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Bruins Week Ahead, 12.10 - 12.17

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Bruins Week Ahead, 12.10 - 12.17
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD
DECEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 17

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...
B’S CLOSE OUT THREE GAME HOMESTAND: Earning nine out of a possible 10 points in their last five games, the Bruins will finish up their three-game homestand by hosting the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, December 11 at the TD Garden (7:00 p.m. TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). Next week’s docket includes visits to Buffalo and Montreal on Wednesday and Thursday and a home game against the Caps on Saturday. All games next week will be televised on NESN and broadcast on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

2ND NEELY SK8 ANNOUNCED: Beginning the weekend of February 4 and continuing throughout the month, the Boston Bruins Foundation and The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care are hosting the second annual "Neely SK8 Challenge" skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual. The Neely SK8 Challenge helps raise funds for children battling cancer and their families. 

Bruins fans of all ages can register to skate at one of the five FMC participating rinks. Skaters can create a personalized fundraising page for family and friends to make a pledge and follow participants’ fundraising progress by visiting www.neelysk8.com. Last year, skaters raised more than $130,000.

RENE RANCOURNAMENT: The Bruins will giving away special holiday Rene “Rancournaments” during the Bruins/Ducks game on Monday, December 20. What exactly is a Rene Rancournament? It’s a holiday ornament modeled after Garden legend Rene Rancourt. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive one. Check out the visual here http://yfrog.com/h3et7hj.

NATURAL BORN KILLER: Rookie Brad Marchand has averaged 1:37 of ice time per game this season on the penalty kill and is currently tied for the league lead in shorthanded goals with three and shorthanded points with four. He leads all rookies in both categories.

“I love it,” said Marchand after Thursday’s game, where his 2nd period shorty proved to be the gamewinner. “Me and Soupy [Gregory Campbell] take a lot of pride in it, I know, so do all the other guys that play PK. It’s a big part of the game. We have to keep pucks out of our net. It’s a great job and we have a lot of fun doing it.”

The Bruins as a team rank third in the league in penalty kill percentage at an 87.1% clip.

KAMPFER MAKES DEBUT: Defenseman Steven Kampfer made his NHL debut on Thursday, logging 13:50 of ice time, two hits and a blocked shot. He was recalled on an emergency basis on Wednesday, December 8.

“Yeah I think he tried to show us everything he had in that first shift, right?” mused Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien after Thursday’s game. “Good hit, good first pass, and he was up the ice. I thought he played well for his first game. I liked what I saw and obviously there’s lots of room to grow and what he shows us tonight shows us great potential.”

SLICE THE ICE: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the first annual ”Slice the Ice” holiday event throughout the afternoon of Sunday, December 12, 2010 at the TD Garden. Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase a “Slice the Ice” package for 30 people where fans can skate and meet various current players for $5,000 per session. Each session is two hours and includes an open skate on the TD Garden ice where Bruins fans will be able to take photos at the Bruins goal, on the players’ bench and in the penalty box. The open skate will be followed by a meet and greet with Bruins players and a tour of the Bruins locker room. For more information visit BostonBruins.com

B’S MAKE TWO MOVES: Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Thursday that the team acquired forward Juraj Simek (pronounced YUHR-igh SHEE-mehk) from Tampa in exchange for Levi Nelson. Simek has spent the 2010-2011 season with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, where he has posted 3-6=9 totals in 21 games. Chiarelli also dealt two other P-Bruins, Jeff LoVecchio and Jordan Knackstedt, to the Florida Panthers for d’man Sean Zimmerman and a conditional seventh round pick in 2011.

STUART TO MISS 4-6 WEEKS: Mark Stuart sustained a fracture to the 4th metacarpal of his right hand (ring finger) and dislocated his 4th metacarpal phlangeal joint. He will miss approximately four to six weeks.

“The biggest thing going into this season was to stay healthy and it’s very, very disappointing, but what are you going to do?” said Stuart on Thursday. “Just got to try and stay positive, I went through this last year, so I’m a veteran with this now, so I’m just going to work hard and try and get back as soon as I can.”

TOYS FOR TOTS: The Bruins will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children in need through the US Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" program during their home games throughout December. All Bruins fans choosing to donate will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia including a team autographed jersey, a team autographed stick, autographed photo or puck.

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The next report will be sent out on December 15.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…
Mark Recchi will play in his 1,599 game on Saturday against Philadelphia and his 1,600th on Wednesday. Recchi currently ranks 9th all-time on the list and has the chance to climb as high as fourth this season. Here are the players occupying those slots on the all-time games played register:

9. Mark Recchi, 1598
8. Ray Bourque, 1612
7. Larry Murphy, 1615
6. Scott Stevens, 1635
5. Dave Andreychuk, 1639
4. Chris Chelios, 1651

MEDIA INFO: Media and fans can call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

ON THIS DATE IN BRUINS HISTORY: December 10, 1970 - John Bucyk has two goals and four assists in an 8-2 Boston win over the Buffalo Sabres while playing in his 1,000th NHL game. The Bruins have 72 shots on goal in the game, the third-highest single game total by a team in NHL history.

WEEK AHEAD RELATED LINKS:
It was another big win for the Bruins last night as they opened this three-game homestand with two wins. Keep an eye on all the coverage:

Steven Kampfer played his first NHL game last night and proved that he can play with the big boys (http://tinyurl.com/3345rt4).

The Bruins’ ‘energy line’ did not disappoint last night with Brad Marchand’s short-handed goal (http://tinyurl.com/388vobm).

Catch up on the latest Bruins news on and off the ice with Joe Haggerty’s Bruins Notes (http://tinyurl.com/36slq7g).

Watch NESN sideline reporter Naoko Funayama’s Christmas wishes for the Bruins this season (http://tinyurl.com/3xlvarf).

ESPN.com goes in depth on Marc Savard’s concussion from last season (http://tinyurl.com/39392a7).

Follow the Bruins on Twitter @NHLBruins
Become a Fan of the Bruins on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHLBruins

AROUND TOWN...
WHAT: TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION DRIVE
The Boston Bruins will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children in need through the US Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program during their home games throughout December. Each of the collections will be held at the TD Garden entrance turnstiles beginning at 6 p.m. All Bruins fans choosing to donate will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia including a team -autographed jersey, stick, photo and puck.
WHEN: All Bruins home games throughout December including: Saturday, December 11, Saturday, December 18, Monday, December 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: The TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 at the entrance turnstiles

WHAT: SANTA’S POLAR EXPRESS RIDE
The Bruins mascot Blades will join guests on board Santa’s Polar Express where everyone on board will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the classic award-winning storybook tale, “The Polar Express.” Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Snow Princess and other characters will accompany Blades on the train to greet the children, who will also get their very own Polar Express bell.
WHEN: Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Anderson Commuter Rail Station, 100 Atlantic Ave., Woburn, MA 01867
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot Blades

WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION “SLICE THE ICE”
The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the first annual “Slice the Ice” holiday event throughout the afternoon of Sunday, December 12 at the TD Garden. Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase a “Slice the Ice” package for 30 people where fans can skate and meet the current players for $5,000 per session. Each session is two hours and includes an open skate on the TD Garden ice where Bruins fans will be able to take photos at the Bruins goal, on the players’ bench and in the penalty box. The open skate will be followed by a meet-and-greet with Bruins players and a tour of the Bruins locker room. For additional information or to purchase a “Slice the Ice” package please contact Erin McEvoy at 617-624-1955 or emcevoy@bostonbruins.com.
WHEN: Sunday, December 12, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in two-hour blocks
WHERE: TD Garden 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: 2010-11 Bruins roster

WHAT: MILITARY FAMILIES HOLIDAY GATHERING
The military families of deployed and fallen troops as well as servicemen and women injured during service are invited to a special free holiday party on Monday, December 13. The Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation will host the event. The party will include a DJ, face painting, video games, crafts, dinner and a meeting with Santa Claus.
WHEN: Monday, December 13, 2010 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Christina’s, 2 Washington St, Foxboro, MA 02035
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades

WHAT: CARDINAL CUSHING HOLIDAY PARTY
On Tuesday, December 14, the Boston Bruins Foundation will be hosting a holiday party for the Cardinal Cushing Academy. Once they arrive, the kids will celebrate the holidays with lunch and dancing with Santa and Bruins alumni.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney, Bruins alumni Ken Hodge and Tommy Songin

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

Saturday, December 11 (Boston, MA)
- Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Sunday, December 12 (Wilmington, MA)
-TBD

Monday, December 13 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, December 14 (Wilmington, MA/Buffalo, NY)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.  
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players
-Travel to Buffalo, NY

Wednesday, December 15 (Buffalo, NY/Montreal, QC)
-Morning Skate, HSBC Arena, 11:30 a.m. 
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, HSBC Arena, 7:00 p.m. (One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, New York, 14203)
-Travel to Montreal, QC

Thursday, December 16 (Montreal, QC/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m. (1909, avenue des Canadiens de MontrealMontréal, Québec, Canada H4B 5G0 Canada)
-Travel to Boston, MA

Friday, December 17 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 12:15 p.m.


BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES...
“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 6-7 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins.

BIG BAD BRUINS SHOW: Check out the lineup for this week’s Big Bad Bruins show, which will first air at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 11 on NESN.

- ‘Presidential Address' Andy Brickley sits down with Cam Neely
- 'Behind the B' Kathryn Tappen sits down with Shawn Thornton
- "The Toughest Team in NHL History" - The Lunchpail Gang
- Samuel Adams Bru Fest
- NHL Plays of the Week
- Steven Kampfer NHL Debut

WEEKLY RADIO SPOTS...
Tune in to the following local stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Tuesdays
101.7 WFNX
9:10 a.m. Mark Stuart with “The FNX Breakfast Show”

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Marc Savard with “Karlson and McKenzie”

98.5 The Sports Hub
Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

Fridays
107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)
4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, December 10)
Goals
1. M. Lucic, 15
2. N. Horton, 10
3. M. Ryder, 8
T4. M. Recchi, 6
T4. B. Wheeler, 6

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 15
T2. N. Horton, 12
T2. M. Recchi, 12
T4. P. Bergeron, 10
T4. M. Lucic, 10
T4. M. Ryder, 10

Points
1. M. Lucic, 25
2. N. Horton, 22
3. D. Krejci, 19
T4. M. Ryder, 18
T4. M. Recchi, 18

Plus/Minus
T1. A. Ference, +16
T1. N. Horton, +16
T3. M. Lucic, +14
T3. Z. Chara, +14
5. D. Krejci, +10

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 55
2. G. Campbell, 37
3. M. Lucic, 28
T4. Z. Chara, 27
T4. N. Horton, 27

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:

Tim Thomas is currently ranked 1st in the NHL in goals against average (1.49), save percentage at .955 and shutouts with 5. He is currently tied for 3rd in the NHL in wins with 14.

Milan Lucic is currently ranked 1st in the NHL in shooting percentage at 24.2%. He is currently tied for 6th in the NHL in goals (15).

Andrew Ference and Nathan Horton are currently tied for 4th in the NHL in the plus/minus category at +16.

Dennis Seidenberg is currently tied for 7th in the NHL in blocked shots with 66.

Brad Marchand is currently tied for 1st in the NHL in shorthanded goals (3) and leads the NHL in shorthanded points (4).

Tyler Seguin is currently tied for 9th for rookies in the NHL in goals with 5. He is currently ranked 10th for rookies in the NHL in shooting percentage at 10.6%. He is currently tied for 14th for rookies in the NHL in scoring (10).

The Bruins as a team are currently ranked 3rd in penalty kill category at 87.1%.

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