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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 2/7 - 2/13

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BRUINS HOST PHILLY ON SATURDAY, MATCHUP AGAINST WEST'S BEST LOOMS: The Black & Gold will play the Flyers for the second time in four days on Saturday, February 7 in a 1:00 p.m. matinee start at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins captured the first meeting of the season between the two clubs in Philadelphia on Wednesday, 3-1.


The Western Conference leading Sharks visit Boston on Tuesday in a matchup that features the two top teams points-wise in the NHL. The Bruins with 84 points lead the league, while San Jose is in the second spot with 78, although they have played four fewer games than the B's. Tuesday’s contest is the first and only game between the Bruins and Sharks this season.

P.J.'S PAJAMA DRIVE: Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson kicked off the second annual "P.J.'s Pajama Drive" on Monday, February 2. This year, the Drive has partnered with local schools, BJ's Wholesale Club and Cradles to Crayons to collect pajamas for children in need throughout Massachusetts. To increase community participation, Axelsson plans to visit the newest BJ's Wholesale location in Revere on Wednesday, February 11. Each person that donates a pair of pajamas will have the opportunity to meet Axelsson and get his autograph. For more information on the Drive and how to donate, visit www.bostonbruins.com.

B'S AND THE BLAZERS: Bruin forward Shawn Thornton will participate in the ceremonial faceoff at the Boston Blazers/New York Titans game on Saturday night, February 7 at the TD Banknorth Garden. The game is set to start at 7:30 p.m. ET.

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS: Current Bruins Season Ticket Holders will be able to renew their Season Tickets for the 2009-2010 NHL season beginning the week of February 16. During this process, 99% of the seats for Bruins games will remain at the same price, or will be lower than the published Season Ticket prices for this season.

For current Boston Bruins Season Ticket Holders, 95% of the seat locations in the TD Banknorth Garden will have no increase in price over the 2008-2009 published Season Ticket prices, 4% of the seats will see a decrease in price versus 2008-2009 published prices and only the Glass seats will see an increase in price for next season over this season’s published prices.

"BRU FEST" RETURNS: On Thursday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 31 the Boston Bruins will hold their third and fourth Bru Fest events of the 2008-09 season sponsored by Boston’s own Samuel Adams brewery.

The outdoor festivities will start at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m. (with last call at 6:45 p.m.) in the West Plaza outside of the TD Banknorth Garden. Tickets to Bru Fest can be purchased online at bostonbruins.com and cost $45.00. The $45.00 covers admission to the Bru Fest party, a voucher for one free beer or free soda, discounted concessions and a ticket to that evening's Bruins home game. The B's take on the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m. ET and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…

With Chuck Kobasew netting his 10th goal on Thursday against Ottawa, the Bruins now have a NHL-best 9 players with ten-or-more goals (Savard, Krejci, Kessel, Wideman, Ryder, Wheeler, Chara, Lucic, Kobasew). There are eight teams tied for second in the league with seven ten-or-more goal scorers (Buffalo, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, New Jersey, San Jose, Toronto, Washington).

The Bruins hold the NHL record for 20-or-more goal scorers in a season with 11 players, set during the 1977-78 season (McNab, O'Reilly, Schmautz, Jonathan, Ratelle, Middleton, Cashman, Sheppard, Park, Marcotte, Miller).

BRUINS UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE (PLEASE CALL 617.624.1910 FOR THE LATEST UPDATES TO THE SCHEDULE):

Saturday, February 7 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 1:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)

Sunday, February 8 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Monday, February 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET

Tuesday, February 10 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. ET
Please note this practice is not open to the public.
-Game vs. San Jose Sharks 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: TSN, VERSUS, RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)

Wednesday, February 11 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, February 12 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET
-Travel to Newark, NJ

Friday, February 13 (Newark, NJ)
-Pregame skate at Prudential Center 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
-Game vs. New Jersey Devils 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)
-Travel to Nashville, TN

AROUND TOWN:
What: Skate With The Ice Girls
-The Boston Bruins Ice Girls and the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades will be special guests at the public skating session in Plymouth, MA
-All skaters will have a chance to skate with the girls, meet Blades and enter to win Bruins team autographed memorabilia
-Future appearances can be found at www.bostonbruins.com
When: Sunday, February 8, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Where: Armstrong Arena, 103 Long Pond Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360
Bruins Participating: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Boston Bruins mascot, Blades

What: Bruins Movie Poster Series
-The first 5,000 fans attending the Bruins/Sharks game will receive the fourth of the seven-part commemorative Bruins movie poster series
-The first posters in the series have featured Michael Ryder as 'Ghost Ryder', Zdeno Chara as ‘Iron Defenseman’ and Patrice Bergeron as ‘Lord of the Rink’
When: Tuesday, February 10, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
-At each of the entrance turnstiles
Bruins Participating: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Boston Bruins Mascot, Blades

What: Valentine's Day Hospital Visit
-Members of the Boston Bruins will be visiting Massachusetts General Hospital to bring some Valentine's Day cheer to pediatric patients
-The Bruins, patients and staff will be decorating Valentines Day cookies
When: Wednesday, February 11, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114
Bruins Participating: Matt Hunwick

What: PJ Axelsson visits BJ's Wholesale Club for P.J.'s Pajama Drive
-Boston Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson will be visiting the BJ's Wholesale Club in Revere to sign autographs to any member that donates pajamas to the P.J.'s Pajama Drive, which benefits Cradles to Crayons
When: Wednesday, February 11, from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: BJ’s Wholesale Club, Ward St. Revere, MA 02151
Bruins Participating: P.J. Axelsson and his wife Siw

MEDIA...
THE INSTIGATORS: Every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., the gloves come off on NESN, as Mike Milbury, Andy Brickley, and Jack Edwards debate the hottest and most controversial issues in hockey on The Instigators.

THE BUZZ: This week’s Buzz has two Beanpot-related features as they showcase Northeastern goaltender Brad Thiessen and Boston University defenseman Matt Gilroy as well as take a look back at Tuukka Rask’s 35-save shutout of the New York Rangers last Saturday.

BRUINS RADIO APPEARANCES: Check the following radio stations for exclusive live interviews with Bruins players every week:
Tuesday mornings at 7:20: Andrew Ference on WFNX 101.7 FM
Wednesday mornings at 8:00: Aaron Ward on WBCN 104.1 FM
Wednesday mornings at 8:20: Marc Savard on WZLX 100.7 FM

TICKET INFO...
STUDENT NIGHTS:
Every Bruins home game on Monday through Thursday is “Student Night” at the Garden, where students can purchase discounted tickets for $23.50. The Bruins Student Sections are in sections 320 and 321, rows 3-15.

LEADERS AND STATS...
BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD (AS OF FEBRUARY 6):

-The Bruins lead the entire NHL in wins (39), points (84), and goal differential (+68).
-The Bruins are second in the NHL in goals for (185) and are third in goals against (117).
-The Bruins own the NHL’s third ranked power play overall (23.7%).
-Marc Savard is tied for fifth in the league in points with 61 (E. Malkin 79).
-Dennis Wideman is tied for fifth in the NHL in points scored by a defenseman with 37 (M. Green 44).
-Michael Ryder is tied for second in game winning goals with 7 (P. Marleau 8).
-Blake Wheeler is first in the league with a +32 rating, Dennis Wideman is second with a +31, David Krejci is third in the league with a +30, Marc Savard is tied for fourth with a +27, Zdeno Chara is tied for seventh with a +25 and Michael Ryder is ninth with a +24.
-Milan Lucic is fourth in the NHL in hits with 170 (C. Clutterbuck 189).
-Blake Wheeler leads the entire NHL, including the rookies, plus/minus ranking with a +32. He is third in goals scored by a rookie with 15 (B. Ryan 17), is second in assists by a rookie with 18 (K. Versteeg 24) and is third among rookies in points with 33 (K. Versteeg 38).
-Tim Thomas ranks first in Save Percentage (.932) and is third in Goals Against Average with a 2.10 mark.
-Manny Fernandez ranks first in Goals Against Average with a 2.07 mark and third in Save Percentage (.928).

HARDWARE:
Tim Thomas- Second Star, Week ending November 2
Marc Savard- First Star, Week ending November 23
Phil Kessel- First Star, Week ending December 14
Manny Fernandez/Tim Thomas- First Star, Month of December
Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, Tim Thomas- Eastern Conference All-Stars
Milan Lucic, Blake Wheeler- NHL YoungStars participants
Claude Julien- Eastern Conference All-Star head coach
Blake Wheeler- NHL YoungStars Game Most Valuable Player
Zdeno Chara- NHL's Hardest Shot Competition winner (105.4 MPH, NHL record)

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS (AS OF FEBRUARY 6):
Goals
1. P. Kessel    24
2. M. Savard    20
t3. D. Krejci    19
t3. M. Ryder    19
5. B. Wheeler    15

Assists
1. M. Savard    41
2. D. Krejci    37
3. D. Wideman    25
t4. P. Kessel    20
t4. Z. Chara    20

Points
1. M. Savard    61
2. D. Krejci    56
3. P. Kessel    44
4. D. Wideman    37
5. M. Ryder    36

Plus/Minus
1. B. Wheeler    +32
2. D. Wideman    +31
3. D. Krejci    +30
4. M. Savard    +27
5. Z. Chara    +25

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton    98
2. M. Lucic    86
3. Z. Chara    58
4. M. Savard    52
5. M. Stuart    50

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