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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 2/13 - 2/20

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

February 13 - February 20

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
B’S VISIT PANTHERS IN FINAL TILT BEFORE OLYMPIC BREAK: The Black & Gold have rattled off three straight road wins this week with victories over Montreal, Buffalo and Tampa Bay and will look to make it four on Saturday when they visit the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). Following the game against the Panthers, the NHL’s Olympic Break commences. The Bruins will resume practice on Wednesday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.

BRUINS TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1970 STANLEY CUP ON MARCH 18: The Bruins will honor the 40th anniversary of their 1970 Stanley Cup championship with an on-ice presentation followed by a ceremonial puck drop on Thursday, March 18 prior to the Bruins game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins will welcome back members of the 1969-70 team, including players Bobby Orr, John Bucyk, Gary Doak, Ken Hodge, Don Marcotte, Derek Sanderson, Dallas Smith, Rick Smith, Fred Stanfield and Eddie Westfall in addition to coach Harry Sinden and trainer Dan Canney.

THE ART OF THE HOCKEY FIGHT: Bruins winger Milan Lucic is featured in the March 2010 issue of Men’s Journal magazine, which hit newsstands Friday, February 12. Titled “The Art of the Hockey Fight,” the one-page feature outlines Lucic’s six rules to follow if ever involved in an on-ice tussle.

CZECH THIS OUT: Czech Republic natives David Krejci, Vladimir Sobotka and the rest of the Bruins will open the 2010-2011 NHL regular season against the Phoenix Coyotes at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10. The Bruins are  part of an unprecedented six NHL teams - along with the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks - to open the 2010-11 NHL regular season in Europe as part of 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere™ and NHL Face-Off™. More information on the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere and the 2010 Bruins preseason will be released at a later date, including start times, ticket information, broadcast information, training camp schedules and preseason schedules. 

GOING HEAD TO HEAD IN VANCOUVER: Six Bruins will represent their respective countries at the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Here’s a look at when they will play against each other in the preliminary round:
Wednesday, February 17: Slovakia (Zdeno Chara and Miroslav Satan) vs. Czech Republic (David Krejci)
Sunday, February 21: Canada (Patrice Bergeron) vs. USA (Tim Thomas)

Marco Sturm is the only Olympian who will not face a Bruin teammate in the preliminary round, as his native Germany will face off against Sweden, Finland and Belarus.

THE BRICKS: On Wednesday, February 17 at 8:00 p.m., NESN color analyst Andy Brickley will host “The Bricks: Bruins Mid-Season Awards.” The Bricks will feature the Bruins top goals, saves, games and fights of the 2009-10 season to date. Brickley will also give out his “Brick House Award,” which will be given to the Boston player who exemplifies what it means to be a Bruin, and pick his top three starts of the first half.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
As of Friday, February 12 Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has started five consecutive games in goal. If he starts Saturday night in Florida, he will match the longest string of consecutive starts for a Bruins goaltender this season (6). Rask also started six straight games from November 16 - November 27 earlier this season. Tim Thomas’ longest string of consecutive starts this year is four (December 21 - December 30).

THEY SAID IT…
Milan Lucic, after Thursday’s 5-4 win against the Lightning...
"Obviously, we did enough to win the game. ... You've got to try to stay positive, so you've got to focus on the positive more than the negative.  I think that's the feeling around here right now. We did what we needed to do to win."

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE: Please call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

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, February 13 (Sunrise, FL, Boston, MA)
-Bruins pre-game skate at BankAtlantic Center, 11:30 a.m., local
-Game vs. Florida Panthers, BankAtlantic Center, 7:00 p.m., local
-Depart for Boston, MA

Sunday, February 14 - Tuesday, February 23 (Boston, MA)
-Olympic Break (no practice scheduled)

Wednesday, February 24 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 2:00 p.m.

AROUND TOWN:

WHAT: Neely SK8 Challenge
Throughout the month of February, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care are hosting the First Annual “Neely SK8 Challenge” skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual. The Neely SK8 Challenge fundraiser will help raise funds for children battling cancer and their families. Bruins fans of all ages can register to skate at one or more of the 23 FMC participating rinks. A complete list of skate dates and rink locations can be found below. Skaters can create their very own personalized fundraising page for family and friends to pledge and follow participants fundraising progress at www.neelysk8.com. A number of prizes will be awarded throughout the Neely SK8 Challenge. Every skater raising $50.00 will receive and official Neely SK8 Challenge t-shirt. The individual raising the most money at each of the participating rinks will receive an official Cam Neely autographed jersey. The top four skate-a-thon fundraisers will receive four tickets to a Bruins game where they will sit in a private suite and meet and greet current Bruins Vice President Cam Neely. The highest fundraiser will receive four tickets to a Bruins game, a meet and greet with Neely, the opportunity to high-five the Bruins team as they take the ice, ride on the Zamboni and autographed Bruins items.

WHEN: Sunday, February 14 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Collins/Moylan Arena, 5 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA 01301

WHEN: Sunday, February 14 from 2:40 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
WHERE: Smead Arena, 1780 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield, MA 01104

WHEN: Monday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Buffone Arena, 284 Lake Avenue, Worcester, MA 01604

WHEN: Monday, February 16 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Daniel Horgan Memorial Skating Rink, 400 Oxford Street North, Auburn, MA 01501

WHEN: Wednesday; February 17 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Staff Sgt. Robert Pirelli Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, 910 Panther Way, Franklin, MA 02038

WHEN: Wednesday; February 17 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Navin Skating Rink, 451 Bolton Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

WHAT: ADM Clinics at Patriot Place Outdoor Rink
USA Hockey will be hosting clinics at the outdoor rink at Patriot Place. Roger Grillo, USA Hockey’s Northeast ADM Regional Manager, will be leading the on-ice instruction. The Boston Bruins will provide free give away’s, a raffle and appearances by Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades. The clinics are intended for beginner skaters, Mite and Mite In-house.
WHEN: Sunday, February 14 from 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: Two Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035
Bruins Participating: Bruins alumni, Tommy Songin

WHAT: NHL Street. 
As part of The NHL month-long NHL “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative, 100 kids ages 6 through 14 currently attending the Lowell Boys and Girls Club, Lowell YMCA and are involved with Team Mickey Ward Charities will receive basic street hockey instruction from Bruins alumni, Tommy Songin and will participate in organized hockey games. Each of the three facilities will keep a set of equipment, which will allow them to incorporate street hockey into their programming.
WHEN: Thursday, February 18 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Five Courthouse Lane, Chelmsford MA 01824
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni, Tommy Songin

WHAT: Youth Hockey Day at Wachusett Mountain
98.5 The Sports Hub, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Bruins mascot, Blades are inviting Bruins Fans to Wachusett Mountain (499 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA 01541) for Hockey Day.  The event will include giveaways, music, raffles and games.  Youth Hockey players are encouraged to wear their team jersey for special offers.
WHEN: Friday, February 19 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: to Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA 01541
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and 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.

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. This week’s Buzz is the last until after the Olympics and will feature the top 10 NESN games in Bruins history, as voted on by the fans. 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
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, February 12):

Goals
1. M. Sturm, 18
2. M. Ryder, 15
3. B. Wheeler, 13
4. P. Bergeron, 12
5. M. Recchi, 11

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 28
2. P. Bergeron, 25
T3. M. Savard, 22
T3. D. Morris, 22
5. D. Krejci, 20

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 37
2. Z. Chara, 33
T3. B. Wheeler, 31
T3. M., Savard, 31
5. D. Krejci, 30

Plus/Minus
1. M. Sturm, +8
T2. Z. Chara, +5
T2. M. Satan, +5
T4. J. Boychuk, +3
T4. M., Savard, +3

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 102
2. Z. Chara, 72
3. M. Stuart, 47
4. S. Begin, 40
5. B. Wheeler, 39

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Patrice Bergeron currently ranks 7th in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 57.8% (S. Nichol, 60.9%).

-Tim Thomas is currently tied for 4th in the NHL for shutouts (4) with 4 other players (M. Brodeur and T. Vokoun, 7).

-Tuukka Rask is currently tied for 3rd in the NHL with Evgeni Nabokov in save percentage at .928 (R. Miller and T. Vokoun, .930) and ranks 2nd in goals against average with 2.09 (A. Niemi, 1. 98).

-The Bruins as a team are tied for 2nd in the NHL in shutouts (7) with 3 other teams (Chicago Blackhawks, 8).

-The Bruins as a team are 1st in the NHL in the penalty kill category at 86.3%.

-The Bruins as a team are 5th in the NHL in goals against per game at 2.42 goals (Chicago Blackhawks, 2.25).


BOSTON BRUINS 2009-10 TIMELINE
PLAYER MILESTONES AND TRANSACTIONS

July 1: 
* Byron Bitz re-signed to a multi-year contract.
* Steve Begin signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Johnny Boychuk re-signed to a one-year contract.
July 7:
* Drew Fata and Dany Sabourin signed to one-year contracts as free agents.
July 13:
* Rob Kwiet, Drew Larman, Zach McKelvie and Trent Whitfield signed as free agents.
July 20:
* Matt Hunwick re-signed to a two-year contract.
July 24:
* Patrick Eaves and 2010 fourth round draft pick acquired from Carolina Hurricanes for Aaron
 Ward.
* Derek Morris signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.

August 4:
* Bruins enter agreement for ECHL affiliation with Reading Royals.

September 4:
* Claude Julien signed to a multi-year contract extension.
September 9:
* Andy Wozniewski signed to a one-year contract as a free agent.
September 18:
* 2010 first and second round and 2011 first round draft picks acquired from Toronto for Phil
 Kessel.
September 20:
* Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Jordan Knackstedt, and Matt Marquardt assigned to
 Providence/AHL.
* Scott Fletcher and Rob Kwiet returned to Providence/AHL.
* Alain Goulet and Lane MacDermid released from Boston training camp and reporting to
 Providence/AHL training camp.
* Ryan Button (Prince Albert/WHL), Jordan Caron (Rimouski/QMJHL), Michael Hutchinson
 (London/OHL) and Tyler Randell (Kitchener/OHL) returned to their junior teams.
September 21:
* Max Sauve returned to his junior team in Val d’Or/QMJHL.
September 23:
* Jamie Arniel, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jeff Penner and Kevin Regan assigned to
 Providence (AHL).
September 26:
* Don Sweeney promoted to Assistant General Manager.
* Guillaume Lefebvre signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio and Adam McQuaid assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Kirk MacDonald released from Boston tryout agreement and returned to Providence (AHL).
* Zack McKelvie, Levi Nelson and Yannick Riendeau termed injured, non-roster players.
September 28:
* Drew Fata, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre, Dany Sabourin, Trent Whitfield, Andy
 Wozniewski, Brad Marchand and Zach Hamill assigned to Providence (AHL).
September 30:
* Vladimir Sobotka assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Jim Benning signed to a multi-year contract extension.

October 2:
* Adam Courchaine assigned to Sarnia (OHL).
* Lane MacDermid signed to an entry-level contract.
October 6:
* Milan Lucic signed to a three-year contract extension.
October 8:
* Kevin Regan reassigned from Providence (AHL) to Reading (ECHL).
October 10:
* Mark Stuart played his 200th NHL / Bruins game vs. New York Islanders.
October 17:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL) and played his first NHL game at Phoenix
 Coyotes.
* Derek Morris played his 800th NHL game at Phoenix Coyotes.
October 18:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
* 2011 second round draft pick, Craig Weller and rights to Alexander Fallstrom acquired from
 Minnesota Wild for Chuck Kobasew.
* Guillaume Lefebvre, Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 19:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 20:
* Daniel Paille acquired from Buffalo Sabres for third round and conditional fourth round draft
 picks in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
October 21:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 22:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 24:
* Mark Recchi played in his 1,500th NHL game at Ottawa Senators.
October 25:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 31:
* Michael Ryder played in his 400th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Daniel Paille played in his 200th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Coach Claude Julien reached his 100th win behind the Boston bench.

November 4:
* Mikko Lehtonen recalled from Providence (AHL).
November 5:
* Tuukka Rask signed to a two-year contract extension.
November 6:
* Mikko Lehtonen returned to Providence (AHL).
November 10:
* Mark Recchi recorded his 900th career NHL assist vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 14:
* Blake Wheeler played his 100th NHL game at Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 19:
* Marco Sturm played his 800th NHL game at Atlanta Thrashers.
* Dennis Wideman recorded his 100th NHL assist at Atlanta Thrashers.
November 20:
* Brad Marchand returned to Providence (AHL).
November 21:
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
November 29:
* Doug Houda, Craig Ramsay, Geoff Ward, Bob Essensa and Brant Berglund signed to
 multi-year contract extensions.

December 1:
* Marc Savard signed to seven-year contract extension.
December 2:
* Johnny Boychuk assigned to Providence (AHL) for conditioning purposes.
* Max Sauve signed to an entry-level contract.
* Marc Savard scored his 200th NHL goal vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.
December 5:
* Johnny Boychuk recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 15:
* Andy Wozniewski and Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 18:
* Zdeno Chara played his 800th NHL game at Chicago Blackhawks.
December 19:
* Adam McQuaid played his first NHL game at Toronto Maple Leafs.
December 22:
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
December 23:
* Claude Julien coached his 200th game behind the Boston bench vs. Atlanta Thrashers
 (6-4 win).
* Vladimir Sobotka played his 100th NHL & Bruins game vs. Atlanta Thrashers.
December 27:
* Matt Hunwick played his 100th NHL & Bruins game at Florida Panthers.

January 3:
* Miroslav Satan signed as a free agent for the remainder of the season.
January 8:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 14
* Andy Wozniewski recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 17
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman and Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL) and Drew Larman recalled from Providence.
January 23
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 25
* Drew Larman returned to Providence (AHL).
January 27
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
January 31
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).

February 1
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
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