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Bruins Week Ahead: 2/15 - 2/21

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Friday, 02.14.2014 / 12:30 PM / News
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Bruins Week Ahead: 2\/15 - 2\/21
The Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 2\/15 - 2\/21

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

STATS & NOTES YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

BRUINS IN THE OLYMPICS: All the action from the Sochi Olympics and the five B’s Olympians, Patrice Bergeron (Canada), Zdeno Chara (Slovakia), Loui Eriksson (Sweden), David Krejci (Czech Republic) and Tuukka Rask (Finland), can be followed at www.bostonbruins.com/sochi. For a listing of the Bruins player’s Olympic schedule, see the “Upcoming Games” section of the Week Ahead listed below… On February 7, B’s Captain Zdeno Chara carried the Slovakian flag for his country during the opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia… Head Coach Claude Julien, an assistant coach for Team Canada, and General Manager Peter Chiarelli, part of Canada's management group, round out the Black & Gold's participation in the 2014 Olympics.

SEEING STARS: Bruins forward Jarome Iginla was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the week ending February 9.  Entering the Olympic break, Iginla rides a four-game point streak, which saw him tally two goals and five assists for seven points with a plus-five rating. The 36-year-old had three multiple-point games in his last four appearances, including the game-winning goal and his 600th career assist (ranks eighth among active NHLers) against the Vancouver Canucks on February 4.

RACKING UP THE POINTS: The B’s line composed of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Jarome Iginla have combined for 34 points in their last eight games. Lucic totaled four goals and five assists, Krejci earned three goals and eight assists while Iginla netted in four goals and 10 assists. 

BERGERON QUICK ON THE DRAW:
Bruins centerman Patrice Bergeron enters the weekend second in faceoff percentage at 59.7%, behind former Bruin Vladimir Sobotka (60.9%, St. Louis) while Manny Malhotra is a close third (59.3%, Carolina). Bergeron however leads the league in faceoff wins (739), ahead of Sidney Crosby who ranks second with 728 wins.

UPCOMING EVENTS…

OLD NAVY PJ COLLECTION EVENT TO SUPPORT THE BRUINS PJ DRIVE:
Old Navy will be collecting pajamas for the PJ Drive at the Boston location (8 Allstate Road) on Saturday, February 15 and the Framingham location (1 Worcester road) on Tuesday, February 18.  All customers buying pajamas for the drive will receive 10% off of their entire purchase and will be entered into a raffle to win a Bruins prize.  Bruins Mascot Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls will be at the stores from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on their respective days to meet customers and cheer on PJ donors.  For more information please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

BRUINS PJ DRIVE SKATE AT BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL: The Boston Bruins and the Boston Harbor Hotel will be hosting a special skate with Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls at the Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda Rink on Wednesday, February 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For every $10 or new pajama donation made to the Bruins PJ Drive, attendees will receive a raffle ticket for Bruins autographed memorabilia, Boston Harbor Hotel Afternoon Tea for a family of four, or Boston Harbor Hotel Ice Skating and Rental for a family of four. Complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate will be served.  For more information please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

PJ DANCE PARTY WITH THE BOSTON BRUINS: Children are encouraged to wear pajamas to the Canal Room where Bourne Public Library in Bourne, MA will be hosting its PJ Dance Party with DJ Ooch. Bruins Mascot Blades will be on hand to help collect pajamas and dance with the children from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Admission is one new, unused pair of pajamas per child.  For more information please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

BRUINS TEDDY BEAR SLEEPOVER AT BELLINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY: On Monday, February 24, the Boston Bruins will be visiting Bellingham Public Library in Bellingham, MA for a special edition of their Teddy Bear Sleepover.  Bruins Mascot Blades and the children will be picking up their teddy bears that spent the weekend at the library and will see a movie trailer, for a movie to premiere later that week, of the activities their teddy bears did while they were away.  There will be a special story time and the children will have the opportunity to take pictures with Blades.  All participants will be required to donate a pair of new pajamas for the Bruins PJ Drive in order to have their teddy bears participate in the sleepover.  For more information please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI: Episode nine of Behind the B aired on Thursday, February 6 and featured newly signed Kevan Miller, former Bruin P.J. Axelsson, and the Amateur Scouting Meetings in Las Vegas. All episodes of Behind the B will air on NESN and can be streamed online at bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. Other exclusive Behind the B related content will be available on bostonbruins.com and the Boston Bruins Digital Entertainment Network (Bruins DEN) throughout the season.

Episode ten will air Wednesday, February 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Behind the B episode air schedule on NESN:
Episode 10: Wednesday, February 19, 8:00 p.m. ET
Episode 11: Tuesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m. ET
Episode 12: Tuesday, April 1, 8:00 p.m. ET
Episode 13: Monday, April 14, 8:00 p.m. ET

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.

90 Years Celebration Games:
-Monday, October 14th vs. Detroit Red Wings (Milt Schmidt Puck Drop)
-Thursday, November 21st vs. St. Louis Blues (Bobby Orr Puck Drop)
-Tuesday, December 17th vs. Calgary Flames (Terry O'Reilly Puck Drop)
-Tuesday, January 14th vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (P.J. Axelsson Puck Drop)
-Thursday, January 30th vs. Montreal Canadiens (Weston Adams, Jr. Puck Drop)
-Saturday, March 1st vs. Washington Capitals
-Thursday, March 6th vs. Washington Capitals
-Monday, March 24th vs. Montreal Canadiens
-Thursday, March 27th vs. Chicago Blackhawks
-Saturday, April 5th vs. Philadelphia Flyers

PUCKS & PUPS 2014 CALENDAR:
The Bruins announced the Pucks & Pups 2014 Bruins calendar, which will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and MSPCA Angell. Pucks & Pups is a unique 2014 calendar featuring Bruins players and management photographed with their pets or with adoptable dogs from the MSPCA. Players featured in the calendar include Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, and Shawn Thornton. Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs, President Cam Neely, General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Head Coach Claude Julien also participated in the project. The calendar features the B’s with their family pets or new friends waiting for homes at the MSPCA. Calendars can be purchased the Boston Bruins Pro Shop in TD Garden as well as on BostonBruins.com by visiting the following link: www.bostonbruins.com/pucksandpups.

BOSTON BRUINS #40 LICENSE PLATE RAFFLE:
One lucky winner will have the opportunity to show off their Boston Bruins pride by cruising the roads of New England with Boston Bruins license plate #40, the same number worn by star goaltender Tuukka Rask. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased through www.bruinsraffles.org and can be attained until February 8, 2014. This raffle will be supporting the Boston Bruins license plate program and by now, you've probably seen a Boston Bruins license plate on the road in Massachusetts. But beyond the fact that the plate looks good, it is also serving a very important purpose – all proceeds from the sale of the "Invest in Youth Hockey" plate go directly to Massachusetts Youth Hockey. In the time that the plates have been on the road, the program has raised over $1 million for grassroots youth hockey efforts throughout the state. Money raised through the "Invest in Youth Hockey" initiative has helped pay for the Border Patrol Program, which directly benefits the youngest skaters.

UPCOMING GAMES…

BRUINS OLYMPIANS’ SCHEDULE
Friday, February 14, 3:00 a.m.: Czech Republic (David Krejci) vs. Latvia
Friday, February 14, 7:30 a.m.: Sweden (Loui Eriksson) vs. Switzerland
Friday, February 14, 12:00 p.m.: Canada (Patrice Bergeron) vs. Austria
Friday, February 14, 12:00 p.m.: Norway vs. Finland (Tuukka Rask)
Saturday, February 15, 3:00 a.m.: Slovakia (Zdeno Chara) vs. Slovenia
Saturday, February 15, 12:00 p.m.: Switzerland vs. Czech Republic (David Krejci)
Saturday, February 15, 12:00 p.m.: Sweden (Loui Eriksson) vs. Latvia
Sunday, February 16, 7:30 a.m.: Russia vs. Slovakia (Zdeno Chara)
Sunday, February 16, 12:00 p.m.: Finland (Tuukka Rask) vs. Canada (Patrice Bergeron)

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak (Gresh and Zo), which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Johnny Boychuk are expected to be regular guests on 98.5 as well with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.

196 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, the Boston Bruins have sold out 196 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): In the 22nd week of the Boston Media Tweet of the Week, Joe McDonald earns himself top tweet for his suggestion to Zdeno Chara and how to reduce the amount of time spent taking pictures (See #PicswithZdeno) with other athletes at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia:

‏@ESPNJoeyMac: Chara should have brought a life size cardboard cutout with him and placed it in the Olympic Village. He'd save himself a lot of time.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@AmalieBenjamin: So tonight the average height for the Bruins will be ... shorter.
@ESPNJoeyMac: The best part of the upcoming Olympic break is no peanut M&Ms for two weeks.
@JamieErdahl: If there was a hockey version of basketball's breaking ankles. Marchand just displayed it on Karlsson! #ShakeAndBake #Bruins #Senators

2013-14 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 6, Week 8, Week 11, Week 20, Week 21
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog), Week 4, Week 5, week 19
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com), Week 1, Week 13, Week 22
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger), Week 3, Week 7
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 2, Week 15
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com) Week 10. Week 18
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 9
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 12
@JamieErdahl (Jamie Erdahl, NESN), Week 14
@KirkLuedeke29 (KirkLuedeke, New England Hockey Journal), Week 16
@JesseNEHLJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 17

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, February 12
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: TBD

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out the sixth edition of the 2013-14 Boston Bruins Prospect Report on February 12. 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 B’s prospects Matt Benning (Northeastern University) and Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston College) who participated in the 62nd Annual Beanpot at TD Garden.

AROUND TOWN (Players subject to change)…

OLD NAVY PJ COLLECTION EVENT TO SUPPORT THE BRUINS PJ DRIVE
WHAT: Old Navy will be collecting pajamas for the PJ Drive at the Boston location (8 Allstate Road) on Saturday, February 15 and the Framingham location (1 Worcester road) on Tuesday, February 18.  All customers buying pajamas for the drive will receive 10% off of their entire purchase and will be entered into a raffle to win a Bruins prize.  Bruins Mascot Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls will be at the stores from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on their respective days to meet customers and cheer on PJ donors.  For more information please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

Boston location information:
WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Old Navy, 8 Allstate Road, Boston, MA 02125
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls

Framingham location information:
WHEN: Tuesday, February 18, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Old Navy, 1 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA  01701
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls

BRUINS PJ DRIVE SKATE AT BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL
WHAT: The Boston Bruins and the Boston Harbor Hotel will be hosting a special skate with Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls at the Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda Rink on Wednesday, February 19th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For every $10 or new PJ donation made to the Bruins PJ Drive, attendees will receive a raffle ticket for Bruins autographed memorabilia, Boston Harbor Hotel Afternoon Tea for a family of four, or Boston Harbor Hotel Ice Skating and Rental for a family of four. Complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate will be served.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 19, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda Rink, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA  02110
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls

PJ DANCE PARTY WITH THE BOSTON BRUINS
WHAT: Children are encouraged to wear PJs to the Canal Room where Bourne Public Library will be hosting its PJ Dance Party with DJ Ooch. Bruins Mascot Blades will be on hand to help collect pajamas and dance with the children from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Admission is one new, unused pair of pajamas per child.
WHEN: Thursday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Canal Room, 100 Trowbridge Road, Bourne, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades

BRUINS TEDDY BEAR SLEEPOVER AT BELLINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY
WHAT: On Monday, February 24, the Boston Bruins will be visiting Bellingham Public Library for a special edition of their Teddy Bear Sleepover.  Bruins Mascot Blades and the children will be picking up their teddy bears that spent the weekend at the library and will see a movie trailer, for a movie to premiere later that week, of the activities their teddy bears did while they were away.  There will be a special story time and the children will have the opportunity to take pictures with Blades.  All participants will be required to donate a pair of new pajamas for the Bruins PJ Drive in order to have their teddy bears participate in the sleepover. 
WHEN: Monday, February 24, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bellingham Public Library, 100 Blackstone Street, Bellingham, MA 02019
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades

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.

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 Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.

Sunday, February 9 – Wednesday February 19
-Olympic break, no ice, no availability

Thursday, February 20 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Friday, February 21 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, February 22 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 p.m.

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, February 14)

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 19
2. R. Smith, 18
T3. J. Iginla, 17
T3. M. Lucic, 17
5. P. Bergeron, 16

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 37
2. Jarome Iginla, 26
T3. M. Lucic, 24
T3. R. Smith, 24
5. P. Bergeron, 22

Points
1. D. Krejci, 50 (13-37)
2. J. Iginla, 43 (17-26)
3. R. Smith, 42 (18-24)
4. M. Lucic, 41 (17-24)
5. P. Bergeron, 38 (16-22)

Penalty Minutes
1. A. McQuaid, 69
2. M. Lucic, 62
3. S. Thornton, 53
4. B. Marchand, 52
5. Z. Chara, 44

BRUINS OLYMPIC STATISTICS
Patrice Bergeron (Canada)
Goals, 0
Assists, 2
Points, 2
Canada’s Record: 1-0

Zdeno Chara (Slovakia)
Goals, 0
Assists, 0
Points, 0
Slovakia’s Record: 0-1

Loui Eriksson (Sweden)
Goals, 0
Assists, 0
Points, 0
Sweden’s Record: 2-0

David Krejci (Czech Republic)
Goals, 0
Assists, 1
Points, 1
Czech Republic’s Record: 1-1

Tuukka Rask (Finland)
Record: 1-0
Goals Against Average: 4.00
Save Percentage: .800
Shutouts, 0
Finland’s Record: 1-0
Coors Light - To the Black, The Gold, and The Cold

SCHEDULE

HOME
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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 7 6 1 0 22 21 12
2 TBL 8 5 2 1 25 16 11
3 DET 7 4 1 2 16 13 10
4 OTT 5 4 1 0 14 10 8
5 BOS 9 4 5 0 22 23 8
6 TOR 7 3 3 1 20 21 7
7 FLA 6 2 2 2 9 14 6
8 BUF 9 2 7 0 11 29 4

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 6 2 5 4 7
C. Kelly 9 2 5 4 7
C. Soderberg 9 2 4 0 6
M. Lucic 9 1 5 1 6
L. Eriksson 9 2 3 2 5
T. Krug 9 2 3 3 5
P. Bergeron 9 1 3 -3 4
R. Smith 9 2 1 -3 3
Z. Chara 9 2 1 -2 3
B. Marchand 9 1 2 -2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
N. Svedberg 1 2 0 .951 1.57
T. Rask 3 3 0 .880 2.91
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