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Boston Bruins Week Ahead, 2/23 - 2/29

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
ROAD RAGE:  The Bruins will play the final game of their five-game road trip Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins are 3-0-1 on the trip thus far, 5-0-1 in their last six road games dating back to a 4-1 win in Ottawa on January 31, and 7-1-1 in their last nine dating back to an overtime win in Philadelphia on January 12.


CURRENT FIVE GAME ROAD TRIP
DATE/OPPONENT/RESULT
02.13/ at PIT/ 2-1 W
02.16/ at TOR/ 3-4 OT- L
02.19/ at CAR/ 3-2 SO- W
02.21/ at FLA/ 5-4 SO- W
02.23/ at TB/ 7:30 p.m. ET

As of February 22nd, the Bruins currently had the sixth best road record in the NHL and second best road record in the Eastern Conference with 37 points, eight off the league pace set by Detroit (45) and five off the conference pace set by Montreal (42).

DEADLINE DAY:
  The NHL Trade Deadline is Tuesday, February 26.  Last year the Bruins made two moves on Deadline Day, acquiring defenseman Aaron Ward (from the New York Rangers for Paul Mara) and defenseman Dennis Wideman (from the St. Louis Blues for Brad Boyes).

CHAT WITH LUCIC: 
BostonBruins.com will host their second Rinkside Chat presented by Covidien on Wednesday, February 27 at 2:00 p.m. with rookie forward Milan Lucic.  Every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for the remainder of the season fans will have the opportunity to chat with a Bruin online at BostonBruins.com.  All-star goaltender Tim Thomas stopped by this past Wednesday. Fans can read the full transcript of Thomas' chat, as well as the upcoming guest schedule, on BostonBruins.com. 

CHARITY AUCTION RESULTS:
On Sunday, February 17 the Boston Bruins Foundation hosted its 9th Annual Boston Bruins Charity Auction Presented by TD Banknorth. The event was well attended with over 250 people turning out at Mantra Restaurant in downtown Boston. The event raised over $150,000 which will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Travis Roy Foundation.

The event, attended by the entire Boston Bruins roster and coaching staff, featured a variety of silent auction items which including sports memorabilia, gift certificates to top-of-the-line golf courses and restaurants, and much more!

The much anticipated live auction featured unique packages such as:

"An Evening with a Legend" - package included a suite for twenty-one people for the March 27th Boston Bruins home game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to the game Bruins hall of fame winger Cam Neely will stop by for a meet and greet with the winner and their guests. The winning bid for this package was $5,500.

"Pasta with Patrice" - The winning bidder and four friends will join Bruins pivot Patrice Bergeron at Nebo restaurant for a pasta cooking class! The group will learn the secrets to making classic fresh pasta dishes from two of the cities finest chefs. The item was auctioned off twice for $2,500 each.

"Welcome to the Show" - This once in a life-time opportunity allows for a child to take the ice at the TD Banknorth Garden as he or she will stand on the blue line shoulder-to-shoulder with their favorite Boston Bruins during the singing of the national anthem.  Winner will also receive a personalized Bruins jersey to wear on the night of the game.  The winning bid for this package was $4,500.

"Manzanillo, Mexico" - The winner and nine guests will enjoy a six-night, seven-day stay in Manzanillo, Mexico in their very own 10,000 square foot private villa!  The private Villa, which has five full time staff, features two pools, an open palapa bar, four sundecks, five exotic master suites, a private beach, and two world class golf courses just down the road! This package was auctioned off twice at an amazing $25,000 each!

LEADERBOARD:
Bruins forward Marc Savard is currently leading the league in assists with 54. Zdeno Chara returns to the top 10 in scoring by d'men with 41 points.  Milan Lucic's four game-winning goals place him in a three-way tie for first among NHL rookies. 

AROUND TOWN:
02.23.08 - 02.24.08:  The Bruins Ice Girls will be hosting an autograph signing at the New England Youth Sports Festival at Gillette Stadium all weekend.  Visit www.newenglandyouthsportsfestival.com for more info.

02.24.08: On Sunday, February 24 the Bruins Ice Girls will continue their Ice Girls Skate Series at Veterans Rink in Franklin from 2:30 p.m. ET - 4:20 p.m. ET.  The Girls will be skating and hanging out so stop by and join in the contests, trivia, and games and you might win some priceless Bruins memorabilia!

02.25.08:  Bruins center Marc Savard will visit Eliot Elementary School from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Boston's North End (16 Charter Street, Boston, MA 02113) to participate in ReadBoston's "Stick With It- Reading and Writing" Essay Contest.  The Stick With It- Reading and Writing program encourages students in 3rd-5th grades in the Boston Public School Systems to write a short essay answering the question, "What would you do if you were a grown-up for one day?" All participating students will receive an official Boston Bruins-ReadBoston Marc Savard poster. The grand prize winner of the essay contest will be notified at the end of March and will win a family four pack of tickets for the Saturday, April 5th Boston Bruins home game at the TD Banknorth Garden, the opportunity to sit on the Bruins bench and an official team autographed Boston Bruins jersey.

ReadBoston, an organization working to have children reading at grade level by the completion of third grade, has been working in Boston since 1995. Programs include Early Literacy Links, a campaign to improve teacher training, and The Reading Trail, an interactive map that helps children chart their reading and progress.

UPCOMING 03.01.08: Boston Bruins' forward, P.J. Axelsson invites you to P.J.'s Pajama Party during the Bruins game on Saturday, March 1st at 1pm. Boston Bruins wives and volunteers from Cradles to Crayons will be collecting NEW and UNUSED pajamas at turnstiles as fans enter the game. Fans are encouraged to wear their pajamas and to bring a new pair of pajamas to donate! Please help P.J. and Cradles to Crayons provide these basic essentials to those children in need!

The Boston Bruins and the New England Sports Museum have partnered to present the Stand Strong Character Search field trip program. During the morning of select Boston Bruins home game, field trip program students participate in a scavenger hunt designed to guide them through the museum and encourage them to utilize interactive exhibits and to examine artifacts. Interpretive panels relating to character in sports are spread through out the Museum.  Staff leads students through a discussion of the concepts of Determination, Courage, Fairness, Teamwork, and Responsibility.

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.

UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE
(PRACTICE SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
Saturday, February 23 (Tampa, FL)
-   Pregame skate at St. Pete Times Forum, 11:30 a.m. ET - 12:00 p.m. ET
-   Game at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
-   Travel to Boston
Sunday, February 24 (Wilmington, MA)
-   Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:40 a.m. ET - 12:40 p.m. ET
Monday, February 25 (Wilmington, MA)
-   Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET - 11:30 a.m. ET
Tuesday, February 26 (Boston, MA)
-   Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET - 11:00 a.m. ET
-   Game vs. Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, TSN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Wednesday, February 27 (Wilmington, MA)
-   Practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, February 28 (Boston, MA)
-   Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
-   Game vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 p.m.  ET (TV: NESN, TSN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Friday, February 29 (Wilmington, MA)
-   Practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

BRUINS POINTS LEADERS AS OF 02/23:
RANK/PLAYER GOALS/ASSISTS/POINTS
1. M. Savard        14/54/68
2. M. Sturm     20/22/42
3. Z. Chara     12/29/41

ICE GIRLS ONLINE:  Be sure to visit the recently-launched Ice Girls homepage on BostonBruins.com for pictures, profiles and appearance schedules of the 2007-2008 Bruins Ice Girls.

ON THIS WEEK'S BUZZ: 
Check out NESN's weekly show "The Buzz" for the latest Bruins happenings on and off the ice.  This week, The Buzz joined the Bruins on their road trip down south and sat down with General Manager Peter Chiarelli for an exclusive one-on-one interview, accompanied the club on a team-wide bowling excursion, visited Flamingo Gardens wildlife preserve with Shawn Thornton, and captured an inside look at the quick turnaround the team undertakes following a road game.  The Buzz airs Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m. ET

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.

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