The Most Incredible Stat for Each Current Boston Bruins Star
From tough and skilled forwards to bruising defenders, the Boston Bruins are one of the most complete teams in the NHL. When you think of the roster, you think of Boston as a whole, from top to bottom, not individual stars. (Please take notice, Washington Capitals.)
But what about the individual stars the Bruins do have? They have many, and it's time they are recognized.
Here's a look at some of the greatest stats that the stars of the Bruins have on their resumes:
Jarome Iginla's 11 Straight Seasons with at Least 30 Goals
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Jarome Iginla, one of the newest Bruins, is a lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame. He's won two Olympic gold medals, has over 500 goals and 1,100 points, and he led the Calgary Flames to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004.
But his most incredible stat could only be achieved with remarkable consistency—he's one of seven players in NHL history to have scored at least 30 goals in 11 consecutive seasons.
For Iggy, the streak started way back in the 2000-01 season. He eclipsed the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career by putting up 31. The then-Flames captain had a big jump the next season, registering 52 goals and finishing as the runner-up for the Hart Memorial Trophy to Jose Theodore of the Montreal Canadiens. (He took a two-week break from the NHL during the season to help Canada win its first gold medal in 50 years.)
In 2003-04, he scored 41 goals to share the Rocket Richard Trophy with Rick Nash and Ilya Kovalchuck while making it all the way to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Final before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Edmonton native notched 50 for the second time in 2007-08, and 43 in 2010-11.
In his last full season with the Flames in 2011-12, he scored his 500th career goal. It was also the season his streak would come to an end, as the 48-game sprint last year severely restricted his ability to continue it. He finished with 14 goals in 44 games with the Flames and Penguins.
If he stays healthy for the upcoming year with in Boston, it wouldn't surprise anyone if the veteran put up 30 goals once again.
Over Half of Zdeno Chara's Career Goals Have Come on the Power Play
This may not be that surprising of a stat. After all, Chara has the hardest shot in the league, and defensemen always rip the puck on net when their team has the man advantage.
But just because it's not surprising, doesn't mean it's not interesting.
The captain of the B's has 144 career regular-season goals, and according to NHL.com, 73 of his markers have come on the power play. That's 53 percent!
In his first season with the B's in 2006-07, a whopping 82 percent of his goals (nine of 11) were with an opponent in the box.
In 2011-12, Big Z put 12 pucks in the back of the net, and eight came on the power play (75 percent).
With that kind of percentage, it's no wonder that some criticize the Slovakian when he passes the puck too much from the blue line and doesn't pull the trigger.
If you have the hardest shot in the league, you should use it. Because if you do, this is what happens.
Less Than 30 Penalty Minutes in Every Season for Loui Erikkson
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One of the biggest transactions in the NHL this summer was the swapping of Loui Erikkson and Tyler Seguin on the Fourth of July.
Erikkson, a 27-year-old Swede who is silky smooth in shootouts and a hard worker in his own zone, has played seven full seasons in the NHL and has never registered more than 28 penalty minutes in any of them, via NHL.com.
He's such a smart player that in the last three seasons—two of which he played 79 and 82 games, respectively—his PIM total was in the single digits. His skating speed and skill of lifting sticks allows him to be a great back-checker without having to trip, slash or hold his opponents.
Not only does it show high hockey IQ, but it's a great display of emotional restraint—by never losing his cool, he avoids getting called for retaliating.
Claude Julien and his staff will be pleased to never have to worry about Eriksson when he's on the ice. Always having him available will be a great addition for the Bruins next season.
8 Short-Handed Goals in First 3 Seasons for Brad Marchand
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As one of the biggest pests in the NHL, Brad Marchand has made a lot of money by getting under the skin of his opponents.
Part of the reason is because in addition to his utter annoyance, he has enough skill to be an effective offensive player that can help win a Stanley Cup.
In his three full seasons in the league, he has tallied eight short-handed goals in the regular season, including five in his rookie campaign of 2010-11. His most famous one, though, isn't included in the eight: his shorty in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against Vancouver.
Marchand is a fan favorite at TD Garden, and he will continue to thrive on the penalty kill with Patrice Bergeron at his side.
Patrice Bergeron's 34 Career Game-Winning Goals (Including Playoffs)
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The best player on the Bruins plays his best when it's needed the most.
The newly inked Bergeron has made a career of coming through in the clutch, and the number of game-winners he has scored is staggering.
He has scored six game-winners in two different regular seasons, and four in two others.
Of course, not many fans remember regular-season heroics.
The most thrilling goal of this year's playoffs happened in Game 7 between the Bruins and Leafs—one of the greatest games of all time—and it was scored by you-know who.
I think some Maple Leafs fans are still standing open-mouthed at Maple Leaf Square.