Inside the numbers: B's domination vs Tampa and Florida
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.
B's beat down Tampa and Florida all year (via bostonwins.com)
Just how did the Bruins dominate these two teams so badly over the course of the season?
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.
If only Boston could play these two teams for the rest of the season.