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Bruins Week Ahead: 6/1 - 6/7

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Friday, 05.31.2013 / 7:27 PM / News
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Bruins Week Ahead: 6\/1 - 6\/7

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins will kick off the Eastern Conference Final this week against the Penguins, beginning the series in Pittsburgh. Puck drop will be at 8:00 p.m. for all four of this week’s games. Games 1 and 2 will be played on Saturday, June 1 and Monday, June 3 at the Consol Energy Center. The B’s will then make their way back to Boston for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 will take place on Wednesday, June 5 and Game 4 will be played on Friday, June 7, both at TD Garden.

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications staff sent out their 14th edition and final Boston Bruins Prospect Report of the 2012-13 season on May 30 and can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com. In addition to notes and statistics on all players in the Bruins system, the report features insight on Torey Krug as well as a recap of this years highlights of prospects in the Bruins system.

BOSTON BRUINS SUMMER CAMP: The Boston Bruins and Pro Ambitions Hockey, Inc. have partnered to host four YoKids Boston Bruins Summer Camps, presented by Stonyfield, for youth hockey players ages 6-15. The YoKids Boston Bruins Summer Camps will provide youth hockey players with the skills and support necessary for them to reach their full potential.  For more information on dates and locations of YoKids Boston Bruins Summer Camp, please visit BostonBruins.com/summercamp.

2013-14 SEASON TICKETS SOLD OUT: Season tickets in the loge and balcony sections for 2013-14 are sold out, but fans can get priority access to seats when they become available by joining the Boston Bruins Season Ticket Waiting List and placing a $100 deposit per seat (maximum of four). Deposits can be placed on bostonbruins.com or by calling 617.624.2327, Option 1. A Bruins Ticket Representative will contact you on a first-come, first-served basis as seats become available.  Additionally, a limited number of partial and full season memberships are still available in The Premium Club at the TD Garden. For more information about the Premium Club, fans can visit http://www.tdgarden.com/premiumclub or call 617.624.CLUB (2582).

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

TALE OF THE TAPE:

TEAM:
Goals For: PIT 47 (1st NHL), BOS 38 (2nd NHL)
Goals Against: PIT 28 (T-6th NHL), BOS 28 (T-6th NHL)
Overtime Record: BOS 3-1, PIT 2-1
Shots Forced Per Game: BOS 38.2 (1st NHL), PIT 33.1 (4th NHL)
Shots Allowed Per Game: BOS 32.6 (9th NHL), PIT 33.4 (11th NHL)
Faceoff Percentage: BOS 57.5% (1st NHL), PIT 50.1 (8th NHL)

Power Play: PIT 28.3% (1st NHL), BOS 21.9% (5th NHL)
Penalty Kill: PIT 89.7% (3rd NHL), BOS 81.1% (8th NHL)

Points: Krejci 17 (1st NHL), Malkin/Letang 16 (T-2nd NHL)
Goals: Dupuis/Crosby 7 (T-1st NHL), Horton/Krejci 5 (T-6th NHL)
Assists: Letang 13 (1st NHL), Krejci 12 (T-2nd NHL)
Plus/MInus: Horton +14 (1st NHL), Martin +7 (T-3rd NHL)

Defensemen Scoring: Letang (16, 1st NHL), Chara (11, 2nd NHL)
Defensemen Goals: Krug/Boychuk 4 (T-1st NHL), Letang 3 (T-2nd NHL)

Goaltending:
Wins: Rask 8 (T-1st NHL), Vokoun 6 (6th)
Goals Against: Vokoun 1.85 (4th NHL), Rask 2.22 (Tied 8th NHL)
Save Percentage: Vokoun .941 (2nd NHL), Rask .928 (7th NHL)

BRUINS & PENGUINS PLAYOFF HISTORY: The Bruins enter the Eastern Conference Final with a 9-10 record against the Penguins lifetime in the postseason. Through the four playoff series, Pittsburgh holds a 67-62 scoring edge over Boston.  The Penguins faced the Bruins in two of the three years in which they have won the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992.  Current Bruin Jaromir Jagr played in both of those series in a Pittsburgh sweater. Jagr scored the OT game winner against the Bruins in Game 1 of the 1992 series between the B’s and Pens on May 17.

IRON MAN WITH THE ‘C’ THEY CALL ‘ZEE’: B’s Captain & leader Zdeno Chara has provided the Bruins with a dominant presence on the blueline, racking up nine assists (4th NHL) with a plus-seven rating (T-3rd NHL). The blueliner has epitomized durability, playing in all 12 games thus far this postseason for the Bruins while averaging 29:13 time on ice (leads all active players) and 35.8 shifts-per-game (4th NHL).

POINT-PER-GAME SUCCESS VS PIT: Bruins forward Tyler Seguin skated in three games against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2013 campaign where he registered a point-per-game, notching three goals. B’s Captain Zdeno Chara had similar success tallying 1-2=3 totals in three appearances against the Penguins this season.

KREJCI LEADING THE PACK: Bruins forward David Krejci enters the Eastern Conference Final leading the NHL in points with 17. Krejci’s five goals rank third in the NHL, while his 12 assists rank second to Kris Letang of Pittsburgh who has 13. The 27-year-old also ranks second in plus/minus rating in this postseason with a plus-nine mark.

BOYCHUK & KRUG’S OFFENSIVE TOUCH:
Torey Krug has been an offensive catalyst for the B’s thus far this postseason, netting four goals (T-1st among NHL D-men) with a 25% shooting percentage (T-1st NHL among NHL D-men) in his first five games as this postseason. Krug has also chipped in assist giving him a point-per-game so far this postseason. Fellow blueliner Johnny Boychuk is tied with Krug for the NHL lead in goals scored among defensemen with four.

UPCOMING GAMES…

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: All of this week’s games will be covered on CBC and RDS. Game 1 will also be nationally broadcast on NBC, and Games 2, 3 and 4 will be nationally broadcast on NBC Sports Network. Saturday’s game will also be nationally broadcast on 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:

6/1 at Pittsburgh Penguins, 8:00 p.m. – NBC, CBC, RDS
6/3 at Pittsburgh Penguins, 8:00 p.m. – NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS
6/5 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 8:00 p.m. – NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS
6/7 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 8:00 p.m. – NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

160 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 160 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 20th week of the 2012-13 season. Last week, Matt Kalman moved back into a first place tie with Fluto Shinzawa, but this week Kevin Paul Dupont is fighting his way to the top of the leaderboard with his tweet from Saturday’s series-clinching Game 5 win against the New York Rangers:

@GlobeKPD: “In the Way Back machine, Boston kids would drag nets to streets, hammer one-timers under streetlights, yell, 'Torrrrrrrrey Kruuuuugggg'!!!!”

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

@NaokoFunayama: “Merlot, you are giving us a buzz.”
@DJ_Bean: “Torey Krug with an "I score so much AAARRGH" celey. Kid's got moxie.”
@GlobeFluto: “Krug's 4th goal in five games. Nightmare on Causeway St.”
@Trags: “4th line magic again... Soup for everyone”
@TheBruinsBlog: “The Garden crowd's "Kruuug" into "Loooch" is excellent choreography”

2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Weeks 1, 4, 8, 16
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog), Weeks 5, 9, 11, 19
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2, 14, 18
@GlobeKPD: “Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe) Week 12, 13, 20
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3, 7
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 6, 15
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), Week 10
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Quincy Patriot Ledger), Week 17

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, May 30
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out their 14th edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on May 30. 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 Torey Krug as well as a recap of this years highlights of prospects in the Bruins system.


POSTSEASON B’S JACKET & FAN BANNER TRACKER…


B’S JACKET TALLY
: After a Bruins win, the team has begun awarding an Army Rangers jacket to the player who had the best game. The player then wears the jacket in the locker room during the media access period and hangs it in his stall until the team’s next win. After the next win, he will select a different teammate to pass it along to. This customized Army Rangers camouflage jacket, which was given to Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference by an active member of the Rangers, is adorned with a Bruins patch on the right shoulder. "They live by a slogan, ‘Rangers Lead the Way’,“ said Ference. “So I think it's fitting to give this to a player that led the way for us in a game. A lot less important than what they're doing but for us, it's important to have guys step up so they get to wear this for the night.” Here’s the jacket tally thus far:

5/1 vs. TOR, Game 1: David Krejci
5/6 vs. TOR, Game 2: Milan Lucic
5/8 vs. TOR, Game 3: Nathan Horton
5/13 vs. TOR, Game 7: Patrice Bergeron
5/16 vs. NYR, Game 1: Zdeno Chara
5/19 vs. NYR, Game 2: Gregory Campbell
5/21 vs. NYR, Game 3: Daniel Paille
5/25 vs. NYR, Game 5: Tuukka Rask

BRUINS HONORARY FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason.  In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from Boston and the Greater Boston Area who protect and serve our community. Here’s a list of the Fan Banner Captains this far this postseason:

TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite injury sustained at Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run in the marathon again)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Massachusetts State Trooper who came to the rescue of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)
NYR, Game 5: JP & Paul Norden (Bruins fans from Stoneham, MA injured at the Boston Marathon)

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.

250K DONATED FOR MARATHON VICTIMS: Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has donated $100,000 on behalf of the entire Bruins organization and Bruins players to the recently established ‘One Fund Boston’, whose purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the events at the Boston Marathon. The TD Garden, NHL and NHLPA have also made a donation in the amount of $50,000 each to show their support, making the combined total of all parties $250,000.

MARCHAND’S RAFFLE TO BENEFIT THE RICHARD FAMILY: Brad Marchand raffled off his own TD Garden suite for the team’s first home playoff game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 1, with all proceeds benefitting the Richard family of Dorchester, whose son Martin passed away following the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.  The raffle ended on April 29 and generated $207,000.

BEARD-A-THON: Bruins fans are invited to "Grow One for Boston" by growing their own playoff beard in the annual Bruins 'Beard-A-Thon' for the duration of the team's 2013 Stanley Cup playoff run. Beard growers will raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation to benefit The One Fund Boston. All proceeds from the 2013 Bruins Beard-A-Thon (minus credit card transaction fees that are typically between 1.5-3%) will be donated on behalf of the Boston Bruins Foundation directly to The One Fund Boston. Please visit BostonBruins.com for more information.

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 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, June 1 (Pittsburgh, PA)
-Game 1, Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Consol Energy Center, 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL TV BROADCAST: NBC, CBC, RDS LOCAL RADIO BROADCAST: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, June 2 (Pittsburgh, PA)
-Bruins practice/media availability TBD

Monday, June 3 (Pittsburgh, PA/Boston, MA)
-Game 2, Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Consol Energy Center, 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL TV BROADCAST: NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Tuesday, June 4 (TBD)
-Bruins practice/media availability TBD

Wednesday, June 5 (Boston, MA)
-Game 3, Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, TD Garden, 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL TV BROADCAST: NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Thursday, June 6 (TBD)
-Bruins practice/media availability TBD

Friday, June 7 (Boston, MA)
-Game 4, Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, TD Garden, 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL TV BROADCAST: NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

BRUINS PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, May 31)

Goals
T1. D. Krejci, 5
T1. N. Horton, 5
2. J. Boychuk, 4
T3. P. Bergeron, 3
T3. M. Lucic, 3
T3. T. Krug, 3
Note: Three Bruins have two goals: Z. Chara, D. Paille, B. Marchand

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 12
2. Z. Chara, 9
3. M. Lucic, 7
Note: Two Bruins have six assists: N. Horton, B. Marchand

Points
1. D. Krejci, 17 (5-12)
T2. Z. Chara, 11 (2-9)
T2. N. Horton, 11 (5-6)
3. M. Lucic, 10 (3-7)
4. B. Marchand, 8 (2-6)

Plus/Minus
1. N. Horton, +13
2. D. Krejci, +9
3. M. Lucic, +8
4. Z. Chara +6

Penalty Minutes
1. Z. Chara, 14
T2. C. Kelly, 11
T2. G. Campbell, 11
3. R. Peverley, 10
4. S. Thornton, 9
Note: Four Bruins have six penalty minutes: J. Jagr, P. Bergeron, B. Marchand, M. Lucic

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 18
T2. J. Jagr, 16
T2. T. Seguin, 16
3. N. Horton, 13
T4. D. Paille, 10
T4. P. Bergeron, 10
T4. D. Krejci, 10
T5. Z. Chara, 7
T5. M. Lucic, 7

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 23
2. P. Bergeron, 22
3. M. Lucic, 20
4. J. Jagr, 19
5. B. Marchand, 18

Points
1. B. Marchand, 36 (18-18)
2. J. Jagr, 35 (16-19)
3. D. Krejci, 33 (10-23)
T4. P. Bergeron, 32 (10-22)
T4. T. Seguin, 32 (16-16)
5. M. Lucic, 27 (7-20)

Plus/Minus
1. P. Bergeron, +24
T2. B. Marchand, +23
T2. T. Seguin, +23
3. D. Seidenberg, +18
4. Z. Chara, +14
5. A. Ference, +9

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 75
2. Z. Chara, 70
T3. S. Thornton, 60
T3. A. McQuaid, 60
4. G. Campbell, 41
5. A. Ference, 35

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.
-Patrice Bergeron named a 2013 Selke Trophy finalist
-Adam McQuaid named a 2013 Masterton Trophy finalist.

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 7 6 1 0 22 21 12
2 TBL 7 4 2 1 21 14 9
3 OTT 5 4 1 0 14 10 8
4 DET 6 3 1 2 12 10 8
5 BOS 8 4 4 0 20 20 8
6 TOR 7 3 3 1 20 21 7
7 FLA 6 2 2 2 9 14 6
8 BUF 6 1 5 0 8 22 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 5 2 4 3 6
C. Kelly 8 1 5 5 6
T. Krug 8 2 3 4 5
C. Soderberg 8 2 3 0 5
M. Lucic 8 0 5 0 5
L. Eriksson 8 2 2 3 4
P. Bergeron 8 1 3 -1 4
R. Smith 8 2 1 -2 3
Z. Chara 8 2 1 -1 3
B. Marchand 8 1 2 -2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
N. Svedberg 1 1 0 .969 0.91
T. Rask 3 3 0 .880 2.91
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