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B's Week Ahead: 10/18 - 10/25

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Friday, 10.18.2013 / 2:35 PM / News
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This week\'s news, notes and numbers.

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

EPISODE #3 OF BEHIND THE B SET TO AIR ON MONDAY: The third episode of the Bruins all-access television series Behind The B presented by Alex and Ani is just three days away and will air this Monday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. on NESN.  Episodes one and two as well as exclusive extras can be viewed on the Bruins mobile app and on BostonBruins.com.

For the Episode three teaser, click here.

Behind The B Episode Re-Air Schedule on NESN:
Episode #1 (Premiered 9/9 at 8:00 p.m.):
-Wednesday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET
-Wednesday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m. ET

Episode #2 (Premiered 10/1 at 8:00 p.m.):
-Wednesday, October 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET
-Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Episode #3 (Premieres 10/21 at 8:00 p.m.):
-Monday, October 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET
-Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. ET
-Wednesday, October 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET
-Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET
-Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET

BRUINS SUPPORT IIHF GIRLS HOCKEY WEEKEND:
The Boston Bruins, Boston Blades, and MA Hockey have teamed up to support World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend, an opportunity for girls of all ages to try ice hockey for free. This hour-long clinic will provide girls with a fun, structured introduction to the sport of ice hockey. All equipment, including skate rental, will be provided free of charge. All participants will receive autographs and a Bruins giveaway.  For more information, please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

BRUINS TO HOST COACHING SYMPOSIUM ON 10/26: The Boston Bruins announced that they will host the Bruins Coaching Symposium presented by CF Medical and Philips Healthcare on Saturday, October 26. A panel of speakers, including members of the Boston Bruins Coaching Staff, will share their expertise with coaches throughout New England starting at 8:00 a.m. at the TD Garden. The B's Coaching Staff will offer hockey coaches in attendance their professional insight on various topics; Harvard Men’s Hockey Coach Ted Donato will present practice planning and skill development ideas; and USA Hockey Regional Manager Roger Grillo will speak on the implementation of USA Hockey’s American Development Model. In addition, the agenda will include a presentation by Susan Canning, President of KEVS Foundation, who will speak about the need for automated external defibrillators in hockey rinks.

INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS FOR BRUINS VS SHARKS: Limited individual game tickets are available for upcoming Bruins home games at TD Garden, including this Thursday’s matchup against the San Jose Sharks with tickets starting at $96.00 per ticket. For more information, please visit bostonbruins.com/tickets.

BOSTON BRUINS EQUIPMENT SALE PRESENTED BY MONKEYSPORTS: The Boston Bruins will host their annual Equipment Sale, presented by MonkeySports, at the MonkeySports Superstore (949 Providence Highway, Route 1, Norwood, MA 02062) on Saturday, October 19. Fans will have the chance to buy an assortment of used equipment, which was worn by current and former Bruins players in either practice or game situations.  The equipment selection will include skates, practice jerseys, socks, helmets, gloves, pants, sticks, nameplates, etc.  Pricing for the equipment will start at $5.00 and there is a 10 item per person limit.  The sale begins at 8:00 a.m. ET and continues while supplies last. A portion of the proceeds from the Equipment Sale will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.

BOSTON BRUINS PASS CLINIC SERIES: 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 eighth 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.  For more information, please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani.  The first celebration game took place on October 14 against the Detroit Red Wings, with 95-year-old Bruins legend Milt Schmidt dropping the ceremonial first puck to begin the day's tribute to the Bruins of the 1940's.

90 Years Celebration Games:
-Monday, October 14 vs. Detroit Red Wings (Milt Schmidt puck drop)
-Thursday, November 21st vs. St. Louis Blues
-Saturday, December 21st vs. Buffalo Sabres
-Tuesday, January 14th vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
-Thursday, January 30th vs. Montreal Canadiens
-Tuesday, February 4th vs. Vancouver Canucks
-Monday, March 1st vs. Washington Capitals
-Monday, March 24th vs. Montreal Canadiens
-Thursday, March 27th vs. Chicago Blackhawks
-Saturday, April 5th vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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JULIEN’S 700TH NHL GAME A VICTORY:  Head Coach Claude Julien and the B’s earned a 3-1 win on October 12 in Columbus in Julien’s 700th NHL game as a head coach.  Julien, who’s in his seventh season in Boston, has compiled a 379-234-10-79 record in 702 NHL games coached (.604 win percentage), including a 260-148-56 mark in 464 games as the head coach of the Black & Gold.  Julien coached his first full NHL season in 2003-04, leading the Montreal Canadiens to their best record in ten years at 41-30-7 (93 points).  In 159 games with the Canadiens, Julien compiled a 72-62-10-15 record before joining the New Jersey Devils in 2006-07, where he compiled a 47-24-8 record. This summer the B’s bench boss will join Team Canada’s coaching staff at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia where there’s a chance he could coach Bruins Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand, who were all invited to Team Canada’s camp over the summer.

LUCIC REACHES 100 GOAL MILESTONE:
Bruins forward Milan Lucic scored his 100th NHL career goal – all coming with the Black & Gold – in the closing minutes of the B’s vs. Detroit Red Wings on October 14 at TD Garden.  The winger currently leads the Bruins this season in point production and goals with 3-2=5 totals.

BRUINS IN BACK-TO-BACKS: The Bruins will partake in their first set of back-to-back games of the 2013-14 season this week when they battle the Sabres on Wednesday, October 23 in Buffalo and the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, October 24 in Boston.  Last season, the Bruins played in 16 sets of back-to-back matchups, with a combined record of 8-7-1 in those games. In game one’s of back-to-back sets, the Bruins compiled a 5-2-1 record, while recording a 3-5-0 record in game two’s of the back-to-back matchups.

UPCOMING GAMES…


FINISHING SUNSHINE STATE SWING, THEN A BACK-TO-BACK: The Black & Gold begin their upcoming slate of games on Saturday, October 19 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 pm.  The Bruins will then travel to upstate New York to go head-to-head with the Buffalo Sabres in the First Niagara Center on Wednesday, October 23 at 8:00 pm.  The B’s will then round out their first set of back-to-back games of the 2013-14 season, returning to Boston to take on the San Jose Sharks at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 at TD Garden. 

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: The NESN broadcast team of Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will cover the Bruins/Lightning on Saturday, October 19 and Bruins/Sharks on Thursday, October 24, while the Bruins vs. Sabres game in Buffalo on Wednesday, October 23 will be televised by NBC Sports Network (TSN2 & RDS2 in Canada). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

10/19 at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 pm – NESN
10/23 at Buffalo Sabres, 8:00 pm – NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2
10/24 vs. San Jose Sharks, 7:00 pm – NESN, NHL Network (US)

169 AND COUNTING: Following Monday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, the Boston Bruins have sold out 169 straight regular season and playoff games. 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)

Tweet of the week is in its sixth week of the NHL season, with WEEI.com’s DJ Bean leading the pack with two wins. This week Boston Globe writer Fluto Shinzawa gets on the board for his tweet regarding Brad Marchand:

‏@GlobeFluto: Marchand playing with confidence again. Will be shirtless next shift.

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

@DJ_Bean: Just saw Carl Soderberg at the outlets. No bags in hand. Can't act surprised -- Soderberg doesn't (mess) with yesterday's fashions. #Bruins
@HackswithHaggs: Shawn Thornton playing in 500th NHL game today. Played in over 600 career games in the AHL. That's a lot of bus rides & brawls #paidhisdues
@ShawnHutcheon:  Today is the 169th consecutive sell out for @NHLBruins which means 2,968,485 have sat in @tdgarden seats. That's a lot of people!
@AmalieBenjamin:  Passed the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds on the way to my hotel. Assume Patrice is a champion bull rider in his spare time.

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, October, 16
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Tuesday, October 29

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY:
The Bruins Communications staff sent out the first edition of the 2013-14 Boston Bruins Prospect Report on October 16. 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 stories on the outlook for the B’s amateur propects as well as a Providence Bruins roundup.

2013-14 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog), Week 4, 5

@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com), Week 1

@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 2

@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger), Week 3
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 6

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 2013-14 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 2013-14 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 2013-14 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 EQUIPMENT SALE PRESENTED BY MONKEYSPORTS:
WHAT: The Boston Bruins will host their annual Equipment Sale, presented by MonkeySports, at the MonkeySports Superstore (949 Providence Highway, Route 1, Norwood, MA 02062) on Saturday, October 19. Fans will have the chance to buy an assortment of used equipment, which was worn by current and former Bruins players in either practice or game situations.  The equipment selection will include skates, practice jerseys, socks, helmets, gloves, pants, sticks, nameplates, etc.  Pricing for the equipment will start at $5.00 and there is a 10 item per person limit.  The sale begins at 8:00 a.m. ET and continues while supplies last. A portion of the proceeds from the Equipment Sale will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
WHEN: Saturday, October 19 beginning at 8:00 am (while supplies last)
WHERE: MonkeySports, 949 Providence Highway, Route 1, Norwood, MA

BRUINS SUPPORT IIHF GIRLS HOCKEY WEEKEND
WHAT: The Boston Bruins, Boston Blades, and MA Hockey have teamed up to support World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend, an opportunity for girls of all ages to try ice hockey for free. This hour-long clinic will provide girls with a fun, structured introduction to the sport of ice hockey. All equipment, including skate rental will be provided free of charge. All participants will receive autographs and a Bruins giveaway.
WHEN: Saturday, October 19 beginning at 12:20 pm
WHERE: The Edge Sports Center, 191 Hartwell Road, Bedford, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin.

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 eight 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: Monday, October 21 beginning at 5:00 pm
WHERE: Navin Skating Arena, 451 Bolton Street, Marlboro, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin

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 Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.

Saturday, October 19 (Tampa Bay, FL)
-Pregame skate at Tampa Bay Times Forum, 11:30 a.m. local
-Away Game at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m. local
-Broadcast Info: NESN Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, October 20
-TBD

Monday, October 21 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. local

Tuesday, October 22 (Boston, MA / Buffalo, NY)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. local
-Travel to Buffalo, NY

Wednesday, October 23 (Buffalo, NY/ Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at First Niagara Center, 11:30 a.m. local
-Away Game at Buffalo Sabres, 8:00 p.m. local
-Broadcast Info: NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2 Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston

Thursday, October 24 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. local
-Home Game vs. San Jose Sharks, 7:00 p.m. local
-Broadcast Info: NESN, NHL Network (US) Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, October 25 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. local

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, October 18)

Goals
1. M. Lucic, 3
T2. L. Eriksson, 2
T2. C. Kelly, 2
T3. 8 players tied with 1

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 5
T2. J. Boychuk, 3
T2. R. Smith, 3
T3. 5 players tied with 2

Points
T1. D. Krejci, 5 (0-5)
T1. M. Lucic, 5 (3-2)
2. R. Smith, 4 (1-3)
T3. 4 players tied with 3

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 17
2. M. Lucic, 12
3. J. Iginla, 9
4. D. Krejci, 8
Coors Light - To the Black, The Gold, and The Cold

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 24 16 7 1 62 59 33
2 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
3 DET 23 13 5 5 69 58 31
4 BOS 24 14 9 1 61 58 29
5 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
6 FLA 21 9 6 6 45 53 24
7 OTT 22 10 8 4 60 59 24
8 BUF 23 7 14 2 39 73 16

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Soderberg 24 5 12 4 17
P. Bergeron 24 5 11 -2 16
D. Hamilton 24 5 9 4 14
L. Eriksson 24 3 10 7 13
M. Lucic 24 5 7 5 12
B. Marchand 21 5 6 4 11
R. Smith 24 4 6 -1 10
D. Krejci 11 3 7 4 10
C. Kelly 22 2 6 4 8
S. Griffith 19 5 2 -1 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 11 6 1 .919 2.31
N. Svedberg 3 3 0 .913 2.46
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