Boston Bruins Week Ahead: February 1-8
All of the Bruins news, notes you need for the upcoming week.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
MORE THAN 130,000 FREE CONCESSION ITEMS SAVE FANS OVER $700,000: Among the highlights of fan benefits that the Bruins provided to start the season, more than 130,000 free concession vouchers were distributed to all fans at the Bruins’ five home games during the month of January, saving fans more than $700,000. The vouchers enabled each fan to receive three complimentary food or non-alcoholic beverage items from a select menu. The estimated totals for each item given away throughout the five games are as follows: 36,111 fountain sodas; 27,364 hot dogs; 19,472 cups of popcorn; 18,720 sausages; 17,640 slices of pizza; 5,666 healthy wraps; 4,512 bags of peanuts; 3,230 bags of chips; and 1,291 jumbo home-cooked meatballs.
INJURY UPDATES: The Bruins announced today, February 1, that forward Shawn Thornton will be out 7-10 days due to a concussion sustained during the first period of Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Following practice, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien also told media that Dan Paille would not be traveling to Toronto for Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs due to an upper-body injury. As of postpractice on February 1, the team and Coach Julien were awaiting furthers details as to Paille’s condition.
Coach Julien on the loss of Thornton: “Here’s a guy who does everything for his teammates and his team, done very well. Unfortunately, there’s always a risk in that job. He took on a pretty big man, as we all know, 6’8”, maybe around 280 pounds. He handled himself as best as he could, but those things are going to happen and at the end of the day, he still was willing to do it for his team. Not only do we lose a guy who does it well, he’s a good teammate, he’s great in the dressing room. Hopefully, we get him back soon.”
TARDIF RECALLED: The Bruins recalled forward Jamie Tardif from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins on Friday morning. In his seventh professional season, Tardif’s recall marked the first NHL regular-season recall of his career, and if he plays Saturday in Toronto, the 28-year-old would make his NHL debut near his hometown of Welland, Ontario. He had played 449 games in the ECHL and AHL since turning pro in 2006-07, before getting the call-up. Tardif led the P-Bruins in scoring this season with 21 goals and nine assists in 39 games. The forward was signed by the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent on July 5, 2011.
COACH HITS MILESTONE: With the Bruins’ win over Carolina on Monday night, Claude Julien passed Don Cherry (231) for third place on the team’s all-time wins list and then brought the wins total to 233, with the B’s 2-1 defeat of New Jersey in the shootout on Tuesday night.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Bruins upcoming practice schedule and media availability for February 2 - 8 can be found at the end of the Week Ahead.
NEW MOBILE APP: The Boston Bruins mobile app has been updated for the 2012-13 season, with a sleek, all-new design and the following improvements: revised user interface and menu navigation for ease of use; revamped in-game section with larger display area; integration with Bruins Instagram photos and fan photos tagged with #NHLBruins; access to the Bruins official Twitter feed @NHLBruins with one-tap connection to a personal account; TD Garden concourse map with concession listings and locations; increased personal preference settings for in-game and team app alerts, additional sounds and wallpapers, and improved social sharing. The app can be downloaded via iPhone or Android phones.
BOSTONBRUINS TV LINEUP: The Boston Bruins introduced a new BostonBruinsTV channel lineup this season, with easier accessibility and more behind-the-scenes features for fans. The new lineup additions include: “Bruins Beat,” daily Bruins updates from practices and gamedays; “Press Room,” with full press conference of Claude Julien and Bruins management; “Locker Room Raw,” video interviews with Boston Bruins players following practices and games; “BRUINS :30,” all of the latest on the Bruins in 30 seconds or less; “Live Look-Ins,” on location with Bruins players; “Bruins Breakdown,” a segment where Bruins break down specific goals, saves and plays following games; and the “Communication Reports” channel, including Prospect Report videos with Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney on the development of prospects in the Bruins system.
STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
SWEEPING IN TORONTO: The Bruins swept the Maple Leafs in the 2011-12 season series, outscoring Toronto by a 36-10 margin in those games, marking the first sweep by either of these teams over the other since the Maple Leafs joined the Eastern Conference in 1998-99. Boston has a record of 23-5-5 in their last 33 games overall against Toronto and is 12-2-3 in the last 17 visits to Toronto.
SOLID START: The Bruins had their six-game point streak snapped at 5-0-1 with a 7-4 loss to Buffalo last night on January 31. That was their best six-game start to a season since 1970-71, when they were 5-0-1 after their sixth contest. The loss also snapped a four-game home win streak, which was their longest season-opening home win streak since 2001-02.
TOP LINE STREAKS: Nathan Horton and linemate David Krejci are currently both on five-game point streaks, with Horton recording 3-3=6 totals in that span and Krejci putting up two goals and four assists for six points. Their linemate Milan Lucic may only have three points this season, but his game-tying goal in the Bruins first game of the season against the Rangers set the tone for his line, which has scored a combined six goals of which five are either game-tying or go-ahead goals.
PENALTY KILLING MACHINE: The Bruins killed 24 straight penalties to open the 2012-13 season, before allowing a power-play goal, which was their best season-opening penalty killing stretch since 2001-02, when they successfully killed off their first 27 times short.
The Bruins hit the road this week, facing off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET, and then taking on the Montreal Canadiens, at the Bell Centre on Wednesday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Boston is currently ranked second in the Northeast Division, with Montreal and Toronto ranked third and fourth, respectively.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will cover Saturday’s matchup against Toronto on NESN, with coverage also on CBC, RDS and NHL Network. Wednesday’s game against Montreal will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network, TSN and RDS. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the upcoming games are as follows:
2/2 at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN, CBC, RDS, NHL Network
2/6 at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS
THIRD JERSEY SHOOTOUT LUCK: The Bruins will suit up in their third jerseys for five more games this season at the TD Garden – all against different opponents. Boston has already worn the jerseys twice, with both amounting to shootout wins – first defeating Winnipeg 3-2 on January 21 and then taking a 2-1 shootout win from New Jersey on January 29.
2/12 vs. New York Rangers
3/2 vs. Tampa Bay
3/16 vs. Washington
4/8 vs. Carolina
4/19 vs. Pittsburgh
134 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 134 home games, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than three 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).
BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW)...
The Boston media “Tweet of the Week” is in its third week for the 2012-13 season and appears to be in midseason form. So far, Fluto Shinzawa and DJ Bean have taken top honors, and our Week 3 TOTW comes on the heels of Brad Marchand’s first-ever shootout attempt – and goal – in the Bruins 2-1 win over New Jersey Tuesday night.
@JesseNEHJ: "Brad Marchand channels his inner Enrique Iglesias and says he can be your hero, baby. #Bruins win 2-1 in the shootout."
Here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:
@DJ_Bean: "Tuukka leads Bruins out. They don't skate out to Michael Jackson's "Happy Birthday, Tyler." Will look into it."
@GlobeKPD: "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives considering TD Garden for future episode, after l'affaire of the flying pretzel."
2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 1
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, January 17
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Monday, February 4
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their seventh edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on January 17. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes and statistics on all players in the Bruins system, the report features insight from Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney on both defenseman Dougie Hamilton and right wing Alexander Fallstrom. The development of both prospects is spotlighted in written features, as well as in the accompanying Prospect Report video found on BostonBruinsTV.com.
OFF THE ICE…
TD BANK MINI 1-ON-1: The TD Bank Mini 1-on-1 final competitions will be held on Saturday, February 2 at the TD Garden. The competition places one shooter and one goaltender per team in a penalty shot format. Teams are made up of boys and girls under-8 and under-10 youth hockey teams from around New England. The semi-final and final rounds in each bracket will be taped and shown during the intermission of an upcoming Bruins game on NESN. The following youth hockey organizations, separated by state, are schedule to appear in the Mini 1-on-1:
Massachusetts: Revere, Medfield, Worcester Sharks, Belmont, Tewksbury, Bay State Breakers, West Roxbury, Weymouth, Starhawks, Winchester, Wakefield, Pembroke, Boston Jr. Terriers, Needham, South Shore Kings, Acton Boxboro
New Hampshire: Dover, NH Avalanche, Berlin, Lakes Region, Northern Cyclones, Henniker, Top Gun, Pro Ambitions
Maine: Huskies, Lewiston Jr. Maineiacs, Maine Renegades, Gardiner
Rhode Island: Rhode Island Stars
Vermont: Milton, Central Vermont Skating Association
Connecticut: New England Jr. Falcons
PATRICE’S PALS: As a part of his continuing charitable initiative Patrice’s Pals, Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron invites children from local hospitals and other organizations to experience a Bruins home game from his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags filled with Bruins memorabilia, a visit from the Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls, as well as a feature on the Garden HDX. After the game, Patrice’s Pals are escorted to ice level and introduced to Patrice himself who signs autographs and takes pictures with his Pals. This will take place at all Boston Bruins home games during the 2012-13 season.
SAVVY’S SUITE: Boston Bruins Forward Marc Savard has partnered with the Brain Injury Center at Children’s Hospital Boston, inviting children who suffer from the effects of Brain Trauma, both physically and psychologically, to attend a Bruins home game in his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags with Bruins memorabilia and a visit from Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls. Savard started the program on Thursday, January 12, 2012, and it will continue through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season.
COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2012-13 regular season, Bruins Principal and Alternate Governor Charlie Jacobs is donating ten balcony tickets to every home game to children from charitable organizations across New England, who are invited to enjoy a Bruins home game from these donated seats.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Schedule is subject to change.
-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 2 (Toronto, ON/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD), CBC, RDS, NHL Network RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, February 3 (Boston, MA)
-Off, no practice
Monday, February 4 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, February 5 (Wilmington, MA/Montreal, QC)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Travel to Montreal, QC
Wednesday, February 6 (Montreal, QC/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Thursday, February 7 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 p.m.
Friday, February 8 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. Close to the public.
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS
(as of Saturday, January 26)
1. B. Marchand, 5
2. N. Horton, 3
Note: Three Bruins have two goals: D. Krejci, Z. Chara, M. Lucic
1. D. Krejci, 5
T2. D. Hamilton, 4
T2. P. Bergeron, 4
Note: Three Bruins have three assists on the season: N. Horton, Z. Chara, T. Seguin
1. D. Krejci, 7 (2-5)
T2. B. Marchand, 6 (5-1)
T2. N. Horton, 6 (3-3)
T4. Z. Chara, 5 (2-3)
T4. P. Bergeron, 5 (1-4)
1. T. Seguin, +5
T2. D. Krejci, +4
T2. P. Bergeron, +4
Note: Two Bruins are a plus-3: M. Lucic, N. Horton
1. S. Thornton, 25
2. M. Lucic, 24
3. Z. Chara, 12
4. A. McQuaid, 11
T5. D. Krejci, 6
T5. D. Paille, 6
T5. A. Ference, 6