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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 3/7 - 3/13

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


TOREY KRUG & REILLY SMITH EXTENDED: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced March 6, that the club had signed defenseman Torey Krug to a one-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season worth a cap figure of $3,400,000 and forward Reilly Smith to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season worth an annual cap figure of $3,425,000. For the full release and more from Krug and Smith head to BostonBruins.com

EIGHTH ANNUAL “CUTS FOR A CAUSE”: Patrice Bergeron is teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub and members of the 2014-15 Bruins roster for the eighth annual "Cuts for a Cause" event on Tuesday, March 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (VIP session: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (50 Park Plaza at Arlington, Boston, MA). Bergeron and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The full roster of participating Bruins will be announced in the coming weeks.

For the first time this year, we are offering fans the opportunity to raise funds to have their heads shaved by a Bruins player at the 8th Annual Cuts for a Cause. The top three fans who raise the most money between Monday, March 9, 2015 and Friday, March 20, 2015 will receive two VIP tickets to the 8th Annual Cuts for a Cause as well as have the opportunity to have their heads shaved onstage at the event by one of the current Boston Bruins Players.  To begin your fundraising visit: bostonbruins.com/cutsforacause.

Tickets are on sale now and beginning on March 16 Bruins fans can bid on the opportunity to shave the head of their favorite participating Bruins player by also visiting bostonbruins.com/cutsforacause. Auction winners will also receive admission to the VIP session from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. where they will meet and greet the players on the event floor. Fans can purchase tickets to the event, hosted by Patrice Bergeron along with Fred "Toucher" Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb of the Toucher & Rich show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, at bostonbruins.com/cutsforacause starting Friday, February 27 at 10:00 a.m. Limited VIP tickets are available for $200 and General Admission tickets are available for $30. Ticket prices do not include processing fees.  Over the past seven years the Cuts for a Cause event has raised over $360,000 for charity.

BRUINS SIGN HICKMAN: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced March 4, that the Bruins had signed forward Justin Hickman to an entry-level contract. Hickman, 20, has spent the previous five campaigns with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League from 2010 to 2015, establishing career highs last season when he notched 22 goals (tied for fourth on the team), 24 assists (tied for sixth on the team) and 46 points (sixth on the team) with 154 penalty minutes (first on the team). Hickman served as team captain for the last two seasons. In his WHL career, the 6'3'', 218-pound forward from Kelowna, BC has appeared in 285 games for the Thunderbirds, racking up 55 goals and 77 assists while accruing 466 penalty minutes.

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games vs. Philadelphia (3/7), at Ottawa (3/10) and vs. Tampa Bay (3/12). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. The game vs. Detroit (3/8) will be covered by NBC. To check out an opponent preview with The Sports Hub’s Bob Beers, watch the Week Ahead Preview on BostonBruins.com.

3/7 vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 1:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
3/8 vs. Detroit Red Wings, 12:30 p.m. – NBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub
3/10 at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
3/12 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

SUITES AVAILABLE FOR BRUINS VS. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: Limited suite rentals are available now for upcoming games, including a match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, April 4. Suites accommodate 18 to 60 fans and feature a living room area, private restroom and many other great amenities. To book your suite now visit BostonBruins.com/SuiteRental or call 617.624.1VIP (1847).

LIMITED BRUINS TICKETS AVAILABLE AT TD GARDEN: Limited tickets are available for Bruins vs. Philadelphia on March 7, vs. Detroit on March 8 and vs. Tampa Bay on March 12. For tickets and more information please visit www.bostonbruins.com/tickets.

SEASON 2 OF BEHIND THE B: Season Two of the Black & Gold’s all-access television series “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani has begun, with 13 episodes slated to air during the 2014-15 season. All episodes will again be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary.

“Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani Episode air dates (all televised on NESN):
Episode 11 - Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 12 - Sunday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. immediately following Bruins-Hurricanes postgame coverage
Episode 13 - Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.

BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION 50/50 RAFFLE:  During each Boston Bruins home game, the Boston Bruins Foundation conducts the 50/50 raffle presented by Health Services Administrators. Fifty percent of the proceeds go towards the beneficiary hosted by the Bruins Foundation that night, while the other fifty percent of the proceeds go to one lucky winner. The 50/50 program comprises one third of the annual fundraising for the Boston Bruins Foundation. After the winning ticket is selected, the number will be announced in-game giving the winner the opportunity to claim their prize at Guest Services on the Loge Level, Section 4 or by checking the numbers posted on the Bruins Foundation Website within 30 days of the winning game, which can be found at the following link: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=101168.

Last five winning 50/50 numbers:
3/5 vs. Calgary Flames: 03601584 (Total: $15,040, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)
2/28 vs. Arizona Coyotes: 02101673 (Total: $23,360, Beneficiary: Special Olympics)
2/24 vs. Vancouver Canucks: 01601562 (Total: $15,785, Beneficiary: Read to a Child)
2/10 vs. Dallas Stars: 03201375 (Total: $8,510, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundations)
2/7 vs. New York Islanders: 06601331 (Total: $16,895, Beneficiary: Garden Neighborhood Charities)

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak and Marc Betrand, which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., while forward Reilly Smith is expected to be regular a guest with 98.5's Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and Bruins President Cam Neely will also be a guest with Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti  (Felger and Mazz) on their show, which airs weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Chris Kelly will be a regular guest on 100.7 WZLX with Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie (Karlson & McKenzie), which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.

OFF THE ICE…

PATRICE’S PALS: As a part of his continuing charitable initiative Patrice’s Pals, Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron invites children from local hospitals and other organizations to experience a Bruins home game from his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags filled with Bruins memorabilia, a visit from the Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls, as well as a feature on the Garden HDX. After the game, Patrice’s Pals are escorted to ice level and introduced to Patrice himself who signs autographs and takes pictures with his Pals.

COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2014-15 regular season, Bruins Chief Executive Officer Charlie Jacobs is donating ten balcony tickets to every home game to children from charitable organizations across New England, who are invited to enjoy a Bruins home game from these donated seats.

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

PROSPECT DANTON HEINEN NAMED ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Bruins prospect and University of Denver freshman forward, Danton Heinen, was announced as the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Rookie of the Month for February. Heinen, 19, registered 15 points (5-10) in seven games played last month, leading the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in points as well as plus/minus rating (+12). The Boston Bruins prospect and reigning NCHC Rookie of the Month currently leads the conference in scoring with 14-27=41totals on the season, ranking second in the nation in points by a freshman trailing only Boston University forward Jack Eichel (18-37=55). Overall, Heinen is tied for 10th place in the NCAA scoring race for 2014-15. He was named the NCHC Rookie of the Week for Feb. 23-28 one week after capturing the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week Award. Heinen was drafted by Boston in the fourth round (116th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

SPOONMAN: Per Elias, Ryan Spooner is the first Boston Bruins player to score the first goal of their NHL career in overtime since Steve Heinze did so on March 28, 1992.  Spooner scored the overtime winner on February 27 against the Devils in New Jersey.

SCF GAME 7 HEROES:  In NHL history, only 11 players have scored two or more goals in Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Final. Three of those players are currently on the Bruins, as Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron both tallied two goals during the Bruins Game 7 win over Vancouver in 2011 while newly acquired Max Talbot had two goals in 2009 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins during their 2-1 victory over Detroit.

REMAINING GAMES BREAKDOWN: The Bruins have 19 games remaining on their schedule. They will play eight at home and 11 on the road; 18 vs. Eastern teams (12 Atlantic, 6 Metropolitan) and one vs. the West (Anaheim on 3/26); nine are vs. teams currently in playoff position and nine are against teams currently out of a post-season berth (3 vs. Florida, 2 vs. Ottawa, 1 each vs. Philadelphia, Toronto, Buffalo and Carolina).

UPCOMING GAMES…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): For explaining some of his… interesting phrasing choices, Jack Edwards takes home the win this week with his aesthetic metaphor.

@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN): MT @bonzo457: the phrase "tumbling muffin"? (1/2) A bouncing puck. Take an english muffin, let it go stale, and chuck it down the driveway.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:

@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Javier Bardem will be wearing No. 25 for the Bruins in his debut tonight. Oh? That's Max Talbot? Huh.
@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal): At this rate, rename the Arizona Coyotes to the...Llamas. They're running wild on Broadway! nyuk nyuk nyuk
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog): Nice pickup by the Sabres. Nicest pickup. Such a kind pickup.

2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Week 8, Week 10, Week 12, Week 15, Week 20
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN): Week 1, Week 14, Week 16, Week 24
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog): Week 2, Week 4, Week 11
@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal): Week 18, Week 23
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Week 6, Week 22
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com): Week 17, Week 21
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com): Week 3, Week 13
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): Week 7, Week 9
@DanCagen (Dan Cagen, MetroWest Daily News): Week 19
@GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe): Week 5

MEDIA INFORMATION: Throughout the 2014-15 season, the Bruins Communications staff will provide schedule updates, releases and transcripts on the Boston Bruins Media Site, which can be accessed at www.bostonbruins.com/media using the follow combination: E-mail: media@bostonbruins.com, Password: media.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-Schedule is subject to change.
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.

Saturday, March 7 (Boston, MA)
-Select players will be available to the media at approximately 10:30 a.m. outside the Bruins locker room
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media at 11:50 a.m.
-Home Game vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 1:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, March 8 (Boston, MA)
-Select players will be available to the media at approximately 10:00 a.m. outside the Bruins locker room
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media at 11:20 a.m.
-Home Game vs. Detroit Red Wings, 12:30 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NBC, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Monday, March 9 (Wilmington, MA / Ottawa, ON)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players
-Travel to Ottawa, ON

Tuesday, March 10 (Ottawa, ON / Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Canadian Tire Centre (1000 Palladium Dr, Ottawa, ON K2V 1A5), 11:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after session
-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien
-Away Game at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Wednesday, March 11 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:30 p.m.
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players

Thursday, March 12 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after session
-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien
-Home Game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub


Friday, March 13 (Wilmington, MA/Pittsburgh, PA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after practice
-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien
-Travel to Pittsburgh, PA

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 19
2. P. Bergeron, 18
3. L. Eriksson, 15
4. M. Lucic, 14
5. R. Smith, 12

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 27
T2. D. Hamilton, 25
T2. C. Soderberg, 25
4. R. Smith, 23
T5. L. Eriksson, 21
T5. M. Lucic, 21

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 45
2. L. Eriksson, 36
T3. D. Hamilton, 35
T3. M. Lucic, 35
T3. B. Marchand, 35
T3. R. Smith, 35
T3. C. Soderberg, 35

Plus/Minus
1.K. Miller, 20
T2. M. Lucic, 12
T2. R. Smith, 12
4. D. Pastrnak, 10
T5. C. Kelly, 9
T5. B. Marchand, 9

Penalty Minutes
1. B. Marchand, 82
2. M. Lucic, 75
3. A. McQuiad, 66
T4. G. Campbell, 41
T4. D. Hamilton, 41

NHL Honors:
-Patrice Bergeron selected to the 2015 NHL All-Star game.
-Tuukka Rask named The Third Star of the Month for the month of January.

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron ranks second in the league in faceoff wins with 879 and first in faceoff percentage with 59.9%.
-Zdeno Chara is tied for first in the league in shorthanded assists with three.

Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR. The 2014-15 season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.
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