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Bruins Week Ahead: 3/28 - 4/3

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Bruins Week Ahead: 3\/28 - 4\/3
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TICKETS ON SALE FOR FIRST TWO PLAYOFF GAMES:
The Bruins announced today that a limited number of tickets for the club’s first two home playoff games of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs will be go on sale at 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 2. Tickets will be available for purchase at the TD Banknorth Garden Box Office, on www.bostonbruins.com, and via Ticketmaster.  Given the limited number and high demand for tickets, the Boston Bruins and TD Banknorth Garden encourage fans to purchase tickets through www.bostonbruins.com and Ticketmaster.  The Bruins and TD Banknorth Garden will release the procedure for purchasing tickets at the TD Banknorth Garden Box Office early next week.

AFTER LONG LAYOFF, NORTHEAST DIVISION CHAMPS BACK IN ACTION WITH THREE GAMES IN FOUR DAYS: After playing just two games in the last 12 days, the Bruins will play three in the next four, with back-to-back road tilts against Toronto and Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday. They will then return home to host the Lightning on Tuesday, March 31. In their last game, the Bruins knocked off the Devils 4-1 on Sunday, March 22.

KESSEL TO MISS ROAD TRIP:
Boston’s leading goal scorer Phil Kessel will not make the upcoming road trip to Toronto and Philadelphia due to an undisclosed injury. Kessel has tallied a team-high 31 goals on the year, to go along with 23 assists.

HUNWICK TO CHAT:
Bruins rookie Matt Hunwick will host a Rinkside Chat with fans from 3-4 pm ET on Wednesday, April 1. BostonBruins.com’s online interactive feature “Rinkside Chats,” presented by Covidien, allows fans to ask their favorite Bruins players, front office personnel and alumni their own questions. Blake Wheeler, David Krejci, General Manager Peter Chiarelli, Byron Bitz and Derek Sanderson participated in the first chats of the season. The Rinkside Chats will run every other Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. ET for the remainder of the season on BostonBruins.com. The next guest is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 with the guest to be determined at a later date.

RINKSIDE CHAT RUNDOWN (all chat transcripts can be read on BostonBruins.com):
February 11: Blake Wheeler
February 25: David Krejci
March 4 (Trade Deadline Day): Peter Chiarelli
March 11: Byron Bitz
March 20: Derek Sanderson
April 1: Matt Hunwick

BRUINS BY THE NUMBERS:
9: Number of games left in regular season
5: Number of road games left in regular season
4: Number of Bruins players who have appeared in all 73 games this season- Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, Mark Stuart and David Krejci
3: Number of Bruins players who appeared in all 82 games last season- Mark Stuart, Phil Kessel and Glen Metropolit.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…
With 102 points heading into the weekend's action, the Bruins have hit the 100-point mark for the 18th time in their history. That is more than any other NHL team, although the Flyers could match it if they amass ten of their 16 available points left this season. How do the rest of the Original Six match up? The Bruins are followed on the list by Montreal (16), Detroit (15), Chicago and NY Rangers (six each) and Toronto (three).

BRUINS UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE (PLEASE CALL 617.624.1910 FOR THE LATEST UPDATES TO THE SCHEDULE):
Saturday, March 28 (Toronto, ON)
-Pregame skate at Air Canada Centre 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
-Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN; RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)
-Travel to Philadelphia

Sunday, March 29 (Philadelphia, PA)
-Pregame skate at Wachovia Center 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
-Game vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN; RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)
-Return to Boston

Monday, March 30 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Tuesday, March 31 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
Please Note: This practice is not open to the public.
-Game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN; RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)

Wednesday, April 1 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, April 2 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
Please Note: This practice is not open to the public.
-Game vs. Ottawa Senators 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN; RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)

Friday, April 3 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

AROUND TOWN:
What: Arlington Police vs Fire Charity Hockey Game to benefit Autism Research
-In an effort to support Autism Research, the Arlington Police Department will play the Arlington Fire Department in hockey
-All of the money raised at the game will benefit the Doug Flutie Foundation and the Autism Speaks Foundation
Date: Friday, March 27, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bruins Participating: Boston Bruins Mascot, Blades, Boston Bruins Ice Girls and the Bruins Street Team

What: Samuel Adams “Bru Fest”
-The Bruins and Samuel Adams will host the final Bru Fest pregame party of the 2008-09 season
-Tickets include: A seat at the Bruins game, access to Bru Fest located in the front parking lot of the TD Banknorth Garden, a Samuel Adams beer, reduced concession, live music and giveaways!
-The cost of tickets start at $46.50
When: Tuesday, March 31, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. before the Bruins/Lightening contest
Where: TD Banknorth Garden Parking lot, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
Bruins Participating: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Boston Bruins mascot, Blades

What: Autism Awareness Night. 
-The Boston Bruins will be hosting Autism Awareness Night to benefit the Doug Flutie Foundation during the Bruins/Lightning contest.
-The charity will be the 50/50 and in-game fundraising recipient and participate in the High-Five Experience.
-Doug Flutie will be in attendance at the home game to support the Boston Bruins
-The Doug Flutie Foundation will have an information table located at Loge Section 4. 
When: Tuesday, March 31,from 6:00 p.m. until the end of the game
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

What: Spring Puck Auction
-Individual pucks decorated and autographed by the entire Boston Bruins 2008-09 roster and coaching staff will be up for silent auction
-Each puck was created by a different member of the Bruins
-All of the money raised will go to the Boston Bruins Foundation
When: Thursday, April 2, from 6:00 p.m. until the end of the game against the Ottawa Senators
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
Bruins Participating: Entire 2008-2009 Bruins roster and coaching staff and alumni

MEDIA...
THE INSTIGATORS:
Every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., the gloves come off on NESN, as Mike Milbury, Andy Brickley, and Jack Edwards debate the hottest and most controversial issues in hockey on The Instigators.

THE BUZZ: The Buzz comes to you from the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston where we are helping to celebrate 85 years of Boston Bruins hockey with the release of the DVD “The History of the Boston Bruins.”  We'll have clips from the DVD, plus interviews with past and present Bruins greats.

Air times:
3/28  6:00/10:30 pm
3/29  12:30/4:30 pm
3/30  4:30 pm

BRUINS RADIO APPEARANCES: Check the following radio stations for exclusive live interviews with Bruins players every week:
Tuesday mornings at 7:20: Andrew Ference on WFNX 101.7 FM
Wednesday mornings at 8:00: Aaron Ward on WBCN 104.1 FM
Wednesday mornings at 8:20: Marc Savard on WZLX 100.7 FM

TICKET INFO...
STUDENT NIGHTS:
Every Bruins home game on Monday through Thursday is “Student Night” at the Garden, where students can purchase discounted tickets for $23.50. The Bruins Student Sections are in sections 320 and 321, rows 3-15.

LEADERS AND STATS...
BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD (AS OF MARCH 27):

-The Bruins lead the entire NHL in goal differential (+72) and goals against (171).
-The Bruins lead the Eastern Conference in points (102), fewest losses (17) and goals for (243).
-The Bruins own the NHL’s fourth ranked power play (22.4%) and are tied for tenth in penalty kill (82.4%).
-Marc Savard is ninth in the league in points with 78 (E. Malkin 106) and is sixth in the league in assists with 55 (E. Malkin 73).
-Dennis Wideman is thirteenth in the league in points scored by a defenseman with 44 (M. Green 65) and Zdeno Chara is fourteenth with 43.
-Blake Wheeler leads the entire NHL and is tops among the rookies in plus/minus rating leading all skaters with +36, David Krejci is fourth with +34, and Dennis Wideman is fifth with +32.
-Milan Lucic is sixth in the NHL in hits with 240 (C. Clutterbuck 317).
-Blake Wheeler leads the rookies plus/minus ranking with a +36. He is tied for sixth in goals scored by a rookie with 18 (J. Neal, B. Ryan 24), is tied for fifth in assists by a rookie with 22 (K. Versteeg 29) and is sixth among rookies in points with 40 (K. Versteeg 49).
-Matt Hunwick is tied for third in rookie plus/minus with +14.
-Tim Thomas ranks first in both Goals Against Average (2.11) and Save Percentage (.931).

HARDWARE
Tim Thomas- Second Star, Week ending November 2
Marc Savard- First Star, Week ending November 23
Phil Kessel- First Star, Week ending December 14
Manny Fernandez/Tim Thomas- First Star, Month of December
Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, Tim Thomas- Eastern Conference All-Stars
Milan Lucic, Blake Wheeler- NHL YoungStars participants
Claude Julien- Eastern Conference All-Star head coach
Blake Wheeler- NHL YoungStars Game Most Valuable Player
Zdeno Chara- NHL’s Hardest Shot Competition winner (105.4 MPH, NHL record)

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS (AS OF MARCH 27)

Goals
1. P. Kessel    31
2. M. Ryder 25
3. M. Savard    23
4. D. Krejci    21
t5. B. Wheeler  18
t5. C. Kobasew  18

Assists
1. M. Savard    55
2. D. Krejci    43
3. M. Recchi    34
4. D. Wideman   32
t5. Z. Chara    27
t5. P. Bergeron 27

Points
1. M. Savard    78
2. D. Krejci    64
3. P. Kessel    54
4. M. Recchi    51
5. M. Ryder 47

Plus/Minus
1. B. Wheeler   +36
2. D. Krejci    +34
3. D. Wideman   +32
4. M. Ryder +26
t5. M. Savard   +24
t5. Z. Chara    +24

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Montador  129
2. S. Thornton  117
3. M. Lucic 102
4. Z. Chara 80
5. M. Stuart    70

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE: 
Call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice schedule.

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