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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 3.11 - 3.18

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...


DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Following their game against the Islanders Friday night (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub) the Bruins will have 14 regular season games remaining on their 2010-11 docket. They currently lead the Northeast Division with 85 points, four clear of second place Montreal. Friday’s contest against the Islanders begins a four-game road trip through Columbus, Nashville and Toronto. Here’s a breakdown of their remaining opponents, with statistics NOT including Friday’s game against the Isles.

14: Total games remaining in B’s regular season
8: home games
6: road games
6: points separating second place from sixth in the East
4: games against teams currently in playoff position in their conference
1: game vs. Division leader (Philadelphia on 3/27)

HONORING A BROADCASTING LEGEND: The B’s will pay tribute to Bruins legendary radio personality Bob Wilson on Saturday, March 26 during the Bruins/Rangers game at the TD Garden. At 11:30 a.m., the Bruins will dedicate their home radio broadcast booth to Wilson by renaming it the "Bob Wilson Radio Booth." The Bruins will also install a silver microphone encased in a black and gold frame on the TD Garden’s level 9 façade beneath the home radio broadcast booth, which will be permanently displayed. Wilson recently celebrated his 82nd birthday on Wednesday, March 9.

CUTS FOR A CAUSE: Shawn Thornton and his teammates will be shaving their heads for charity on Thursday, April 7 as part of the 4th annual Cuts for a Cause event. Tickets to the event are on sale now and can be purchased for $20 by emailing tickets@985thesportshub.com. Fans will be able to bid on the opportunity to shave the B’s players’ heads beginning Monday, March 21 on 985thesportshub.com.

BRUINS HELP “GROW HOCKEY”: Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney presented a check for $128,000 to the Massachusetts Hockey Association during the first intermission of Thursday’s game.  Of the total amount, $55,900 will be donated to Mike Cheever's "Grow Hockey" Program, a development program whose purpose is to seek, fund and share within the Massachusetts Hockey Association innovative methods for growing ice hockey participation throughout the state.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
In the 10 games since a 6-3 win at the New York Islanders on February 17, the Bruins top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton has been pacing the B’s offense. Since the start of that game, the line has combined for 13-22=35 totals. Of the 35 points, Krejci has 2-11=13 totals, Lucic has 6-7=13 totals, and Horton has 5-4=9 totals. Krejci and Lucic are first and second on the Bruins in points, with 52 and 51 respectively. Krejci has 42 assists on the season, and the Black and Gold are 25-3-4 when he registers an assist.

63 AND COUNTING… After Thursday’s capacity crowd at the Garden, the Bruins have now sold out 63 straight games (regular season and postseason, does not include Winter Classic at Fenway or 2010 Premiere Game in Prague). The Bruins sold out every regular and postseason game during the 2010 calendar year, the first time the organization has done so since the 1972 calendar year.

FIGHT CLUB: The Bruins are currently second in the NHL in fights with 66 this season, one behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. Of those 66 fights, 23 have come against divisional opponents. The B’s three leading fighters, Shawn Thornton, Adam McQuaid and Gregory Campbell, have all had the majority of their fights come in the first period. Thornton has 10 of 14 fights in the first, McQuaid has 9 of 12 and Campbell has 6 of 9. Two-thirds (44 of 66) of the Bruins’ fights have come at the TD Garden this season. After their three-fight night against Buffalo, the Bruins are now 8-3-3 when there are multiple fights in a game. T

LOOKING AHEAD: This week the Bruins will play against Jared Boll and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Boll is third in the NHL with 20 fights, and teammate Derek Dorsett also has 15. After Columbus, the Black and Gold travel to Nashville to face the Predators, who are 29th in the NHL with only 13 fights this season. Shawn Thornton’s 14 fights are more than the entire Predators team. Only 5 Preds have dropped the gloves this season, compared to 17 Bruins.

1ST GOAL POOL ON TWITTER Congrats to the following followers of @NHLBruins who correctly guessed Zdeno Chara as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Penguins game on Saturday: @amlippa, @radiomike434, @TheJasonT, @vicvalles, @cjplcrzy.

Chara scored the first Bruins goal at 7:26 of the second period on Saturday

Also, here are those who correctly guessed Nathan Horton as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Sabres game on Thursday: @SeanClarkeYNWA, @MizfitHeidz, @misterpiva, @priscilla171891, @Testoni_17, @NickBrown4, @kcafua, @grpadmmb, @treasureparsons, @SCraigz, @DannyS2246, @uliberti3, @elmcity03431, @FRFirefighter, @MikeMatthews9, @MelissGal.

Horton scored the first Bruins goal at 8:54 of the first period on Thursday.

The Bruins first goal pool takes place on Twitter just before the puck drop every Bruins home game.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: The Bruins Blog’s Matt Kalman on Thursday, March 10 about coverage of the Chara in Montreal: @TheBruinsBlog “I think @GlobeKPD won't rest until he's sharing a jail cell with Chara. Relentless on the Habs tonight.”

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The latest report was sent on March 1 and featured P-Bruins defenseman Boris Valabik and Harvard Crimson forward Alexander Fallstrom. The next will be sent March 15.

MEDIA INFO: Media and fans can call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.  

Follow the Bruins on Twitter @NHLBruins

Become a Fan of the Bruins on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHLBruins

AROUND TOWN

WHAT: SKATE WITH THE ICE GIRLS

The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be collecting dresses for the Belle of the Ball program at their “Skate with the Ice Girls” free open skate program on Sunday, March 13. Bruins Ice Girls will be skating with kids of all ages, taking pictures and signing autographs. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to win player-autographed memorabilia.

WHEN: Sunday, March 13 from 2:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cronin Skating Rink, 850 Revere Beach Parkway, Revere, MA 02151

BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: WARRIOR CLINIC

The Boston Bruins and Warrior Hockey have partnered to host six on-ice sessions as part of the “Warrior Clinic Series” throughout New England this season. The clinic features two hours of on-ice instruction led by Boston Bruins Alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The session will focus on developing player’s individual offensive and defensive games, while also improving overall team play. Each participant will receive a gift bag, jersey and raffle ticket for the chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and Warrior hockey gear. The newest Warrior equipment will be showcased throughout the event and a private Bruins Alumni autograph session will be held for all clinic participants.

WHEN: Monday, March 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Graf Rink, 28 Low St, Newburyport, MA 01950

BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and Ken Linseman

WHEN: Tuesday, March 15 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Armstrong Arena, 103 Long Pond Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360

BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and Tim Sweeney

WHAT: ST. PATRICK’S DAY VISIT TO ST. FRANCIS HOUSE

On Thursday, March 17, the Boston Bruins wives and girlfriends will be serving a traditional St. Patrick’s Day lunch to the poor and homeless of Boston at St. Francis House. St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in New England. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, they serve over 800 poor and homeless men and women a day, 365 days a year.

WHEN: Thursday, March 17 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street Boston, MA  02111

BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins wives and girlfriends

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Schedule is subject to change. Please check the Bruins Media Website for the latest updates.

-All times are local
Saturday, March 12 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 13 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, March 14 (Wilmington, MA/Columbus, OH)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players
-Travel to Columbus, OH

Tuesday, March 15 (Columbus, OH/Nashville, TN)
-Morning Skate, Nationwide Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Nationwide Arena, 7:00 p.m. (200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215)
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

-Travel to Nashville, TN
Wednesday, March 16 (Nashville, TN)
-Practice, Bridgestone Arena, 1:30 p.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players

Thursday, March 17 (Nashville, TN/Toronto, ON)
-Morning Skate, Bridgestone Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Boston Bruins vs. Nashville Predators, Nationwide Arena, 7:00 p.m. (501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203)
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Toronto, ON

Friday, March 18 (Toronto, ON)
-Practice, MasterCard Centre, 11:30 a.m
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 6-7 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins.  

WEEKLY RADIO SPOTS
Tune in to the following local stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Tuesdays

101.7 FM WFNX

9:10 a.m. Shane Hnidy with the FNX Breakfast Show

98.5 The Sports Hub

4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays

98.5 The Sports Hub

8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”

98.5 The Sports Hub

Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Thursdays

98.5 The Sports Hub

8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX

8:25 a.m. Brad Marchand with “Karlson and McKenzie”

107.3 FM WAAF

8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

Fridays

107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)

4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, March 11)
Goals
1. M. Lucic, 29
2. P. Bergeron, 21
T3. N. Horton, 19
T3. B. Marchand, 19
5. M. Ryder, 17

Assist
1. D. Krejci, 42
2. M. Recchi, 31
3. P. Bergeron, 29
4. N. Horton, 25
5. Z. Chara, 23

Points
1. D. Krejci, 52
2. M. Lucic, 51
3. P. Bergeron, 50
4. N. Horton, 44
5. M. Recchi, 43

Plus/Minus
1. A. McQuaid, +27
2. N. Horton, +26
3. M. Lucic, +25
4. A. Ference, +24
5. Z. Chara, +23

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 120
2. M. Lucic, 106
3. A. McQuaid, 94
4. Z. Chara, 84
5. G. Campbell, 79


2010-11 Bruins “Stars”
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending October 31
Tim Thomas, Second Star of the Month, October
Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, Week ending January 16
Tim Thomas, NHL All-Star
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star, Hardest Shot record 105.9 MPH in 2011 NHL SuperSkills Competition
Tyler Seguin, One of 12 NHL rookies selected to participate in All-Star festivities
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending January 23
Patrice Bergeron, First Star of the Month, January
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