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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 5/8 - 5/15

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
B’S LOOK TO RALLY IN RALEIGH: The Boston Bruins trail the Carolina Hurricanes two games to one in the best of seven Eastern Conference Semifinals and will play Game Four tonight at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC. Carolina prevailed in Game Three with a 3-2 overtime victory at the RBC Center. Following tonight’s game, the series returns to Boston for Game Five on Sunday, May 10. The Bruins and Hurricanes have met once before in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the sixth-seeded Bruins ousted the third seeded Hurricanes, coached by Paul Maurice in six games in the 1999 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.


BETWEEN THE PIPES BLOG: Check out USAtoday.com for Tim Thomas’ exclusive playoff journal. The goaltender checks in after each Bruins contest and provides his insights and thoughts on the game. Read his previous entries here:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/tim-thomas-playoff-journal.htm

UPCOMING SCHEDULE: Please call the Bruins Media Information Line at 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice schedule. 

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.

B’S FANS RAISE MORE THAN 50K DURING BRUINS BEARD-A-THON: Bruins fans have now raised more than $50,000 for The Boston Bruins Foundation through the playoff Beard-A-Thon initiative.  The Bruins' fundraising effort leads the other five remaining playoff teams that are participating in Beard-A-Thon (Carolina, Pittsburgh, Washington, Detroit and Chicago).

The Boston Bruins invited fans to grow their own playoff beards to support the B's during their playoff run by joining the "Bruins Beard-A-Thon" on www.bostonbruins.com/beardathon. 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 www.bostonbruins.com/beardathon. 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.

bostonbruinsTV: Check out bostonbruinsTV.com for daily updates from Bruins practice, gameday coverage, and Bruins VP Cam Neely's WebCam series. There's new video posted each day.

BRUINS BY THE NUMBERS:
36: Number of saves by Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward in a 3-0 shutout in Game 2

7: Number of goals scored by opponents in the second period against the Bruins during the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs

4:  Number of wins by the Bruins in the 2008-2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs this year when leading after two periods

50,000+: Dollar amount raised by Bruins fans to date for the Boston Bruins Foundation through the Bruins Beard-A-Thon.

CLAUDE ON...
Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien on Carolina’s 2-1 series lead...
“We’re not in trouble.  We’re just in a series that is a hard fought series.  What we have to do is get our game going in the right direction, which means [renewing] our commitment to making better decisions on the ice.  I think it’s a combination of both.”

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
April 29: Michael Ryder

BRUINS UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE (PLEASE CALL 617.624.1910 FOR THE LATEST UPDATES TO THE SCHEDULE):

Friday, May 8 (Raleigh, NC)
-Game 4 at RBC Center, 7:30 p.m. ET
-Travel to Boston

Saturday, May 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice Time TBD

Sunday, May 10 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
-Players available at approx. 11:05 a.m. ET
-Head Coach Claude Julien available at approx. 11:30 a.m. ET
-Game 5 at TD Banknorth Garden, 7:30 p.m. ET

Monday, May 11 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice TBD

Tuesday, May 12 (Raleigh, NC)
-Game 6 at RBC Center, 7:00 p.m. ET *if necessary

Wednesday, May 13
-Practice TBD

Thursday, May 14 (Boston, MA)
-Game 7 at TD Banknorth Garden, Time TBD *if necessary

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: Beginning Thursday, April 9 and continuing throughout the Bruins playoff run
Where: www.BostonBruins.com

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 educational materials are available to any teacher who participated in the regular season Icing the Globe program. 
When:  Beginning Monday, April 27 and continuing throughout the month of May
Where: Participating “Icing the Globe” Schools

What: Luxury Suite Raffle
- The Bruins are raffling off a Luxury Suite (14 seats) for Game 5 of the Bruins/Hurricanes playoff series on Sunday, May 10 beginning at 7:30 p.m.
- Raffle tickets will be sold on NetRaffle.org and start at $2/ticket, with a minimum purchase of five tickets.
- All the money raised in the raffle will go to the Celebrities for Charity Foundation and the Boston Bruins Foundation to benefit New England Area Charities.
- Tickets can be purchased at https://www.celebritiesforcharity.org/raffles/bruins_playoffqf5.cfm
When: Raffle ends Saturday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

What: Second annual “Ice and Dice” Casino Night
- The “Ice and Dice” Casino night where Bruins fans can to hit casino tables and the chance to go home with one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia, raffle and silent auction items.
- Tickets to the event cost $25 and include $1000 worth of chips to casino games such as blackjack, craps, poker and roulette.
- Only 400 tickets are available.
- A special prize will be awarded to the participant with the most chips at the end of the evening.
When: Friday, May 15 from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Where: The Abington VFW Hall, 30 Central Street, Abington, MA 02351
Bruins Participating: with Boston Bruins Foundation Director Bob Sweeney as well as Bruins alumni Terry O’ Reilly, Rick Middleton, Gary Doak, Tim Sweeney and Lyndon Byers. 

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

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)
Zdeno Chara- Norris Trophy Finalist (NHL’s top defenseman)
Tim Thomas- Vezina Trophy Finalist (NHL’s top goaltender)
Claude Julien- Jack Adams Trophy Finalist (NHL’s top head coach)

BRUINS PLAYOFF LEADERS (AS OF MAY 8):

Goals
1. M. Ryder 5
t2. P. Kessel   4
t2. M. Savard   4
t4. D. Krejci   2
t4 C. Kobasew   2

Assists
1. D. Wideman   5
t2. M. Ryder    4
t2. D. Krejci   4
t2. M. Savard   4
t2. M. Lucic    4

Points
1. M. Ryder 9
t2. P. Kessel   8
t2.M. Savard    8
4. D. Krejci    6
5. D. Wideman   5

Plus/Minus
t1. D. Krejci   +7
t1. M. Lucic    +7
3. M.Stuart +5
t4. M. Ryder    +4
t4. S. Montador +4

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic 19
2. S. Montador  12
3. P. Bergeron  11
t4. P. Kessel   4
t4. C. Kobasew  4

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
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