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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 12/11 - 12/18

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD... LIVE FROM LONG ISLAND

December 11 – December 18

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
ISLES SATURDAY, FLYERS MONDAY: Following Thursday night’s victory over the Maple Leafs, the Northeast Division leading Bruins are currently the hottest team in the NHL in the last ten games, with an 8-1-1 record during that span. They will take on the Islanders on Long Island Saturday night (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub) and host Philadelphia on Monday (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub) in their next two contests. Both the Islanders and Flyers have struggled recently, with the Islanders 3-7-0 in their last 10 and the Flyers 2-8-0.

PLAY ALONGSIDE NEELY, O’REILLY, KIEFER SUTHERLAND IN THE AT&T LEGENDS CLASSIC: On Friday, December 18, the Boston Bruins Foundation will auction off two spots to play in the upcoming “Boston Bruins AT&T Legends Classic” on the club’s broadcast partners, NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub.  The first spot will be auctioned off by the Boston Bruins Foundation on The Sports Hub (98.5 FM) beginning when Toucher and Rich hit the airwaves at 6:00 a.m. and will end when Felger and Massarotti go off the air at 6:00 p.m. The second spot will be auctioned off by the Boston Bruins Foundation on NESN during the network’s coverage of that night’s Bruins/Blackhawks game beginning with W.B. Mason Bruins Face-Off LIVE at 8:00 p.m. ET. The winner will be announced following the conclusion of the game during Bruins Overtime LIVE presented by AceTicket.com.

For the full list of celebrities and Bruins alum participating – and ticket information – visit BostonBruins.com.

MONDAY’S MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT FENWAY: As the countdown to the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day continues, media will have access to Fenway Park for photo opportunities of the rink build-out from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET Monday, Dec. 14.  Media should enter and check-in at Gate D.  The NHL will be conducting a media briefing session at 2:00 p.m. ET on Monday with the team in charge of transforming Fenway Park into a world-class ice hockey rink. NHL executives will be providing an update on the preparations at Fenway Park and will be available to answer questions.

“TEAM CHALLENGE” WINNERS ANNOUNCED: The Boston Bruins and SBLI announced the winners of the “Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Team Challenge.” 400,000 votes were received through the program.  The top 20 teams, as determined by votes and each won 20 tickets to the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park on January 1. An additional five teams will be chosen by the Boston Bruins players and will be announced Monday, December 14. Visit BostonBruins.com for the full list of winners.

ANNUAL TOY DELIVERY SET FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15: At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, the entire Bruins roster will visit seven local hospitals and deliver toys to hospitalized children as part of the team’s annual Holiday Toy Delivery. The players recently purchased the toys last Tuesday. Please see the “Around Town” section of this release for more info.

RASK UP TO TASK: Bruins rookie goaltender Tuukka Rask improved his record to 9-2-2 on the season after Thursday night’s win. He is 6-0-1 in his last seven starts and currently ranks second in the league in goals against with a 1.97 GAA.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
After starting the season allowing at least one power play goal in their first five games (8 for 26, 69.2%), the Bruins have killed 77 of their last 84 times short (91.7%) and now rank first in the NHL in penalty killing at 86.4% overall ... The power play has heated up as well lately, as the Bruins have scored eight man-advantage goals in their last 23 opportunities for a 34.8% proficiency.

THEY SAID IT…
Mark Recchi, on his contributions to the team…
“I want to help this team be successful and I want to be a small piece of the puzzle to be a successful hockey team, you know, help the young guys out, help the coaching staff out, and be an extension of the coaching staff and really work with these young guys. They’re terrific kids and they make it easy for me.”

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: Skate with the Ice Girls
The Boston Bruins “Skate with the Ice Girls” program is heading to the Jim Roche Community Ice Arena (1275 VFW Pkwy. West Roxbury, MA 02132) to skate with Bruins fans. Bruins fans will also have a chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and great prizes.
WHEN: Sunday, December 13, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
WHERE: Jim Roche Community Ice Arena, 1275 VFW Pkwy. West Roxbury, MA 02132
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Ice Girls and the Bruins Mascot, Blades

WHAT: TD Bank Fleece Hockey Helmet Giveaway
The Bruins will be giving away 10,000 TD Bank Fleece Hockey Helmets when the Bruins host the Flyers Monday night courtesy of TD Bank.
WHEN: Monday, December 14 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Entrance Turnstiles at the TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA  02114

WHAT: Cardinal Cushing Holiday Party
The Boston Bruins Foundation will host a holiday party for 130 children with special needs who attend Cardinal Cushing Center schools in Braintree and Hanover, MA. Cardinal Cushing Centers provide a life-centered approach in caring for children, young adults, and adults of all faiths with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities as well as their families.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 15, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney

WHAT: Boston Bruins Holiday Hospital Toy Delivery
On Tuesday, December 15 the entire Boston Bruins 2009-10 roster will continue the Bruins annual toy delivery holiday tradition. The players and coaches will be divided into seven groups, with each group visiting patients and delivering toys to the following seven hospitals: Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Mass General Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston Medical Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Franciscan Hospital for Children.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 15, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Boston Medical Center, 850 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, Children's Hospital, Boston, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, Floating Hospital/ Tufts NEMC, 755 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111, Franciscan Hospital for Children, 30 Warren Street, Brighton, MA 02135, Massachusetts General Hospital (Ellison 18 playroom), 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, 125 Nashua Street, Boston, MA 02114, Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: The entire 2009-2010 Boston Bruins Roster

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, December 12 (Farmingdale, NY/Boston, MA)
-Game vs. New York Islanders, Nassau Coliseum, 7:00 p.m. local
-Return to Boston

Sunday, December 13 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

Monday, December 14 (Wilmington, MA)
-Game vs. Philadelphia Flyers, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. local

Tuesday, December 15 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice TBD

Wednesday, December 16 (Wilmington, MA/ Chicago, IL)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Travel to Chicago, IL

Thursday, December 17 (Chicago, IL)
-Practice at Johnny’s Ice House West

Friday, December 18 (Chicago, IL/Toronto, ON)
-Game vs. Chicago Blackhawks, United Center, 7:30 p.m. local
-Depart for Toronto, ON

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. 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
12:40 p.m. Blake Wheeler 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, December 11th):

Goals
1. M. Sturm, 9
T2. P. Bergeron, 8
T2. M. Savard, 8
T4. M. Ryder, 7
T4. M. Recchi, 7
T4. B. Wheeler, 7

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 17
2. P. Bergeron, 16
3. D. Morris, 12
4. D. Krejci, 11
5. M. Recchi, 10

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 24
2. Z. Chara, 19
T3. M. Recchi, 17
T3. M. Sturm, 17
5. B. Wheeler, 14

Plus/Minus
1. M. Sturm, +9
2. Z. Chara, +8
T3. M. Lucic, +3
T3. J. Boychuk, +3

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 61
2. Z. Chara, 42
3. M. Stuart, 26
4. S. Begin, 22
5. B. Bitz, 19

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:

-Patrice Bergeron currently ranks fourth overall in faceoffs won with 339 (S. Crosby, 378) and 6th in faceoff percentage at 58.8% (P. Gaustad, 63.6%).  Bergeron is also tied for first in shootout game deciding goals with 2.

-Tim Thomas is currently tied for second in shutouts with three along with three other goaltenders.

-Marc Savard is currently 6th in the NHL in shooting percentage at 22.2% (D. Jones, 25.6%)

-Tuukka Rask ranks 3rd in save percentage with .932 (R. Miller, .938) and 3rd in goals against average with 1.97 (R. Miller, 1.82). Rask ranks first among all rookie goaltenders in save percentage and goals against average and is tied for second in wins among rookies (S. Varlamov, 11)

-The Bruins as a team rank 1st the penalty kill category at 86.4%.
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