BOSTON BRUINS VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
PRESS BOX PREGAME NOTES: JUNE 19, 2013
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (14-5, 1.64 GAA, .946 Save %) vs. Crawford (13-7, 1.73 GAA, .936 Save %). Rask is 21-11 with a 2.02 GAA and .933 Save % with three shutouts in 32 career postseason games. Crawford is 18-15 with a 2.00 GAA and .926 Save % with two shutouts in 34 career postseason games.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: 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 Marc Fucarile, who was injured at the Boston Marathon. Marc was the last of 31 patients injured at the Marathon to be released from Massachusetts General Hospital and gave the following statement:
“I and my entire family would like to thank the Boston community for all the prayers, love and support they have given us these past few months. We also want to thank all the first responders and medical staffs at Mass General and Spaulding Rehab for all they have done for us. While I still have a long road ahead of me, I continue to work hard at my therapy and hope to be home soon celebrating another Bruins Cup! Thank you to the Bruins ownership, organization and the players for this once in a lifetime chance to wave the flag for the team I love with my son and fiancé. Go Bruins!” Those who wish to help Marc in his recovery can visit: http://www.gofundme.com/marcfucarile.
Below is a recap of the Fan Banner Captains thus far this postseason:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite being injured at the Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run again)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Mass. State Police officer who came to the aid of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)
NYR, Game 5: J.P. and Paul Norden (Bruins fans from Stoneham, MA who were injured at the Boston Marathon events)
PIT, Game 3: Richard Donohue (Transit Police Officer who was in a firefight with the bombing suspects from the Marathon)
PIT, Game 4: William and Patricia Campbell (Their daughter Krystle passed away at the Boston Marathon events)
CHI, Game 3, Rob Rogers, Jenn Rogers and Jennifer Lemmerman (Siblings of Sean Collier, who passed away defending the City of Boston)
BRUINS VS BLACKHAWKS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Blackhawks are squaring off in the postseason for the seventh time—first in the Stanley Cup Finals—with Boston holding a 5-1 lifetime series record. These teams have played 25 postseason games with Boston holding an 18-6-1 advantage and a 104-68 scoring edge. The Bruins are 10-3-1 lifetime vs. the Blackhawks in Boston and 8-3 lifetime in Chicago in the playoffs.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr is expected to appear in his 200th career playoff game tonight, which will make him the 19th player in NHL history to reach that milestone.
STREAKING: Tyler Seguin enters Game 4 riding a three-game point streak having registered three assists during that span, including an assist on Daniel Paille’s game-winning overtime goal in Game 2 and regulation game-winner Game 3…The Bruins PK unit has killed off 27 straight penalties coming into tonight (one vs. NYR, 15 vs. PIT and 11 vs. CHI).
BERGERON HOT ON THE DOT: 2013 Selke Trophy finalist Patrice Bergeron, who led the NHL in the regular season in faceoff percentage (62.1%), won 24 out of 28 draws (85.7%) in Game 3 against Chicago. So far this series against the Blackhawks, Bergeron has won 66-of-96 faceoffs (68.75%) and currently leads all postseason skaters winning puck drops at a 62.7% clip (276/440). Only once has Bergeron registered a faceoff percentage below 50% this postseason, coming against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 (13/45, 37.1%).
PAILLE-KELLY-SEGUIN LINE SHINES: The line composed of Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin has been hot for the Bruins, combining for eight points (3-5=8) over their last three games. Paille has scored the previous two game-winners with Seguin factoring in with an assist on both goals and Kelly chipping in on Paille’s Game 3 goal. Kelly also found the back of the net for the first time this postseason in Game 2 at the United Center.
BLACKHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Marian Hossa (7-8=15), Patrick Kane (6-9=15) and Patrick Sharp (9-6=15) lead the Blackhawks in scoring thus far in the 2013 playoffs with 15 points apiece… Sharp is currently tied for the lead league with nine goals this postseason… Johnny Oduya ranks third in the NHL in blocked shots with 41… Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford ranks second in the NHL with a 1.73 postseason GAA and ranks second in save percentage at .936… On June 14, Chicago forward Jonathan Toews was named the 2013 Selke Trophy winner… The Blackhawks captured the Presidents’ Trophy after posting a 36-7-5 regular season record, which set an NHL record for most points in a 48-game season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 9-for-54 (16.7%, 9th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 56-for-63 (88.9%, 4th NHL)… Blackhawks power play: 7-for-62 (11.3%, 13th NHL), Blackhawks penalty kill: 62-for-67 (92.5%, 2nd NHL).
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