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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 3/7 - 3/13

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BACK TO BACK STARTING WITH THE BLACKHAWKS ON SATURDAY: The Bruins wrap up a six-game homestand when they host Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. This will be the second meeting of the season between the two clubs, as Boston captured a 2-1 shootout decision in Chicago on November 12. Following the matinee with Chicago, the Bruins will travel to New York to face the Rangers in a nationally televised showdown on Sunday, March 8 at 12:30 p.m. (NBC).

LET’S PLAY FOUR: The Bruins have four games next week- two at home, two on the road- beginning Sunday, March 8. After the game against the Rangers on the 8th, they will travel to Columbus to play the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, March 10 and then return home to host the Senators on Thursday, March 12 and the Islanders on Saturday, March 14.

B’S BUSY ON TRADE DEADLINE DAY: On Wednesday, March 4, the Bruins acquired defenseman Steve Montador from the Ducks and forward Mark Recchi from the Lightning.

The 29-year-old Montador skated in 65 games this season for Anaheim, compiling four goals and establishing career highs in both assists (16) and penalty minutes (125). Montador was acquired from Anaheim in exchange for Petteri Nokelainen.

Recchi, a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, is a veteran of 1472 NHL regular season games with 535 goals and 891 assists (1426 points). The 41-year-old was acquired by Boston from Tampa Bay along with a 2nd round draft pick in 2010 for Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums. Recchi has played in 62 games for Tampa Bay this year with 13-32-45 totals.

The entire 2008-2009 Boston Bruins roster, Bruins alumni, coaching staff and management will be celebrating the release of The Original Six: History of the Boston Bruins DVD, which chronicles 85 years of the most memorable Bruins moments, at the Hard Rock Cafe Boston on Tuesday, March 24 from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Hard Rock Cafe, 22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109.) In addition to meeting the team, the Boston Bruins Foundation will be holding live and silent auctions to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Ellis Memorial & Eldredge House. Fans, 21 plus, are invited to purchase tickets to the DVD launch party at 

“RINKSIDE CHATS” RETURN:’s online interactive feature “Rinkside Chats,” presented by Covidien, have returned with Blake Wheeler, David Krejci and General Manager Peter Chiarelli participating in the first three chats of the season. The Rinkside Chats will run every other Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. ET for the remainder of the season on The next guest is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11 with the guest to be determined at a later date.

RINKSIDE CHAT RUNDOWN (all chat transcripts can be read on

February 11: Blake Wheeler
February 25: David Krejci
March 4 (Trade Deadline Day): Peter Chiarelli
March 11: Guest TBD

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 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.

Saturday, March 7 marks the 15th anniversary of an impressive feat accomplished by Bruins legend and current Vice President Cam Neely. On March 7, 1994 Neely scored two goals in a 6-3 Bruins win over Washington. They are his 49th and 50th of the season and come in just his 44th game played. Only Wayne Gretzky had scored 50 goals in fewer games in NHL history, when he tallied 50 in 39 games during the 1981-82 season.

28- Number worn in a Bruins uniform by Mark Recchi
8- Number Recchi wore in Tampa Bay
8- Cam Neely's retired number

23- Number worn in a Bruins uniform by Steve Montador
5- Number Montador wore in Anaheim
5- Aubrey Clapper's retired number

17- Games remaining in the Bruins regular season
6- Games scheduled in a nine-day span, beginning Saturday, March 7
5- Games scheduled over the final 16 days in March


Saturday, March 7 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 1:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN; RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)
-Travel to New York, NY

Sunday, March 8 (New York, NY)
-Game vs. New York Rangers 12:30 p.m. ET (TV: NBC; RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)
-Travel to Columbus, OH

Monday, March 9 (Columbus, OH)
-Practice at Dispatch Ice Haus 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET

Tuesday, March 10 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Nationwide Arena 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
-Game vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN; RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)
-Travel to Boston

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

Thursday, March 12 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
This practice is not open to the public
-Game vs. Ottawa Senators 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN; RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)

Friday, March 13 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

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 Natick, MA
-All skaters will have a chance to skate with the girls, meet Blades and enter to win Bruins team autographed memorabilia
Where: William Chase Arena, 35 Windsor Avenue, Natick, MA 01760
Bruins Participating: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Boston Bruins mascot, Blades

What: Bruins Street Brigade NHL Street Hockey Clinic 
-The Boston Bruins will be hosting a street hockey clinic for The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley. 
-The clinic will focus on teaching the participants passing and shooting skills, as well as a short scrimmage. 
-Approximately 20 children will be attendance, ranging in age from 9-15.  
-Following the clinic, all equipment used will be donated to the Central YMCA through the NHL Street Hockey program. 
When: Monday, March 9, from 2:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley, 212 Great Road, Maynard, MA 01754
Bruins Participating: Boston Bruins Alumni, Tommy Songin

What: Mike Cheever's "Grow Hockey" Check Presentation 
-14 Youth Hockey organizations will be in attendance for a check presentation during an intermission at the Bruins/Senators game.
-Receiving the donation from the Boston Bruins Foundation will be representatives from: Woburn Youth Hockey, Winchester Youth Hockey, Twin City Youth Hockey Association, Stoneham Youth Hockey, Norwood Nuggets Skating Club, Marblehead Youth Hockey, Hyde Park Youth Hockey, Hingham Girls Hockey, Franklin Youth Hockey Association, East Coast Jumbos, Cambridge Youth Hockey Girls, Cambridge Youth Hockey, Baystate Youth Hockey Association and Charlestown Youth Hockey. 
When: Thursday, March 12 during the Bruins/Senators home game beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
Bruins Participating: Director of Development, Boston Bruins Foundation and Boston Bruins Alumni, Bob Sweeney
About "Grow Hockey:" The purpose of the Grow Hockey Development Grant is to seek, fund, and share within Mass Hockey, innovative methods for growing ice hockey participation in our Town, Girls/Women and Disabled Hockey Programs. It is Mass Hockey's belief that many of our Town and Girls/Women leadership personnel may have excellent ideas for innovative ways to increase the number of players in their Programs, but the high cost of running games and practices leaves limited resources to implement these ideas. Mike Cheever's impact on youth hockey was immense at the local and national levels. Mass Hockey has named this grant program after Mike, because it is aimed at achieving what Mike dedicated his life to: giving more kids the opportunity to play the game.

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: Check out The Buzz this week for the latest Bruins happenings on and off the ice. Host Naoko Funayama will look back at Bruins recent Deadline Day trades, journey with newly acquired defenseman Steve Montador to Africa, and recap the Bruins best plays of February.

3/7: Noon and 10:30 pm
3/9: 4:30 pm
3/10: 6:00 pm and 10:30 pm

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

: 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.


-The Bruins lead the Eastern Conference in points (93) and goals for (218).
-The Bruins lead the entire NHL in goal differential (+70) and goals against (148).
-The Bruins own the NHL’s fourth ranked power play (22.9%) and are tied for seventh in penalty kill (82.8%).
-Marc Savard is tied for eighth in the league in points with 71 (E. Malkin 94) and is tied for sixth in the league in assists with 50 (E. Malkin 65).
-Dennis Wideman is tied for eighth in the league in points scored by a defenseman with 42 (M. Green 56).
- David Krejci and Blake Wheeler lead all skaters with a +32 rating, and Dennis Wideman is fifth with a +29.
-Michael Ryder is eighth in the NHL in game-winning goals with 7.
-Milan Lucic is seventh in the NHL in hits with 204 (C. Clutterbuck 253).
-Blake Wheeler leads the rookies plus/minus ranking with a +32. He is tied for third in goals scored by a rookie with 17 (B. Ryan 22), is tied for third in assists by a rookie with 21 (K. Versteeg 28) and is tied for third among rookies in points with 38 (K. Versteeg 44).
-Tim Thomas ranks first in both Goals Against Average (2.06) and Save Percentage (.932).


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)

1. P. Kessel    26
2. M. Ryder 22
3. M. Savard    21
4. D. Krejci    20
5. B. Wheeler   17

1. M. Savard    50
2. D. Krejci    40
3. M. Recchi    32
4. D. Wideman   30
5. Z. Chara 23

1. M. Savard    71
2. D. Krejci    60
3. P. Kessel    47
4. D. Wideman   45
5. M. Ryder 42

1. D. Krejci    +32
2. B. Wheeler   +32
3. D. Wideman   +29
4. M. Ryder +25
5. Z. Chara +24

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Montador  125
2. S. Thornton  112
3. M. Lucic 93
4. Z. Chara 70
5. M. Stuart    65

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