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Boston Bruins Week Ahead

Dec. 2 - Dec. 9

Friday, 12.02.2011 / 4:43 PM / News
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THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:

BRUINS “STAND TOGETHER” AGAINST BULLYING FOR THE WALKER FAMILY ON FRIDAY’S EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION: Bruins President Cam Neely and players Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference, Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, and Shawn Thornton will appear on the Friday, December 2nd edition of Extreme Makeover Home Edition (ABC, 8:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.). The Extreme Makeover crew traveled to Springfield, MA to surprise the Walker family, who two years ago endured an unimaginable tragedy. On April 6th, 2009, 11-year-old Carl Walker took his own life in their Springfield home after being bullied at school.  The family still hasn’t been able to return to normal after this tragic event, but they have focused their energy on helping others by lobbying for new state and federal laws against bullying. 

The Extreme Makeover crew built a brand new home for the Walker family, as the family understandably had difficultly living in the place where their son took his own life. One of the rooms in their new home is based around a Boston-sports theme and the Bruins contributed various items to help them decorate, including a replica 2011 Stanley Cup championship banner, signed jerseys, sticks and pucks.

The players joined thousands of others – including Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian – to “stand together” against bullying and show their support for the Walker family and their cause. The two-hour episode airs Friday night at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

For more information and how to help the “Stand Together” campaign, check out a Bruins gallery and www.standtogether.tv
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FIVE IN EIGHT: The Northeast Division leading Bruins will play five games in eight days next week, beginning with Saturday night’s tilt against the Maple Leafs at the TD Garden. The Bruins have defeated Toronto in the three prior meetings this season, downing the Leafs by a combined score of 19-5.

The B’s will then have back-to-back road games in Pittsburgh and Winnipeg on Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6. Pittsburgh currently leads the Eastern Conference with 34 points and are 4-1-1 since Sidney Crosby returned to the Pens lineup on Monday, November 21.

Boston returns home for a Thursday night matchup against the Florida Panthers before heading to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets on Saturday, December 10.

All games will be televised on NESN and can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Check BostonBruins.com for start times.

TRAVEL NOTE: There will not be any practice on Wednesday.

RATINGS CONTINUE TO SURGE: NESN set two regular season Boston Bruins ratings records in November: highest average monthly Bruins rating and single Bruins game all-time high.

During the month of November NESN averaged a 5.3 household (HH) rating, the highest average monthly Bruins rating in network history. The 5.3 rating is 33% better than the previous best monthly average of 4.0 recorded in March 2011. November featured five of the top seven rated regular season Bruins games in NESN history.

On Wednesday, November 23rd NESN garnered an 8.4 HH rating for the Bruins 3-2 shootout win at Buffalo, the best regular season game rating in the network’s 28 year history.

100 STRAIGHT: The Bruins expect to hit their 100th consecutive sellout this Saturday, December 3. In recognition of the 100th straight sellout, the Bruins will be thanking fans with a commemorative poster and through a display on Garden HDX. This sellout streak began nearly two years ago on December 5, 2009, coincidentally 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).

NHL, BRUINS HIT HIGH MERCHANDISE HIGHS: The NHL recorded a successful Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend with record sales at the NHL Powered by Reebok store in midtown New York City and online at Shop.NHL.com. NHL Winter Classic products were nine of the 10 top-selling items on Shop.NHL.com on Cyber Monday. The only non-NHL Winter Classic product in the top 10? The Bruins black home jersey, which came in third. Here is the top 5:

1. Reebok Philadelphia Flyers 2012 NHL Winter Classic Reversible Knit Hat
2. CCM 2012 NHL Winter Classic Dueling Event T-shirt
3. Reebok Boston Bruins Premier Home Jersey
4. Reebok Philadelphia Flyers 2012 NHL Winter Classic Premier Jersey
5. HBO 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the 2011 NHL Winter Classic DVD

THOMAS TAKES HOME PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS: The NHL announced Thursday, December 1 that Tim Thomas has been named the NHL’s First Star of the Month of November. Thomas completed a perfect November going 9-0-0 in the month with three shutouts, a 1.76 Goals Against Average and a .941 Save Percentage. His nine straight victories established a new career long.

THE LAST TIME… a Bruin won NHL First Star of the Month honors? January 2011, when Patrice Bergeron led all NHL scorers with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) and posted a +13 rating in 14 games.

B’S INK KREJCI TO 3 YEAR EXTENSION: GM Peter Chiarelli announced on Thursday, December 1 that the team signed David Krejci to a three-year deal worth $5.25 million per season. The 25-year-old Krejci has skated in 318 career NHL games – all with Boston – and has registered 62 goals and 165 assists for 227 points. During the Bruins 2010-11 Stanley Cup Championship run, Krejci finished as the NHL’s playoff scoring leader with 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points in 25 games, becoming the first Bruin to do so since Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr shared the postseason scoring title in 1972. His 12 playoff goals included four gamewinners (three of which came against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals) and one hat trick (Game 6 loss versus Tampa in Eastern Conference Finals). He also had the primary assist on Nathan Horton’s gamewinning goal against Tampa in Game Seven that propelled the Bruins to their first Cup Final since 1990.

“TOYS FOR TOTS” DRIVE KICKS OFF SATURDAY: 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. The first collection takes place on Saturday, December 3 when the Bruins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: Short week for the competitors (similar to an NFL team having a game Sunday and then playing again four days later on Thursday) but we now have a tie atop the leaderboard, as Matt Kalman becomes the second media member to accumulate multiple TOTW wins this season. Responding to the various Bobby Ryan-for-David Krejci trade rumors that clouded the twittersphere on Tuesday and Wednesday, @TheBruinsBlog had this to say after the Krejci extension was announced on Thursday:

@TheBruinsBlog: "Oh well, time to start making up rumors about someone else #Bruins"

And here are this week’s Honorable Mentions, in no particular order:

@kevinwalshtv: "Going to read to my little princesses now. Please forward any insults to Shawn Thornton. He'll get right back 2 u. #Bruins"

@HacksWithHaggs: “I know there are plenty of people in Boston that think Bobby Lou is No. 1 RT @BotchonCanucks: Luongo on Cory: “we’re both no. 1s”

2011-12 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 2 (Week 4, Week 5)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 2 (Week 3, Week 8)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 1 (Week 1)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 1 (Week 2)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN), 1 (Week 6)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), 1 (Week 7)

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS STAT MACHINE:
Tim Thomas’ current 9-game win streak is most by a Boston goaltender since Andy Moog had 10 straight wins from February 27 – March 25, 1993. The club mark is 17, set by Gilles Gilbert in 1975-76 which is also the NHL record

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Friday, December 2, 2011
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, December 15, 2011

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their second edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on December 2. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes on all players in the Bruins system and features on Carter Camper and Justin Florek, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights:

POWER PLAY PROWESS: Forward Jamie Tardif seems to have a knack for power play goals while defenseman David Warsofsky and forward Carter Camper seem to enjoy assisting Tardif on those power play goals. Tardif is currently tied for 2nd in the AHL in power play goals (6). Six of his seven goals so far this season have been power play goals. Since last report, Providence has scored a total of six power play goals, five of which were from Tardif, all assisted by Camper and Warsofsky. The only other power play goal during that period not scored by Tardif was by Josh Hennessy from Jamie Arniel.

WORLD JUNIOR INVITES: Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Spooner were two of the 41 players invited to Team Canada’s selection camp for the World Junior Championships. 22 will make the final roster. The selection camp will be held in Calgary on December 10, with the World Junior tournament scheduled for Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Calgary and Edmonton. Team USA will announce their preliminary roster on Tuesday, December 6.

FERLIN NAMED ECAC ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: The ECAC named Cornell freshman forward Brian Ferlin Rookie of the Month for the month of November after the forward tallied five goals and six assists in eight games. He won two Rookie of the Week honors in the month and finished November with a  +9 rating.

KNIGHT RETURNS WITH GORDIE HOWE HAT TRICK: Jared Knight didn’t stay quiet in his return from a two-game suspension on Nov. 19 at Owen Sound. Knight led the Knights to a 7-5 win with 3 points (1-2=3) and picked up a fighting major, taking the number one star honor for the night. 

MEDIA AND FAN INFO LINE: The Boston Bruins Media and Fan Information Line (617.624.1910) has been experiencing intermittent problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. The practice and availability schedules can always be confirmed on BostonBruins.com.

OFF THE ICE:

BOSTON BRUINS ICE GIRLS: BostonBruins.com launched a revamped version of their Ice Girl homepage that now includes animated bios and video. Fans can check out the new features and this year’s Ice Girl squad on BostonBruins.com.

ALL STAR VOTING ON NHL.COM: Six B’s made the NHL all-star ballot: Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Tim Thomas. Voting began on nhl.com on Monday, Nov. 14.

THOMAS STARS IN DISCOVER COMMERCIAL: Discover launched two new national television ads Tuesday, November 1 featuring the popular Peggy character along with Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. Both 30-second spots showcase each player’s frustration as they face some of the challenges consumers face when calling their card’s customer service departments. To see the ad, visit BostonBruins.com.

FULL 60 TO HISTORY: The Bruins official championship season commemorative book Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins is on presale now on BostonBruins.com/full60. Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Beginning with the team “picking up the pieces” after their 2010 playoff exit against Philadelphia, continuing through Belfast, Prague, across North America and to Vancouver for the unforgettable locker room celebration on June 15, Full 60 to History provides content that has never been seen or heard before. Exclusive insight into the trades that Peter Chiarelli made (and didn’t make), intermission speeches from Head Coach Claude Julien, postgame talks that only those inside the locker room were privy to, the meaning behind the title of the book, and countless memorable conversations and moments of the 2010-11 season are all explained in full detail.

CROSS INSURANCE BECOMES FIRST PRACTICE PARTNER: The Boston Bruins announced on October 4 that Cross Insurance will be the first partner of the Bruins practice jerseys. In addition to the practice jerseys Cross Insurance will have a visible presence at the Bruins primary practice facility at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
- (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, December 3 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN(HD), RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, December 4 (Wilmington, MA/Pittsburgh, PA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, December 5 (Pittsburgh, PA/Winnipeg, MB)
-Morning Skate, CONSOL Energy Center, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 7:00 p.m. (1001 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN(HD), RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Winnipeg, MB

Tuesday, December 6 (Winnipeg, MB)
-Morning Skate, MTS Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets, MTS Centre, 7:30 p.m. (300 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 5S4)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN(HD), RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Wednesday, December 7 (Winnipeg, MB/Boston, MA)
-No practice, travel to Boston, MA

Thursday, December 8 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers, TD Garden, 7:30 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN(HD), RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, December 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Travel to Columbus, OH

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. The first collection takes place on Saturday, December 3 when the Bruins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m. 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, a team-autographed stick, photo and puck. For more information on the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, visit http://www.toysfortots.org/
WHEN: All Bruins home games throughout December including Saturday, December 3; Thursday, December 8; Tuesday, December 13; Monday, December 19 and Friday, December 23
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 at the entrance turnstiles

WHAT: “THE GREATEST FANS IN HOCKEY” COMMEMORATIVE POSTER GIVEAWAY
To thank Bruins fans for their continued support through the last 100 games, the Bruins will give each fan a commemorative “Greatest Fans in Hockey.” The Bruins have sold out their last 99 consecutive games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. The team will reach the 100 game-sell-out milestone on Saturday December 3, when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m. This streak began on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
WHEN: Saturday, December 3 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 at the entrance turnstiles

WHAT: P.A.S.S. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TD BANK
P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) is a 10 clinic series conducted by the Boston Bruins and sponsored by TD Bank. P.A.S.S. focuses on teaching youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12 basic hockey skills. All participants receive a P.A.S.S. jersey and a gift bag filled with an equipment bag tag, water bottle and two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game. TD Bank also presents each hosting youth hockey organization with a $1,000 donation.
WHEN: Monday, December 5, 2011
WHERE: Tri-Town Ice Arena, 311 West River Rd., Hooksett, NH 03106
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Alumni Tommy Songin

WHAT: GAME WORN MARCHAND JERSEY AND BRUINS/CANADIENS TICKETS
The Boston Bruins Foundation is raffling off the opening game jersey of Bruins forward, Brad Marchand. The jersey was worn by Marchand on October 6, 2011 and features the Banner Night patch that replicated the Stanley Cup banner, which was raised prior to the start of the game. Marchand scored the only goal for the B’s that night wearing this jersey. In addition to the Marchand jersey, the winner will receive two tickets to the Bruins/Canadiens game at the TD Garden on Monday, December 19, 2011. Tickets will be on sale until Friday, December 16 and can be purchased online at  www.bruinsraffles.org for $5.00 per ticket, with the net proceeds benefiting the Boston Bruins Foundation.
WHEN: The winner will be chosen at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, December 16.
WHERE:   www.bruinsraffles.org

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, December 2)

Goals
1. T. Seguin, 12
2. M. Lucic, 10
T3. C. Kelly, 9
T3. B. Marchand, 9
5. N. Horton, 6

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 13
T2. T. Seguin, 12
T2. P. Bergeron, 12
4. R. Peverley, 11
T5. N. Horton, 10
T5. J. Corvo, 10

Points
1. T. Seguin, 24
T2. Z. Chara, 18
T2. M. Lucic, 18
T2. B. Marchand, 18
5. P. Bergeron, 17

Plus/Minus
1. T. Seguin, +19
2. C. Kelly +16
T3. Z. Chara, +15
T3. B. Marchand, +15
5. P. Bergeron, +14

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 39
2. B. Marchand, 37
3. Z. Chara, 36
4. M. Lucic, 31
T5. G. Campbell, 30
T5. N. Horton, 30

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:

Tyler Seguin is currently leading the NHL in plus/minus (+19), tied for 4th in game-winning goals (3), and tied for 7th in goals (12).  

For plus/minus, Chris Kelly is ranked 2nd (+16), Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara are tied in 3rd (+15), and Patrice Bergeron is tied for 6th (+14).

Zdeno Chara is tied for 5th among NHL defensemen in scoring (18).

Tim Thomas is ranked 5th in GAA (1.93), 4th in wins (12), tied for 3rd in Save % (.936), and tied for 2nd in shutouts (3).

BRUINS 2011-12 STARS:
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Month (November)
Tyler Seguin, First Star of the Week (Week ending November 13)

The 2011-2012 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.
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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
3 DET 22 12 5 5 64 54 29
4 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
5 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
6 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
7 FLA 20 8 6 6 42 51 22
8 BUF 22 6 14 2 37 72 14

STATS

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 23 5 11 -2 16
C. Soderberg 23 5 10 2 15
D. Hamilton 23 4 8 2 12
L. Eriksson 23 3 9 5 12
B. Marchand 20 5 6 4 11
M. Lucic 23 4 7 3 11
R. Smith 23 4 6 -1 10
D. Krejci 11 3 7 4 10
C. Kelly 21 2 6 4 8
S. Griffith 18 5 2 -1 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 10 6 1 .915 2.40
N. Svedberg 3 3 0 .913 2.46
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