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Bruins Week Ahead: March 22 - 29

This week's news, notes and numbers.

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 4:54 PM / News
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THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

BRUINS RECALL BARTKOWSKI ON EMERGENCY BASIS: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced March 22, that the club has recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an emergency basis. Bartkowski will join the Boston Bruins in Toronto in advance of their game against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, March 23. In 56 games for the Providence Bruins this year, Bartkowski has registered three goals and 21 assists for 24 points with 56 penalty minutes. The blueliner’s 21 assists are ranked second among defensemen and fifth overall on the P-Bruins. Read the full release here.

BRUINS TO HOST HEART HEALTH NIGHT: The Boston Bruins will be hosting a charity night during the game on Monday, March 25 against the Toronto Maple Leafs to benefit the American Heart Association. Both children and adults affected by Heart Disease will be invited in for the game and will be participating in various fan experiences throughout the evening. Guests of the Bruins will participate in activities such as Bench Assistant, high five experience, zamboni rides, and a post game meet and greet. All in-game fundraising, including the sale of mystery autograph pucks and the 50/50 raffle, will benefit the American Heart Association. For more information, please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

B’S TO HOST CHEEVER’S GROW HOCKEY NIGHT: On Monday, March 25, the Boston Bruins Foundation is teaming up with Mass Hockey to support the Mike Cheever’s Grow Hockey Grant. The Foundation will present a donation during the second intermission of Bruins vs. Maple Leafs game. The purpose of the Mike Cheever's Grow Hockey Grant is to seek, fund, and share within Mass Hockey, innovative methods for growing ice hockey participation in local organizations, Girls/Women and Disabled Hockey Programs. It is Mass Hockey's belief that although many communities may have innovative ideas to increase the number of players in their programs, the high cost of running games and practices leaves limited resources to implement these strategies. Mike Cheever's impact on youth hockey has been immense at both local and national levels. Mass Hockey has named this grant program after Cheever, because it is aimed at achieving what Cheever dedicated his life to: giving more kids the opportunity to play the game.

BRUINS TO HOST SIX WARRIOR CLINIC SERIES: The Boston Bruins and Warrior Hockey have partnered to host six on-ice sessions as part of the “Warrior Clinic Series” throughout New England this season. The first clinic will take place Friday, March 29 in Cambridge, MA at Simoni Skating Rink. Each clinic features on-ice instruction led by Boston Bruins Alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The sessions will focus on developing player’s individual offensive and defensive games, while also improving overall team play. Each participant will receive a gift bag, a jersey and raffle ticket for the chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and the latest Warrior hockey gear.

B’S TO PARTICIPATE IN EARTH HOUR: For the second consecutive year, the Boston Bruins and the 29 other NHL facilities have pledged their commitment to the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour, the world’s largest annual public action for the environment. On Saturday, March 23, all NHL arenas will join hundreds of millions of homes and businesses worldwide, switching-off non-essential lighting for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time. The goal of Earth Hour is to show the world that even taking seemingly smallest measures to conserve energy is a big step in the right direction for communities, businesses and governments across the globe.

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

DOMINANT ON THE DOT: The Boston Bruins currently lead the NHL in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 57.2% clip. The next closest team is the Minnesota Wild who find themselves 3.8% behind the Bruins at 53.4%. Patrice Bergeron leads the B’s and all NHL players on the dot with a 62.1% success rate off the drop. David Krejci is also among the leaders in faceoff percentage with a 55.9% win rate, which is ranked 12th in the NHL.

BRUINS SUCCESS IN OTTAWA: Despite the Ottawa Senators holding one of the best home records in the NHL (10-2-3) this season, the Bruins have been able to top the Sens in their two trips to Scotiabank Place this season. With the B’s win in Ottawa on March 21, they extend their consecutive road victories in Ottawa to 11 straight games.

HOME-AND-HOME SERIES VS TORONTO: The Bruins will partake in their first and only home-and-home series of the year against the Maple Leaf’s this week playing them Saturday, March 23 in Toronto and then again two days later on Monday, March 25 at TD Garden. The Bruins also carry a point streak of 8-0-1 against Toronto in their last nine meetings.

TEAM EFFORT: With Seidenberg getting his first of the season last night, the B’s joined Montreal and Philadelphia as the only teams where every player who has played in at least half of his team's games have at least one goal.

UPCOMING GAMES…

UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins will finish up their road stretch this week on Saturday, March 23 with a 7:00 p.m. tilt against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The B’s will then return home to face the Leafs again on the TD Garden ice Monday, March 25 at 7:00 for the teams’ final matchup of the regular season. The Black and Gold will see the Canadiens for the third time this season on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 at the TD Garden for the final game of the week.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will cover all of this week’s games on NESN, with the exception of Wednesdays’ matchup against the Montreal Canadiens, which will be nationally broadcast on NBC, as well as RDS and TSN. Saturday’s matchup against Toronto will also be broadcast on CBC and the NHL Network, and Monday’s home game against the Maple Leafs will also be covered on RDS and TSN. 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:

3/23 at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN, CBC, NHL Network
3/25 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN, RDS, TSN
3/27 vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS

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

4/8 vs. Carolina
4/19 vs. Pittsburgh

142 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 142 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 tenth week of the 2012-13 season. Joe Haggerty was able to jump a spot in the standings this week with his Irish flavored tweet in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, to put him tied for second as we approach the last month of the TOTW regular season:

@HackswithHaggs: “Sitting next to Kevin Paul McDupont, Steve O'Conroy and Caryn Switajerty in Pitt press box today. Great Irish company. Happy St. Paddy's Day”

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

@GlobeFluto: “Sign it's cold: Can't wait to get to balmy Ottawa.”
@TheBruinsBlog: “That puck had eyes. #Bruins had Hockey Gods on their Seid there ... #BruinsTalk”

2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Weeks 1, 4, 8
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 6, 10
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog), Weeks 5, 9
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3, 7
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, March 7
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, March 28

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out their tenth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on March 7. 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 Matt Benning and forward Craig Cunningham. 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…

ANNUAL SLICE THE ICE EVENT TO SUPPORT THE BRUINS FOUNDATION

WHAT: Boston Bruins players along with fans, management and alumni will come together for a one-day event to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. During each session fans will be able to skate on the TD Garden ice and take pictures on the Bruins bench, at the Bruins goal and in the penalty box. Guests will also enjoy a meet-and-greet with current Bruins players and alumni, a tour of the Boston Bruins locker room and have the chance to take a photo with the Stanley Cup banner. Tickets for the event are available as follows: Gold Package (for 30 people) for $5,000, Black Package (15 people) for $2,500, and Individual tickets, which are $170 each.

WHEN: Sunday, March 24
Session 1: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
Session 2: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Session 3: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE
: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING
: TBD

B’S TO HOST CHEEVER’S GROW HOCKEY NIGHT
WHAT
: The Boston Bruins Foundation is teaming up with Mass Hockey to support the Mike Cheever’s Grow Hockey Grant. The Foundation will present a donation during the second intermission of Bruins vs. Maple Leafs game. The purpose of the Mike Cheever's Grow Hockey Grant is to seek, fund, and share within Mass Hockey, innovative methods for growing ice hockey participation in local organizations, Girls/Women and Disabled Hockey Programs. It is Mass Hockey's belief that although many communities may have innovative ideas to increase the number of players in their programs, the high cost of running games and practices leaves limited resources to implement these strategies. Mike Cheever's impact on youth hockey has been immense at both local and national levels. Mass Hockey has named this grant program after Cheever, because it is aimed at achieving what Cheever dedicated his life to: giving more kids the opportunity to play the game.
WHEN
: Monday, March 25 during the second intermission
WHERE
: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA

B’S TO HOST HEART HEALTH NIGHT
WHAT
: The Boston Bruins will be hosting a charity night during the game on Monday, March 25 against the Toronto Maple Leafs to benefit the American Heart Association. Both children and adults affected by Heart Disease will be invited in for the game and will be participating in various fan experiences throughout the evening. Guests of the Bruins will participate in activities such as Bench Assistant, high five experience, zamboni rides, and a post game meet and greet. All in-game fundraising, including the sale of mystery autograph pucks and the 50/50 raffle, will benefit the American Heart Association.
WHEN
: Monday, March 25 throughout the course of the game
WHERE
: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA.

BOSTON BRUINS PASS CLINIC SERIES

WHAT
: The Boston Bruins have selected 10 youth hockey organizations throughout New England 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
: Tuesday, March 26 from 7:10 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE
: Burlington Ice Palace, 36 Ray Ave, Burlington, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING:
Bruins alumni Tommy Songin

BOSTON BRUINS WARRIOR CLINIC SERIES
WHAT
: The Boston Bruins and Warrior Hockey have partnered to host six on-ice sessions as part of the “Warrior Clinic Series” throughout New England this season. Each clinic features on-ice instruction led by Boston Bruins Alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The sessions will focus on developing player’s individual offensive and defensive games, while also improving overall team play. Each participant will receive a gift bag, a jersey and raffle ticket for the chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and the latest Warrior hockey gear.
WHEN
: Friday, March 29 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE
: Simoni Skating Rink, 155 Gore Street, Cambridge, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING
: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES…

BRUINS CONFIRMED RADIO SPOTS

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 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, March 23 (Toronto, ON/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD), NHL Network, CBC RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, March 24 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden

Monday, March 25 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD), RDS, TSN RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Tuesday, March 26 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena

Wednesday, March 27 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, TD Garden, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NBC Sports Network, RDS, TSN RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Thursday, March 28
-TBD

Friday, March 29 (Wilmington, MA/Philadelphia, PA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, March 22)

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 13
2. T. Seguin, 10
T3. N. Horton, 8
T3. P. Bergeron, 8

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 18
2. D. Krejci, 17
3. M. Lucic, 13
4. T. Seguin, 12

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 26 (8-18)
T2. D. Krejci, 24 (7-17)
T2. B. Marchand, 24 (13-11)
3. T. Seguin, 22 (10-12)

Plus/Minus
1. P. Bergeron, +21
2. T. Seguin, +20
3. B. Marchand, +19
4. Z. Chara, +14

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 57
2. A. McQuaid, 49
3. S. Thornton, 43
4. Z. Chara, 39
5. G. Campbell, 31

NHL Honors and Awards:

-Patrice Bergeron was awarded the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week of February 25 to March 3.

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.

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Iginla 1 0 0 0 0
Z. Chara 1 0 0 -1 0
S. Thornton 1 0 0 0 0
G. Campbell 1 0 0 0 0
J. Boychuk 1 0 0 0 0
L. Eriksson 1 0 0 0 0
P. Bergeron 1 0 0 -1 0
C. Potter 1 0 0 0 0
A. Meszaros 1 0 0 0 0
C. Soderberg 1 0 0 0 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 0 1 0 .958 1.02
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