BOSTON — The Bruins made a special Halloween themed visit to Boston Children’s Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, dressed as characters from the “Despicable Me” movie series.
The Bruins went from room to room at the hospital, “reverse trick-or-treating” as they delivered goodie bags to the children, signed autographs and took pictures.
“We went around and put some smiles on children’s faces and it was just awesome,” said Krug. “We dress up, and take their mind off whatever they’re going through and just put smiles on their faces — it’s a lot of fun.”
The highly anticipated annual visit to Boston Children’s has become a hit for both the Bruins and the hospital.
WILMINGTON — The Bruins held an optional practice on Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena, following their 6-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night that marked their first home win of the young 2015-16 season.
All three missed time towards the end of Tuesday’s game for precautionary reasons, given the score against the Coyotes.
Miller went awkwardly into the boards with about five minutes left in the second period after getting hooked. The blueliner returned to the bench and took two shifts at the end of the second, but did not play any minutes in the third.
Kemppainen (undisclosed) only took four shifts in the third period and left the bench for a while, though he came back to finish out the game.
Pastrnak got hit with a shot towards the end of the third and his last logged ice time came with about nine minutes left in the game.
NORWOOD, Mass. — “I come to work every day with a smile on my face.”
“I have a positive attitude.”
“I’m always on time to work.”
“I don’t quit.”
These are just a few phrases highlighted in the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress’ new public awareness campaign, Your Next Star, aimed at opening the eyes of employers to the power of people with Down syndrome in the workplace.
John Dunleavy, an employee with TD Garden — a subsidiary of Delaware North — for the past five years, stars in the campaign’s video, along with Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation Bob Sweeney. The video features individuals with Down syndrome and their employers.
For their work with the initiative, Dunleavy and the Bruins recently received the “Exemplary Employee Award” and “Exemplary Employer Award” during UMass Medical School’s “Work Without Limits” conference on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, Mass.
BOSTON — With confetti flying and hundreds of fans cheering, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask streamed through a high-five line, unveiling the Bruins’ jersey for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.
The old-school logo, a throwback to the Bruins’ first year in the League in 1924, was revealed at the “Tailgate With The Team” event at Seaport World Trade Center on Saturday, Oct. 24.
In preparation for the Winter Classic puck drop on Jan. 1 at Gillette Stadium against the Montreal Canadiens — and hockey heading “Back Outdoors” — the tailgating themed event featured the entire Bruins’ roster meeting with Season Ticket Holders and Premium Club members while taking photos, serving tailgate style food and playing cornhole.
“It’s very beautiful — honestly, it’s very simple, but right to the point,” Chara said of the jersey. “Like Cam [Neely] said [when introducing the jersey], this is based on the very first jersey from 1924 — obviously the colors are the current colors but the crest is basically what it was right from the first time the Bruins started playing, so it’s so much history and so much pride and passion in that jersey, that makes it very special to wear it.”
BOSTON — The Bruins hit the ice for practice on Saturday morning at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, before heading to an all-team event with season ticket holders for the afternoon.
Matt Beleskey took part in the full practice with the team. He has missed the Bruins’ past two games with an upper body injury. He remains day to day, according to Head Coach Claude Julien, but he “definitely is getting closer.”
“It’s getting better — getting better every day and it felt pretty good out there today,” Beleskey said following Saturday’s practice. “We just thought [Friday’s game], with three days off here, it would be a better decision [to not play].”
“You hate watching your own team play, that’s a bad feeling,” said Beleskey, who traveled to Brooklyn with the team but did not suit up. “So I’m working hard to get back out there.”
BRIGHTON — After breaking ground on in December of 2014, the Bruins’ new practice facility Warrior Ice Arena remains on track to open in time for training camp in September of 2016.
On Thursday, Oct. 22, a “topping off” ceremony was held at the Boston Landing work site located off of Guest Street in Allston-Brighton. The 15-acre development also houses New Balance’s World Headquarters, a fast track for world-class athletes, and it will feature many more facilities and amenities in addition to the new ice rink.
The ceremony celebrated the American Iron Workers, as the final two beams of the structure were raised and put in place.
Bruins President Cam Neely was on hand for the milestone event.
“These guys are the foundation of this building, and the city, really,” Neely said in reference to the hundreds of workers. “It’s a blue-collar city, and it’s kind of like our fan base. They work really hard and they’ve worked really hard on this project, so it’s nice to see them being able to take this day [to celebrate].”
BostonBruins.com — Through five games, the Bruins’ power play is clicking at 38.9 percent and ranked first in the League.
No matter what transpires in their matchup on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, the man advantage is in a good spot.
Naturally, a team deploys two power play units. Both have weapons. Both try to generate momentum for the club.
There’s a five-man unit in Black & Gold, though, that has been so on target that they’ve been eating up most of the team’s power play minutes — and that’s not a discredit to their other teammates.
Boston’s PP has scored seven goals on its 18 opportunities, with all of them coming from Bergeron (3), Eriksson (2) and Krejci (2).
The collective five-man unit of Bergeron, Krejci, Krug, Eriksson and Spooner has put up 18 points.
WILMINGTON — Joe Morrow didn’t envision spending the team’s first road trip of the season at home in bed.
That’s unfortunately how it panned out for the defenseman, who battled a bad bout of the flu all last week, after coming down with the illness the night of the Bruins’ matinee game against Tampa Bay on Monday, Oct. 12.
He skated with the team on Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena in their first practice after the six-day road trip that saw them pick up wins in Colorado and Arizona.
“I got really sick, I couldn’t really sleep,” said Morrow, who said he spent about eight hours straight from midnight on that Monday until eight in the next morning — let’s just say, not feeling too great.
“I lost a lot of weight, a little bit of strength, too, so I’m just trying to get that back right now and just trying to take it day by day,” Morrow said. “It wasn’t fun by any means, especially to miss a trip like that with the whole crew.”
Morrow eventually went to the hospital and received IV therapy. Bedridden for about three days and barely able to eat or drink, he lost about 10 pounds throughout the week.
GLENDALE — The Bruins that went on the road 0-3 are heading back to Boston with two solid road wins against the Colorado Avalanche and the Arizona Coyotes, the latter of which came in a 5-3 victory on Saturday night.
Maybe the Bruins just needed a little road cookin’?
“Well, it’s always been good for us,” Head Coach Claude Julien said postgame from Gila River Arena. “I think it has been for our group as well — spending some time together and able to mesh a little bit more.”
“We said the road trip was hopefully going to be a good thing for us and we just had to go out there and prove it, so I think our guys did a great job in these last two games.”
GLENDALE — Brad Marchand is expected to return to the lineup when the Bruins face off against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night at Gila River Arena.
Game time is set for 10:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. local time) with broadcast coverage on NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Marchand has missed Boston’s past two games in his recovery from a concussion sustained a week ago on Oct. 10.
“It looks like he’s passed all of the tests and he feels good, so he’s ready to go,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said following the team’s pregame skate.
“I can’t wait to get back and play — it’s always tough when you have to watch and especially when you’re uncertain about when you’ll get back,” Marchand said. “So, happy the day’s finally here and looking forward to playing tonight.”