The Bruins won both legs of their back-to-back over the weekend, beating the Tampa Bay Lighting and the Florida Panthers to sweep the season series' between both teams, going a perfect 9-0-0.
That may be an impressive number by itself, but the numbers behind the shiny '9' are even more interesting to look at.
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I can understand the Florida Panthers struggling against a team like Boston, as the Panthers aren't exactly in the playoff hunt by any means. They were again a dreadful team this year, and the Bruins exerted their strength and talent over the hapless Panthers.
Boston went 5-0-0 in the season vs Florida. But you're telling me the Panthers couldn't have grabbed at least one win out of five tries?
Same goes for the Lightning, as they are in a different boat but in the same body of water. Boston won all four meetings vs Tampa this year. But Tampa doesn't have the excuse of being a bottom-three team; they currently sit in the first wild-card spot for the playoffs, and up until just a few weeks ago, they were in the hunt for first-place in the Atlantic.
So what does a 9-0-0 season series record look like against two teams? Let's take a look-see:
- In the nine games played, Boston outscored Florida and Tampa Bay 37-14. Florida took the worst of the damage to the tune of 22-6. Tampa was a bit more respectable, getting outscored 15-8.
- Boston has now won eight straight games over Florida dating back to February 24, 2013. Florida has scored eight goals in those eight games.
- Boston has won seven straight over Tampa Bay, dating back to March 27, 2012. Tampa Bay has scored a total of seven goals in those seven games.
- The Boston powerplay was dreadful, going 4-26 for a 16% clip. And two of them came from Andrej Meszaros and Patrice Bergeron in yesterday's game vs Florida.
- The penalty kill was the complete opposite, going a ridiculous 28-29 for a 96% clip. The only goal given up was on January 28 vs Florida, when Dmitry Kulikov scored in the 3rd period.
- David Krejci was the biggest scorer in the nine games, tallying 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists). He also recorded his third career hat-trick vs Florida back on March 4.
- The first line of Krejic, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla were the top point-getters as a group, recording 25 total points, seven for each player. Both Lucic and Iginla recorded three goals and four assists.
- Torey Krug recorded the most points for a defenseman in the nine games, posting two goals and three assists for five points. Zdeno Chara was right behind him with four points (1G, 3A).
- Back on opening night vs Tampa, Chris Kelly scored the first goal of the season for the Bruins on a penalty shot, beating Andres Lindback with the deke. It was the first time in NHL history that a team scored its first goal of the season on a penalty shot.
- Twice the Bruins played Florida after a loss, and after beating the Panthers, it was the start of a four-game winning streak. Beating the Cats brings some good vibes it seems.
- Tuukka Rask vs Tampa Bay: 4-0-0, two shutouts, a .962 SV%, and a 0.98 GAA. The worst game Rask had vs Tampa all year came on Saturday, where the three goals he gave up were more than in the other three games combined.
- The numbers for Rask against Florida: 3-0-0, a .940 SV% and a 1.67 GAA. Pedestrian compared to his Tampa stats!
- Backup Chad Johnson went 2-0-0 vs Florida, posting a .935 SV% and a 1.50 GAA. Johnson played both of his games vs the Panthers just five days apart, last Tuesday in Boston and yesterday in Florida.