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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 3/1 - 3/7

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
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Unbeaten in their last seven games overall (6-0-1), the Bruins are currently in a stretch where they play six of seven at the TD Banknorth Garden.  Through the first two games of this run, the B's have posted a 2-0-0 record and have outscored their opponents by a score of 9-1.

02.26/ vs. OTT/ 4-0 W
02.28/ vs. PIT/ 5-1 W
03.01/ vs. ATL/ 1:00 p.m. ET
03.03/ at WAS/ 7:00 p.m. ET
03.04/ vs. FLA/ 7:00 p.m. ET
03.06/ vs. TOR/ 7:00 p.m. ET
03.08/ vs. WAS/ 1:00 p.m. ET

Beginning Saturday against Atlanta, the Bruins will play six games over a nine-day span (03.01 vs. ATL, 03.03 at WAS, 03.04 vs. FLA, 03.06 vs. TOR, 03.08 vs. WAS, 03.09 vs. NYR).

ROAD RECAP
The Bruins capped off an unbeaten five-game road trip with a win over Tampa Bay on February 23.  The B's posted a 4-0-1 record, capturing 9 of a possible 10 points.

RECENT 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/ 5-3 W

The Bruins currently have the sixth best road record in the NHL and second best road record in the Eastern Conference with 39 points, seven off the league pace set by Detroit (46) and three off the conference pace set by Montreal (42).

RINKSIDE CHATS
BostonBruins.com will host their third Rinkside Chat presented by Covidien on Wednesday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m. with all-star center Marc Savard.  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.  Rookie forward Milan Lucic stopped by this past Wednesday. Fans can read the full transcript of Lucic’s chat, as well as the upcoming guest schedule, on BostonBruins.com. 

RINKSIDE CHAT RUNDOWN
02.20: Tim Thomas
02.27: Milan Lucic
03.05: Marc Savard
03.12: Dennis Wideman

LEADERBOARD
Bruins forward Marc Savard is currently leading the league in assists with 58.

Zdeno Chara's 45 points put him a tie for sixth amongst all NHL defenseman (Lidstrom, 57). 

Milan Lucic's four game-winning goals place him in a three-way tie for first among NHL rookies in that category. 

Goaltender Tim Thomas ranks second in the league in save percentage with a .925 mark (Conklin, .930).

AROUND TOWN
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 1:00 p.m. 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.

COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…
The Bruins have scored 18 goals in their last four games (4.5 average), their highest scoring output over a four-game span this season.

BRUINS POINTS LEADERS AS OF 02/29
RANK/PLAYER    GOALS/ASSISTS/POINTS
1. M. Savard        14/58/72
2. M. Sturm        22/24/46
3. Z. Chara        15/30/45

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.

HARD HAT TALLY
Alternate Captain Glen Murray introduced the Bruins Hard Hat to the locker room on February 19 following the team’s win over Carolina.  The Hard Hat is awarded to the hardest working Bruin following a B's win and is selected by the previous game's Hard Hat recipient.  Here are the winners thus far…

02.19 at CAR: Milan Lucic
02.21 at FLA: Marco Sturm
02.23 at TB: P.J. Axelsson
02.26 vs. OTT: Shawn Thornton
02.28 vs. PIT: Vladimir Sobotka

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, March 1 at 12:00 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. 

UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE
(PRACTICE SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE; ALL TIMES EASTERN STANDARD TIME)
Saturday, March 1 (Boston, MA)
-    Ice available at TD Banknorth Garden, 9:00 a.m. ET - 10:00 a.m. ET
-    Game vs. Atlanta Thrashers, 1:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Sunday, March 2 (Wilmington, MA)
-    Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:40 a.m. ET - 12:40 p.m. ET
-    Travel to Washington, DC
Monday, March 3 (Washington, DC)
-    Pregame skate at Verizon Center, 11:30 a.m. ET - 12:30 p.m. ET
-    Game at Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: VERSUS, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
-    Travel to Boston
Tuesday, March 4 (Boston, MA)
-    Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET - 11:00 a.m. ET
-    Game vs. Florida Panthers, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Wednesday, March 5 (Wilmington, MA)
-    Practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, 11:30 a.m. ET - 12:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 6 (Boston, MA)
-    Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET - 11:00 a.m. ET
-    Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Friday, March 7 (Wilmington, MA)
-    Practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET
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