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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 11/29 - 12/5

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

2014 PUCKS & PUPS CALENDAR: On Friday, November 28, the Boston Bruins Foundation launched their 2015 Pucks and Pups Calendar presented by The Black Dog featuring Bruins players photographed with their pets or with adoptable dogs from the MSPCA-Angell. Due to the generosity of our presenting sponsor, The Black Dog, all proceeds from the calendar will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and donations will be made to the MSPCA and NEADS. The Pucks & Pups calendar is available at the Boston Bruins ProShop, all retail locations within TD Garden, and the Bruins Foundation table on the arena concourse during Bruins home games, and online at www.bostonbruins.com/pucksandpups.
 This is the second year of the Pucks & Pups calendar; last year the calendar raised over $120,000 with a portion donated directly to the MSPCA’s adoption services program to care for homeless animals awaiting adoption.

BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION HOLIDAY AUCTION: The Boston Bruins Foundation will be hosting their first ever Online Holiday Auction beginning Monday, December 1, 2014 through Friday, December 12, 2014. Bruins Fans will have the opportunity to bid on once and a lifetime opportunities including traveling on the team charter, lunch with Bruins Legend Ray Bourque, signed memorabilia and more. Fans can visit www.bostonbruins.com/foundation beginning Monday, December 1 at 11:00 a.m. through Friday, December 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. to bid on these unique items. All proceeds from the Boston Bruins Foundation Online Holiday Auction will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis.

UPCOMING OPPONENT PREVIEW: The Bruins start a season-long four game road trip out west, beginning with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday (12/1) at 10:00 p.m. ET, before they battle the Los Angeles Kings the following night (12/2) at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Bruins will finish off their set against California foes with a matchup with the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (12/4) with puck drop scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET. To check out a video preview of these upcoming matchups with 98.5 the Sport Hub’s Bob Beers, watch the Week Ahead Preview on BostonBruins.com.

SKATE & SKI TICKET PACKAGE: The Bruins, Loon Mountain and 98.5 The Sports Hub have teamed up again this season to bring you the Skate & Ski ticket package. Purchase a Skate & Ski ticket to select Bruins weekday games during November through February for $99 and receive a complimentary lift ticket to Loon Mountain, New England's most accessible mountain resort destination and the Home of Superior Snow! To learn more or to purchase a Skate & Ski ticket visit: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=38915.

3-GAME PLANS: Boston Bruins three-game plans for the 2014-15 season presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery are on sale now. Choose from three different plans that feature marquee matchups this December through March. Tickets start at $95. To purchase call 617.624.2327, Option 1 or visit: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=92764.

17 BRUINS PARTICIPATING IN MOVEMBER: This November, Patrice Bergeron (Mo' Team Captain) and teammates Matt Bartkowski, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser, Seth Griffith, Dougie Hamilton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Dennis Seidenberg and David Warsofsky are all taking action by changing their appearance by growing a moustache for the 30 days of Movember, to spark conversation and raise funds for men's health. Fans can get involved by donating to their favorite player’s Movember page or by starting their own at bostonbruins.com/movember. This week, fans who raise at least $10 for the Bruins Movember team will automatically be entered to win two (2) tickets to see the Bruins take on the Penguins on Monday, November 24.

SEASON 2 OF BEHIND THE B: Season Two of the Black & Gold’s all-access television series “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani has begun, with 13 episodes slated to air during the 2014-15 season. All episodes will again be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary.

“Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani Episode air dates (all televised on NESN):

Episode 5 - Thursday, December 4 at 9:00 p.m.

Episode 6 - Friday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Episode 7 - Monday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m.

Episode 8 - Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Episode 9 - Thursday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m.

Episode 10 - Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.

Episode 11 - Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Episode 12 - Monday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m.

Episode 13 - Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.

BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION 50/50 RAFFLE: During each Boston Bruins home game, the Boston Bruins Foundation conducts the 50/50 raffle presented by Health Services Administrators. Fifty percent of the proceeds go towards the beneficiary hosted by the Bruins Foundation that night, while the other fifty percent of the proceeds go to one lucky winner. The 50/50 program comprises of one third of annual fundraising for the Boston Bruins Foundation. After the winning ticket is selected, the number will be announced in-game giving the winner the opportunity to claim their prize at Guest Services on the Loge Level, Section 4 or by checking the numbers posted on the Bruins Foundation Website within 30 days of the winning game, which can be found at the following link: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=101168.

Last five winning 50/50 numbers:

11/28 vs. the Winnipeg Jets: 06602299. (Total: $19,100, Beneficiary: Salvation Army)

11/24 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins: 04703278 (Total: $14,590, Beneficiary: Dana-Farber Institute)

11/22 vs. the Montreal Canadiens: 03201163 (Total: $21,500, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)

11/18 vs. the St. Louis Blues: 02802347 (Total: $14,530, Beneficiary: Greater Boston Food Bank)

11/15 vs. the Carolina Hurricanes: 05101663 (Total: $21,055, Beneficiary: Big Brothers and Sisters of MA Bay)

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., while forward Reilly Smith is expected to be regular a guest with 98.5's Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Chris Kelly will be a regular guest on 100.7 WZLX with Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie (Karlson & McKenzie), which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

B’S TAKING OFF: The Bruins are embarking one of their season-long four-game road trips, which will take them through California and Arizona where they will travel approximately 11,650 miles in six days.

MILESTONE REACHED: David Pastrnak played his first NHL game on Monday night (11/24), becoming the youngest player to play in the NHL this season (18 years and six months). He becomes the fourth Bruin to do so this season, joining Bobby Robins, Seth Griffith and Joe MorrowJoe Morrow scored his first NHL goal on Monday night vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins, against the same team that drafted him in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

BRUINS EXTEND STREAK VS. JETS: The Bruins had their home win streak vs. the Jets extended to 13 games with their win on Friday night (11/28). The Jets franchise last won in Boston when the Atlanta Thrashers took a 3-2 victory on March 31, 2007. The home win streak is the longest such current stretch for Boston vs. any opponent

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.

COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2014-15 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 GAMES…

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games vs. Anaheim (12/1), Los Angeles (12/2), San Jose (12/4) and Arizona (12/6). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

12/1 vs. Anaheim Ducks, 10:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

12/2 vs. Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

12/4 vs. San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

12/6 vs. Arizona Coyotes, 8:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

227 AND COUNTING: Following Monday’s home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Boston Bruins have sold out 227 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than four 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): With another hockey season comes another year of the Boston Bruins Media Tweet of the Week competition. With his third TOTW win of the season, Fluto Shinzawa plays coach with a holiday meal.

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Thanksgiving's 4th line: stuffing-cranberry sauce-green bean casserole. Bench 'em.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:

@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com): The emergency signal just went off at TD Garden. It now appears the building will also be a game-time decision tonight.

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com): Which Bruins player should have an animal nickname? I've got Reilly "Rattlesnake" Smith.

@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Pastrnak just autocorrected to PASTRNAK in my phone. I'm taking this as a sign. Of what, I'm not sure.

2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 8, Week 10, Week 12

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog), Week 2, Week 4, Week 11

@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 7, Week 9,

@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 6

@GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe), Week 5

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com), Week 3

@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 1

MEDIA INFORMATION: Throughout the 2014-15 season, the Bruins Communications staff will provide schedule updates, releases and transcripts on the Boston Bruins Media Site, which can be accessed at www.bostonbruins.com/media using the follow combination: E-mail: media@bostonbruins.com, Password: media.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY

-Schedule is subject to change.

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

-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place

-Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.

Sunday, November 30 (Boston, MA/Anaheim, CA)

-Travel to Anaheim, CA

-Practice at Anaheim Ice (300 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805), 3:15 p.m. local time

-Players available to the media after practice

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability

Monday, December 1 (Anaheim, CA / Los Angeles, CA)

-Pregame skate at Honda Center (2695 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806), 11:30 a.m. local time

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after session

-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien’s availability

-Away Game at Anaheim Ducks, 7:00 p.m. local time

-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

-Travel to Los Angeles

Tuesday, December 2 (Los Angeles, CA)

-Pregame skate at Staples Center (1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015), 11:30 a.m. local time

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after session

-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien’s availability

-Away Game at Los Angeles Kings, 7:30 p.m. local time

-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Wednesday, December 3 (Los Angeles, CA / San Jose, CA)

-Travel to San Jose, CA

-Practice at Sharks Ice (1500 S 10th St, San Jose, CA 95112), 12:30 p.m. local time

-Players available to the media after practice

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability

Thursday, December 4 (San Jose, CA / Phoenix, AZ)

-Pregame skate at SAP Center (525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113), 11:30 a.m. local time

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after session

-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien’s availability

-Away Game at San Jose Sharks, 7:30 p.m. local time

-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

-Travel to Phoenix, AZ

Friday, December 5 (Phoenix, AZ)

-Practice at Jobing.com Arena (9400 W Maryland Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305), 2:30 p.m. local time

-Players available to the media after practice

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals

T1. P. Bergeron, 5

T1. S. Griffith, 5

T1. D. Hamilton, 5

T1. M. Lucic, 5

T1. B. Marchand, 5

T1. C. Soderberg, 5

Assists

1. C. Soderberg, 12

2. P. Bergeron, 11

3. L. Eriksson, 10

4. D. Hamilton, 9

T5. D. Krejci, 7

T5. M. Lucic, 7

Points

1. C. Soderberg, 17

2. P. Bergeron, 16

3. D. Hamilton, 14

4. L. Eriksson, 13

5. M. Lucic, 12

Plus/Minus

1. L. Eriksson, 7

T2. M. Lucic, 5

T3. C. Kelly, 4

T3. D. Krejci, 4

T3. B. Marchand, 4

T3. C. Soderberg, 4

Penalty Minutes

1. M. Lucic, 47

2. B. Marchand, 28

3. P. Bergeron, 22

4. A. McQuaid, 19

5. G. Campbell, 16

NHL Leaders

-Patrice Bergeron ranks second in the league in Face-off wins with 311 and third in face-off percentage with 58.6%

-Milan Lucic ranks 8th in the league in hits with 75

-Dougie Hamilton ranks sixth in the league in goals from a defenseman with 5

Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR. The 2014-15 season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.

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