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Bruins Week Ahead: 3/7 - 3/14

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Bruins Week Ahead: 3\/7 - 3\/14
Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 3\/7 - 3\/14

THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD MARCH 8 – 14

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

STATS & NOTES YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

FIGHT CLUB: In Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers on March 4, Shawn Thornton recorded his 100th regular season fight as a Boston Bruin. He took up arms with Florida’s Krys Barch, which marked his eighth fight with the Florida winger, and tied the most times he’s dropped the gloves with one player. The Bruins Bruiser also has eight career fights with Islander’s Eric Boulton.

TUUKKA TIME: Tuukka Rask now leads the league in shutouts after he recorded his 6th shutout of the season in the Thursday, March 6 win against the Capitals (10/19 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 11/11 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 12/17 vs. Calgary Flames, 12/27 vs. Ottawa Senators, 1/11 vs. San Jose Sharks). Six shutouts is a career season high for the Bruins netminder.  Entering the weekend, Rask ranks seventh in the NHL in GAA at 2.13 and fifth in save percentage at .928.

HOT SOUP: Gregory Campbell has been hot of late, recording four goals in the last four games.  Campbell notched two goals New York Rangers on Sunday, March 2, including the game winner. That was the first time this season the forward has scored two goals in one game, with the last time being on April 10, 2013 in a 5-4 win against the New Jersey Devils.

BERGERON SELKE RESUME: After earning the Selke Trophy in 2011-12 and being a finalist for the Selke in last year’s campaign, Patrice Bergeron has continued his strong two-way play into the 2013-14 season.  Often playing against the opposition’s top line and serving as one of the primary forwards on the PK, Bergeron enters the weekend tied for third in the NHL with a plus-8 rating.  The centerman currently ranks second in the league in faceoff percentage at 59.5% and leads the league in faceoff wins with 797, ahead of Sidney Crosby who has 781.  The 28-year-old forward has had a 60.1% faceoff proficiency since the start of the 2011-12 season, which leads the NHL over the span.  Bergeron also ranks fifth on the Bruins in points (40) and fifth in goals (17).

UPCOMING EVENTS…

BOSTON BRUINS FUNDAMENTALS CROSS ICE TOURNAMENT: The next Bruins FUNdamentals Cross Ice Learn-To-Play Jamboree will take place on Sunday, March 9, in Revere, MA at Cronin Ice Rink from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is open to all Learn-To-Play participants who are not enrolled in organized hockey. This tournament will incorporate all skills learned throughout the year and give players their first exposure into organized game play. Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team will be on hand to assist on ice and provide giveaways for all participants.  For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

BRUINS TO HOST 4th ANNUAL BRUINS FOR BABIES:
The Boston Bruins will host Bruins for Babies during the home game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, March 13 to benefit the March of Dimes.  Supporters of the March of Dimes will participate in Bench Assistant and High Five experiences.  All proceeds from the sale of mystery pucks and 50/50 raffle tickets will benefit the March of Dimes.  For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI:
Episode ten of Behind the B aired on Wednesday, February 19 and chronicled the games leading up to the Olympic Break in the ‘Surge Before Sochi’. 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 eleven will air Tuesday, March 11, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Behind the B episode air schedule on NESN:
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 (Eddie Shore, Jr. Puck Drop)
-Thursday, March 6th vs. Washington Capitals (Mark Recchi Puck Drop)
-Monday, March 24th vs. Montreal Canadiens
-Thursday, March 27th vs. Chicago Blackhawks
-Saturday, April 5th vs. Philadelphia Flyers

LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE:
Limited individual game tickets are available for upcoming Bruins home games at TD Garden, including Thursday’s 7:00 p.m. game (3/13) against the Phoenix Coyotes. For more information on tickets, please visit http://bruins.nhl.com/tickets.

MARK RECCHI CEREMONIAL JERSEY RAFFLE: Mark Recchi was a pivotal member of the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship team.  Now you can win Recchi’s autographed jersey worn during the 90th anniversary of the Boston Bruins ceremonial puck drop on March 6th as the Bruins faced off against the Washington Capitals. The raffle tickets will be available to purchase for $5 at www.bruinsraffles.org until March 21 at 5:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.

TD GARDEN NOW SERVING LIMITED RELEASE SAMUEL ADAMS BLACK & GOLD BEER: The Bruins and Samuel Adams are proud to introduce the all-new, limited release, Black & Gold by Samuel Adams.  Black & Gold is described by the brewer as a dark, rich and roasty beer that is also fresh and crisp.  This craft brew is available exclusively at the Samuel Adams Brewhouse located outside Loge section 7 inside TD Garden and at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. 

BOSTON BRUINS ST. PATRICK'S DAY GEAR AVAILABLE NOW: In advance of St. Patrick’s Day, limited edition green Bruins gear is available now at the Boston Bruins Proshop located on level 1 of TD Garden and at Fan Zone locations inside the arena. Boston Bruins St. Patrick’s Day gear includes kelly green practice jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and pucks.

UPCOMING GAMES…

THIS WEEK’S GAMES: This week for the Bruins, the team will power through two back-to-back series. The team kicks off the second week of March with a three game road trip. The first game is against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, March 8 in Tampa Bay at 7:00 p.m. The next game of the road trip comes the day after on Sunday, March 9 against the Florida Panthers at 5:00 p.m. The team then travels to Montreal to take on the Canadiens on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. The B’s then fly home for the second game of that back-to-back series to take on the Phoenix Coyotes at TD Garden on Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. 

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: The NESN broadcast team of Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will be covering the two games in Florida on Saturday, March 8 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Sunday, March 9 against the Florida Panthers, as well as the game against the Phoenix Coyotes at the TD Garden on Thursday, March 13. NBC Sports Network will be covering the game against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, March 12. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

3/8 @ Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m. – NESN
3/9 @ Florida Panthers, 5:00 p.m. – NESN
3/12 @ Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. – NBCSN
3/13 vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 7:00 p.m. – NESN
 
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.

199 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, March 6, the Boston Bruins have sold out 199 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 25th week of the Boston Media Tweet of the Week, DJ Bean earns himself this week’s top tweet with his play on words in regards to Loui Eriksson returning to the ice after a brief absence from practice:

@DJ_Bean: Loui Eriksson is heeled!

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@DanCagen: Mark Recchi is here. No truth to rumor Chiarelli is trading for him.
@GlobeFluto: Milan Lucic takes out 2 guys in corner. I’ll drive home behind that plow, please.
@DanCagen: Thomas denies Bergeron. We'll see if he can do it to Thornton though.

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, Week 25
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger), Week 3, Week 7, Week 24
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com), Week 1, Week 13, Week 22
@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
@DaleEArnold (NESN): Week 23

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)…

BOSTON BRUINS FUNDAMENTALS CROSS ICE TOURNAMENT
WHAT: The next Bruins FUNdamentals Cross Ice Learn-To-Play Jamboree will take place on Sunday March 9 in Revere, MA at Cronin Ice Rink and is open to all Learn-To-Play participants who are not enrolled in organized hockey. This tournament will incorporate all skills learned throughout the year and give players their first exposure into organized game play. Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team will be on hand to assist on ice and provide giveaways for all participants. 
WHEN: Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Cronin Ice Rink, 850 Revere Beach Parkway, Revere, MA

BRUINS TO HOST 4th ANNUAL BRUINS FOR BABIES
WHAT: The Boston Bruins will host Bruins for Babies during the home game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, March 13, 2014 to benefit the March of Dimes.  Supporters of the March of Dimes will participate in Bench Assistant and High Five experiences.  All proceeds from the sale of mystery pucks and 50/50 raffle tickets will benefit the March of Dimes. 
WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2014 during the Bruins vs. Coyotes game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA

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.

Saturday, March 8 (Tampa Bay, FL/Fort Lauderdale, FL)
-Pregame skate at Tampa Bay Times Forum, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Away game @ Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sunday, March 9 (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
-Availability TBD
-Away game @ Florida Panthers, 5:00 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Monday, March 10
-TBD

Tuesday, March 11 (Fort Lauderdale, FL/ Montreal, QC)
-Travel to Montreal, QC
-Practice at Bell Centre, 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12 (Montreal, QC / Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Away game vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NBCSN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston

Thursday, March 13 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Home game vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 7:00 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, March 14 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, March 7)

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 21
T2. J. Iginla, 19
T2. M. Lucic, 19
4. R. Smith, 18
5. P. Bergeron, 17

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 39
2. J. Iginla, 29
3. M. Lucic, 27
4. R. Smith, 26
5. P. Bergeron, 23

Points
1. D. Krejci, 55 (16-39)
2. J. Iginla, 48 (19-29)
3. M. Lucic, 46 (19-27)
4. R. Smith, 44 (18-26)
5. P. Bergeron, 40 (17-23)

Penalty Minutes
T1. A. McQuaid, 69
T1. M. Lucic, 69
3. B. Marchand, 60
4. S. Thornton, 58
5. Z. Chara, 44
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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
2 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
3 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
4 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
5 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
6 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
7 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
8 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 34 6 17 3 23
C. Soderberg 34 6 17 7 23
D. Hamilton 34 7 13 1 20
B. Marchand 31 8 11 8 19
L. Eriksson 34 7 12 7 19
R. Smith 34 8 9 2 17
M. Lucic 34 6 10 3 16
T. Krug 30 6 6 4 12
C. Kelly 32 3 9 4 12
D. Krejci 14 3 7 1 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
N. Svedberg 4 4 0 .925 2.24
T. Rask 13 10 3 .913 2.52
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