THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
BOSTON BRUINS TO VISIT NEWTOWN, CT ON MONDAY, FEBURARY 18: The Boston Bruins in conjunction with United Way of Western Connecticut will visit the city of Newtown, CT on Monday, February 18. Head Coach Claude Julien, along with Bruins Chris Bourque, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille and Rich Peverley, will spend time from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. with the hundreds of families in attendance affected by the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Bruins Alumni Bob Sweeney and Tommy Songin will also help conduct Street Hockey Clinics and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team will host an hour-long clinic with Newtown High School’s varsity hockey team. B’s staff will provide team-autographed jerseys to Newtown first responders, and the Stanley Cup is expected to make an appearance. T-shirts representing the Sandy Hook green ribbon and the Bruins’ spoked-B will be donated by Delaware North Companies to all 1,300 attendees. The event is closed the public and only invited guests may attend.
SANDY HOOK VICE PRINICPAL TO BE HONORED: The Bruins will honor Sandy Hook Elementary School Vice Principal and lifelong Bruins fan Natalie Green Hammond at their game against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, March 3 at the TD Garden. Green Hammond will get the opportunity to drop the ceremonial first puck at center ice.
BRUINS PARTICIPATE IN HOCKEY WEEKEND ACROSS AMERICA: The Boston Bruins are participating in Hockey Weekend Across America February 15-17, to help celebrate the game of hockey and the opportunities the weekend provides for those who never played the game. The Boston Bruins will be supporting this initiative at a variety of activities in the area, including Try Hockey for Free events on Saturday, February 16, which allow children ages 4-9 to try the sport free of charge. For more information, please refer to the below “Around Town…” section of the Week Ahead.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Bruins upcoming practice schedule for February 16 - 22 can be found at the end of the Week Ahead.
STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
DOUGIE GETS HIS FIRST: In the Bruins’ 4-2 loss to the Sabres on Friday night, defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored his first career NHL goal. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Hamilton is the first Bruins defenseman to score a goal at the age of 19 since Jonathan Girard on November 13, 1999. The 19-year-old now has six points (1-5=6) through his first 12 NHL games.
THIRD-PERIOD COMEBACK: The last time the Bruins overcame a three-goal third period deficit to earn a point was actually not too long ago, during the 2011 Cup season. On November 20, 2010, the Boston came back in the third to tie it 3-3, before the LA Kings won in the shootout. Before the Bruins’ two third-period goals scored with an extra attacker on Tuesday night in the 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers, the last time they had scored twice with their goaltender pulled was on October 24, 2009, coming from a 3-1 deficit to earn a 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa.
THREE GOALS VS RANGERS: According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Bruins have not scored more than three goals in any of their last 32 games against the Rangers (shootout deciding “goals” excluded). It marks the second longest streak of its kind versus one team in Bruins history. It is also the longest streak of consecutive games holding a particular opponent to three or fewer goals in Rangers history.
FORMER B’S LEADING TEAMS: The Columbus Blue Jackets recently named former Bruin Jarmo Kekalainen as their General Manager. Kekalainen suited up for the Black & Gold in 27 NHL games from 1989-91. Two other current NHL general managers have both played in the spoked-B, including New York Rangers’ Glen Sather (1967-69) and Vancouver Canucks’ Mike Gillis (1980-84).
After facing the Sabres in the third of five season meetings Friday night in Buffalo, the Bruins will conclude their first multi-game road trip of the season by traveling to Winnipeg to face off against the Jets at the MTS Centre on Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The B’s will then return home, before heading on a three-game road trip, first traveling to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will cover both of this week’s games on NESN, with coverage for Thursday’s game against the Lightning also on the NHL Network. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the upcoming games are as follows:
2/17 at Winnipeg Jets, 5:00 p.m. local/6:00 p.m. ET – NESN
2/21 at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET – NESN, NHL Network
135 AND COUNTING: Following the home game on Tuesday, February 12 at the TD Garden against the New York Rangers, the Bruins have sold out their last 135 home games, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than three 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).
BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): The Boston media “Tweet of the Week” is in its fifth week of the 2012-13 season. So far, Fluto Shinzawa, DJ Bean and Jesse Connolly have taken top honors, and Matt Kalman gets on the board with a post-Nemo TOTW.
@TheBruinsBlog: From the Kalman Stats Abacus: #Bruins are 1-0-0 on the 2nd half of back to back when first half is a postponed game due to blizzard
Here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:
@DJ_Bean: I told @DanCagen he was about to watch the comeback of the season. I was lying at the time, but gimme dat half credit.
@HackswithHaggs: “Did you know: the Rangers player that scored their goal (Carl Hagelin) is also known as "Hags." Just thought I'd share #momentinhaggshistory”
2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Weeks 1, 4
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog), Week 5
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Monday, February 4
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Tuesday, February 19
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their eighth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on February 4. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes and statistics on all players in the Bruins system, the report features insight from Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney on forwards Jamie Tardif and Colton Hargrove. The development of both prospects is spotlighted in written features, as well as in the accompanying Prospect Report video found on BostonBruinsTV.com.
OFF THE ICE…
PATRICE’S PALS: As a part of his continuing charitable initiative Patrice’s Pals, Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron invites children from local hospitals and other organizations to experience a Bruins home game from his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags filled with Bruins memorabilia, a visit from the Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls, as well as a feature on the Garden HDX. After the game, Patrice’s Pals are escorted to ice level and introduced to Patrice himself who signs autographs and takes pictures with his Pals. This will take place at all Boston Bruins home games during the 2012-13 season.
SAVVY’S SUITE: Boston Bruins Forward Marc Savard has partnered with the Brain Injury Center at Children’s Hospital Boston, inviting children who suffer from the effects of Brain Trauma, both physically and psychologically, to attend a Bruins home game in his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags with Bruins memorabilia and a visit from Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls. Savard started the program on Thursday, January 12, 2012, and it will continue through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season.
COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2012-13 regular season, Bruins Principal and Alternate Governor Charlie Jacobs is donating ten balcony tickets to every home game to children
from charitable organizations across New England, who are invited to enjoy a Bruins home game from these donated seats.
BOSTON BRUINS TO VISIT NEWTOWN, CT MONDAY FEBURARY 18TH
WHAT: The Boston Bruins in conjunction with United Way of Western Connecticut will visit the city of Newtown, CT on Monday, February 18.
WHERE: Newtown Youth Academy, 4 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Session 1: Fan Fest with Stanley Cup and Street Hockey Clinic
3:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team Hour-Long Clinic with Newtown High School Hockey Team at Danbury Ice Arena
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Session 2: Fan Fest and Street Hockey
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Members of current Bruins roster and Head Coach Claude Julien visit with families
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Head Coach Claude Julien, along with Bruins Chris Bourque, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille and Rich Peverley; Bruins Alumni Bob Sweeney and Tommy Songin
NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND FMC SKATE
WHAT: FMC Ice Sport has donated an hour of ice and skate rentals this Thursday to the New England Center for Children. NECC is a non-profit autism education center in Southborough, MA striving to change the lives of children with autism through education, research and technology. Members of NECC will be on ice with the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team and Blades to work on improving their hockey skills.
WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2013
WHERE: Navin Skating Arena, 451 Bolton Street, Marlborough MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team, Bruins Mascot Blades, Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin
USA HOCKEY’S HOCKEY WEEKEND ACROSS AMERICA
WHAT: Hockey Weekend Across America celebrates the game of hockey and provides opportunities for those who haven’t play hockey to try it for free. The Boston Bruins will be supporting this initiative with a variety of activities in the area. Over 200 local youth hockey organizations will be hosting a Try Hockey for Free Event, encouraging children ages 4-9 to try the sport free of charge and the Boston Bruins will be dropping by to support these events.
WHEN: February 15-17, 2013
-Bruins staff visits Wakefield Youth Hockey, 9:10-10:10 a.m.
-Bruins staff visits Saugus & Lynnfield Youth Hockey, 10:20-11:20am
WHERE: Hockeytown USA, 953 Broadway Street, Saugus, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin and Bruins Mascot Blades
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Schedule is subject to change.
-All times are local
-Practices at the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Saturday, February 16 (Buffalo, NY/Winnipeg, MB)
-Travel to Winnipeg, MB
-Practice at MTS IcePlex, 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 (Winnipeg, MB/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets, MTS Centre, 5:00 p.m. local/6:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Monday, February 18 (Boston, MA)
Tuesday, February 19 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, February 20 (Boston, MA/Tampa Bay, FL)
-Travel to Tampa Bay, FL
-Practice at Tampa Bay Times Forum, 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, February 21 (Tampa Bay, FL)
-Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Times Forum, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD), NHL Network RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Friday, February 22 (Tampa Bay, FL)
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Saturday, February 16)
1. B. Marchand, 7
T2. N. Horton, 4
T2. D. Krejci, 4
3. M. Lucic, 3
Note: Four Bruins have two goals: T. Seguin, Z. Chara, P. Bergeron, R. Peverley
1. D. Krejci, 8
T2. P. Bergeron, 5
T2. M. Lucic, 5
T3. D. Hamilton, 5
T3. T. Seguin, 5
Note: Dennis Seidenberg has four assists and sx Bruins have three assists on the season: N. Horton, Z. Chara, C. Kelly, A. Ference, R. Peverley
1. D. Krejci, 12 (4-8)
T2. B. Marchand, 8 (7-1)
T2. M. Lucic, 8 (3-5)
T3. N. Horton, 7 (4-3)
T3. P. Bergeron, 7 (2-5)
T3. T. Seguin, 7 (2-5)
1. T. Seguin, +8
2. P. Bergeron, +6
T3. D. Krejci, +5
T3. D. Seidenberg, +5
4. B. Marchand, +4
1. M. Lucic, 30
2. S. Thornton, 25
3. G. Campbell, 22
4. A. McQuaid, 19
5. Z. Chara, 14
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