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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 4/25 - 5/1

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BRUINS SWEEP HABS; AWAIT SECOND ROUND OPPONENT: After their 4-1 victory in Montreal on Wednesday, the Bruins swept an opponent for the first time since they took four straight from the Canadiens in the 1992 Adams Division Final. Their second round foe will be determined after the other Eastern Conference series are completed and the teams are re-seeded. The Bruins could potentially know their opponent as soon as tonight, if the 7th seeded New York Rangers - who currently lead their series 3-1 - close out the Washington Capitals in DC tonight. If the Rangers do advance, it would be the first postseason meeting between the Black & Gold and Blueshirts since 1973.

BEAR SIGHTING AT FENWAY: Bruins defenseman Steve Montador will appear on the Red Sox pregame show Friday night at 6:30, while Aaron Ward will join Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy in the booth for the fourth inning during the Red Sox/Yankees game on Friday.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE: Please call the Bruins Media Information Line at 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice schedule.  The Bruins will practice next on Saturday, April 25 at 12:00 noon.

RYDER’S ON THE STORM: Michael Ryder is currently tied with Evgeni Malkin for the league lead in scoring this postseason with 4-3=7 totals. Ryder had at least a point in each of the four first round games, including a two-goal, one assist performance in Game Four.

PHIL’S ON FIRE: Phil Kessel also tallied a point in all four games of the first round (2-1=3 in game one; 0-1=1 in game two; 1-0=1 in game three, 1-0-0 in game four). Kessel has 9-3=12 totals in his last seven straight games played, as he ended the regular season with 5-1=6 totals in his last three straight games played.

FERENCE TO DONATE HALF OF PLAYOFF BONUS: Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference announced on Thursday, April 16 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 joining the "Bruins Beard-A-Thon" on 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 at 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 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.

240: number of minutes played between Boston and Montreal during the first round

148:06: length of those 240 minutes where the Bruins had the lead

23:21: length of time the Canadiens had the lead

RINKSIDE CHATS:’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 for the latest updates to the Rinkside Chats schedule. Michael Ryder is next up for the chat on April 29 at 3:00 p.m.

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: Byron Bitz
March 20: Derek Sanderson
April 1: Matt Hunwick
April 15: Mark Recchi
April 29: Michael Ryder


Saturday, April 25 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, 12:00 noon

Sunday, April 26 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice TBD

Monday, April 27 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice TBD

Tuesday, April 28 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice TBD

Wednesday, April 29 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice TBD

Thursday, April 30 (TBD)
-Practice TBD

Friday, May 1 (TBD)
-Practice TBD


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 joining 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
When: Beginning Thursday, April 9 and continuing throughout the Bruins playoff run

What: Stick with Reading Essay Contest
-The Boston Bruins will be launching their annual essay contest for 3rd-5th Graders in Boston Public Schools through ReadBoston. 
-This year, students will be asked to submit essays on the topic describing a challenge they have been faced with that they have used team work to overcome”. 
-One winner will be selected from each grade to receive a team-autographed stick. 
When: Monday, April 27 through Thursday, April 30
Where: Boston Public School District

What: Icing the Globe - Special Playoff Edition
-As a part of the Bruins I.C.E. School geography division, Icing the Globe, the Bruins are introducing a special Playoff edition of player interviews. 
-The Playoff edition features the home countries and cities of Bruins Patrice Bergeron, Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic, Mark Stuart, and Marco Sturm. 
-The education materials are available to any teacher who participated in the regular season Icing the Globe program. 
When:  Beginning Monday, April 27
Where: Participating “Icing the Globe” Schools

What: Bruins Spirit Day
-The Boston Bruins will be visiting the Cole Elementary School in Norwell, MA. 
-The school will be holding their first ever Boston Bruins day. 
When: Tuesday, April 28 beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Where: The Cole Elementary School, 81 High Street, Norwell, MA 02061
Bruins Participating: Bruins Mascot, Blades

What: G.O.A.L! . 
-Provides free skating and hockey lessons for new hockey players as well as skates, helmets and hockey gear 
When: Tuesday, April 28 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 29 from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
When: Connery Memorial Rink, 182 Sheppard Street, Lynn, MA 01904 on Tuesday and Jim Roche Community Ice Arena, 1275 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132
Bruins Participating: Bruins Mascot, Blades, Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team, Bruins Ice Girls

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

-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).

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 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)
Zdeno Chara- Norris Trophy Finalist (NHL’s top defenseman)

-The Bruins are ranked first in the NHL in penalty kills (100%) and second in power play percentage (25.0%).
-Michael Ryder and Phil Kessel are tied for first in goals with 4 (B. Ryan, E. Malkin, 4) while Ryder is tied for first in playoff points with 7 (E. Malkin) and Phil Kessel is tied for third with 6.
-Dennis Wideman is in a nine-way tie for first in assists with 4 and second in playoff points scored by a defenseman with 4 (C. Barker, 5).
-Marc Savard is in a four-way tie for first in power play points with 4 (S. Gonchar, N. Lidstrom, E. Malkin) and is in a five-way tie for first in power play goals (R.J. Umberger, J. Iginla, B. Ryan, E. Malkin).
-David Krejci is in a three-way tie for the top ranked plus/minus with +6 (C. Pronger, D. Cleary) and Michael Ryder is tied for fourth with +5.
-Byron Bitz is tied for fourth in assists scored by a rookie with 1 and is also tied for fourth in rookie plus/minus with +1.
-Tim Thomas is ranked third in goals against average with 1.50 (S. Varlamov, 1.01) and is tied for fifth in save percentage with .946 (R. Luongo, .962).


t1. M. Ryder    4
t1. P. Kessel   4
t3. D. Krejci   2
t3. M. Savard   2
t3. C. Kobasew  2

1. D. Wideman   4
t2. M. Ryder    3
t2. D. Krejci   3
t2. M. Savard   3
t2. M. Lucic    3

1. M. Ryder 7
2. P. Kessel    6
t3. D. Krejci   5
t3. M. Savard   5
5. D. Wideman   4

1. D. Krejci    +6
2. M. Ryder +5
3. M. Lucic +4
t4. M. Stuart   +3
t4. A. Ward +3

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic 31
2. S. Montador  12
3. P. Bergeron  11
t4. P. Kessel   4
t4. C. Kobasew  4
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