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Bruins Week Ahead: February 23-March 1

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Bruins Week Ahead: February 23-March 1
Bruins news, notes and numbers for February 23 - March 1.

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

MASSEQUALITY TO HONOR BRUINS AT 2013 ICON AWARDS: MassEquality (a grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can live without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression) has chosen to honor the Boston Bruins for their proactive efforts to ensure equality, respect, and safety for all athletes. Several Bruins have made videos for the You Can Play Project, which is dedicated to improving the climate for the LGBTQ community in professional sports. The award marks the first time a professional hockey team has been honored by an LGBTQ organization and only the second time any professional sports team has been honored by the community.

BRAD’S BRIGADE IS BACK: The 2012-2013 season marks an exciting new chapter for Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand’s charitable program, “Brad’s Brigade”.  Established in 2010, Marchand’s program invites children from pediatric oncology units across New England to experience a Bruins home game. Children and their families sit in the loge section and are featured on the Garden HDX.  Each family also receives a Brad’s Brigade T-Shirt, a Garden Gold Card, and a goodie bag with Bruins memorabilia.  At the conclusion of the game, families are escorted down to ice level where they have the opportunity to meet Marchand and get a photo taken with him.

NEWTOWN VISIT RECAP: Last week, the Boston Bruins, in conjunction with the United Way of Western Connecticut, visited the town of Newtown, CT. Head Coach Claude Julien, along with Bruins Chris Bourque, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley and Tyler Seguin, spent the afternoon and evening with hundreds of families affected by the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Throughout the visit, players played street hockey, signed autographs and mingled with families in attendance. Bruins alumni Bob Sweeney, Tommy Songin and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team were also in Newtown earlier in the day and hosted an on-ice hockey clinic for Newtown High School’s varsity hockey team.

BRUINS TO HONOR SIX HOCKEY PLAYERS AND TRAINER: On Thursday evening, February 28, the Boston Bruins will be honoring Methuen High School’s Brady Barron and Critical Care E.R. Nurse Janielle Martin with a ceremonial puck drop. Martin aided Barron after an on-ice incident cut Barron’s wrist by another players skate. That same evening, the Boston Bruins will also be honoring five hockey players from the National Deaf Ice Hockey Team before they head out to compete in the World Deaf Hockey Championship in Vantaa, Finland. More information about these honorees can be found in the “Around Town” section of The Week Ahead.

BRUINS TO HOST 10 YOUTH HOCKEY P.A.S.S. CLINICS: The Boston Bruins announced on February 20, the 10 youth hockey organizations throughout New England selected to host a P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) clinic presented by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, this season. For more details please see the “Around Town” section of The Week Ahead.

BRUINS CONFIRMED RADIO SPOTS:

Chris Kelly: 100.7 WZLX, Karlson and McKenzie at 8:20 a.m. (Call in day dependent on B’s schedule)

Johnny Boychuk: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Toucher and Rich at 8:20 a.m. (Call in day dependent on B’s schedule)

Cam Neely: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Felger and Mazz at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesdays

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

THE (PENALTY) KILLER B’S: The Bruins have killed off 17 straight times short over their last six-plus games since allowing a power play score on Feb. 6 in Montreal … They opened the season on a 24 for 24 penalty killing streak which was their best season-opening penalty killing stretch since 2001-02. The Bruins currently lead the league with a 94.4% proficiency.

MARCHAND MARCHING INTO MARCH: Bruins Forward Brad Marchand has been off to a hot start this season, netting nine goals, pacing himself just three behind the NHL’s leading goal scorers, James Neal (PIT) and Thomas Vanek (BUF). Marchand’s shooting percentage is good for the league best at 9 for 20 (45%).

SUNSHINE STATE OF MIND: The Bruins face the Lightning and Panthers in consecutive games on their current trip, which is the 31st time they have played these teams in consecutive road games since the Panthers entered the NHL in 1993. They have faced the Lightning first and Panthers second on 14 of those occasions. They are 7-5-1-1 vs. Florida overall in those contests but are 6-2-1 vs. Florida in the second game of those sets where they defeated the Lightning in the first game.

NO REST FOR THE WEARY: The Bruins will have had two days off since playing in Tampa Bay on Thursday and they will have just one more break of that length for the duration of the season – on Mar. 28-29 … Beginning Sunday in Florida, they will play their final 34 games in a 63-day span (or one game every 1.85 days for the remainder of the season).

GOING THE DISTANCE: Since the beginning of a five game road stretch, which began February 15, the B’s will have made stops in Buffalo, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay, Sunrise, and Uniondale to accumulate approximately 5,384 miles traveled in just 14 days.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: There are five Eastern Conference teams that the Bruins have not yet faced this season ... They will play Florida on Sunday with the remaining 4 teams Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Ottawa and Washington.

UPCOMING GAMES…

UPCOMING GAMES: After defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, the Bruins will travel further south, from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast, to take on the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on Sunday, February 24 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The B’s will round out their road trip and head back north to battle the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Bruins will then return home to face the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will cover all three games this week on NESN. Broadcasts will also be available for Bruins vs. Panthers on the NHL Network and Bruins vs. Islanders on the NBC Sports Network. 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:

2/24 at Florida Panthers, 3:00 p.m. ET – NESN, NHL Network

2/26 at New York Islanders, 7:30 p.m. ET – NESN, NBC Sports Network (non-exclusive)

2/28 vs. Ottawa Senators, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN

BRUINS THIRD JERSEY SCHEDULE: The Bruins will suit up in their third jerseys for four more games this season at the TD Garden – all against different opponents.

3/2 vs. Tampa Bay

3/16 vs. Washington

4/8 vs. Carolina

4/19 vs. Pittsburgh

135 AND COUNTING: Following last Tuesday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 135 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 sixth week of the 2012-13 season. Thus far, Fluto Shinzawa has led the pack with two TOTW wins, but with a condensed season, it’s still anyone’s game. Taking home TOTW honors this week to get on the board is veteran Joe Haggerty, with his commentary on Brad Marchand’s play against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night:

@HackswithHaggs: "Amazing Brad Marchand has scored 9 goals on a total 20 shots on goal this yr. Some would say he has a nose for the net #BruinsTalk #WockaWocka"

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

@_TyAnderson: “The B’s have re-upped their Horton Antivirus subscription. 4-2, Bruins. I’m now going home now, don’t worry.”

@TheBruinsBlog: “Judging by this timeout – down 2 with 17 seconds left – Guy Boucher has a future as a basketball coach”

2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Weeks 1, 4

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2

@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog), Week 5

@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 6

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, February 20
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, March 6

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their ninth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on February 20. 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 on both defenseman Torey Krug and goaltender Zane Gothberg. 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…

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.

BRAD’S BRIGADE IS BACK: The 2012-2013 season marks an exciting new chapter for Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand’s charitable program, “Brad’s Brigade”.  Established in 2010, Marchand’s program invites children from pediatric oncology units across New England to experience a Bruins home game. Children and their families sit in the loge section and are featured on the Garden HDX.  Each family also receives a Brad’s Brigade T-Shirt, a Garden Gold Card and a goodie bag with Bruins memorabilia.  At the conclusion of the game, families are escorted down to ice level where they have the opportunity to meet Marchand and get a photo taken with him.

AROUND TOWN…

BOSTON BRUINS TO HOST 10 YOUTH HOCKEY P.A.S.S. CLINICS

WHAT: The Boston Bruins announced February 20, the 10 youth hockey organizations throughout New England selected to host a P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) clinic presented by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, this season. TD Bank and the Boston Bruins have teamed up for the seventh straight year to support New England youth hockey through the P.A.S.S. clinic series.  P.A.S.S. features a free on-ice clinic conducted by Bruins alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The clinic includes instruction on hockey fundamentals such as skating, passing and shooting, as well as a $1000 donation from TD Bank to each hosting youth hockey

organization. In addition, each individual participant will receive two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game as well as a TD Bank P.A.S.S. jersey and gift bag. P.A.S.S. clinics are open to youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12.

WHEN: Friday, March 1, 2013, 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Nashoba Valley Olympia, 34 Massachusetts Ave, Boxborough, MA

BOSTON BRUINS AND CRADLES TO CRAYONS 6th ANNUAL PJ DRIVE

WHAT: The Boston Bruins and Cradles to Crayons are teaming up to present the 6th Annual PJ Drive, providing warm pajamas for underprivileged children. Anyone who wants to support the PJ Drive can bring new pairs of pajamas to a participating school or library nearest them. The Boston Bruins will also be hosting an in-game collection drive on March 2nd, so bring new pajamas to the game and you will be entered into a raffle for autographed memorabilia.

WHEN: The month of February

WHERE: Participating Schools and Libraries across Massachusetts

HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE SKATE FOR SUCCESS

WHAT: As part of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team, alumni Tommy Songin and mascot Blades will be running a clinic with Charlestown's Skate for Success program. The program gives Charlestown youth the opportunity to play the game of ice hockey for free. Skating to Success provides a safe and supportive environment for students to learn about hockey at no cost.

WHEN: February 24, 2013

WHERE: Emmons Horrigan O’Neil Memorial Rink, 150 Rutherford Ave, Charlestown, MA

BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin, Bruins Mascot Blades

BOSTON BRUINS ICE SCHOOL VISIT TO CUNNINGHAM SCHOOL

WHAT: The Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Ice Girls will be heading to Cunningham Elementary School in Milton, MA to spread some Bruins Cheer. In preparation of the game on February 28th, Blades and Ice Girls will be leading chants, distributing rally towels and asking students trivia.

WHEN: February 27, 2013

WHERE: Cunningham Elementary School, Milton, MA

BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades, Boston Bruins Ice Girls

METHUEN HOCKEY PLAYER AND TRAINER TO DROP PUCK

WHAT: On February 28th, 2013 Brady Barron and Critical Care E.R Nurse Janielle Martin will be honored during the Bruins home game against the Ottawa Senators by dropping the first ceremonial puck. 16-year-old Barron was injured during his high school varsity game as the skate of another player on the ice sliced an artery in his wrist. Janielle Martin was the first on the scene and saved his life by stopping the bleeding until and EMT arrived on site. Brady Barron, Janielle Martin and their families will be in for the puck drop, to watch the game, and will have the opportunity for a post game meet and greet.

WHEN: February 28, 2013

WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA

BRUINS HONORING THE U.S. NATIONAL DEAF ICE HOCKEY TEAM

WHAT: The Boston Bruins are honoring five Massachusetts players that made the U.S. National Deaf Ice Hockey team and will compete in the 2013 World Deaf Hockey Championships this April in Vantaa, Finland. The local athletes are Michael Eastman from Boston, MA, Paul Malaney from Holbook, MA, Jeff Mansfield from Cambridge, MA, Tony McGaughey from Holbook, MA and Mike Wonoski from Beverly, MA.

WHEN: February 28, 2013

WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA

MASSEQUALITY TO HONOR BRUINS AT 2013 ICON AWARDS

WHAT: MassEquality (a grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can live without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression) has chosen to honor the Boston Bruins for their proactive efforts to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes. Several Bruins have made videos for the You Can Play Project, which is dedicated to improving the climate for the LGBTQ community in professional sports. The award marks the first time a professional hockey team has been honored by an LGBTQ organization and only the second time any professional sports team has been honored by the community.

WHEN: Thursday, February 28, 2013

WHERE: Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Ave, Boston, MA

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES…

BRUINS CONFIRMED RADIO SPOTS

Chris Kelly: 100.7 WZLX, Karlson and McKenzie at 8:20 a.m. (Call in day dependent on B’s schedule)

Johnny Boychuk: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Toucher and Rich at 8:20 a.m. (Call in day dependent on B’s schedule)

Cam Neely: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Felger and Mazz at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesdays

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 23 (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

-Practice at BB&T Center, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 24 (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

-Bruins vs. Florida Panthers, BB&T Center, 3:00 p.m.

-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD), NHL Network RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Monday, February 25 (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Uniondale, NY)

-Travel to Long Island, NY

-Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26 (Uniondale, NY/Boston, MA)

-Bruins vs. New York Islanders, Nassau Coliseum, 7:30 p.m.

-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD), NBC Sports Network RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

-Travel to Boston, MA

Wednesday, February 27 (Wilmington, MA)

-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, February 28 (Boston, MA)

-Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.

-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, March 1

-TBD

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS
(as of Friday, February 22)

Goals

1. B. Marchand, 9

2. N. Horton, 6

3. D. Krejci, 4

Note: Three Bruins have three goals: P. Bergeron, T. Seguin, M. Lucic

Assists

T1. P. Bergeron, 8

T1. D. Krejci, 8

2. D. Hamilton, 7

3. T. Seguin, 6

Note: Two Bruins have five assists: Z. Chara, M. Lucic

Points

1. D. Krejci, 12 (4-8)

T2. P. Bergeron, 11 (3-8)

T2. B. Marchand, 11 (9-2)

T3. N. Horton, 9 (6-3)

T3. P. Bergeron, 9 (3-6)

Plus/Minus

1. T. Seguin, +10

2. P. Bergeron, +8

3. B. Marchand, +6

T4. Z. Chara, +4

T4. D. Seidenberg, +4

T4. J. Boychuk, +4

T4. D. Krejci, +4

Penalty Minutes

1. M. Lucic, 30

2. S. Thornton, 27

3. G. Campbell, 22

4. A. McQuaid, 21

5. Z. Chara, 16

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