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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 10/31 - 11/6

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...

TRICK OR TREAT: The Bruins host the Edmonton Oilers in a 1 p.m. matinee tilt at the TD Garden on Saturday, October 31 (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). Halloween has been a “scary” day for the B’s in the past, as the Black & Gold haven’t won a game on October 31 since 1985 (7-4 W in Los Angeles) and have gone 0-6-3-0 in their last nine Halloween contests. The team is 6-13-3 all-time on the “Day of the Dead.”

The Bruins have enjoyed recent success against the Oilers however, having won seven straight dating back to 2000 (see the Stat Machine’s “Stat of the Week” for more on this).

In the spirit of Halloween, the club will be giving away Bruins pillowcases to the first 5,000 fans that arrive dressed in costumes to Saturday’s game. The pillowcases, which come courtesy of TD Bank, will be distributed at the TD Garden entrance turnstiles.

NESN “BENCHES” BRICKLEY: On Saturday, October 31 NESN is moving color commentator Andy Brickley to ice-level and positioning him between the Bruins and Oilers benches for the entire game to give him a different perspective while his broadcast partner Jack Edwards will call the game from his customary location in the Fred Cusick Broadcast Booth on the 9th level of TD Garden.

"Hockey is a game that is played with incredible passion and emotion," said Joel Feld, NESN executive vice president of programming and executive producer. "By positioning Andy between the benches he will be able to provide a different perspective to Bruins fans watching at home."

BUSY B’S: Beginning with Saturday’s game, the Bruins will play five games in eight nights. The Black & Gold will host the Oilers on the 31st before traveling to New York to face the Rangers on November 1. They will then head from NYC to Detroit and battle the Red Wings on Tuesday, November 3 before returning home to host the Canadiens (11/5) and Sabres (11/7).

STU SUPPORTS TROOPS, FANS CAN TOO THROUGH BRUINS “SEATS FOR SOLDIERS” PROGRAM: Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart has purchased $5,000 worth of tickets to the Bruins/Panthers game on November 12 and will donate them to local servicemen and women and their families. Fans can follow Stuart’s lead and support the Bruins “Seats for Soldiers” program online at www.bostonbruins.com. November 12 is “Military Appreciation Night” at the TD Garden, as the team will host a collection drive for Operation Homefront New England and honor soldiers and their families throughout the game with photo montages on the Garden HDX, Zamboni rides, video messages and meet and greets with Bruins players.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE: The Bruins have shut out Edmonton in both of their last two meetings with a 3-0 win on February 13, 2007 and a 1-0 overtime win on October 27, 2008. The team carries a shutout streak of 144:02 vs. the Oilers into Saturday’s game with their last goal allowed to Edmonton a Fernando Pisani score at 3:46 of the third period of a 5-4 Boston overtime win on December 3, 2005 (vs. Hannu Toivonen in goal), while Tim Thomas carries a personal shutout streak of 132:17 vs. the Oilers into Saturday's game with his last goal yielded to Edmonton coming in his first NHL game on October 19, 2002 (Steve Staios goal at 11:01 of the third period of a 4-3 Boston win).

THEY SAID IT…
Claude Julien, on the team’s leading scorer Patrice Bergeron, after Thursday night’s loss to New Jersey…
“He has been our best forward, by far. Since the beginning of the year, he’s been our best and most consistent forward. When you talk about ups and downs and everything else, he has been as consistent as you could ever ask of him. He’s having a great year."

BOSTONBRUINS.COM/MEDIA: The Bruins have launched a media-only section of their website, www.BostonBruins.com/media. This password-protected site, which will be updated by the Bruins Communications staff daily, will be the online home for all relevant Boston Bruins media information. To obtain a username and password for the site, please see a member of the Bruins Communications Staff.

 MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE: Please call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.
 
AROUND TOWN:
WHAT: Pan Mass Challenge Check Presentation
The Foundation will be presenting a check for $150,000 to the Director of Operations for the Pan Mass Challenge, Dave Hellman at the Bruins vs. Oilers game on October 31. For the fourth consecutive year, the Boston Bruins Foundation Bike Team faced off against cancer in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge on August 1st and 2nd.  The team consisted of Bruins Alumni Gary Doak, Shawn McEachern, Frank Simonetti, Director of Development for the Bruins Foundation, Bob Sweeney, Assistant General Manager, Don Sweeney, and Tim Sweeney. The Boston Bruins Foundation also hosted several events throughout the summer to help raise money for the bike team including a Harbor Cruise, Casino Night and several wine tastings. 
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
WHEN: Saturday, October 31 during the Bruins/Oilers game beginning at 1:00 p.m.
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Director of Development for the Bruins Foundation, Bob Sweeney

WHAT: US Air Force Street Hockey Clinic
The Bruins are hosting a street hockey clinic at the Youth Center at the Hanscom Air Force Base Massachusetts for children between the 6 and 12 years old whose parents are currently serving in the US Air Force.  The Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team, as well as Bruins Alumni, Tommy Songin, will instruct the kids in basic hockey skills.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 4 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: 20 Schilling Circle, Hanscom AFB MA 01731
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Alumni, Tommy Songin

WHAT: Massachusetts Hockey Day
The Boston Bruins are partnering with USA Hockey and MASS Hockey to help grow the sport of hockey in Massachusetts.  There are 15 participating rinks throughout Massachusetts are providing a free one hour introduction to the sport to new hockey players. The rinks and participating organizations will provide skates, helmets and hockey gear free of charge.  Each participant will receive a beginner hockey stick and Bruins puck.  Bruins Alumni, Tommy Songin, the Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team and the Bruins mascot, Blades will be assisting skaters at the Fall River, MA and New Bedford, MA locations.
WHEN: Saturday, November 7 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Times differ depending on the rink
Fall River, MA location: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Bedford, MA location: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Driscoll Arena, 272 Ellsbree Street, Fall River, MA 02720; Hetland Arena, 310 Hathaway Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02740
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Alumni, Tommy Songin, the Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team and the Bruins mascot, Blades

“COMMUNITY CAPTAIN” PRESENTED BY THE LOTTERY:
During each Boston Bruins home game, a member of the local community is acknowledged for their contributions as the “Community Captain” of the game. The Community Captain receives four complimentary game tickets to a Bruins home game where they will be recognized on the TD Garden HDX (video scoreboard). They will also receive a Boston Bruins Prize Pack.

On Saturday, October 31 during the Bruins/Oilers game beginning at 1:00 p.m., Kent Bongarzone of Mansfield Youth Soccer will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain. Kent has volunteered for over five years with the Mansfield, MA Youth Soccer organization taking care of the fields and donating over 15 hours per week of his personal time. He was nominated to be the Boston Bruins Community Captain at www.bostonbruins.com by a member of his community.
 
Gloria Heerman, a representative of Massachusetts Hockey, will be attending the Bruins/Montreal game at 7:00 p.m. as the Bruins Community Captain. Gloria began her Massachusetts Hockey involvement in 1987 when her son began skating with Brockton Youth Hockey, and stayed with this program the next 25 years, holding every position from Board of Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President. Gloria has always been active in hockey and special events, where she currently serves as 4th Vice President. Gloria focuses on organizing special events such as the Mass Hockey Hall of Fame, Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. In total, Gloria has been involved for 30 years and will continue her involvement thanks to her son and the kids who make it all worthwhile.

2ND ANNUAL BRUINS HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT: The B’s are returning to the Haverhill Valley Forum to host the second annual “Boston Bruins Holiday Tournament” from Sunday, December 27 through Wednesday, December 30. The event will feature Mite and Squirt squads playing in a minimum of three games over a four-day period. As an added bonus, each team will have the opportunity to win a team set of tickets to the 2010 NHL/Bridgestone Winter Classic between the Bruins and Flyers at Fenway Park on January 1, 2010. Check out www.bostonbruins.com for more info.

 UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Please note the schedule is subject to change, call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the schedule.

Ristuccia Arena (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Saturday, October 31 (Boston, MA/New York, NY)
-Game vs. Edmonton Oilers, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m. local
-Depart for New York

Sunday, November 1 (New York, NY/Detroit, MI)
-Game at New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, 1:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Detroit

Monday November 2 (Detroit, MI)
-Practice at Joe Louis Arena, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 3 (Detroit, MI/Boston, MA)
-Game at Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena, 7:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Boston

Wednesday, November 4 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 5 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Montreal Canadiens, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. local

Friday, November 6 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:

THE BUZZ: NESN’s Naoko Funayama will take you through the latest Bruins news on and off the ice on NESN’s weekly countdown show, The Buzz. On this week’s episode, they will run part two of an exclusive interview with Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, tour Ottawa with Boston Globe’s Bruins beat reporter Fluto Shinzawa and take a look back at the innovation and evolution of the goalie mask, which debuted 50 years ago on November 1. Check your local listings for The Buzz’ airtimes.

THE HOCKEY SHOW ON 98.5: Bruins play-by-play man Dave Goucher and color analyst Bob Beers will team up with Sports Hub host Damon Amendolara every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. for “The Hockey Show”- an hour long program on 98.5 FM devoted to news, notes and phone calls on everything going on with the Bruins and around the NHL.

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

Mondays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Milan Lucic with “Toucher and Rich”

Tuesdays
101.7 FM WFNX
7:30 a.m. Andrew Ference with “The Sandbox”

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

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
12:30 p.m. Bruins guest of the week with “Tanguay and Zolak”

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

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Marc Savard with “Karlson and McKenzie”

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

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

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (As of Friday, October 30):

2009 REGULAR SEASON
Goals
T1. P. Bergeron, 4
T1. M. Savard, 4
T3. M. Hunwick, 3
T3. M. Ryder, 3
T3. B. Wheeler, 3

Assists
T1. Z. Chara, 6
T1. D. Morris, 6
3. M. Sturm, 5
T4. S. Begin, 4
T4. P. Bergeron, 4
T4. D. Krejci, 4

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 8
T2. M. Savard, 7
T2. M. Sturm, 7
T2. D. Morris, 7

Plus/Minus
T1. Z Chara, +3
T1. M. Sturm, +3
T3. D. Krejci, +2
T3. M. Lucic, +2

Penalty Minutes
1. Z. Chara, 22
2. S. Thornton, 19
3. D. Morris, 10
4. M. Lucic, 9
5. S. Begin, 9
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