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Boston Bruins Week Ahead

February 10 - February 17

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Boston Bruins Week Ahead
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:

UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins will have two home games before embarking on their longest road trip of the season, a six-game, 11-day sojourn through Montreal, Winnipeg, Minnesota, St. Louis, Buffalo and Ottawa. Nashville is up next however on Saturday during an afternoon matinee tilt at the TD Garden. The Preds are fifth overall in the Western Conference with 69 points. After winning 10 of 11 in the month of January, Nashville has lost three of their last four to start the month of February.

Boston hosts the New York Rangers on Valentine’s Day in the second game between the top two teams in the East this season. New York captured the first meeting with a 3-2 overtime win back on January 21 in Boston.

After the game with the Rangers, the Bruins will head to Montreal to begin the six game road trip.

Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will call three of the four games next week on NESN while the NBC Sports Network will televise the game on Wednesday against Montreal. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for next week’s games are as follows:

2/11 vs. NSH, 1:00 p.m. ET
2/14 vs. NYR, 7:00 p.m. ET
2/15 at MTL, 7:30 p.m. ET
2/17 at WPG, 8:00 p.m. ET

HORTY SET BACK: Bruins forward Nathan Horton suffered a concussion in the Bruins/Flyers game on January 22 and has been sidelined since. Horton had resumed skating on Sunday, February 5 but encountered a setback.

“He’s back to square one,” said Julien on Friday, February 10. “And we’re giving him some time here, and those symptoms, once he got on the ice, came back.”

Horton has 17 goals and 15 assists in 46 games this season.

CASINO NIGHT: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the second "Boston Bruins Casino Night" on Sunday, February 12, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The State Room (60 State Street, Boston, MA 02109). Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to play a variety of casino games with their favorite Bruins players. To purchase tickets or for additional information, email foundationevents@bostonbruins.com or call 617-624-1981.

LUCIC, FERENCE AND KELLY GIVE BACK: The Bruins were out and about in the community on Thursday, as Milan Lucic kicked off the fifth annual PJ Drive with an appearance at the Target in Watertown and Andrew Ference and Chris Kelly visited the Perkins School for the Blind.

Teaming up with Cradles to Crayons and AT&T, Bruins fans, families, schools and corporations are encouraged to donate new, unused pajamas for underprivileged children statewide throughout the month of February as part of the PJ Drive.

“I think as athletes we are real fortunate to be living our dream," Lucic said on Thursday at Target. "I think it’s a big part and important part of our roles and to try to be good role models and that’s why the whole Bruins [team] and Bruins Foundation try to do their best in the community.”

Kelly and Ference were at the Perkins School for the Blind, where they participated in a game of “goalball” with a group of vision-impaired athletes as a part of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone program.

Blindfolded, the players tried to score on the other team's goal using a specially designed ball with bells that allowed the athletes to use their audio senses to judge the movement of the ball.

"It's a tough game, but it was a lot of fun," Kelly said on Thursday. "Obviously it's a new game for Andrew and I today, but I think we enjoyed it...Whenever we can get out and enjoy something they enjoy it's always neat."

111 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins/Penguins game on Saturday, February 4 the Bruins have now sold out their last 111 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than two years ago on December 5, 2009 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).

TWO STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
1. The Bruins have scored six-or-more goals 11 times this season. Since the start of the 2008-09 season, the Bruins have allowed six-or-more goals just eight times. This includes Wednesday’s 6-0 loss to the Sabres.
2. The Nashville Predators are the only current NHL organization the Bruins have never made a trade with.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty finally picks up his first Tweet of the Week of the 2011-12 season this week, snapping a 17-week drought. The winning tweet came before the Bruins/Sabres game on Wednesday, February 8:

@HacksWithHaggs: “Has anybody said that it’s clearly ‘open season’ on Buffalo Sabres head coaches after Ruff’s broken ribs? I can’t be the first, right?”

And here are this week’s Honorable Mentions, in no particular order:
@GlobeFluto, in reference to the post-Super Bowl photos of Rob Gronkowski: “At least Marchand and Seguin won before going shirtless”

@DJ_Bean, from Buffalo during the B’s 6-0 loss: “Bruins won’t be the biggest losers tonight. They’re not the ones doing the wave.”

2011-12 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 3 (Week 4, Week 5, Week 10)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 3 (Week 3, Week 8, Week 11)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN.com), 3 (Week 6, Week 14, Week 15)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 2 (Week 2, Week 13)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 2 (Week 1, Week 16)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), 1 (Week 7)
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 9)
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), 1 (Week 12)
@Brian Zechello (Brian Zechello, NESN), 1 (Week 17)
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), 1 (Week 18)

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, February 16, 2012

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their sixth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on February 1. 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 Alexander Khokhlachev, Alexander Fallstrom and Kevan Miller, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 1/31/12):

P-BRUINS WITH POINTS IN FIVE STRAIGHT: Providence has climbed back to .500 at 20-20-5 after taking points in their last five games heading into the All-Star Break with a 4-0-1 mark.  The P-Bruins have been off since January 25 for the AHL All-Star break and will resume action on Friday, February 3 when they host the Springfield Falcons.

ARNIEL NETS TWO: In the P-Bruins’ January 22nd contest against the Springfield Falcons, forward Jamie Arniel scored his third and fourth goals of the season and  his first since January 7th. He scored early in the first period, giving his team momentum and a 2-0 lead after the first. Arniel scored again in the second, contributing to the P-Bruins 4-3 victory over Springfield.

GOTHBERG, FORCE WIN NINE STRAIGHT: Zane Gothberg won all nine games during Fargo’s recent nine game winning streak from December 30 – January 26. During the nine-game win streak Gothberg picked up two shutouts and surrendered just 13 goals. Fargo outscored their opposition during this stretch 43-13. After a sluggish start, the Force have surged to fourth place in the USHL’s Western Conference with a 19-15-3 record. Gothberg meanwhile ranks in the top four in the USHL in goaltender wins (4th, 15), save percentage (2nd, .914) and goals against average (3rd, 2.42).

TREMBLAY STREAKING: Clarkson Golden Knights forward Nick Tremblay has a six-game point streak in progress with four goals and six assists over that span. The streak began on 1/7 and has continued through 1/28. He tallied a career high four points during Clarkson’s 4-3 win over St. Lawrence on 1/21.

HAMILTON NEARS RETURN: Niagara IceDogs defenseman Dougie Hamilton has served seven games of a 10-game suspension for his hit on Sudbury’s Michael MacDonald back on January 13. Hamilton, who is expected to return Feb. 11 against Barrie, leads all OHL defensemen with 50 points (13-37=50).

MEDIA AND FAN INFO LINE: The Boston Bruins  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:

SAVVY’S SUITE: Starting Thursday, January 12 through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season, B’s forward Marc Savard will host a luxury suite at the TD Garden for pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Boston with a focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint.

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.

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 sale now in the Bruins Proshop, select AT&T retail stores throughout New England and on BostonBruins.com/full60. Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Check out a preview on bostonbruins.com/full60.

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 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
-Practices at the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.

Saturday, February 11 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Nashville Predators, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, February 12 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m. (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
-Full Team Charity Event: Boston Bruins Foundation will host the second “Boston Bruins Casino Night”, 5:00 p.m. (The State Room, 60 State Street, Boston MA 02109). This event is open to media.

Monday, February 13 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114) This session is closed to the public

Tuesday, February 14 (Boston, MA/Montreal QC)
-Bruins vs. New York Rangers, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Montreal, QC

Wednesday, February 15 (Montreal, QC)
-Morning Skate, Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m. (1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, Montreal, Quebec Canada H4B 5G0)
-Players available after Morning Skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NBCSP (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Thursday, February 16 (Montreal, QC/Winnipeg, MB)
-Travel to Winnipeg, MB

Friday, February 17 (Winnipeg, MB/Minneapolis, MN)
-Morning Skate, MTS Centre, 11:30 a.m. (300 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB Canada R3C 5S4)
-Players available after Morning Skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets, MTS Centre, 7:00 p.m. local
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN(HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Minneapolis, MN
 

AROUND TOWN:
WHAT: CASINO NIGHT
The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the second “Boston Bruins Casino Night” on Sunday, February 12 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to play Craps, Double Roulette, Blackjack, Texas Hold 'Em, and Wheel of Fortune with their favorite players from the Bruins 2011 –12 roster. Fans can choose between two ticket options: VIP or General Admission. The $250 VIP ticket guarantees fans early entry into the player lounge before doors open to the General Admission ticket holders and the opportunity to interact with the players in an intimate setting at 5:00 p.m. The General Admission ticket, which costs $150, provides admittance into the party at 6:00 p.m. where fans can gamble at the tables hosted by current players. To purchase tickets or for additional information, Bruins fans should email foundationevents@bostonbruins.com or call 617-624-1981.
WHEN: Sunday, February 12 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: The State Room, 60 State Street, Boston, MA 02109
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: The 2011 –12 Boston Bruins roster

WHAT: FIFTH ANNUAL PJ DRIVE IN-GAME COLLECTION
On Saturday, February 11, the Boston Bruins will be hosting their in-game PJ Drive collection during the Bruins/Predators game at 1:00 p.m. In addition to helping children in need, fans choosing to participate will receive a raffle ticket for each pair of pajamas donated for the chance to win Boston Bruins team autographed memorabilia.
WHEN: Sunday, February 11 beginning at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
 
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, February 10)

Goals
1. T. Seguin, 20
T2. M. Lucic, 19
T2. B. Marchand, 19
4. N. Horton, 17
5. P. Bergeron, 15

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 31
2. D. Krejci, 28
3. R. Peverley, 27
4. T. Seguin, 24
5. Z. Chara, 22

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 46
2. T. Seguin, 44
3. M. Lucic, 40
4. D. Krejci, 39
5. B. Marchand, 38

Plus/Minus
1. T. Seguin, +31
2. P. Bergeron, +25
3. Z. Chara, +24
T4. C. Kelly, +22
T4. B. Marchand, +22

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 117
2. M. Lucic, 107
3. A. McQuaid, 79
4. B. Marchand, 77
5. Z. Chara, 57

BRUINS 2011-12 STARS:
Zdeno Chara, Hardest Shot Champion, 108.8 MPH
Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, NHL All-Stars
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star Captain
Claude Julien, Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis, Geoff Ward, NHL All-Star Coaching Staff of Team Chara
Brad Marchand, First Star of the Week (Week ending December 25)
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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