B’s have allowed in a period this season. The 14-shot differential (18-4) was also the team’s worst in a period this season.

20: The Bruins’ 20 shots on goal in the third period of Monday night’s loss, however, were the most they have had in a period this season (previous high was 19 on Oct. 17).

21: Bergeron’s 21 assists are tied for sixth in the league and his 30 points are tied for 13th. 

25: The Bruins outshot the Oilers by 25 (49-24) in Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss – their best shot disparity in a game this season and best since Jan. 8 when they outshot the Devils by 29.

29: Max Talbot scored his first goal in 29 games and first as a Bruin to give the B’s a 1-0 lead against his former team, the Penguins, on Wednesday. Talbot scored in his final game with the Avalanche on Feb. 28. It was also his first point of the season.

29.2: The Bruins’ still lead the league with a 29.2 percent success rate on the power play this season.

49: The Bruins took a season-high 49 shots on goal in Monday’s overtime loss to the Oilers – their most in a game this season (previous high was 43 on Oct. 17) and the most the Oilers have allowed this season. It was their most in a game since piling on 50 in a win over the Leafs on April 4.

61: The Bruins and Penguins combined for 61 hits Friday night in Pittsburgh.

250: With his goal Monday against the Oilers, Marchand reached 250 points for his career in his 404th game played.

The B’s are back in action late Sunday afternoon as they travel to New Jersey for their first matchup of the season with the Devils.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 11/21/15

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.

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.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 11/7/15

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.

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.

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The Don Sweeney Era Has Begun For Bruins

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Don Sweeney’s first press conference as general manager of the Boston Bruins.

As many of you might have figured out by now, the Bruins have officially made former assistant general manager Don Sweeney the new General Manager of the Bruins. Sweeney was the assistant GM for 5 years. When former GM Peter Chiarelli got fired, many Bruins insiders believed Sweeney was the favorite due to the fact that Sweeney knew most of the players on the Bruins roster, and he knew how Cam Neely wanted the Bruins built. One of the biggest reasons why Peter Chiarelli was on the chopping block was due to the fact that he traded Bruins #2 overall pick, Tyler Seguin. Seguin & Peverley were sent to the Dallas Stars for prospects Joe Morrow, Ryan Button, Matt Fraser, and Reilly Smith. Boston also acquired 1st line winger Loui Eriksson. The Bruins however would end up losing Matt Fraser to waivers, as the Edmonton Oilers (Chiarelli’s future team) placed a claim on the young winger.




Peter Chiarelli’s 2015 version of the Bruins looked to be a defensive power house. Until the cap strapped Bruins made a move to get under the cap. The Bruins would trade top-4 defenseman, Johnny Boychuck to the New York Islanders for a second and conditional third round pick in 2015 and a second rounder in 2016.

The Bruins locker room was in complete disarray, as many believed Boychuck would never be a piece that would get traded. Peter Chiarelli doomed the Bruins before they even had a chance to step on the ice. After a season of struggles & let downs, the Bruins would finish with a 41-27-14 record. Good enough for 96 points, however not good enough for a playoff spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Now that the Bruins have named Don Sweeney the General Manager, he will have some big shoes to fill and alot of work to do. Sweeney needs to rescue the Bruins from the cap jail Chiarelli put them in. In Sweeney’s first press conference as the 8th GM of the Bruins, he sounded as if he wasn’t fully on board with the Seguin trade. “…That’s where the impatience comes in at times, and we’ve made some mistakes and allowed some players to leave this organization that we might regret.”

Sweeney has alot of work ahead of him, but one of the most important tasks at hand right now, will head coach Claude Julien keep his job or get fired? Cam Neely has said multiple times, he’d like to go in another direction. Someone who presents a more offensive system and allows the forwards to get creative. Sweeney on the other hand, still likes and believes in Julien’s defensive style. But at the end of that day, its Don Sweeney’s call. He is the General Manager of the Boston Bruins.

 

Boston Bruins: Final Two Weeks By The Numbers

There are a lot of words that could be used to describe the 2014-15 season of the Boston Bruins. ‘Successful’ would not be one of them. Coming off of a Presidents’ Trophy a season ago, big things were expected from the Black and Gold, but they never got to showcase their full potential as injuries to several key players derailed their season and now there is only one team from the Garden that is playoff bound. Whether Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli return in 2015 is still up in the air, but the team did announce Monday that it will be parting ways with longtime fourth-liners and unrestricted free agents, Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell, as they look to improve in the goal-scoring department for next season. Before we completely turn the page to next year, however, let’s look back at the final two weeks of play, which featured a teenaged rookie setting a Bruins’ record and joining some pretty impressive company in the process, the first NHL goal for one young defenseman, the team’s most shots on goal in two years, a dismal scoreless streak against one playoff-bound team, a woeful piece of all-time history relating to a particular season series and Boston becoming the first team to miss the postseason the year after earning one of the league’s most impressive trophies. For the final time in 2014-15, this is Boston Bruins: Final Two Weeks By The Numbers.

The Bruins head off the ice after a disappointing end to the 2014-15 season.

The Bruins head off the ice after a disappointing end to the 2014-15 season.

0: The Bruins did not allow the Rangers (this year’s Presidents’ Trophy winners) to have a power-play opportunity in their 4-2 win on March 28. It was the first time since Nov. 10 against the Devils that the Bruins’ opponent did not have a single power play and just the second time this season.

1: Zach Trotman scored his first career NHL goal – the game winner – to beat the Red Wings late in the third period on April 2.

1: The Wings led the Bruins, 1-0, after two periods in that game before the B’s rallied to win with three goals in the third. It marked the first time this season that the Wings lost a game in regulation in which they led after two periods (21-1-4).

.167: The Bruins had a .167 winning percentage this season when Torey Krug committed a penalty – the lowest of any regular player on the team. Zdeno Chara (.214) was the next lowest.

1.85: New York’s Henrik Lundqvist came into the March 28 meeting against Boston with a 1.85 goals-against average in 36 career appearances against the B’s before surrendering four goals in the loss.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers 1/31/15

With the All-Star Break encompassing seven of the last nine days, the Bruins have played just four games in the last two weeks while continuing to jockey for playoff positioning. Aside from Patrice Bergeron, the team’s lone representative in Columbus, the B’s enjoyed their eight days off and look to pick up where they left off to begin the unofficial second half of the season. The last two weeks have included a theme of very late Colorado goals, a milestone point for a Bruins’ centerman and the first NHL brawl for one young defenseman. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Patrice Bergeron had a very impressive All-Star Game debut for Team Toews.

Patrice Bergeron had a very impressive All-Star Game debut for Team Toews.

0.3: Jarome Iginla scored a goal with 0.3 seconds left in the first period to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead on Jan. 21. It was the second straight period the Avs scored a goal with under a second remaining against the Bruins as Daniel Briere scored with 0.4 remaining in the game to win it for them on Oct. 13.

1: Craig Cunningham notched the first career assist (third point) as he recorded the primary helper on Gregory Campbell’s goal in Dallas on Jan. 20 in his 24th career game.

1: David Pastrnak recorded his first NHL penalty (a slash) on Jan. 21 in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Avalanche.

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