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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 12/7-12/14

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BRUINS ROAD SWING CONTINUES

The Bruins are in the midst of a run where they play 9 of 10 away from the TD Banknorth Garden.  So far on this stretch, the Bruins have posted a 3-3-1 record have a 7-7-2 road record overall this season.  The lone home game during this stretch was on Thursday, December 6 against the Canadiens.

DATE/OPPONENT/RESULT
11.24/ at NYI/1-2 L
11.26/ at PHI/ 6-3 W
11.29/ at FLA/ 4-3 W
12.1/ at TB/ 1-4 L
12.3/ at NYI/ 3-1 W
12.5/ at NJ/ 3-4 O
12.6/ vs. MTL/ 2-4 L
12.9/ at TOR
12.10/ at BUF
12.12/ at ATL

STILL STREAKING
Entering Saturday night's game against the Leafs, Marc Savard is simultaneously riding a 12-game point streak and a 12-game assist streak (2-17-19 over the 12 games).   Savard's string of 12 straight games with an assist is the longest such streak this year and his 12-straight games with a point is the fourth longest.

Rank/Player/Consecutive Games
(Goals-Assists-Points During Streak)
1.      S. Crosby/ 19 (11-19-30)
2.      H. Zetterberg/17 (13-14-27)
3.      E. Malkin/ 15 (7-15-22)
4.      M. Savard/12 (2-17-19)

LEADING THE LEAGUE
Savard now has 28 assists this season, which puts him first in the league among NHL players in that category and his 33 points rank 14th in the NHL.

COUNTING DOWN THE HITS
Boston Bruins leading scorer Marc Savard will appear on this weekend's edition of VH1's "VSPOT Top 20 Countdown."  The show will premiere on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 a.m. ET/PT and re-air on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. ET/PT, Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. ET/PT and Tues., Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

VH1's "VSPOT Top 20 Countdown" features music videos and stars that are voted onto the countdown by viewers.  The two-hour show was filmed at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in midtown New York City.  For more information on the show, visit vh1.com.

BETWEEN THE PIPES
As of December 7, goaltender Tim Thomas currently leads the league in save percentage (.936%).  He ranks fifth amongst NHL goaltenders in goals against (2.14 GAA) and has recorded 10 wins on the season.

Z'S MOVING UP
With his assist against the Canadiens on Thursday night, Zdeno Chara moved up to tenth for scoring leaders amongst defenseman with 4-13-17.  Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar currently ranks first in the category with 6-19-25.

UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE
(SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
Saturday, December 8: (Toronto, Canada)
- Pregame skate at Air Canada Centre, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
- Game at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m.(TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ)
- Travel to Buffalo
Sunday, December 9 (Amherst, NY)
- Practice at Pepsi Center, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Monday, December 10 (Buffalo, NY)
- Pregame skate at HSBC Arena, 11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
- Game at Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: VERSUS, RADIO: WBZ)
- Travel to Atlanta
Tuesday, December 11 (Duluth, GA)
- Practice at Duluth IceForum, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12 (Atlanta, GA)
- Pregame skate at Philips Arena, 11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
- Game at Atlanta Thrashers, 7:00 p. m. (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ)
- Travel to Boston
Thursday, December 13 (Boston, MA)
- Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
- Game vs. New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m. (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ)
Friday, December 14 (Wilmington, MA)
- Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p. m.

BRUINS POINTS LEADERS AS OF 12/07
RANK/PLAYER     GOALS/ASSISTS/POINTS
1. M. Savard            5/28/33
2. M. Sturm             9/11/20
3. G. Murray            9/9/18

ON THIS WEEK'S "BUZZ"
Check out "The Buzz" on Saturday for the latest Bruins news, on and off the ice.  This week's lineup features a host of Bruins community endeavors including the annual Cardinal Cushing School Holiday Party, Willie O'Ree's recent speaking engagement at a Charlestown Middle School and the Bruins alumni participation in the Hanscom Air Force Base's Heroes Homecoming.  Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley will also share their thoughts on the Toronto Maple Leafs.  "The Buzz" airs at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8.

TEXT IN YOUR QUESTIONS
NESN encourages fans to text their questions on gamedays to NESN at 83733 to have them answered live by NESN analyst Andy Brickley during the game or by Bruins coaches and players during intermissions and postgame interviews.

AROUND TOWN
12.09.07: Blades, the Bruins mascot, will be at the Lester Family home in Tewksbury, MA from 5-6pm. The Lester Family has decorated their home for the past 11 years during the holiday season using approximately 150,000-175,000 lights. Over the years, the Lester family has been able to use their light display to collect donations for local charities in New England. In 2006 and again this year, the Lester family has dedicated all donations made at their light show to the Travis Roy Foundation Helping Others Move Forward Campaign.

12.12.07: On Wednesday December 12th from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Bob Sweeney of the Boston Bruins Foundation will be making a special check presentation to Best Buddies, Inc. at Braintree High School where Best Buddies members with intellectual disabilities along with their mentors will be holding a holiday crafts party. Best Buddies members will be doing crafts, listening to music, and enjoying snacks. The members will be delivering the cards and crafts they make to a rehabilitation and retirement home in the area. Braintree High School is located 128 Town Street, Braintree, MA.

12.12.07: Boston Bruins alum and Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney will join Curt and Shonda Shilling at their "Holiday Bubbles and Bites" benefit for the SHADE Foundation of America. The event will take place from 6:30-9pm at the Millennium Bostonian Hotel in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. Shonda Schilling, a skin cancer and melanoma survivor, founded SHADE in August 2002 after her successful battle against melanoma. SHADE is dedicated to eradicating melanoma through the education of children and the community in the prevention and detection of skin cancer and the promotion of sun safety

12.13.07: On Thursday December 13th the Boston Bruins Foundation and Charlie Jacobs will be hosting representatives from the other major Boston sports teams in Banners restaurant for an announcement of a $250,000 gift to kick start Ellis Memorial House's capital campaign to build new facilities at their South End location. Ellis Memorial, Boston's first settlement house, has been caring for children, disabled adults, and families who live and work in the South End and adjacent neighborhoods since 1885. Ellis' offers high quality educational, social, and health support services to individuals and families in need within a safe, nurturing, diverse environment.

12.13.07 and 12.15.07: The annual Boston Bruins Toys for Tots Toy Drive will be held at Bruins home games on Thursday, December 13th and Saturday, December 15th. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped, non-violent toys to the game to donate to the Marine collection sites located at the main turnstiles.

12.14.07: The entire Boston Bruins squad will be visiting local children's hospitals and shelters around Greater Boston to provide gifts and smiles for their annual Toy Delivery Day (time TBD). The team will be divided into groups to visit as many children as possible. Sites will include Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass General Hospital, Shriners Hospital and The Home for Little Wanderers.

The Boston Bruins have partnered with Village Automotive Group for their Keys to Success program. The program aims to provide high school administrators with the tools to motivate students to achieve academic success. Students have the chance to qualify for various prizes by exemplifying achievement of success in areas such as grade point average, improved attendance, tutoring, and volunteer work.  The grand prize is a car courtesy of Village Automotive Group, The Bruins have partnered with the program to provide incentives and to be involved with in-school rallies and events.

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE
Call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice schedule.
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