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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 4/18 - 4/24

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BRUINS OPEN UP PLAYOFFS WITH 4-2 WIN OVER MONTREAL: Two goals from Phil Kessel and one apiece from David Krejci and Zdeno Chara helped propel the Bruins over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night in Game 1 of their Quarterfinal series. The teams will reconvene for Game 2 at the Garden on Saturday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The series will shift to Montreal for Games 3 and 4, which will be played on Monday, April 20 and Wednesday, April 22, respectively.


SATURDAY’S MEDIA SCHEDULE: The Bruins will not take the ice in the morning on Saturday, April 18. They will hold a team meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington (closed to public/media) and player availability is expected to begin as early as 10:40 a.m. Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien will hold his press briefing as early as 11:10 a.m. at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.

GAME 2 MEDIA ADVISORY: Credentialed members of the media will not be permitted to enter the TD Banknorth Garden until 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 18 due to the Celtics playoff game being played in the afternoon.

PLAYOFF FIRSTS: Bruins rookies Matt Hunwick and Blake Wheeler each made their NHL playoff debuts Thursday night while Milan Lucic recorded the first assists and the first multi-point game of his playoff career.

FERENCE TO DONATE HALF OF PLAYOFF BONUS: Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference announced earlier today that he will be donating  half of his 2008-09 playoff bonus to the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund’s “Boston Grant Initiative.” The total amount of the donation will depend on the Bruins’ success throughout the playoffs. The longer their postseason run, the greater the contribution from Ference. He is actively involved in a number of environmental causes and chose to contribute to an organization demonstrating the ability to have a profound positive impact on the environment within the Greater Boston area. The Boston Grant Initiative awards funding to groups working at the neighborhood or city level on environmental health, environmental justice or green space initiatives in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville. The program began in 2004 to support local activists in the Greater Boston Area. Over the past five years, it has awarded 90 grants ranging from $500 - $10,000 to support local environmental efforts.

GROW ONE FOR THE TEAM:
The Boston Bruins are inviting fans to grow their own playoff beards to support the B's during their playoff run by kicking-off the "Bruins Beard-A-Thon" on www.bostonbruins.com. The 2009 "Bruins Beard-A-Thon" gives Bruins fans the opportunity to show their support for the team and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation.

Fans can create their "Bruins Beard-A-Thon" profile by uploading their photo here. Participants can choose to grow their own beard and update their growth throughout the playoffs or they can grow their beard virtually by choosing the ‘Build-A-Beard’ option, giving women and children an opportunity to get involved.

Beard growers may pledge themselves by making a donation and their friends and family may also pledge their efforts. Donations can be made in two ways, a one-time pledge (minimum $10) or a daily pledge (minimum $0.50/day). Throughout the playoffs, fans will have the opportunity to win tickets if their beard is voted the best on BostonBruins.com. At the end of the contest there will be various prizes for the best and worst beards as well as a prize for most money raised.

RINKSIDE CHATS: BostonBruins.com’s online interactive feature “Rinkside Chats” Presented by Covidien gives fans the opportunity to chat live with Bruins players, alumni, coaching staff and management. Visit www.BostonBruins.com for the latest updates to the Rinkside Chats schedule.

RINKSIDE CHAT RUNDOWN (all chat transcripts can be read on BostonBruins.com):
February 11: Blake Wheeler
February 25: David Krejci
March 4 (Trade Deadline Day): Peter Chiarelli
March 11: Byron Bitz
March 20: Derek Sanderson
April 1: Matt Hunwick
April 15: Mark Recchi

BRUINS BY THE NUMBERS:
37: David Krejci’s league leading plus/minus rating during the regular season

36: Blake Wheeler’s plus/minus rating, which ranked second overall to Krejci and led all rookies during the regular season

7: Number of goals Phil Kessel has scored in his last four games played, including regular season and postseason

22-9-7: Bruins regular season record against the other 15 teams who qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs

BRUINS UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE (PLEASE CALL 617.624.1910 FOR THE LATEST UPDATES TO THE SCHEDULE):
Saturday, April 18 (Wilmington, MA)
-No pregame skate, Bruins team-only meeting at 10:30 a.m. ET at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington
-Players available as early as 10:40 a.m. ET inside locker room
-Head Coach Claude Julien available in Ristuccia Memorial Arena Conference Room (above ice level, on the opposite end of the arena as the Bruins locker room) available as early as 11:10 a.m. ET
Members of the media credentialed for Game 2 may enter the TD Banknorth Garden at 4:30 p.m. ET.
-Game 2 at TD Banknorth Garden, 8:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN & VERSUS, RADIO: WBZ 1030)

Sunday, April 19 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, 12:00 p.m. ET - 12:50 p.m. ET (190 Main St, Wilmington, MA 01887)
-Players available at approx. 12:55 p.m. ET inside locker room
-Head Coach Claude Julien available in Ristuccia Memorial Arena Conference Room (above ice level, on the opposite end of the arena as the Bruins locker room) at approximately 1:20 p.m. ET
-Travel to Montreal, QC

Monday, April 20 (Montreal, QC)
-Pregame skate at Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m. ET - 12:00 p.m. ET
-Players available at approx. 12:05 p.m. inside locker room
-Head Coach Claude Julien available at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET
-Game 3 at Bell Centre, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)

Tuesday, April 21 (Montreal, QC)
-Practice at Bell Centre, 2:00 p.m. ET - 2:50 p.m. ET
-Players available at approx. 2:05 p.m. ET inside locker room
-Head Coach Claude Julien available at approximately 2:50 p.m. ET

Wednesday, April 22 (Montreal, QC)
-Pregame skate at Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m. ET - 12:00 p.m. ET
-Players available at approx. 12:05 p.m. inside locker room
-Head Coach Claude Julien available at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET
-Game 4 at Bell Centre, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
-Travel to Boston

Thursday, April 23 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice TBD

Friday, April 24 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice TBD

AROUND TOWN
What: “Bruins Beard-A-Thon”
-The Boston Bruins are inviting fans to grow their own playoff beards to support the B’s during their playoff run by kicking-off the “Bruins Beard-A-Thon”
-By “growing one for the team” and inviting family, friends and business associates to pledge their playoff beards they will be raising money for the Boston Bruins Foundation.
-Fans can create their “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” profile by uploading their photo at www.bostonbruins.com.
When: Beginning Thursday, April 9 and continuing throughout the Bruins playoff run
Where: www.bostonbruins.com

What: G.O.A.L!  
-Provides free skating and hockey lessons for new hockey players as well as skates, helmets and hockey gear
When: Saturday, April 18 from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Where: Cyr Skating Arena, 200 Trafton Road, Springfield, MA 01108
Bruins Participating: Blades, Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team

What: Boston Bruins Viewing Party
-Join Bruins fans at the Hard Rock Café for the first viewing party of the playoff run  
-Cheer on the B’s with fellow fans as they take on the Canadiens in Game 3
-Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls will be on hand with great giveaways, prizes and the chance to win Boston Bruins autographed memorabilia
When: Sunday, April 20 from 6:30 p.m through the end of the game
Where: Hard Rock Café, 22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109
Bruins Participating: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Boston Bruins Mascot, Blades

What: Special Needs Skate
-The Boston Bruins and Duxbury Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) have partnered up to organize a Special Needs Skate for children with a variety of development disabilities.  
-The event seeks to raise funds in order to create educational and fun programs for children with different types of developmental disabilities.
-The SEPAC is providing snacks, drinks and a raffle for this family focused event, as well as a two-hour block of ice time for the open skate.
When: Tuesday, April 21 from 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Bog, 188 Summer Street, Kingston, MA 02364
Bruins Participating Boston Bruins Hummer, Blades, Ice Girls, Tommy Songin, Youth Hockey Development Team, Karen (Julien) Savoie and Christine Sweeney

What: Flashes of Hope
-The Boston Bruins are proud to announce their partnership with the non-profit organization, Flashes of Hope.  
-Flashes of Hope will be visiting Massachusetts General Hospital to provide photo shoots for approximately 8 patients and their families.  
-Each child that participates receives a complimentary portrait package and Bruins autographed merchandise.
When: Tuesday, April 21 from 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Massachusetts General Hospital. 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114

What: Mayor’s Cup Roller Hockey
-Roller hockey tournament for residents of Greater Boston for boys and girls Ages 6-14
When: Tuesday, April 21, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Ryan Playground, Charlestown, MA
Bruins Participating: Boston Bruins Hummer

What: Bruins Spirit Day
-The Boston Bruins will be visiting the Cole Elementary School in Norwell, MA for their first ever “Boston Bruins Day.”  
-The Bruins mascot Blades will be visiting with the students at a school wide assembly
When: Tuesday, April 28 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Where: The Cole Elementary School, 81 High Street, Norwell, MA 02061
Bruins Participating: Boston Bruins Mascot, Blades

MEDIA
THE INSTIGATORS: 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.

BRUINS RADIO APPEARANCES: 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

TICKET INFO
STUDENT NIGHTS:
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.

FINAL REGULAR SEASON LEADERS AND STATS
BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD (FINAL REGULAR SEASON RANKS)
-The Bruins led the entire NHL in goal differential (+78) and goals against (196).
-The Bruins led the Eastern Conference in points (116), most wins (53), fewest losses (19) and goals against (196).
-The Bruins finished with the NHL’s fourth ranked power play (23.6%) and tied for eleventh in penalty kill (82.4%).
-Marc Savard tied for ninth in the league in points with 88 (E. Malkin 113) and is sixth in the league in assists with 63 (E. Malkin 78).
-Zdeno Chara and Dennis Wideman tied for 12th in the league in points scored by a defenseman with 50 (M. Green 73).
-David Krejci led the NHL in plus/minus with +37, Blake Wheeler finished second and first among rookies at +36 and Dennis Wideman finished tied for sixth with +32.
-Tim Thomas led all NHL goaltenders in both Goals Against Average (2.10) and Save Percentage (.933).

HARDWARE
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)
David Krejci- NESN’s Seventh Player Award (voted online on NESN.com by the fans)
Milan Lucic- Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination)
Aaron Ward- John P. Bucyk Award (great charitable contributions)
Marc Savard-  Elizabeth Dufrense Trophy (outstanding performance during home games)
Marc Savard- Bruins First Star (performance during home games throughout entire season)
Zdeno Chara- Bruins Second Star (performance during home games throughout entire season)
Tim Thomas- Bruins Third Star (performance during home games throughout entire season)
Phil Kessel- Third Star, Week ending April 12
Tim Thomas/Manny Fernandez- William Jennings Trophy (fewest goals allowed during regular season)

BRUINS PLAYOFF LEADERS (AS OF APRIL 17)
Goals
1. P. Kessel    2
t2. D. Krejci   1
t2. Z. Chara    1

Assists
1. M. Lucic 2
t2. P. Kessel   1
t2. D. Krejci   1
t2. C. Kobasew  1
t2. M. Ryder    1
t2. M. Savard   1

Points
1. P. Kessel    3
t2. D. Krejci   2
t2. M. Lucic    2
t4. Z. Chara    1
t4. C. Kobasew  1
t4. M. Ryder    1
t4. M. Savard   1

Plus/Minus
t1.P. Kessel    +2
t1. D. Krejci   +2
t1. M. Lucic    +2
t4. Z. Chara    +1
t4. M. Ryder    +1
t4. M. Savard   +1

BRUINS FINAL REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
Goals
1. P. Kessel    36
2. M. Ryder 27
3. M. Savard    25
4. M. Recchi    23
5. D. Krejci    22

Assists
1. M. Savard    63
2. D. Krejci    51
3. M. Recchi    38
4. D. Wideman   37
t5. Z. Chara    31
t5. P. Bergeron 31

Points
1. M. Savard    88
2. D. Krejci    73
3. M. Recchi    61
4. P. Kessel    60
5. M. Ryder 53

Plus/Minus
1. D. Krejci    +37
2. B. Wheeler   +36
3. D. Wideman   +32
4. M. Ryder +28
5. M. Savard    +25

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Montador  143
2. M. Lucic 136
3. S. Thornton  123
4. Z. Chara 95
5. M. Stuart    76

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE
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