The Boston Bruins Week Ahead

April 6 - April 13

Friday, 04.06.2012 / 2:53 PM Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:

HANDING OUT HARDWARE: On Saturday, April 7 the Boston Bruins will present four awards during the Bruins/Sabres pregame presentation: Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the “Gallery Gods”), Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games, voted by Boston media), John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk) and the Bruins Three Stars Award (top performers at home over the course of the season, chosen by 98.5 The Sports Hub).
In addition, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) will make a $25,000 donation that will be divided and given to the Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) and Raising A Reader Massachusetts.

The Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition through a variety of well-coached, Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Massachusetts also provides athletes with ongoing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, express courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes and the community.

The Raising A Reader Massachusetts mission is to give every child an equal opportunity for achievement by engaging parents from low-income communities in a daily routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age five. The early literacy skills development that Raising A Reader MA promotes is proven to impact school readiness, academic performance and lifetime achievement for children. Raising A Reader MA directly addresses this need, working with over 8,500 children ages 0 through 5 across the Commonwealth and over 200,000 children nationwide.

The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Boston Chapter of the PHWA partnered on a program to raise money for local charities by asking the working media who cover Bruins home games to make a small donation when dining in the Will McDonough Press Room prior to games.

Over the past four seasons, the Foundation collected $75,000 worth of donations through the media meal donation program.

NESN will televise the awards presentation in its entirety.

FAN APPRECIATION DAY: The Bruins will host "Fan Appreciation Day" during the Bruins/Sabres contest at the TD Garden on Saturday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m. ET, in an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2011-12 season.

Immediately following the game, Bruins players will remain on the ice and throw t-shirts into the stands, then hand 27 fans that were chosen throughout the game the "Shirt off their Backs". Each of these lucky Bruins fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will meet that afternoon. After the t-shirt toss, these fans will participate in the on-ice ceremony where they will meet and take home the game-worn autographed jersey of that player.

In addition to winning the "Shirts off their Backs," Bruins fans will enjoy an exciting day of giveaways. Upon arrival, every fan will receive a Bruins team poster courtesy of TD Bank. Throughout the game, Bruins fans will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes, including a Mohegan Sun VIP Blink 182 Concert Package, which consists of a hotel stay, dinner, two concert tickets and round trip limo service. TD Bank is also giving two lucky sections the Boston Bruins Championship season commemorative book "Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins." Additional prizes include 2012 playoff tickets, various gift cards and Boston Bruins autographed memorabilia.

SCENARIOS: The Bruins will play either the Ottawa Senators or the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs depending on Saturday’s results.

THE BRUINS WILL PLAY THE CAPITALS IF… Ottawa loses in regulation AND Washington wins in either regulation or in overtime/shootout.

THE BRUINS WILL PLAY THE SENATORS IF… Ottawa wins in regulation or loses in overtime/shootout. The Bruins will also face the Sens if Washington loses in regulation or loses in overtime/shootout.

Ottawa visits the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.
Washington faces off at the Rangers at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins will play their last regular season game at home on Saturday, April 7th against the Buffalo Sabres at 4:00 p.m. With their 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on April 5th, the Sabres are out of the playoff picture and finished their season just behind the Washington Capitals at ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 88 points.

The B’s have faced the Sabres five times so far this season and have gone 3-1-1 in those five contests. The Bruins won both home games played at the Garden on November 11th and February 8th.

Following Saturday’s last regular season games, the NHL will compile a playoff schedule to be released on Sunday, April 8.

Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will call Saturday’s game against the Sabres while the tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle the radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. The start time for the upcoming game is as follows:

4/7 vs. BUF, 4:00 p.m. ET

124 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins latest home game the Bruins have now sold out their last 124 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than two years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).

SEGUIN SHOW: Tyler Seguin heads into tomorrow's season finale vs. Buffalo as the club's leading scorer and if he maintains that lead he will become the youngest player in team history to win the Bruins' scoring race at 20 years, 2 months and 7 days.
 
Five previous players have led the Boston scoring parade as 20-year-olds and he would join (youngest to oldest):
 
- Patrice Bergeron (20 years, 8 months, 22 days) in 2005-06
- Paul Ronty (20 years, 9 months, 23 days) in 1948-49 (shared)
- Joe Thornton (20 years, 10 months, 7 days) in 1999-2000
- Don McKenney (20 years, 10 months, 20 days) in 1954-55 (shared)
- Don Gallinger (20 years, 11 months, 1 day) in 1945-46

Seguin has 65 points on the season, three ahead of David Krejci.

FACEOFF LEADERS: Patrice Bergeron could finish the regular season with the league’s highest faceoff percentage. He is currently tied with Chicago’s Jonathan Toews with a 59.4% success rate entering the final day of the regular season. He leads the NHL in faceoffs won with 963 and ranks fourth overall in faceoffs taken with 1621.

100: The Bruins secured their 100th point of the season during their win over Ottawa on Thursday. This marks the 20th time in team history the Bruins have reached the 100 point plateau.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): Some solid entries this week but TheBruinsBlog emerges as the victor for his 5th win of the season, tying GlobeFluto for the overall lead. There were multiple plays on “Khudobin” but the TOTW voting committee deemed TheBruinsBlog’s the best.

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog): Can't believe I missed chance for post-AM skate headline: "Khu's Off First." #Bruins #Shame

And here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:

‏@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Can hear Zdeno Chara cracking open beer and bag of chips all way from Ottawa.

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com): Guessing Chara is on stationary bike right now, accelerating when puck is sent into the corner. #Bruins

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog): Letang fakes injury to draw penalty & sets up Crosby G. Is that a Montreal hat trick?

2011-12 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 5 (Week 4, Week 5, Week 10, Week 20, Week 25)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 5 (Week 3, Week 8, Week 11, Week 22, Week 26)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN.com), 3 (Week 6, Week 14, Week 15)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 3 (Week 2, Week 13, Week 23)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 2 (Week 1, Week 16)
@Brian Zechello (Brian Zechello, NESN), 2 (Week 17, Week 21)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), 1 (Week 7)
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 9)
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), 1 (Week 12)
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), 1 (Week 18)
@RearAdBsBlog (Brian McGonagle, Barstool Sports), 1 (Week 19)
@Kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 24)

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Monday, April 2, 2012
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their seventh edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on April 2. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes on all players in the Bruins system and features on newly signed players Justin Florek, Zach Trotman, Adam Morrison and Torey Krug, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 4/6/12):

TREMBLAY TAKES IT TO PROVIDENCE: Former leading scorer of Clarkson University’s Golden Knights, forward Nick Tremblay signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) with Providence on March 15. Since then, he has appeared in four games with the AHL club and has recorded a goal and an assist in that time. He tallied an assist on a March 18 victory over Springfield, and recorded his first professional goal on March 25 in a game against Portland. Tremblay scored the lone regulation goal to tie the game at 1-1 and send it to overtime. After a scoreless overtime, the teams went to a shootout where Tremblay scored the team’s second shootout goal.

CAMPER CONTINUES TO LEAD:  Carter Camper currently leads the P-Bruins in points (46) and assists (29) and is tied for second in goals (17) with teammate Josh Hennessy.  On April 1 Camper contributed two goals to the team’s 3-2 OT win against Connecticut Whale.  Scoring the first goal of the night and the game-winning goal in overtime, he earned the Number One Star of the game.  In a winning victory (5-2) over the Manchester Monarchs on March 23, Camper tallied two assists.

KHUDOBIN RETURNS: After being sidelined for the month of March with a left wrist injury, P-Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin returned for his first game back on March 23. Khudobin stopped 29 of 31 shots, earning the win as Providence defeated Manchester 5-2. Khudobin has now appeared in 44 games with the club and has two shutouts on the season.

MACDONALD MAKES IT THREE: As of April 2, P-Bruin forward Kirk MacDonald has recorded points in his last three games with the club, tallying an assist on April 1, scoring the lone P-Bruin goal on March 31, and an assist on March 30. MacDonald also recorded a two-goal night on March 18 in a 5-1 victory over Springfield. He currently ranks fourth in the P-Bruins scoring race with 31 points thus far on the season.

GOTHBERG GETS THREE: Over the past seven games Zane Gothberg is 4-3-0.  Of those four victories, three of them are shutouts.  Currently, Gothberg ranks first in the USHL with number of shutouts at seven.  He earned these shutouts against the Sioux Fall Stampede (8-0) on March 30, the Des Moines Buccaneers (2-0) on March 23, and the Omaha Lancers (1-0) on March 18.  Of those three games, Gothberg received the Number One Star honor each time.  Gothberg currently ranks second in GAA among USHL goalies (2.23) and tied for first in save percentage (.921) with Ryan McKay.

HAMILTON ON TOP: Over the past nine games Dougie Hamilton has 2-11=13 totals.  He finished the 2011-12 regular season leading the OHL in points among defensemen with 17-55=72 totals.  He currently leads in points among defensemen with 2-6=8 totals and ranks 12th among all players during the 2012 playoff season.  Hamilton had a three game point streak from March 22 – 25 where he tallied 2-4=6 totals.  Hamilton was named the Number One Star of the night after scoring one goal and an assist on March 23 during a victory (6-1) against the Oshawa Generals.  On March 15 he had a multi-point night contributing three assists in an 8-1 win over the Peterborough Petes.

INJURY UPDATE: Jared Knight of the London Knights suffered a sprained ankle in Game One of the first round of the 2012 OHL Playoffs on March 23.  In Knight’s only playoff appearance this year, he scored one goal for London in the third period, securing the team’s eventual 3-0 victory over the Windsor Spitfires. While Knight did not play in the rest of the series, his team swept Windsor in four games and is headed to the second round where they will matchup against Saginaw.

FAN INFO LINE: The Boston Bruins Fan Information Line (617.624.1910) has been experiencing intermittent problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. The practice and availability schedules can always be confirmed on BostonBruins.com.

OFF THE ICE:

SAVVY’S SUITE: Since Thursday, January 12 through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season, B’s forward Marc Savard will host a luxury suite at the TD Garden for pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Boston with a focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint.

BOSTON BRUINS ICE GIRLS: BostonBruins.com launched a revamped version of their Ice Girl homepage that now includes animated bios and video. Fans can check out the new features and this year’s Ice Girl squad on BostonBruins.com.

FULL 60 TO HISTORY: The Bruins official championship season commemorative book Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins is on sale now in the Bruins Proshop, select AT&T retail stores throughout New England and on BostonBruins.com/full60. Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Check out a preview on bostonbruins.com/full60.

CROSS INSURANCE BECOMES FIRST PRACTICE PARTNER: The Boston Bruins announced on October 4 that Cross Insurance will be the first partner of the Bruins practice jerseys. In addition to the practice jerseys Cross Insurance will have a visible presence at the Bruins primary practice facility at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Schedule is subject to change. Please check the Bruins Media Website for the latest updates
-All times are local
-Practices at the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.

Saturday, April 7 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, TD Garden, 4:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, April 8
-TBD

Monday, April 9
-TBD

Tuesday, April 10
-TBD

Wednesday, April 11
-TBD

Thursday, April 12
-TBD

Friday, April 13
-TBD

AROUND TOWN:

WHAT: LICENSE PLATE RAFFLE
The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles are raffling off the first plate of the ‘Invest in Youth Hockey’ Bruins license plate series featuring the Bruins current logo (the former plate included the retro Bruins logo.) The license plate raffle will run until Friday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.bruinsraffles.org.
WHEN: Raffle closes at 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 4
WHERE: www.bruinsraffles.org

WHAT: BRUINS BEARD-A-THON
The “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” is underway and fans are invited to grow their own playoff beards for the duration of the team’s 2012 Stanley Cup playoff run. The “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” gives Bruins fans the opportunity to show their support for the team and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation. The hockey playoff beard is an age-old tradition for players participating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans can join in on the tradition by “growing one for the team” and inviting family, friends and business associates to make a pledge towards their playoff beards.

Fans can create their “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” profile by uploading their photo at www.beardathon.com/bruins. Participants can choose to grow their own beard and update their growth throughout the playoffs or they can grow their beard virtually by choosing the ‘Build-A-Beard’ option, giving women and children an opportunity to get involved.
WHEN: Throughout the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff run
WHERE: www.beardathon.com/bruins

WHAT: FAN APPRECIATION DAY
The Boston Bruins will host “Fan Appreciation Day” during the Bruins/Sabres contest at the TD Garden on Saturday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m., in an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2011-12 season. Immediately following the Bruins/Sabres game, Bruins players will remain on the ice and throw t-shirts into the stands, then hand the fans that were chosen throughout the game the “Shirt off their Backs”. Each of these lucky Bruins fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will meet that afternoon. After the t-shirt toss these fans will participate in the on-ice ceremony where they will meet and take home the game-worn autographed jersey of that player.
WHEN: Saturday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD, Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: The 2011 –12 Boston Bruins roster

WHAT: 50/50 SUPER JACKPOT
The Boston Bruins Foundation is hosting their second 50/50 Super Jackpot raffle of the 2011-12 season. The jackpot will start at $10,000 and continue to grow with each ticket purchased. Bruins fans can buy one ticket for $2, three tickets for $5, 10 tickets for $10 or 30 tickets for $20 at the Boston Bruins Foundation table on the Level 4 concourse located in Section 4. The first Super Jackpot winner walked away with $21,000. All of the proceeds will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
WHEN: Throughout the Bruins/Sabres game beginning at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Level 4, Section 4 of the TD, Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

WHAT: BRUINS SPIRIT DAYS
To celebrate the Bruins 2012 Stanley Cup Playoff run, the Boston Bruins and Hallmark Health are partnering to host Bruins Spirit Days at local elementary and middle schools for the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls will be playing trivia and giving away prizes to get the students excited to support the team in their quest for the Stanley Cup.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Melrose Veterans Middle School, 350 Lynnfells Parkway, Melrose, MA 02176
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: The Bruins mascot Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls
WHEN: Friday, April 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Roberts Elementary School, 35 Court Street, Medford, MA 02155

WHAT: BELLE OF THE BALL SHOPPING BOUTIQUE
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls have once again donated their time and energy into collecting new or gently used prom, cocktail and evening dresses in support of Belle of the Ball. The Ice Girls will be on hand at the Belle of the Ball Boutique Day to act as personal shoppers to the young ladies who will be browsing the selection to find their perfect dress.
WHEN: Saturday, April 14 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Simmons College Holmes Center, 331 Brookline Ave. Boston, MA 02115
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls    

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, April 6)

Goals
T1. T. Seguin, 27
T1. B. Marchand, 27
3. M. Lucic, 26
4. D. Krejci, 23
5. P. Bergeron, 22

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 40
T2. P. Bergeron, 39
T2. D. Krejci, 39
4. T. Seguin, 38
5. M. Lucic, 35

Points
1. T. Seguin, 65
2. D. Krejci, 62
T3. M. Lucic, 61
T3. P. Bergeron, 61
5. B. Marchand, 54

Plus/Minus
T1. P. Bergeron, +34
T2. C. Kelly, +33
T2. Z. Chara, +33
4. T. Seguin, +32
5. B. Marchand, +29

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 149
2. M. Lucic, 135
3. A. McQuaid, 99
4. B. Marchand, 87
5. Z. Chara, 84



BRUINS 2011-12 STARS:
Tyler Seguin, NESN 7th Player
Zdeno Chara, Second Star of the Week (Week ending April 1)
Zdeno Chara, Hardest Shot Champion, 108.8 MPH
Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, NHL All-Stars
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star Captain
Claude Julien, Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis, Geoff Ward, NHL All-Star Coaching Staff of Team Chara
Brad Marchand, First Star of the Week (Week ending December 25)
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Month (November)
Tyler Seguin, First Star of the Week (Week ending November 13)

The 2011-2012 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery. Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR (2327).
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