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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 3/7 - 3/14

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
METRO THE MASTERTON:  The Boston chapter of the Pro Hockey Writers' Association announced today that center Glen Metropolit is the chapter's 2007-08 nominee for the Masterton Trophy.


The Masterton Trophy goes to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Metropolit will be one of the 29 nominees throughout the NHL - one from each team with one club abstaining - eligible for the 2007-08 Masterton. The entire PHWA will vote for one winner, which will be announced at the NHL awards ceremony in June. The other 29 candidates' identities will be revealed later this month.

Last year, the Bruins' Phil Kessel, the Boston PHWA nominee, won the Masterton Trophy.

Metropolit's nomination through a poll of the PHWA Boston membership is a reflection of his perseverance throughout his career. From humble beginnings, growing up in the "Cabbage Hill" section of inner-city Toronto, Metropolit carved out a career for himself by playing in almost every league in North America and also going overseas. This season he took a risk and was willing to come to Boston's preseason camp without a contract. Not only did he earn a roster spot, but he became a vital member of the Bruins' roster and a key reason the Boston has become a playoff contender even in the absence of star center Patrice Bergeron. Metropolit has also emerged as a quiet leader of the team and one of the club's most accessible players.

RINKSIDE CHATS:  BostonBruins.com will host their fourth Rinkside Chat presented by Covidien on Wednesday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET with defenseman Dennis Wideman.  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.  Fans can read the full transcripts of the previous chats with Tim Thomas, Milan Lucic and Marc Savard, 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
03.19: Shawn Thornton

LEADERBOARD:
Bruins forward Marc Savard is currently tied for first for the league lead in assists with 60 (J. Thornton, 60).

Zdeno Chara's 47 points put him a tie for seventh 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. 

AROUND TOWN: 
03.08.08: On Saturday, March 8, the Boston Bruins wives' and girlfriends will hold a special check presentation during the 1st intermission of the Boston Bruins/Washington Capitals game.  They will donate the $100,000 proceeds from the 18th Annual Boston Bruins Wives' Carnival to Cradles to Crayons , C2C.

Accepting on behalf of Cradles to Crayons will be Founder & CEO Lynn Margherio and the Director of Development Jen White.  Cradles to Crayons' mission is to provide, free of charge, low-income and homeless children with the basic essentials they need to be safe, warm, ready to learn, and feel valued from birth through their pre-teen years. C2C also offers meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities to thousands of youth and adults each year.

03.09.08:  Join the Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Bay State Hockey as they host the "Skate with the Ice Girl Series."  The Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Blades the mascot will host public skate parties at local rinks featuring live DJ’s, contests, trivia, giveaways and more!  The Ice Girls will be at Jim Roche Arena in West Roxbury from 2:30 p.m. ET to 4:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 9.

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…
With 15 games remaining in the 2007-2008 season, the Bruins have 77 points.  The 77 points surpasses the team total from all of last year (76 pts, 35-41-6 overall).  Their next victory will be their 36th of the season, which will eclipse last year's total of 35.

UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE
(PRACTICE SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
Saturday, March 8 (Boston, MA)
-   Game vs. Washington Capitals, 1:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
-   Travel to New York
Sunday, March 9 (New York, NY)
-   Ice available at Madison Square Garden, 8:30 a.m. ET - 9:30 a.m. ET
-   Game at New York Rangers, 3:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
-   Travel to Ottawa, ON
Monday, March 10 (Kanata, ON)
-   Practice at Bell Sensplex in Kanata, ON, 11:00 a.m. ET – 12:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 11 (Ottawa, ON)
-   Pregame skate at Scotiabank Place, 11:30 a.m. ET – 12:30 p.m. ET
-   Game at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
-   Travel to Boston
Wednesday, March 12 (Wilmington, MA)
-   Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. ET -12:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 13 (Boston, MA)
-   Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET – 11:00 a.m. ET
-   Game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Friday, March 14 (Wilmington, MA)
-   Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

BRUINS POINTS LEADERS AS OF 03/07:
RANK/PLAYER GOALS/ASSISTS/POINTS
1. M. Savard        14/60/74
2. M. Sturm     23/25/48
3. Z. Chara     15/32/47

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 during 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
03.01 vs. ATL: Tim Thomas

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 follows Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward in-studio to his weekly radio segment on WBCN 104.1 FM, mic's up Andrew Ference and profiles a familiar face around the TD Banknorth Garden, Dan MacMorrow.  The Buzz airs at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 8.

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. 
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