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Bruins' 'D' is downright offensive

by John Kreiser


Category Rank (Conference)
2008-09 Points 116
(1ST EAst/2ND NHL)
Change from 2007-08 +22
Home Points 64
(1st EAst/2ND NHL)
Away Points 52
(1ST EAst/2nd NHL)
Advantage Margin            +7
No matter how you slice it, there weren’t many power plays in games involving the Bruins. They received just 313 and allowed 306, a pretty small disparity for a team that finished so high in the standings.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        +59
One reason the Bruins fared so well at even strength was their depth up front. Phil Kessel had 28 of his 36 goals in non-special teams play, but six other forwards also scored at least 15 goals at even strength.
Special Teams Goal Margin        +21
The Bruins were lethal on the power play at home (28.0 percent), helping them finish fourth overall with the extra man. Their penalty-killers were better on the road (25 PPGA, 84.2 percent success rate)   

Goals by defensemen         50
The Bruins got more offense from their blue line than any team in the NHL. Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara led the way with 19 goals, and unheralded Dennis Wideman chipped in with 13.

Overtime Record
Total: 7-4-6  (OT: 3-4, SO: 4-6)

The Bruins were a lot better in extra time on the road (5-0-4) than at home (2-4-2). Tim Thomas split his eight shootout decisions, while since-departed Manny Fernandez lost both of his.
Times Scored First
47  (Record: 34-8-5)

The Bruins tied Vancouver for the most times getting the game's first goal -- and turned that advantage into 73 points. They were especially good at home, scoring first in 27 of their 41 games at TD Banknorth Garden and going 20-4-3.

Best 08-09 Number             22
Improvement by the Bruins from 2007-08 to 2008-09. Boston's 22-point jump was the most in the NHL last season. The Bruins have improved by 40 points in the last two seasons after missing the playoffs with 76 points in 2006-07.

Worst 08-09 Number          18-20
Boston's record in one-goal games -- the Bruins were 7-8 at home and 11-12 on the road. In games decided by more than one goal, they were 35-9.
The Bruins start their season with five home games in a row. But the biggest game in Boston will come on Jan. 1, when the Bruins host Philadelphia at Fenway Park in the 2010 Bridgestone/NHL Winter Classic.

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