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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: Nov. 13-20

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
ON LOCATION IN PITTSBURGH...THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...


KIM AND CHARLIE JACOBS RECOGNIZED BY MARCH OF DIMES: On Friday, November 13, the March of Dimes will honor Kim and Charlie Jacobs and the Boston Bruins Foundation with the 2009 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Humanitarian Award. This award is the March of Dimes most prestigious honor and is bestowed annually to the individual and organization making the greatest strides to improve the health of babies in Massachusetts. The Jacobs will receive the award at a gala in their honor on Friday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons in Boston.

“It is a tremendous honor to be receiving this year’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt Humanitarian Award,” said Charlie Jacobs. “On behalf of my wife Kim, The Bruins Foundation and the entire Bruins organization we thank the March of Dimes for recognizing our efforts on behalf of the children of Massachusetts and look forward to standing beside them as we all work to ensure every child gets the best start in life.”

BIG PAPI TO DROP PUCK: Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will be in the house on Monday, November 16 and drop the ceremonial puck prior to the Bruins/Islanders game at the TD Garden.

D-FENSE: The Bruins have now gone eight straight games with allowing two or fewer goals and have posted a 3-3-2 record in that span. Last year – when the team allowed the fewest goals against in the league for the entire season – the longest such streak was five games and the Bruins were victorious in all five (5-0-0).

HIT THE ROAD: The Bruins will play five of their next six games on the road, beginning Saturday night when they visit the Penguins in the Steel City (7:30 p.m. ET, TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The two teams clashed in Boston on Tuesday, with the Bruins claiming a 3-0 shutout victory. The Pens have lost four straight and five of their last six.

The Black & Gold will host the Isles on Monday before playing four straight away from home against the Sabres, Thrashers, Blues and Wild.

BRUINS PARTNER WITH CHIPOTLE: Boston Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs announced Wednesday that the club has entered a multi-year partnership agreement with Chipotle Mexican Grill. Highlights of the partnership include prominent logo visibility throughout the TD Garden, presenting sponsorships of “Chipotle Student Night” and the “Chipotle Burrito Dash T-Shirt Toss” and the distribution of “Burrito Bucks” to all youth hockey teams that participate in the team’s “Future Bruins” program. Specifics of the partnership can be found on bostonbruins.com.

WINTER CLASSIC INFO: The NHL will issue a press release announcing key dates leading up to the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Members of the media can view the press release – as well as other Winter Classic related media information – on the Boston Bruins Media Site, www.bostonbruins.com/media.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE: Tim Thomas enters his next game with a personal shutout streak of 172:28 dating back to a Glen Metropolit score at 17:32 of the first period on Nov. 5 in a 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal. He is riding consecutive shutouts for the second time in his career (Oct. 27 &  28, 2008 - 1-0 each at Edmonton and Vancouver, respectively) and is now 59:56 shy of the club record set by “Mr. Zero” Frank Brimsek (231:54 minutes).

THEY SAID IT…
Goaltender Tim Thomas, after Thursday’s 1-0 shootout loss to the Panthers…
“I’ve said this a million times, when you win a shootout you feel too good about yourself and when you lose a shootout you feel too bad about yourself. We played a pretty good game.”

BOSTONBRUINS.COM/MEDIA: The Bruins have launched a media-only section of their website, www.BostonBruins.com/media. This password-protected site, which will be updated by the Bruins Communications staff daily, will be the online home for all relevant Boston Bruins media information. To obtain a username and password for the site, please see a member of the Bruins Communications Staff.

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE: Please call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

AROUND TOWN:
WHAT: Bruins I.C.E. School Visit Presented by AT&T
Bruins forward, Blake Wheeler is visiting the Beethoven Elementary School in West Roxbury to teach an I.C.E. School lesson, speak on the importance of education, and sign autographs for the children in attendance. This season the Boston Bruins introduced their comprehensive educational program, “Bruins I.C.E. (I Can Excel) School” presented by AT&T, in classrooms statewide.  “Bruins I.C.E. School” features six separate academic divisions including Health & Fitness, French, Geography, Math, Reading and Science, with grade appropriate curriculums ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade. All of the subject materials incorporate hockey and the Bruins into lesson plans that fall within Massachusetts’s framework guidelines. Each academic subject consists of five complete lesson plans that follow the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).
WHERE: Beethoven Elementary School, 5125 Washington St; West Roxbury, MA 02132
WHEN: Tuesday, November 17 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Blake Wheeler

WHAT: Turkey Sorting at the Greater Boston Food Bank
The Boston Bruins are heading to the Greater Boston Food Bank to participate in their annual turkey sorting. The players will spend the afternoon taking a tour of the new facility and help sort turkeys that have been donated to help feed the underprivileged during Thanksgiving.
WHERE: Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
WHEN: Tuesday, November 17 from 2:30p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHAT: P.A.S.S. in Partnership with TD Bank
P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) is a 10 clinic series conducted by the Boston Bruins and sponsored by TD Bank.  P.A.S.S.  focuses on teaching youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12 basic hockey skills. All participants receive a P.A.S.S.  jersey and a gift bag filled with an equipment bag tag, water bottle and two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game. TD Bank also presents each hosting youth hockey organization with a $1000 donation.
WHERE: Waterville Valley Ice Skating Arena, 6 Village Road, Waterville Valley, NH 03215
WHEN: Wednesday, November 18, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Tommy Songin

WHAT: Boston Common Frog Pond Opening
To kick off the winter skating season, the Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls are celebrating the opening of the Boston Common Frog Pond. They will be skating and taking photos with the children and families in attendance.
WHEN: Thursday, November 19 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Boston Common, 84 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: Viewing Party with 98.5 The Sports Hub
Bruins fans are invited cheer on the B's with their fellow fans as they take on the Thrashers for the second Bruins Viewing Party of the 2009-10 season. There will be giveaways, raffles and a Bruins themed menu.
WHEN: Thursday, November 19 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hard Rock Café, 22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: Bourne Youth Hockey Mite In-house League Kickoff
Bruins alumni Tommy Songin, the Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team will help kickoff the start of the Bourne Mite in-house youth hockey season by assisting with practice, running cross ice games and hosting a free raffle
WHERE: Gallo Arena Ice Skating Rink; 231 Sandwich Rd, Bourne, MA 02532
WHEN: Thursday, November 19 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin, the Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team

“COMMUNITY CAPTAIN” PRESENTED BY THE LOTTERY:
During each Boston Bruins home game, a member of the local community is acknowledged for their contributions as the “Community Captain” of the game. The Community Captain receives four complimentary game tickets to a Bruins home game where they will be recognized on the TD Garden HDX (video scoreboard). They will also receive a Boston Bruins Prize Pack.

Here are the Community Captains who will be recognized during this week’s home games:

November 16: Keri-Anne Allan
On Monday, November 16 during the Bruins/Islanders game Keri-Anne Allan will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain. Keri has coached hockey for 11 season and is currently coaching the Wizards Girls U10 team. She has been involved with Massachusetts Hockey for eight years and for the past three years has held the 3rd Vice President seat. In Massachusetts Hockey organization, Keri wears many different hats including directing the John Cunniff Massachusetts Hockey Development Camp to her latest effort which includes implementing the new USA Hockey American Development Model throughout the state.

2ND ANNUAL BRUINS HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT: The B’s are returning to the Haverhill Valley Forum to host the second annual “Boston Bruins Holiday Tournament” from Sunday, December 27 through Wednesday, December 30. The event will feature Mite and Squirt squads playing in a minimum of three games over a four-day period. As an added bonus, each team will have the opportunity to win a team set of tickets to the 2010 NHL/Bridgestone Winter Classic between the Bruins and Flyers at Fenway Park on January 1, 2010. Check out www.bostonbruins.com for more info.

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, November 14 (Pittsburgh, PA/ Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Mellon Arena 7:30 p.m. local
-Depart for Boston, MA

Sunday, November 15 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

Monday November 16 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. New York Islanders, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. local

Tuesday, November 17 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, November 18 (Wilmington, MA/Atlanta, GA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Depart for Atlanta, GA

Thursday, November 19 (Atlanta, GA/Buffalo, NY)
-Game vs. Atlanta Thrashers, Philips Arena, 7:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Buffalo, NY

Friday, November 20 (Buffalo, NY)
-Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, HSBC Arena, 7:30 p.m. local
-Depart for Boston, MA

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. This week Funayama will bring you backstage at the Comics Come Home event, hear Marco Sturm’s take on the fall of the Berlin Wall and bring you highlights of all the Bruins games in the past week. 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 6:00 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.

HOCKEY SHOW PROGRAMMING NOTE: Due to the Bruins travel schedule, The Hockey Show will air on Thursday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m., instead of it’s regular Wednesday time slot.

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
101.7 FM WFNX
7:30 a.m. Andrew Ference with “The Sandbox”

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

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
12:30 p.m. Bruins guest of the week with “Tanguay 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”

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (As of Friday, November 13th):

2009 REGULAR SEASON

Goals
1. P. Bergeron, 6
T2. M. Savard, 4
T2. B. Wheeler, 4
T2. M. Hunwick, 4

Assists
T1. Z. Chara, 8
T1. D. Morris, 8
3. S. Begin, 7
4. P. Bergeron, 6

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 12
T2. S. Begin, 9
T2. D. Morris, 9
T2. Z. Chara, 9

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +6
2. M. Sturm, +4
T3. S. Begin, +2
T3. B. Bitz, +2

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 42
2. Z. Chara, 38
3. M. Stuart, 17
4. B. Marchand, 16
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