BOSTON BRUINS VS TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
PRESS BOX PREGAME NOTES: MAY 4, 2013
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (1-0, 1.00 GAA, .950 Save %) vs. Reimer (0-1, 4.00 GAA, .900 Save %). Rask has an 8-6 record with a 2.50 GAA and .914 Save % in 14 career postseason games. Reimer has a 0-1 record with a 4.00 GAA and .900 Save % in one career postseason game.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area. Tonight's Fan Banner Captain is Jeff Bauman, who was instrumental in helping authorities identify the Boston Marathon suspects. Bauman issued the following statement in regards to the support he’s received since the event at the marathon: “I want to thank everyone for their amazing support for me and all those injured and their families. I’m making great progress and I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Please continue to respect our space at this time. I want to thank the Bruins players and organization for the generosity and support for all those impacted. Like all those in Black and Gold I can’t wait to see them on another quest for the cup. Go Bruins!” Here’s a recap of the Game One Captains:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown (Boston Police Bomb Technician), Sean Tierney (Cambridge Police Bomb Technician) Eric Gahagan (Mass. State Police Bomb Technician) and Ariane Thibodeau (Transit Police Bomb Technician).
BOSTON NHL ALUMNI PRO-AM: Last weekend, the NHL Alumni Association and Boston Bruins Foundation held the first annual Boston NHL Alumni Pro-Am benefitting Boston Children's Hospital. The event allowed hockey enthusiasts to team up with former NHL greats in an effort to raise money for pediatric concussion research. A check for the amount of $300,000, raised at the event, will be presented by Jason Zent (NHL Alumni U.S. Representative), Executive Committee Members Kim Jacobs, Rob and Corey Griffin, Joe Zinc, and Charlie Jacobs (Boston Bruins Principal), as well as Bob Sweeney (Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation) to Mark Proctor (MD of Boston Children's Hospital), who is accepting on behalf of Boston Children’s Hospital.
BRUINS VS LEAFS POSTSEASON LIFETIME: The Bruins and Maple Leafs are playing their 14th series lifetime against each other in the NHL playoffs, with Toronto holding an 8-5 series advantage in the previous 13 series. The last time Boston and Toronto met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1974, when the Bruins swept the Leafs in four games. The Bruins and Leafs have played 63 postseason games, with both teams holding a 31-31-1 record and Boston having a 157-151 scoring edge.
FERENCE SUSPENDED: Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski during Game One of the teams’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in Boston on May 1 and as a result, will not play in tonight’s game.
REDDEN RIFLES ONE THROUGH: Wade Redden's goal in the first period of Game One against the Toronto Maple Leafs was the first Bruins goal of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Redden's first postseason goal since May 28, 2007 when he scored for Ottawa in a 3-2 loss against the Anaheim Ducks. Redden has now appeared in 102 career postseason games and has accumulated 13 goals and 36 assists for 49 points.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Jaromir Jagr is currently one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoff goals list with 79 and is one point short of tying Brett Hull for sixth place on the all-time playoff points list at 190…Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg, Aaron Johnson and Anton Khudobin are the only four players on the Bruins roster to have not played in an NHL playoff game…Wade Redden comes into tonight’s game one point shy of his 50th career NHL playoff point.
SUNDAY SCHEDULE: The Bruins Communications staff will confirm the B’s practice schedule and media availability for Sunday, May 5 following tonight’s game.
MARCHAND’S RAFFLE TO BENEFIT THE RICHARD FAMILY: Brad Marchand raffled off his own TD Garden suite to the team’s first home playoff game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 1, with all proceeds benefitting the Richard family of Dorchester, whose son Martin passed away follow the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. The raffle ended on March 29 and generated $207,000.
TORONTO NOTEBOOK: In Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal in Boston on May 1, 10 Maple Leafs made their Stanley Cup Playoff debut (Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski, Carl Gunnarsson, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov, Nikolai Kulemin, Mike Kostka, Clarke MacArthur, Frazer McLaren, and James Reimer). The Leafs have five other players who have yet to appear in an NHL postseason game (Joe Colborne, Jake Gardiner, Matt Frattin, Ryan Hamilton, and Ben Scrivens)…On May 3, the Leafs recalled goaltender Drew MacIntyre on an emergency basis…The Maple Leafs with the most playoff experience are forwards Joffrey Lupul (40 games) and James van Riemsdyk (40 games), followed by defenseman John-Michael Lilles (37 games).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 1-for-5 (20.0%, T-7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 2-for-3 (66.7%, T-12th NHL)… Leafs power play: 1-for-3 (33.3%, T-3rd NHL), Leafs penalty kill: 4-for-5 (80.0%, T-8th NHL).
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