Bruins Week Ahead: 4/20-4/25
This weeks news, notes and numbers.
Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 3:20 PM ET / News
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BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON: The Boston Bruins announced that the team will continue to release episodes of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani throughout the team's 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. There will be one episode for each round the Bruins play in with air dates and times on NESN confirmed once the respective series concludes. Each episode will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary. The first episode will document the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup between the Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings.
FACT OF THE WEEK: Reilly Smith faced his brother, Brendan Smith, on Friday evening, becoming the sixth Bruin in face a sibling in a playoff series and the first since Phil (Boston) and Tony (Chicago) Esposito faced in the 1975 Preliminary Series.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Seven players played in their first NHL postseason game on Friday night’s contest against the Red Wings – Boston’s Corey Potter, Reilly Smith and Justin Florek and Detroit’s Riley Sheehan, Tomas Tartar, Tomas Jurco and Luke Glendening all skated in their first playoff action.
CAMPBELL NOMINTATED FOR MASTERTON: Bruins forward Gregory Campbell has been selected as the Boston Bruins 2014 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association (PHWA). The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Campbell battled adversity entering the 2014 campaign, coming off a broken leg sustained in the second period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite breaking his leg in a shorthanded situation, Campbell remained on the ice for the remaining 47 seconds of Penguin power play time, putting the team ahead of his own personal health, to help the Bruins kill off the penalty unscathed.
“Gregory Campbell’s entire hockey career has been about perseverance, dedication to hockey and paying the highest level of respect to the game he loves so much," said Joe Haggerty, PHWA Boston chapter chairman and Bruins beat reporter for CSNNE.com. "The image of Campbell gritting his way through excruciating pain to finish a penalty kill shift with a broken leg during last year’s conference final is one nobody will soon forget. It’s also the perfect example of Campbell’s dedication to his team, selflessness and willingness to give every last ounce he has to fully compete. That doesn't even include Campbell's heavy involvement in the community, including delivering pies to Boston homeless shelters on Thanksgiving morning each year. The Boston Chapter of the PHWA is proud to nominate Gregory Campbell for this season’s Masterton Trophy.”
Campbell, a staple on the Bruins’ energy line, has had a productive season for the Black & Gold registering eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, appearing in all of the B’s 82 games this season. The Boston Bruins acquired Campbell on June 22, 2010 with Nathan Horton for Dennis Wideman, a 2010 first round draft and a 2011 third round draft pick. The winner of the Masterton Trophy is selected by a vote of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the conclusion of the regular season.
UPCOMING EVENTS & NOTES…
BOSTON BRUINS & FMC ICE SPORTS PRESENT G.O.A.L!: The Boston Bruins and FMC Ice Sports have come together to host G.O.A.L! (Get Out And Learn), a free event featuring skating and hockey instructional sessions. G.O.A.L! provides a fun, game-based environment for kids ages 4-12 who are new to the sport to give it a try. The Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team will be present to assist new skaters. Hockey gear, skates and helmets will be provided free of charge. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins paid tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization honored 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 (Ray Bourque Puck Drop)
-Thursday, March 27th vs. Chicago Blackhawks (John Bucyk Puck Drop)
-Saturday, April 5th vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Derek Sanderson Puck Drop)
PLAYOFF TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited tickets for Game 2 (4/20) of the Eastern Conference Quaterfinal against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden are still available. For more information on tickets, please visit http://bruins.nhl.com/tickets.
BRUINS BEARD-A-THON: Bruins fans are invited to "Grow One for Boston" by growing their own playoff beard in the 6th annual Bruins 'Beard-A-Thon' for the duration of the team's 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. This postseason growers will raise money for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation and the Boston Bruins Foundation. Fans can create their own Bruins 'Beard-A-Thon' profile by uploading their photo at www.beardathon.com/bruins. Participants can choose to grow their own beard and update their growth throughout the playoffs or they can grow their beard virtually by choosing the 'Build-A-Beard' option, giving women and children an opportunity to get involved in hockey’s age-old tradition. Leading up to each home game during 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, beard growers will have the chance to win autographed items, playoff tickets and more.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES: The Bruins continue their playoff run with games 2, 3 and 4 against the Detroit Red Wings this week. Game 2 will be Sunday, April 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the TD Garden. The team then travels to Detroit for game 3 which will be Tuesday, April 22 in Detroit at 7:30 p.m. Game 4 of the Round 1 series will also be played in Detroit on Thursday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Game 2 on Sunday, April 20 will be covered by NBC and TSN while the NESN broadcast team of Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will be covering game 3 on Tuesday, April 22 and game 4 on Thursday, April 24 along with NBC Sports Network and TSN. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
4/20 vs. Detroit Red Wings, 3:00 p.m. E.T. – NBC, TSN
4/22 at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.ET – NESN, NBCSN, TSN
4/24 at Detroit Red Wings, 8:00 p.m. ET – NESN, NBCSN, TSN
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.
207 AND COUNTING: Following Friday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings the Boston Bruins have reached 207 straight regular season and playoff game shut outs. 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 30th week of the Boston Media Tweet of the Week, Fluto Shinzawa continues his winning ways bringing home his eighth win of the season.
@GlobeFluto: Babcock praises “Abby and The Mule.” I think my kids read that book.
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@kluedeke29: Definition of outhouse to penthouse- Corey Potter claimed off waivers from cellar dweller Edmonton, now starting Game 1 for Prez Trophy B's
@DanCagen: I'm using the word verboten in my story. I'm more excited about this than I should be.
@TheBruinsBlog: Flo Ride with a near goal.
@AmalieBenjamin: Discussing best foodie path to the Cup with @GlobeFluto. Montreal, New York, Chicago. Let's eat.
@DavidCGoucher: @NHLBruins will play their 56th playoff game in the last 4-plus years tonight, 11 more than the next closest team (LA).
@RealJackEdwards: We watch these guys for 82 games; the ice crew paints "Stanley Cup Playoffs" inside the blue lines and everything gets WAY MORE INTENSE.
2013-14 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 6, Week 8, Week 11, Week 20, Week 21, Week 25, Week 29, Week 30
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog), Week 4, Week 5, Week 19,
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger), Week 3, Week 7, Week 24
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com), Week 1, Week 13, Week 22, Week 30
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 2, Week 15, Week 26, Week 27, Week 28
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com) Week 10, Week 18
@DanCagen (MetroWest Daily News), Week 28, Week 30
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 9
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 12
@JamieErdahl (Jamie Erdahl, NESN), Week 14
@KirkLuedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal), Week 16
@JesseNEHLJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 17
@DaleEArnold (Dale Arnold, NESN): Week 23
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, April 9
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: TBD
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out the eighth edition of the 2013-14 Boston Bruins Prospect Report on March 19. 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 the Frozen Four particapants Zane Gothberg (University of North Dakota) and Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston College) as well as the recent signing of Ben Sexton, who joined the Providence Bruins.
BOSTON BRUINS & FMC ICE SPORTS PRESENT G.O.A.L!
WHAT: The Boston Bruins and FMC Ice Sports have come together to host G.O.A.L! (Get Out And Learn), a free event featuring skating and hockey instructional sessions. G.O.A.L! provides a fun, game-based environment for kids ages 4-12 who are new to the sport to give it a try. The Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team will be present to assist new skaters. Hockey gear, skates and helmets will be provided free of charge.
WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Alexio Skating Arena, 1 Honorable Gordon M Owen Riverway, Taunton, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin and 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, April 20 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Red Wings, Game 2, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, April 21 (Boston, MA/Detroit, MI)
-Practice at TD Garden, TBD
-Travel to Detroit
Tuesday, April 22 (Detroit, MI)
-Pregame skate at Joe Louis Arena, 11:30 a.m. ET
-Away Game 3 at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. ET
-Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN
Wednesday, April 23 (Detroit, MI)
-Practice at Joe Louis Arena, TBD
Thursday, April 24 (Detroit, MI/Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Joe Louis Arena, 11:30 a.m. ET
-Away Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena, 8:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN
Friday, April 25 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 12:00 p.m. ET
BRUINS FINAL REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS
T1. J. Iginla, 30
T1. P. Bergeron, 30
3. B. Marchand, 25
4. M. Lucic, 24
5. R. Smith, 20
1. D. Krejci, 50
2. M. Lucic, 35
T3. P. Bergeron, 32
T3. C. Soderberg, 32
T5. R. Smith, 31
T5. J. Iginla, 31
1. D. Krejci, 69 (19-50)
2. P. Bergeron, 62 (30-32)
3. J. Iginla, 61 (30-31)
4. M. Lucic, 59 (24-35)
5. B. Marchand, 53 (25-28)
1. M. Lucic, 91
2. S. Thornton, 74
3. A. McQuaid, 69
4. Z. Chara, 66
5. B. Marchand, 64
BRUINS STARS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON
-Jarome Iginla, First Star of the Month, month of March
-Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, ending March 30
-Jarome Iginla, Third Star of the Week, week ending March 23
-Jarome Iginla, Third Star of the Week, week ending February 9