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Eye-opening numbers defined hockey scene in 2011

by John Kreiser
2011 was a memorable year for both individual and team accomplishments -- including the return of the Stanley Cup to New England for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Here are some of the numbers that helped make it memorable:

0 -- Power-play goals scored by Boston in its seven-game victory against Montreal in the opening round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins became the first team in playoff history to win a seven-game series without scoring on the power play.

1 -- Goals credited to goaltenders in 2011. Carolina's Cam Ward made a save in the final minute of the Hurricanes' game against New Jersey on Dec. 26 and was the last 'Cane to touch the puck before Ilya Kovalchuk backpassed it into his own empty net. Ward is the 10th goaltender in NHL history to be credited with a goal.

2 -- Playoff series won by the Bruins in their history after losing the first two games. Boston dropped the first two games to Montreal of their 2011 conference quarterfinal series at home before rallying to win in seven, then rallied from an 0-2 deficit to beat Vancouver in the Final. Before 2011, they had never won a series after trailing 2-0.

3 -- Games in 2011 in which both teams were scoreless through 65 minutes. Minnesota topped Los Angeles 1-0 in a shootout on Feb. 1, Ottawa topped Toronto 1-0 in a tiebreaker on Feb. 19 and Pittsburgh did the same to New Jersey on March 25 in games that saw both goaltenders credited with shutouts -- but just one earn a victory.


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3 -- Players who had four-goal games in 2011. All three play in New York -- Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan of the Rangers did it in 7-0 home wins against Toronto (Jan. 19) and Philadelphia (March 6), respectively. Islanders forward Matt Moulson had the only four-goal game on the road; he scored four of his team's five goals in a 5-4 victory at Dallas on Dec. 3.

5 -- Goals scored by Detroit's Johan Franzen in the Wings' 7-5 win at Ottawa on Feb. 2. It was the only five-goal game of 2011 -- and the first by an NHL player since Gaborik, then with Minnesota, did it against the Rangers on Dec. 20, 2007.

6 -- Longest goal-scoring streak in 2011. Four players had goals in six straight games: Michael Grabner of the Islanders (Feb. 5-15), Jamie Benn of Dallas (March 1-11), Patric Hornqvist of Nashville (Oct. 27-Nov. 8) and Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell (Dec. 2-13).

9 -- Consecutive shootout wins by the Colorado Avalanche, who won their past nine tiebreakers in 2011 after losing the first one. That includes a 6-0 record this season.

10 -- Consecutive wins by the Bruins from Nov. 1-25, the longest winning streak by any team in 2011. The streak was snapped in a 3-2 shootout loss to Detroit on Nov. 25, but Boston won its next four games for a 14-0-1 non-losing streak in regulation before a 2-1 loss at Winnipeg on Dec. 6.

12 -- Home wins without a loss by the Detroit Red Wings since dropping a 4-1 decision to Calgary on Nov. 3, the longest home winning streak of the year.

12 -- Point-scoring streak by New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk, the longest in 2011. Kovalchuk had 7 goals and 14 points from Feb. 1-25.

13 -- Points in 2011 by Sidney Crosby. Pittsburgh's captain played the first two games of the new year, earning one assist, before missing the rest of the 2010-11 season with a concussion. He then went 2-10-12 in eight games in late November and early December of the 2011-12 season before sitting out the rest of the year with concussion-related issues.

34 -- Goals in 2011 by Alex Ovechkin. Ovi had 18 in 43 games after the New Year in 2010-11 and has 16 this season through Dec. 31, including two goals in each of his last two games.

39 -- Years since the Boston Bruins had won the Stanley Cup before they beat Vancouver in 2011. It was the sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history, but the first since 1972.

43 -- Plus-minus rating of Boston's Brad Marchand, the best of any player in the League in 2011. Marchand was plus-19 from Jan. 1 to the end of the 2010-11 season and is among the League leaders at plus-24 this season.

44 -- Goals by Anaheim's Corey Perry, more than any other player in 2011. Perry had the final 30 of his 50 goals in 2010-11 after the New Year and has 14 this season. Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, the leader in 2011-12 with 26 goals, had 40 in 2011.

52 -- Most shots in a game by any team in 2011. San Jose did it twice, including in its season-opener against Phoenix this season. The only other team to have 52 shots in a single game was Pittsburgh, which did it against Carolina on Dec. 27.

58 -- Wins in calendar year 2011 by the Vancouver Canucks, the most of any team. The Canucks posted 34 of their 54 victories in 2010-11 after the turn of the year, and have won 24 of their first 39 games in 2011-12.

101 -- Points by Vancouver's Daniel Sedin, the most of any player in 2011. Sedin had 57 points from Jan. 1 to the end of 2010-11 on the way to winning the Art Ross Trophy and enters 2012 with 44 points -- two behind his League-leading twin brother, Henrik.

170 -- Shutouts by goaltenders during 2011. No. 170 (including three games in which both goaltenders earned one) came Saturday night when the Detroit's Jimmy Howard blanked St. Louis 1-0.

297 -- Penalty minutes taken in 2011 by Zenon Konopka, now with the Ottawa Senators, by far the most in the League. Konopka took 169 of his League-leading 307 PIM with the New York Islanders from Jan. 1 through the end of the 2010-11 season and has 128 for the Senators this season through Dec. 31.
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