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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 5/1 - 5/7

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIS EDITION
May 1 - May 7

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
OLD FRIENDS RENEW PLAYOFF ACQUAINTANCES: The Bruins and Flyers will meet in the playoffs for just the fifth time in their postseason histories, and the first time since 1978. Each team has won two of the previous four series, which all took place over a five-year span in the 1970s (1974, 1976, 1977, 1978).

A GLIMPSE AT THE GOALIES: Flyers goal Brian Boucher (Woonsocket, RI) currently leads all playoff goaltenders in Goals Against Average (1.59) and Save Percentage (.940). He surrendered only eight goals in their five game series against New Jersey. Boston’s Tuukka Rask ranks fourth in Goals Against (2.18) and fourth in Save Percentage (.927).

MASS LOTTERY GIVEAWAY: To celebrate the start of Round 2 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Bruins will be giving away Mass. Lottery Bruins Instant Game Tickets at turnstiles to fans attending Saturday's Game 1 vs. the Philadelphia Flyers. Fans can win up to $25,000 plus second chance prizes that include Bruins season tickets for a decade!

NESN EXCLUSIVE: NESN’s Jade McCarthy recently sat down with Bruins center Marc Savard and spoke with him about his return to the ice for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The interview will air Friday night on SportsDesk as well as Saturday during W.B. Mason’s Bruins Face Off Live pregame show at 12:00 noon.

BROADCAST INFO: NBC will have exclusive broadcast rights to Game 1 of the Bruins/Flyers series, while Versus will have exclusive rights to Games 3, 4 , and 5. NESN will broadcast Games 5, 6, and 7 (if necessary).

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.” 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.

FACE OFF ON FACEBOOK: The Boston Bruins have partnered with the full-service digital marketing agency and Aegis Media group company, Isobar North America, to launch the interactive Facebook game "Bruins Face Off." The interactive game allows Bruins fans to compete against their Facebook friends and fellow fans around the world by predicting the statistical output of their favorite players based on points, hits and shots on goal during each game of the playoffs. To play "Bruins Face Off," fans can visit the Bruins Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/NHLBruins beginning Thursday, April 15.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
There are just six Bruins on the current roster that were born when the B’s and Flyers last met in the postseason in 1978: Zdeno Chara, Mark Recchi, Miroslav Satan, Marc Savard, Tim Thomas and Shawn Thornton.

THEY SAID IT…
Milan Lucic, what they learned from last year’s second round loss...
“We kind of sat back when he had those days of rest and we lost our focus and it kind of took us until we were down 3-1 to get us going in that series against Carolina. So it’s good that we have that experience and we got to make sure as a team that we can’t make that same mistake and we have to get ready and be ready from that opening puck drop going into this second series.”
 
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Please note the schedule is subject to change, call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the schedule.

Ristuccia Arena (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Saturday, May 1 (Boston, MA)
-Game 1 at TD Garden, 12:30 p.m. ET (TV: NBC, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub)

Sunday, May 2
-Practice schedule and media availability TBD

Monday, May 3 (Boston, MA)
-Game 2 at TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: TBD, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub)

Tuesday, May 4
-Practice schedule and media availability TBD
-Travel to Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 5 (Philadelphia, PA)
-Game 3 at Wachovia Center, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: TBD, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub)

Thursday, May 6 (Philadelphia, PA)
-Practice schedule and media availability TBD

Friday, May 7 (Philadelphia, PA)
-Game 4 at Wachovia Center, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: TBD, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub)

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 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 www.bostonbruins.com.
WHEN: Throughout the Bruins playoff run
WHERE: www.bostonbruins.com

WHAT: G.O.A.L! Presented by The UPS Store
The Boston Bruins and FMC Ice Sports have partnered to host G.O.A.L! (Get Out And Learn) hockey clinics throughout the spring. G.O.A.L! provides children ages 4-7, new to the sport of hockey, with free skating and hockey instruction. All of the hockey equipment, including skates and helmets, are provided so the children can fully experience the sport of hockey safely and free of charge. Bruins fans can sign up to participate in any of the G.O.A.L! clinics listed below at www.bostonbruins.com. The Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins youth hockey development team will be on hand to assist the new skaters and help create a fun atmosphere for everyone involved.
WHEN: Saturday, May 1, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Staff SGT Robert Pirelli Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, 910 Panther Way, Franklin, MA 02038
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumnus Tommy Songin, the Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Navin Skating Rink, 451 Bolton Street, Marlborough, MA 01752
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumnus Tommy Songin, the Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team

WHAT: Bruins Playoff Viewing Party
The Boston Bruins and the Hard Rock Café Boston (22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109) will host the second viewing party of the playoffs for round 2 on Wednesday, May beginning at 7:00 p.m. during Game 3 of the Bruins/Flyers series. The free event is open to all ages. The Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls will be giving away prizes and the chance to win a variety of autographed Bruins memorabilia. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 5 the doors open at 6:30 PM, puck drops at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe, 22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: Peabody Youth Hockey Clinic
Members of the Peabody High School Varsity and Junior Varsity hockey team will join Boston Bruins alumnus Tommy Songin in leading a clinic for local Peabody youth hockey players. The Peabody High School hockey team took part in the Third Annual Pajama Drive and collected over 200 pairs of pajamas, the highest number of pajamas among participating youth hockey teams. They won a clinic hosted by the Boston Bruins, however the Peabody squad decided to help the youth in their community and host a clinic for their local hockey players. The clinic will include instruction on developing skater’s individual offensive and defensive game, as well as improving team play. Each participant will receive a gift bag and will be entered into a free raffle for the chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 5, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: McVann-O’Keefe Skating Rink, 511 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumnus Tommy Songin and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team

WHAT: Pet Therapy at Franciscan Hospital for Children
On Wednesday Dana Paille will be visiting the Franciscan Hospital for Children to participate in their Pet Therapy program. Dana will bring a therapy dog to several medical units to meet with a variety of patients. Pet therapy is a perfect diversion from the routine of a hospital stay, while for other patients a therapy dog can provide a safe means to express emotions.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 5 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00p.m.
WHERE: McVann-O’Keefe Skating Rink, 511 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins wife Dana Paille

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES
THE BUZZ: NESN’s Naoko Funayama will take you through the latest Bruins news on and off the ice on NESN’s weekly countdown show, The Buzz. Check your local listings for the Buzz’ airtimes.

THE HOCKEY SHOW ON 98.5: Bruins play-by-play man Dave Goucher and color analyst Bob Beers will team up with Sports Hub host Damon Amendolara every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. for “The Hockey Show”- an hour long program on 98.5 FM devoted to news, notes and phone calls on everything going on with the Bruins and around the NHL.

WEEKLY SPOTS:
Tune in to the following stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Mondays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Milan Lucic with “Toucher and Rich”

Tuesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
12:40 p.m. Blake Wheeler with “Gresh and Zolak”

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Marc Savard with “Karlson and McKenzie”

107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Felger and Massarotti”
 
BOSTON BRUINS 2009-10 TIMELINE
PLAYER MILESTONES AND TRANSACTIONS

July 1: 
* Byron Bitz re-signed to a multi-year contract.
* Steve Begin signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Johnny Boychuk re-signed to a one-year contract.
July 7:
* Drew Fata and Dany Sabourin signed to one-year contracts as free agents.
July 13:
* Rob Kwiet, Drew Larman, Zach McKelvie and Trent Whitfield signed as free agents.
July 20:
* Matt Hunwick re-signed to a two-year contract.
July 24:
* Patrick Eaves and 2010 fourth round draft pick acquired from Carolina Hurricanes for Aaron
  Ward.
* Derek Morris signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
August 4:
* Bruins enter agreement for ECHL affiliation with Reading Royals.
September 4:
* Claude Julien signed to a multi-year contract extension.
September 9:
* Andy Wozniewski signed to a one-year contract as a free agent.
September 18:
* 2010 first and second round and 2011 first round draft picks acquired from Toronto for Phil
  Kessel.
September 20:
* Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Jordan Knackstedt, and Matt Marquardt assigned to
  Providence/AHL.
* Scott Fletcher and Rob Kwiet returned to Providence/AHL.
* Alain Goulet and Lane MacDermid released from Boston training camp and reporting to
  Providence/AHL training camp.
* Ryan Button (Prince Albert/WHL), Jordan Caron (Rimouski/QMJHL), Michael Hutchinson
  (London/OHL) and Tyler Randell (Kitchener/OHL) returned to their junior teams.
September 21:
* Max Sauve returned to his junior team in Val d’Or/QMJHL.
September 23:
* Jamie Arniel, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jeff Penner and Kevin Regan assigned to
  Providence (AHL).
September 26:
* Don Sweeney promoted to Assistant General Manager.
* Guillaume Lefebvre signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio and Adam McQuaid assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Kirk MacDonald released from Boston tryout agreement and returned to Providence (AHL).
* Zack McKelvie, Levi Nelson and Yannick Riendeau termed injured, non-roster players.
September 28:
* Drew Fata, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre, Dany Sabourin, Trent Whitfield, Andy
  Wozniewski, Brad Marchand and Zach Hamill assigned to Providence (AHL).
September 30:
* Vladimir Sobotka assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Jim Benning signed to a multi-year contract extension.
October 2:
* Adam Courchaine assigned to Sarnia (OHL).
* Lane MacDermid signed to an entry-level contract.
October 6:
* Milan Lucic signed to a three-year contract extension.
October 8:
* Kevin Regan reassigned from Providence (AHL) to Reading (ECHL).
October 10:
* Mark Stuart played his 200th NHL / Bruins game vs. New York Islanders.
October 17:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL) and played his first NHL game at Phoenix
  Coyotes.
* Derek Morris played his 800th NHL game at Phoenix Coyotes.
October 18:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
* 2011 second round draft pick, Craig Weller and rights to Alexander Fallstrom acquired from
  Minnesota Wild for Chuck Kobasew.
* Guillaume Lefebvre, Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 19:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 20:
* Daniel Paille acquired from Buffalo Sabres for third round and conditional fourth round draft
  picks in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
October 21:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 22:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 24:
* Mark Recchi played in his 1,500th NHL game at Ottawa Senators.
October 25:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 31:
* Michael Ryder played in his 400th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Daniel Paille played in his 200th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Coach Claude Julien reached his 100th win behind the Boston bench.
November 4:
* Mikko Lehtonen recalled from Providence (AHL).
November 5:
* Tuukka Rask signed to a two-year contract extension.
November 6:
* Mikko Lehtonen returned to Providence (AHL).
November 10:
* Mark Recchi recorded his 900th career NHL assist vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 14:
* Blake Wheeler played his 100th NHL game at Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 19:
* Marco Sturm played his 800th NHL game at Atlanta Thrashers.
* Dennis Wideman recorded his 100th NHL assist at Atlanta Thrashers.
November 20:
* Brad Marchand returned to Providence (AHL).
November 21:
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
November 29:
* Doug Houda, Craig Ramsay, Geoff Ward, Bob Essensa and Brant Berglund signed to
  multi-year contract extensions.
December 1:
* Marc Savard signed to seven-year contract extension.
December 2:
* Johnny Boychuk assigned to Providence (AHL) for conditioning purposes.
* Max Sauve signed to an entry-level contract.
* Marc Savard scored his 200th NHL goal vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.
December 5:
* Johnny Boychuk recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 15:
* Andy Wozniewski and Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 18:
* Zdeno Chara played his 800th NHL game at Chicago Blackhawks.
December 19:
* Adam McQuaid played his first NHL game at Toronto Maple Leafs.
December 22:
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
December 23:
* Claude Julien coached his 200th game behind the Boston bench vs. Atlanta Thrashers
  (6-4 win).
* Vladimir Sobotka played his 100th NHL & Bruins game vs. Atlanta Thrashers.
December 27:
* Matt Hunwick played his 100th NHL & Bruins game at Florida Panthers.
January 3:
* Miroslav Satan signed as a free agent for the remainder of the season.
January 8:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 14
* Andy Wozniewski recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 17
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman and Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL) and Drew Larman recalled from Providence.
January 23
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 25
* Drew Larman returned to Providence (AHL).
January 27
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
January 31
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
February 1
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
February 14
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
February 24
* Matt Dalton recalled from Reading (ECHL).
March 1
* Matt Dalton returned to Reading (ECHL).
March 2
* Cody Wild acquired from Edmonton Oilers for Matthew Marquadt.
March 2
* Steve Kampfer acquired from Anaheim Ducks for conditional fourth round pick in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
March 3
* Conditional draft pick in 2010 NHL Entry Draft acquired for Derek Morris.
March 3
* Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski acquired from Florida Panthers for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller, and a second round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
March 4
* Matt Dalton recalled from Reading (ECHL).
March 5
* Matt Dalton returned to Providence (AHL).
March 5
* Dany Sabourin recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 5
* Brad Marchand recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 8
* Jeff Penner recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 8
* Dany Sabourin returned to Providence (AHL).
March 11
* Jeff Penner returned to Providence (AHL).
March 18
* Jeff Penner and Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 19
* Jeff Penner and Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
March 24
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 24
* Andrew Ference signed to three-year contract extension.
March 31
* Jordan Caron, Joe Colborne, Michael Hutchinson and Steven Kampfer signed to entry-level contracts.
April 3
* Andrew Bodnarchuk recalled from Providence (AHL).
April 5
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
April 10
* Zach Hamill and Jeff Penner recalled from Providence (AHL).
April 13
* Drew Larman, Mikko Lehtonen, Dany Sabourin and Max Sauve recalled from Providence (AHL).
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