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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 06.03-06.15

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

JUNE 3 – JUNE 15

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
SATURDAY’S MEDIA AVAILABILITY: The Bruins will not skate before Game 2 on Saturday. Select Game Players will be available in the Oak Room at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver at 11:30 a.m. PT (1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4). Head Coach Claude Julien will be available following the player access, also in the Oak Room.

Game 2 will take place in Vancouver on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. PT/ 8:00 p.m. ET.

Please note that the Bruins Communications Staff will confirm Sunday’s availability following Saturday’s game.

ZAKIM BRIDGE TO BE LIT UP: The Bruins and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) are proud to partner with OSRAM SYLVANIA, North America's leading lighting company, to light Boston's landmark Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge beginning Friday, June 3. Forty-eight lights that line the Zakim Bridge will be converted to gold to celebrate the Boston Bruins participation in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Zakim Bridge will remain gold throughout the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Final run.

KREJCI CONTINUES TO LEAD: After scoring 13 goals in the regular season, David Krejci is currently tied for the league lead in playoff goals with 10 (along with Martin St. Louis, and Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin is not far behind with 8). If he finishes the postseason in first, it will be the first time since 1977 that a Bruin led the league in playoff goals, when Bobby Schmautz had 11 (The B's lost in the Stanley Cup Final to Montreal that year).

STAYING POSITIVE: Among the top nine playoff leaders in plus/minus rating, six are Bruins. Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara are both tied for second with a plus-10 rating, and Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg all have a rating of at least plus-8.

QUICK ON THE DRAW: So far this postseason, the Bruins are 8-3 when winning more faceoffs than their opponents, and in the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay, the team that won the faceoff battle went on to win each game. Patrice Bergeron has won 62% of his faceoffs, third among playoff skaters.

COUNTERFEIT TIX: The Boston Bruins and the Boston Police Department want to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets for the Stanley Cup Final. Fans are encouraged to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer's risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors.

The Boston Police Department suggests that fans guarantee authenticity by purchasing tickets through the Boston Bruins website, Ticketmaster.com, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. Purchasing via other means, creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket.

GOOD OMEN?: Since 1999, when a Conference Final has gone seven games, the team that has won that Game 7 has gone on to win the Stanley Cup six of seven times.

1999: Dallas beats Colorado in WCF in seven games, beats Buffalo in six games in Cup Finals.
2000: Dallas beats Colorado in WCF in seven games, loses to New Jersey in six games in Cup Finals.
2000: New Jersey beats Philadelphia in ECF in seven games, beats Dallas in six games in Cup Finals.
2002: Detroit beats Colorado in WCF in seven games, beats Carolina in five games in Cup Finals.
2003: New Jersey beats Ottawa in ECF in seven games, beats Anaheim in seven games in Cup Finals.
2004: Tampa beats Philadelphia in ECF in seven games, beats Calgary in seven games in Cup Finals.
2006: Carolina beats Buffalo in ECF in seven games, beats Edmonton in seven games in Cup Finals.

The Bruins defeated the Lightning in seven games in the ECF this year.

UNCHARTED TERRITORY: Friday, May 27 marked the latest date the Bruins have played a game in franchise history.

71 STRAIGHT: The Bruins ended the 2010-11 regular season having sold out 71 consecutive home games at the TD Garden. The Bruins sold out every regular and postseason game during the 2010 calendar year, the first time the organization has done so since the 1972 calendar year.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE: Tim Thomas had his playoff shutout streak snapped at 127:58 as Raffi Torres’ goal was his first allowed since Marty St. Louis scored at 10:15 of the third period of game six of the CF vs. Tampa Bay on May 25

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: @HacksWithHaggs makes it a three-way tie for first heading into the final stretch. Who will come out on top to take the holy grail of Twitter?

Here’s the winning tweet from Haggerty after Alexandre Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron’s finger during a scrum at the end of the first period in Game 1:  @HacksWithHaggs Evander Holyfield just called Peter Chiarelli and asked if he could suit up in a Bruins uniform for Game 2 to address things w/Alex Burrows

Honorable Mentions:
@GlobeFluto: Lots of Montreal police at airport. Shouldn't they be working on Chara case?
@DJ_Bean: Want to know what Bergeron's finger looks like? Lucky for you, I'm a… sketch artist in my spare time #VanBos http://yfrog.com/h226ixuj

TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD: Here are the current standings on the Tweet of the Week Leaderboard through tweets on June 3
@TheBruinsBlog: 4
@DJ_Bean: 4
@HackswithHaggs: 4
@ESPNJoeyMac: 2
@GlobeFluto: 2
@MikeGiardi: 2
@douglasflynn: 1
@kluedeke29: 1
@MurphysLaw74: 1
@NaokoFunayama: 1
@RearAdBsBlog: 1

B’S JACKET TALLY: After a Bruins win, the team has begun awarding what can best be characterized as a late 80s Bruins jacket to the player who has 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. Here is the tally thus far:
3/22 vs. NJ: Milan Lucic
3/24 vs. MTL: Zdeno Chara
3/27 at PHI: Tim Thomas
3/29 vs. CHI: Mark Recchi
4/2 vs. ATL: Tuukka Rask
4/6 vs. NYI: Daniel Paille
4/9 vs. OTT: Rich Peverley

4/18 at MTL, Game 3: Patrice Bergeron
4/21 at MTL, Game 4: Michael Ryder
4/23 vs. MTL, Game 5: Tim Thomas
4/27 vs. MTL, Game 7: Nathan Horton

4/30 at PHI, Game 1: David Krejci
5/2 at PHI, Game 2: Tim Thomas
5/4 vs. PHI, Game 3: Dennis Seidenberg
5/6 vs. PHI, Game 4: Milan Lucic

5/17 vs. TB, Game 2: Tyler Seguin
5/19 at TB, Game 3: Tim Thomas
5/23 vs. TB, Game 5: Chris Kelly
5/27 vs. TB, Game 7: Nathan Horton

Worth mention is that the windbreaker was purchased on eBay by defenseman Andrew Ference for $35.

BRUINS HONORARY FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: Before each Bruins home game this playoff season, the team has had a prominent alumni serve as the honorary fan banner captain. The captain helps get the Bruins banner pass started.

MTL, Game 1: Rick Middleton
MTL, Game 2: Ken Linseman
MTL, Game 5: Lyndon Byers
MTL, Game 7: Reggie Lemelin
PHI, Game 3: Terry O’Reilly
PHI, Game 4: Stan Jonathan
TBL, Game 1: Ray Bourque
TBL, Game 2: John Bucyk
TBL, Game 5: Ken Hodge
TBL, Game 7: Derek Sanderson

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The final Prospect Report of the 2010-11 season was sent April 15.

MEDIA INFO: The Bruins have a media-only section of their website, www.BostonBruins.com/media that is the online home for Bruins media information. Log in with the email address media@bostonbruins.com, password “media.” Media and fans can also call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

Follow the Bruins on Twitter @NHLBruins
Become a Fan of the Bruins on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHLBruins

AROUND TOWN
WHAT: BEARD-A-THON
Boston Bruins fans are invited to show their support for the B’s by growing their own playoff beards and participating in the “Bruins Beard-A-Thon.” The 2011 “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” gives Bruins fans the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the team and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and One Mission. The hockey playoff beard is an age-old tradition for players participating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans can create their “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” profile by uploading their photo at www.bostonbruins.com. 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. 

Beard growers may pledge themselves by making a donation, and their friends and family may also pledge their efforts.  Donations can be made in two ways: a one-time pledge (minimum $10) or a daily pledge (minimum $0.50/day).  Throughout the playoffs, fans will have the opportunity to win tickets if their beard is voted the best on BostonBruins.com.  At the end of the contest there will be various prizes for the best and worst beards, as well as a prize for most money raised.
WHEN: Throughout the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff run
WHERE: www.bostonbruins.com

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 EASTERN

Saturday, June 4 (Vancouver, BC)
-No Bruins morning skate
-Select Game Players available in the Oak Room at the Westin Bayshore, 11:30 a.m. PT (1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4)
-Head Coach Claude Julien available in the Oak Room following player access
-Game 2 at Rogers Arena, 5:00 p.m. local
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RDS, CBC

Sunday, June 5 (Vancouver, BC/Boston, MA)
-Practice/media availability TBD
-Travel to Boston, MA

Monday, June 6 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 3 at TD Garden, 8:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, RDS, CBC

Tuesday, June 7 (Boston, MA)
-Practice/media availability TBD

Wednesday, June 8 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 4 at TD Garden, 8:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, RDS, CBC

Thursday, June 9 (Boston, MA/Vancouver, BC)
-Practice/media availability TBD
-Travel to Vancouver, BC

Friday, June 10 (Vancouver, BC)
-Pregame skate at Rogers Arena, TBD
-Media availability, TBD
-Game 5 at Rogers Arena, 5:00 p.m. local *if necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RDS, CBC

Saturday, June 11 (Vancouver, BC/Boston, MA)
-Practice/media availability TBD
-Travel to Boston, MA

Sunday, June 12 (Boston, MA)
-Practice/media availability TBD

Monday, June 13 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 6 at TD Garden, 8:00 p.m. ET *if necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RDS, CBC

Tuesday, June 14 (Boston, MA/Vancouver, BC)
-Practice/media availability TBD
-Travel to Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, June 15 (Vancouver, BC)
-Pregame skate at Rogers Arena, TBD
-Media availability, TBD
-Game 7 at Rogers Arena, 5:00 p.m. local *if necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RDS, CBC

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 7-8 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins.

WEEKLY RADIO SPOTS:
Tune in to the following local stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Tuesdays
101.7 FM WFNX
9:10 a.m. Shane Hnidy with the FNX Breakfast Show

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”

98.5 The Sports Hub
Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Brad Marchand with “Karlson and McKenzie”

107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

Fridays
107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)
4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”


BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, June 3)

PLAYOFFS

Goals
1. D. Krejci, 10
2. N. Horton, 8
3. B. Marchand, 6
4. M. Ryder, 5
T5. P. Bergeron, 4
T5. C. Kelly, 4

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 11
2. N. Horton, 9
3. T. Kaberle, 8
T4. D. Krejci, 7
T4. C. Kelly, 7
T4. D. Seidenberg, 7

Points
T1. D. Krejci, 17
T1. N. Horton, 17
3. P. Bergeron, 15
4. B. Marchand, 12
T5. M. Ryder, 11
T5. C. Kelly, 11

Plus/Minus
T1. N. Horton, +10
T1. Z. Chara, +10
3. P. Bergeron, +9
T4. D. Seidenberg, +8
T4. C. Kelly, +8
T4. M. Lucic, +8

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 43
2. N. Horton, 35
3. B. Marchand, 20
4. P. Bergeron, 18
5. A. Ference, 15



FINAL REGULAR SEASON

Goals
1. M. Lucic, 30
2. N. Horton, 26
3. P. Bergeron, 22
4. B. Marchand, 21
5. M. Ryder, 18

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 49
3. P. Bergeron, 35
2. M. Recchi, 34
5. M. Lucic, 32
4. Z. Chara, 30

Points
T1. M. Lucic, 62
T1. D. Krejci, 62
3. P. Bergeron, 57
4. N. Horton, 53
5. M. Recchi, 48

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +33
2. A. McQuaid, +30
3. N. Horton, +29
4. M. Lucic, +28
5. B. Marchand, +25

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 122
2. M. Lucic, 121
3. A. McQuaid, 96
4. G. Campbell, 93
5. Z. Chara, 88

2010-11 Bruins “Stars”
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending October 31
Tim Thomas, Second Star of the Month, October
Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, Week ending January 16
Tim Thomas, NHL All-Star
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star, Hardest Shot record 105.9 MPH in 2011 NHL SuperSkills Competition
Tyler Seguin, One of 12 NHL rookies selected to participate in All-Star festivities
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending January 23
Patrice Bergeron, First Star of the Month, January
Tim Thomas, Vezina Trophy Finalist
Zdeno Chara, Norris Trophy Finalist
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