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The Boston Bruins Week Ahead

April 20-27

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The Boston Bruins Week Ahead
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE:
-Game 5, Bruins vs. Capitals, 3:00 p.m. (puck drop is 3:20 p.m.)

SUNDAY’S SCHEDULE: The NHL has not yet determined the start time for Game 6 in Washington. As soon as it is confirmed, the Bruins Communications Department will post it on the team’s website.

EASTERN CONF QUARTERFINALS: After splitting games on their road trip in Washington, the Bruins and Capitals are now tied 2-2 in the series. The Bruins came away with a 4-3 win in their first game at the Verizon Center on April 16, with captain Zdeno Chara scoring the game-winning goal with just under two minutes remaining in the game.

In their second outing in Washington on Thursday, April 19, the B’s fell 2-1 as rookie goalie Braden Holtby stopped 44 out of 45 shots to secure the Capitals a win.

The Bruins will play Game 5 at the TD Garden on Saturday, April 21. The game is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. and will air on NBC. Immediately following Saturday’s game, the team will fly to Washington, DC where they will matchup against the Caps on Sunday for Game 6.

If necessary, the teams will return to Boston for a deciding Game 7 at the TD Garden on Wednesday, April 25. Start times for Games 6 and 7 are TBD.

NBC will carry Game 5 nationally while the tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle radio duties for all games on 98.5 The Sports Hub. The start times for the upcoming playoff games are as follows:

4/21 vs. WSH, 3:00 p.m. ET
4/22 at WSH, TBD
*4/25 vs. WSH, TBD

*If necessary

B’S/CAPS FACTS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
-All four games in this series have been decided by one goal which is the first time since their 1992 Division Semifinal series that the Bruins have played four straight one-goal playoff decisions … They have not had five straight playoff games decided by one goal since their 1989 Division Final series vs. Montreal.
 
-The Bruins and Caps have combined for 14 goals in this series thus far … Boston’s club record for fewest goals by both teams in a six-game series is 22 (1951 SF vs. Toronto) and in a seven-game series is 26 (1939 SF vs. NY Rangers).

-Of the 264:14 minutes played in this series thus far, the Bruins have 14:51 of lead time, the Capitals have 54:34 and the score has been even for 194:49.

-Boston outshot Washington by a 45-21 margin in Game 4 ... The 45 shots were the most by the Bruins in a non-OT playoff game since Apr. 17, 1996 in Florida (45) and set a Capitals club record for playoff shots against in a non-OT game.

PLAYOFF RECALLS: Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Wednesday, April 18 that the following Providence Bruins players have been recalled to the Boston Bruins for the NHL playoffs and will remain and practice in Providence: Andrew Bodnarchuk, Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, Josh Hennessy, Lane MacDermid, Kevan Miller, Max Sauve, Ryan Spooner, David Warsofsky and Trent Whitfield

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
4/16 at WSH, Game 3 – Daniel Paille

127 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins latest home game the B’s have now sold out their last 127 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): For the second consecutive week, a Boston writer picks up his first tweet of the week of the season. It is encouraging to see members of the media stepping up in the postseason when the tweeting matters most. ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald’s winning tweet came during a rink-repair timeout in Game 3.  

‏@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN Boston): pane of glass being fixed, Krejci runs to the locker room.

And here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:
‏@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com): If you think the Bruins writers all just sit in a line and tweet to each other even though they're all five feet apart, you're... right.

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog): NHL should hold American Idol-style phone poll to determine Torres suspension. Hit #5 on your phone for 30+ games.

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): #Bruins ready to start prax. Tried to recruit Fleury and Bryzgalov for day. Forwards need tires pumped.

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)
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN Boston), 1 (Week 28)

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their eighth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on April 18. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com. In addition to a Providence Bruins 2011-12 season recap and prospect playoff updates, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 4/18/12):

PLAYOFF RECALLS NAMED: Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Wednesday, April 18 that the following Providence Bruins players have been recalled to the Boston Bruins for the NHL playoffs and will remain and practice in Providence: Andrew Bodnarchuk, Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, Josh Hennessy, Lane MacDermid, Kevan Miller, Max Sauve, Ryan Spooner, David Warsofsky, Trent Whitfield.

LEADERS: Rookie Carter Camper finished the 2011-12 season as Providence’s leading scorer with 48 points on 18 goals and 30 assists. Fellow first year AHLer Craig Cunningham finished as the team’s leading goal scorer with 20.

MCKELVIE MAN OF THE YEAR – Providence Bruins defenseman Zack McKelvie was named the team’s IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year for his contributions to the community this season. The first-year defenseman spent his time volunteering at local schools and community organizations, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland Beach. McKelvie, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, participated in “Homes for our Troops” and made various contributions to benefit the military and veterans. McKelvie is one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s Yanick Dupre Memorial Award.

SPOONER SHINES – After the Sarnia Sting were eliminated in the first round of the OHL playoffs, forward Ryan Spooner joined the Providence Bruins April 4 for the team’s final five games of the season. Spooner earned an assist in his debut with Providence – a 3-0 victory April 6. After a two-game scoreless streak, he ended the season with three points – an assist in a 4-2 loss to Albany April 14 and a goal and an assist in the team’s 3-2 win over Portland in the season finale.

RANDELL’S ROLLIN’ – Tyler Randell returned from his 10-game suspension in dramatic fashion and scored four goals to lift the Kitchener Rangers to a 6-3 win and series victory in Game 7 against the Plymouth Whalers April 17. The Rangers will play the London Knights in the Western Conference Finals. Randell’s appearance was his first since he was banned for his hit on Artur Garvus in Game 1 against Owen Sound March 23 in the opening round of the playoffs. Randell scored two goals in Game 1 before the hit.

KNIGHT WATCH – After he sprained his ankle in Game 1 against the Windsor Spitfires in the opening round of the playoffs, Jared Knight returned to the lineup April 6 and helped the London Knights take a 4-2 series victory over the Saginaw Spirit in the Western Conference Semifinals. In the series, Knight had two goals and three assists to help lead his team to the Western Conference Finals, where they will play the Kitchener Rangers for a chance to reach the J. Ross Robertson Cup Finals.

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 the Media Website.

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 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, April 21 (Boston, MA/Washington, DC)
-Bruins vs. Capitals, Game 5, 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
-Travel to Washington, DC

Sunday, April 22 (Washington, DC/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Capitals, Game 6, Verizon Center, TBD (601 F St, NW Washington, DC 20004)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: None, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Monday, April 23
-Bruins practice TBD

Tuesday, April 24
-Bruins practice TBD

Wednesday, April 25 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Capitals, Game 7*, TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

*if necessary

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

BRUINS PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, April 20)

Goals
1. R. Peverley, 2
T2 .B. Rolston, 1
T2. Z. Chara, 1
T2. C. Kelly, 1
T2. D. Paille, 1
T2. B. Pouliot, 1

Assists
T1. B. Rolston, 2
T1. Z. Chara, 2
T1. C. Kelly, 2
T1. G. Campbell, 2
T2. A. Ference, G. Zanon, D. Seidenberg, P. Bergeron, B. Pouliot, 1

Points
T1. B. Rolston, 3
T1. Z. Chara, 3
T1. C. Kelly, 3
T2. G. Campbell, R. Peverley, B. Pouliot, 2

Plus/Minus
1. J. Corvo, +4
2. G. Zanon, +3
T3. C. Kelly, +2
T3 G. Campbell, +2
T3. D. Paille, +2

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 8
2. Z. Chara, 6
T3. R. Peverley, 4
T3. D. Krejci, 4
T5. B. Marchand, P. Bergeron, J. Boychuk, D. Seidenberg, C. Kelly, 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. Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR (2327).

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