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The Boston Bruins Week Ahead

April 13 - April 20

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The Boston Bruins Week Ahead
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD
APRIL 13 – APRIL 20

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE:
-The Bruins will not have a morning skate on Saturday, April 14 before Game 2.
-Game 2, Bruins vs. Capitals, 3:00 p.m. (puck drop is 3:20 p.m.)

EASTERN CONF QUARTERFINALS: The Bruins opened Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at home against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, April 12 where they advanced to 1-0 on the series with a 1-0 OT win over the Caps. The game-winning goal was scored by B’s forward Chris Kelly at just 1:18 of overtime.

The B’s and the Caps are set to matchup for Game 2 of the series at the TD Garden on Saturday, April 14 where the puck will drop at 3:20 p.m. The following day, the team will travel to Washington in preparation for Game 3 at the Verizon Center on Monday, April 16. Continuing the series, Game 4 will take place in Washington on Thursday, April 19. The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. for both games in Washington.

If necessary, the Bruins will return home to play a Game 5 at the Garden on Saturday, April 21. The game is set to begin at 3:00 p.m.

Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will call Monday and Thursday’s game for NESN (HD), while the tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle radio duties for all games on 98.5 The Sports Hub. NBC will have the Game 2 and Game 5 calls. The start times for the upcoming playoff games are as follows:

4/14 vs. WSH, 3:00 p.m. ET
4/16 @ WSH, 7:30 p.m. ET
4/19 @ WSH, 7:30 p.m. ET
*4/21 vs. WSH, 3:00 p.m. ET

*If necessary

SHUTOUT STREAK: Tim Thomas earned his sixth career playoff shutout with the 1-0 win  over Washington in Game 1 ... It was his second consecutive postseason shutout, as he recorded a 4-0 win on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final ... He now carries a playoff shutout streak of 123:44 with his last playoff goal allowed a Maxim Lapierre score at 17:34 of the third period on June 13, 2011 vs. Vancouver in Boston during Game 6 of the SCF ... Thomas is now tied with Cecil “Tiny” Thompson for second place on the club’s all-time playoff shutouts list, trailing only Gerry Cheevers who registered eight.

GAME 1, GAME 2: The Bruins now have a 44-45 lifetime record in game ones of best-of-seven series ... Their Game 2 record when leading a series 1-0 is 28-15 and they are 31-14 overall in best-of-seven series in which they have led 1-0.

NO WEAK LINKS: Bruin defenseman Andrew Ference introduced The Chain to the Bruins locker room following the Game 1 win over Washington. The Chain is similar to last year’s Jacket, which is awarded to the player of the game after every Bruins win. The Chain is comprised of 20 links (for the 20 players that dress) and has a lock with the Spoked-B engraved in it. Following each win, the player who earns The Chain will wear it during the postgame availability and then have their number inscribed into it. According to Ference, The Chain reminds the group that there can be “no weak links.”

CHAIN TALLY:
4/12 vs. WSH, Game 1 – Chris Kelly

126 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins latest home game the B’s have now sold out their last 126 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).

FACEOFF LEADER: Patrice Bergeron won the most faceoffs in the NHL this season (973) and finished the regular season having won 59.3% of his draws. That percentage ranked second overall in the NHL, trailing only Chicago’s Jonathan Towes (59.4%). In Game 1 against Washington, Bergeron won 18 of his 25 faceoffs (72%).

PLUS/MINUS: The Bruins owned the top five plus/minus ratings in the NHL this season:
Patrice Bergeron (+36), Tyler Seguin (+34), Chris Kelly (+33), Zdeno Chara, (+33) and Brad Marchand (+31).

RATINGS RECORD: NESN’s coverage of the Bruins 1-0 overtime win over the Capitals in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 1 set a new first game of a playoff series ratings record for NESN with a 11.6 average household rating in the Boston DMA and a 19.3 share. The 11.6 rating is also the 7th highest Bruins playoff rating in NESN history.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): The opening week of the playoffs did not disappoint from the TOTW perspective. Multiple media members made bids to earn this week’s honor but it was an industry veteran who ended up securing his first Tweet of the Week of the year.  

‏@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe): Wish we could see those White House cut-ins, with POTUS cheering on L'il Ball o' Hate.

And here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com): No Krejci at Bruins practice, but the glass is here doing whatever it wants. Shanaban my eye. #BosWsh

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com): Krejci dodged a bullet but he couldn’t dodge a gigantic pane of glass. That’s a fascinating skill set. #Bruins #BosWsh

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): BC Eagles right below me during TV timeout. Loogie target practice


2011-12 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 5 (Week 4, Week 5, Week 10, Week 20, Week 25)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 5 (Week 3, Week 8, Week 11, Week 22, Week 26)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN.com), 3 (Week 6, Week 14, Week 15)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 3 (Week 2, Week 13, Week 23)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 2 (Week 1, Week 16)
@Brian Zechello (Brian Zechello, NESN), 2 (Week 17, Week 21)
@_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)
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), 1 (Week 18)
@RearAdBsBlog (Brian McGonagle, Barstool Sports), 1 (Week 19)
@Kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 24)
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe), 1 (Week 27)

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Monday, April 2, 2012
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their seventh edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on April 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 newly signed players Justin Florek, Zach Trotman, Adam Morrison and Torey Krug, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 4/6/12):

TREMBLAY TAKES IT TO PROVIDENCE: Former leading scorer of Clarkson University’s Golden Knights, forward Nick Tremblay signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) with Providence on March 15. Since then, he has appeared in four games with the AHL club and has recorded a goal and an assist in that time. He tallied an assist on a March 18 victory over Springfield, and recorded his first professional goal on March 25 in a game against Portland. Tremblay scored the lone regulation goal to tie the game at 1-1 and send it to overtime. After a scoreless overtime, the teams went to a shootout where Tremblay scored the team’s second shootout goal.

CAMPER CONTINUES TO LEAD:  Carter Camper currently leads the P-Bruins in points (46) and assists (29) and is tied for second in goals (17) with teammate Josh Hennessy.  On April 1 Camper contributed two goals to the team’s 3-2 OT win against Connecticut Whale.  Scoring the first goal of the night and the game-winning goal in overtime, he earned the Number One Star of the game.  In a winning victory (5-2) over the Manchester Monarchs on March 23, Camper tallied two assists.

MACDONALD MAKES IT THREE: As of April 2, P-Bruin forward Kirk MacDonald has recorded points in his last three games with the club, tallying an assist on April 1, scoring the lone P-Bruin goal on March 31, and an assist on March 30. MacDonald also recorded a two-goal night on March 18 in a 5-1 victory over Springfield. He currently ranks fourth in the P-Bruins scoring race with 31 points thus far on the season.

GOTHBERG GETS THREE: Over the past seven games Zane Gothberg is 4-3-0.  Of those four victories, three of them are shutouts.  Currently, Gothberg ranks first in the USHL with number of shutouts at seven.  He earned these shutouts against the Sioux Fall Stampede (8-0) on March 30, the Des Moines Buccaneers (2-0) on March 23, and the Omaha Lancers (1-0) on March 18.  Of those three games, Gothberg received the Number One Star honor each time.  Gothberg currently ranks second in GAA among USHL goalies (2.23) and tied for first in save percentage (.921) with Ryan McKay.

HAMILTON ON TOP: Over the past nine games Dougie Hamilton has 2-11=13 totals.  He finished the 2011-12 regular season leading the OHL in points among defensemen with 17-55=72 totals.  He currently leads in points among defensemen with 2-6=8 totals and ranks 12th among all players during the 2012 playoff season.  Hamilton had a three game point streak from March 22 – 25 where he tallied 2-4=6 totals.  Hamilton was named the Number One Star of the night after scoring one goal and an assist on March 23 during a victory (6-1) against the Oshawa Generals.  On March 15 he had a multi-point night contributing three assists in an 8-1 win over the Peterborough Petes.

INJURY UPDATE: Jared Knight of the London Knights suffered a sprained ankle in Game One of the first round of the 2012 OHL Playoffs on March 23.  In Knight’s only playoff appearance this year, he scored one goal for London in the third period, securing the team’s eventual 3-0 victory over the Windsor Spitfires. While Knight did not play in the rest of the series, his team swept Windsor in four games and is headed to the second round where they will matchup against Saginaw.

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

OFF THE ICE:

SAVVY’S SUITE: Since 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 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, April 14 (Boston, MA)
-No Bruins Morning Skate.
-Bruins vs. Capitals, Game 2, TD Garden, 3:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: None, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, April 15 (Boston, MA/Washington, DC)
-Practice TBD
-Travel to Washington, DC

Monday, April 16 (Washington, DC)
-Bruins vs. Capitals, Game 3, Verizon Center, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Tuesday, April 17 (Washington, DC)
-Practice TBD

Wednesday, April 18 (Washington, DC)
- Practice TBD

Thursday, April 19 (Washington, DC/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Capitals, Game 4, Verizon Center, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, April 20
-Practice, TBD
 
AROUND TOWN:
WHAT: LICENSE PLATE RAFFLE
The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles are raffling off the first plate of the ‘Invest in Youth Hockey’ Bruins license plate series featuring the Bruins current logo (the former plate included the retro Bruins logo.) The license plate raffle will run until Friday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.bruinsraffles.org.
WHEN: Raffle closes at 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 4
WHERE: www.bruinsraffles.org

WHAT: BRUINS BEARD-A-THON
The “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” is underway and fans are invited to grow their own playoff beards for the duration of the team’s 2012 Stanley Cup playoff run. The “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” gives Bruins fans the opportunity to show their support for the team and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation.

Fans can create their “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” profile by uploading their photo at www.beardathon.com/bruins. Participants can choose to grow their own beard and update their growth throughout the playoffs or they can grow their beard virtually by choosing the ‘Build-A-Beard’ option, giving women and children an opportunity to get involved.
WHEN: Throughout the Boston Bruins 2012 Stanley Cup Playoff run
WHERE: www.beardathon.com/bruins

WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION MARATHON TEAM
The Boston Bruins Marathon Team will participate in the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16 to raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation. There are currently 17 members of the Boston Bruins Marathon Team, including Eric Spirko (Boston Bruins Group Sales Account Exec) and Naomi Starr (girlfriend of David Krejci) as well as Matt Brown and Army Ranger Lucas Carr. Both hailing from Norwood, MA, Carr will be pushing Brown the 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon. In order to qualify for the Boston Marathon, the pair took part in the Hyannis Marathon, where Carr pushed Brown from beginning to end and crossed the finish line. Brown and Carr will join the Boston Bruins marathon team to raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation. Each member of the Boston Bruins Marathon team is required to raise a minimum of $3,500, which will support children's athletic programs, academics, health and community outreach programs.
WHEN: Monday, April 16 beginning at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Runners starting point: B.A.A. Athletes’ Village 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Marathon Team

WHAT: VISIT TO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BOSTON
To help spread some of the playoff excitement with the patients at Children's Hospital the Bruins' wives and girlfriends will be decorating Bruins themed t-shirts with the kids. After the activity, they will deliver goodie bags to patients' rooms.
WHEN: Thursday, April 19, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Children's Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Dana Paille

WHAT: BELLE OF THE BALL SHOPPING BOUTIQUE
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls have once again donated their time and energy into collecting new or gently used prom, cocktail and evening dresses in support of Belle of the Ball. The Ice Girls will be on hand at the Belle of the Ball Boutique Day to act as personal shoppers to the young ladies who will be browsing the selection to find their perfect dress.
WHEN: Saturday, April 14 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Simmons College Holmes Center, 331 Brookline Ave. Boston, MA 02115
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls    
 
BRUINS PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, April 13)

Goals
1. C. Kelly, 1

Assists
T1. B. Rolston, 1
T1. B. Pouliot, 1

Points
T1. B. Rolston, 1
T1. C. Kelly, 1
T1. B. Pouliot, 1

Plus/Minus
T1. C. Kelly, +1
T1. B. Rolston, +1
T1. B. Pouliot, +1
T1 J. Corvo, +1
T1. G. Zanon, +1

Penalty Minutes
1. D. Krejci, 4
2. Z. Chara, 2

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (Final Results as of Saturday, April 7)

Goals
1. T. Seguin, 29
2. B. Marchand, 28
3. M. Lucic, 26
4. D. Krejci, 23
5. P. Bergeron, 22

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 42
2. Z. Chara, 40
3. D. Krejci, 39
4. T. Seguin, 38
5. M. Lucic, 35

Points
1. T. Seguin, 67
2. P. Bergeron, 64
3. D. Krejci, 62
4. M. Lucic, 61
5. B. Marchand, 55

Plus/Minus
1. P. Bergeron, +36
2. T. Seguin, +34
T3. Z. Chara, +33
T3. C. Kelly, +33
5. B. Marchand, +31

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 154
2. M. Lucic, 135
3. A. McQuaid, 99
4. B. Marchand, 87
5. Z. Chara, 86

BRUINS 2011-12 STARS:
Tyler Seguin, NESN 7th Player
Zdeno Chara, Second Star of the Week (Week ending April 1)
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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