There’s no denying that the Boston Bruins are on a win streak of epic proportions.
Since their last loss against the Washington Capitals on March 1, the Black and Gold have compiled victory after victory – 12 of them to be exact. They’ve also tied the St. Louis Blues in the race for the Presidents Trophy and were the first team to solidify a playoff berth with their win over the Colorado Avalanche Friday night in Denver.
Just how successful have the Bruins been during this streak? Well there’s plenty of numbers to share from this historic run. So lets share a few, eh?
47 - The number of goals the B’s have scored.
17 - The number of goals the B’s have allowed.
52:53 - The amount of time that the Bruins have spent trailing the opposition out of 725 minutes of hockey during this stretch.
34 - The amount of points the first line has compiled during this stretch. Jarome Iginla leads the trio with 14 (11 goals, 3 assists), while David Krejci and Milan Lucic have each compiled three goals and seven assists for ten points. It’s hard to argue that any unit in the National Hockey League is playing any better than these three right now.
31 - The number of successful attempts from the Bruins’ penalty kill out of 34 (91.2 percent success rate). It took them awhile to fix the shorthanded unit after the injury to Dennis Seidenberg, but Claude Julien has his penalty killers back on track. This is also the same number of points the B’s defensemen have contributed.
20 - The amount of power play opportunities for the Black and Gold. For a team that is atop the league standings, the Bruins struggle to get on the power play as they are dead last in power play time this year (316:21). The next lowest team on that list is the New Jersey Devils, who have over 43 minutes of time on the man advantage. Hey, at least the Bruins find themselves seventh in the league with a 20.4 percent success rate on the PP, so they surely make the most of their chances.
10 - Points for Carl Soderberg (four goals, six assists). Many fans in The Hub of Hockey believe that the Swede has surpassed Reilly Smith as the favorite for NESN’s “7th Player Award” given to the player who’s “performed above and beyond expectations”. Its safe to say that both have contributed more than expected this year, but with the Yeti’s chemistry with Loui Eriksson and Smith’s long scoring drought, which was snapped on with his goal against the Minnesota Wild on St. Patrick’s Day, it may be Soderberg’s award to lose now.
3 - The amount of times the Bruins have had a win streak of 10 or more under Julien. The other two came during the 2008-09 season and in 2011-12.
2 - The number of shutouts with Tuukka Rask (March 6 vs. Caps) and Chad Johnson (March 21 vs. Avs). This is also the same amount of times the Bruins allowed the opposition to score three goals (March 2 vs. Rangers and March 8 vs. Lightning) and the number of wins needed from the current core of the Black and Gold to surpass the 1929-30 team for the longest winning streak in team history.