THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
SEASON AWARDS: On Sunday, April 28, the Bruins and 98.5 The Sports Hub will announce the winners of the Season Awards, which includes the Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the “Gallery Gods”), the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games, voted by Boston media), the John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk) and the Bruins Three Stars(top performers at home over the course of the season, chosen by 98.5 The Sports Hub).
MCQUAID NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is the Boston Bruins 2013 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee, as selected by the Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association (PHWA). The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. "When you think of dedication to hockey and perseverance, Adam McQuaid is the perfect embodiment of both while triumphing over a season of adversity," said Joe Haggerty, PHWA Boston chapter chairman and Bruins beat reporter for CSNNE.com. "He's as tough as they come, he's as humble and pleasant as they come off the ice and his amazingly rapid recovery from serious blood clot surgery is a testament to how badly he wants to be out on the ice. All of this and more makes McQuaid the perfect choice as our nominee for this year's Masterton Trophy."
HAMILTON NAMED NESN’S SEVENTH PLAYER: The Boston Bruins and NESN announced April 25, that Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton had been named the winner of NESN's Seventh Player Award presented by Central Auto Team of Norwood and Raynham. Voted on by Bruins fans online at NESN.com, NESN's Seventh Player Award is an annual award presented to the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded the expectations of Bruins fans during the 2012-13 season. For the full release, visit BostonBruins.com.
FAN APPRECIATION DAY: The Boston Bruins have rescheduled their annual “Fan Appreciation Day” for Sunday, April 28 at the Bruins/Senators game at TD Garden. As part of Fan Appreciation Day, the team will host a number of activities and in-game giveaways to thank Bruins fans for their support during the 2012-13 season.
BRUINS ICE GIRLS & BLADES TO VISIT PEASE INTL. AIRPORT: On Monday, April 29, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls and mascot Blades will be making a special trip to Pease International Airport in Newington, NH to show our support for our troops. The Bruins personnel will be joining the “Pease Greeters” in a special ceremony to send off various military flights overseas, in support of our military and all that they do. For more information please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BOSTON BRUINS VISIT SALEMWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: On Friday, May 3, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Mascot Blades will be visiting the Salemwood Elementary School in Malden, MA for a pep rally. Salemwood Elementary School participates in the Boston Bruins I.C.E School program and as a result will be visited by the Bruins. Children will have the opportunity to participate in various cheers, Bruins related trivia, and a teacher student shoot out. For more information please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
250K DONATED FOR MARATHON VICTIMS: Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has pledged to donate $100,000 on behalf of the entire Bruins organization and Bruins players to the recently established ‘One Fund Boston’, whose purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the events at the Boston Marathon. The TD Garden, NHL and NHLPA will also be making a donation in the amount of $50,000 each to show their support, making the combined total of all parties $250,000.
MARCHAND’S RAFFLE TO BENEFIT ONE FUND BOSTON: Brad Marchand will be raffling off his own TD Garden suite for the team’s first home playoff game, with all proceeds benefitting the Richard family of Dorchester, whose son Martin passed away on Monday. So far the raffle has generated more than $190,000 and will continue to be available until Monday, March 29 at 5:00 pm. The drawing will take place shortly thereafter at 5:15 pm to determine the winner.
BRUINS ASSIGN BARTKOWSKI: Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced April 26, that the club has assigned defenseman Matt Bartkowski to Providence (American Hockey League). Bartkowski skated in 11 games with Boston this season, while averaging 13:29 time on ice and notching two assists. For the full release, visit BostonBruins.com.
STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
TUUKKA TAMING THE OPPOSITION: Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask earned his fifth shutout of the season (Tied-1st NHL) in the Bruins' 2-0 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday, which matches his career-high record from the 2009-10 season for shutouts in a season. Thursday's shutout was Rask's 16th of his career and first against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The B's netminder currently sits fourth in the NHL with a GAA of 1.97 and third in save percentage at .930.
SOMETHING HOT BRUIN: As the Bruins head into their last two games of the regular season, the B’s have several players with a hot hand. Dennis Seidenberg has been playing especially well of late, notching five points (1-4=5) in his last nine games, including a goal against Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Daniel Paille has been a consistent contributor, registering four goals and two assists in his last 10 contests, giving him 10 goals for the season, which is the fourth time Paille has reached that mark and the first time since the 2009-10 season. Brad Marchand has continued his success as the Black & Gold approach the playoffs, tallying 3-1=4 totals in three of his last four games with 4-2=6 totals in his last seven. Tyler Seguin continues to build momentum with just two games remaining in the regular season, having registered 4-2=6 totals in his last eight games. Bruins forward Gregory Campbell has demonstrated some offensive prowess of late, accumulating two goals and four assists in his last nine games played. Finally, Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton, has shown his offensive touch providing the puck logistics to earn himself two assists in the last three games.
TWO-OR-MORE GOAL LEAD: The B's have held a two-or-more-goal lead in 20 games this season, with the most recent being Thursday's matchup against the Lightning during which the Black and Gold took a 2-0 win over Tampa Bay, bringing their record to 16-2-2 in those contests. The Bruins also have a 12-1-1 mark when leading 2-0.
WHEN THE B’S SCORE FIRST: There have been 25 games this season during which the Bruins have scored the first goal of the game, and carry a 19-4-2 mark in those contests, following Thursday's game. The Bruins added to that record on Thursday, when Dennis Seidenberg scored the game's first goal (third of the season) at 4:22 into second period in the B's 2-0 shutout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins will finish off the regular season this week, playing two back-to-back games. The B’s hit the road on Saturday, April 27 to face the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center at 7:00 p.m. The team will then return home for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop on Sunday, April 28 against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden for their final game before heading into the postseason.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will cover all of this week’s games locally on NESN. Sunday’s game against the Senators will be nationally broadcast on NBC Sports Network, as well. 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:
4/27 at Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN
4/28 vs. Ottawa Senators, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN, NBC Sports Network
152 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 152 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 15th week of the 2012-13 season, and thus far Matt Kalman and Fluto Shinzawa have held top honors with three TOTW wins each. With just one point separating first and second place with one week remaining, no lead is safe. Joe Haggerty finds himself in a four-way tie this week for second place with his winning tweet from Tuesday’s Bruins-Flyers matchup in Philadelphia:
@HackswithHaggs: "Nice message from Flyers coach and Massachusetts native Peter Laviolette on jumbotron: 'Boston, we stand with you.' #BruinsTalk"
Here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:
@TheBruinsBlog: "Talk about an announcer's challenge: #Bruins had Soderberg and Seidenberg on ice at same time. @RealJackEdwards"
@GlobeKPD: "Bruins get the whole charity/community thing. True for decades. Takes a lot of heart to play hockey."
2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Weeks 1, 4, 8
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog), Weeks 5, 9, 11
@GlobeKPD: “Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe) Week 12, 13
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3, 7
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2, 14
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 6, 15
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), Week 10
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, April 17
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out their 12th edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on April 17. 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 on Ryan Spooner (Providence Bruins), Niklas Svedberg (Providence Bruins), Trent Whitfield (Providence Bruins) and Rob O’Gara (Yale University). The development of these prospects are spotlighted in written features.
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.
BRAD’S BRIGADE IS BACK: The 2012-2013 season marks an exciting new chapter for Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand’s charitable program, “Brad’s Brigade”. Established in 2010, Marchand’s program invites children from pediatric oncology units across New England to experience a Bruins home game. Children and their families sit in the loge section and are featured on the Garden HDX. Each family also receives a Brad’s Brigade T-Shirt, a Garden Gold Card and a goodie bag with Bruins memorabilia. At the conclusion of the game, families are escorted down to ice level where they have the opportunity to meet Marchand and get a photo taken with him.
BRUINS ICE GIRLS & BLADES TO VISIT PEASE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
WHAT: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and mascot Blades will be making a special trip to Pease International Airport to show our support for our troops. The Bruins personnel will be joining the “Pease Greeters” in a special ceremony to send off various military flights overseas, in support of our military and all that they do.
WHEN: Monday, April 29 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Pease International Airport, 36 Airline Avenue, Newington NH
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Boston Bruins Ice Girls
BOSTON BRUINS WARRIOR CLINIC SERIES
WHAT: The Boston Bruins and Warrior Hockey have partnered to host six on-ice sessions as part of the “Warrior Clinic Series” throughout New England this season. Each clinic features on-ice instruction led by Boston Bruins Alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The sessions will focus on developing player’s individual offensive and defensive games, while also improving overall team play. Each participant will receive a gift bag, a jersey and raffle ticket for the chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and the latest Warrior hockey gear.
WHEN: Monday, April 29 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: North Attleboro Hockey at Raynham IcePlex, 1568 Broadway, Raynham, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin
BOSTON BRUINS VISIT SALEMWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WHAT: The Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Mascot Blades will be visiting the Salemwood Elementary School for a pep rally. Salemwood Elementary School participates in the Boston Bruins I.C.E School program and as a result will be visited by the Bruins. Children will have the opportunity to participate in various cheers, Bruins related trivia, and a teacher student shoot out.
WHEN: Friday, May 3, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
WHERE: Salemwood Elementary School, 529 Salem Street, Malden, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Boston Bruins Ice Girls
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES…
BRUINS CONFIRMED RADIO SPOTS
Johnny Boychuk: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Toucher and Rich at 8:20 a.m. (Call-in day dependent on B’s schedule)
Cam Neely: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Felger and Mazz at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesdays
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 27 (Washington, D.C./Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Washington Capitals, Verizon Center, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Sunday, April 28 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD), NBC Sports Network RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, April 26)
1. B. Marchand, 18
T2. J. Jagr, 16
T2. T. Seguin, 16
3. N. Horton, 13
T4. D. Paille, 10
T4. P. Bergeron, 10
T4. D. Krejci, 10
T1. P. Bergeron, 22
T1. D. Krejci, 22
2. J. Jagr, 19
T3. M. Lucic, 18
T3. B. Marchand, 18
4. T. Seguin, 16
T1. B. Marchand, 36 (18-18)
2. J. Jagr, 35 (16-19)
T3. P. Bergeron, 32 (10-22)
T3. D. Krejci, 32 (10-22)
T3. T. Seguin, 32 (16-16)
4. M. Lucic, 24 (6-18)
1. P. Bergeron, +25
T2. B. Marchand, +23
T2. T. Seguin, +23
3. D. Seidenberg, +19
4. Z. Chara, +15
1. M. Lucic, 70
2. Z. Chara, 66
3. S. Thornton, 58
4. A. McQuaid, 56
5. G. Campbell, 41
NHL Honors and Awards:
-Patrice Bergeron was awarded the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week of February 25 to March 3.
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.
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