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Boston Bruins Week Ahead

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

JULIEN, ASSISTANTS TO COACH ALL-STARS: Claude Julien and the Bruins coaching staff of Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis and Geoff Ward will head to Ottawa to coach one of the two NHL All-Star teams.

“I think it’s the fact you have an opportunity to coach the elite players of the league and the guys who get voted on,” said Julien after learning of the announcement on Friday. “You see a different side of players – the whole experience is a good one. The fact that it’s in my hometown is an added bonus, you have your friends and family around – it will be fun.”

The All-Star Game will be played in Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place on Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m. ET.

CATCH NHL 36: PATRICE BERGERON: NHL Original Productions cameras joined the Bruins' alternate captain at 7:30 a.m., ET, Tuesday, December 27 and followed him for 36 hours as Bergeron participated in team practices, traveled with teammates to Arizona and prepared for Boston's 2-1 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday, December 28.

“NHL 36: Patrice Bergeron” originally aired Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS). It will re-air on the NBC Sports Network on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1 a.m. It also will air in the United States and Canada on NHL Network™ on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins have 10 games on their docket in the next 18 days leading up to the NHL All Star Break beginning with their Saturday matinee tilt against the Canucks. Vancouver Head Coach Alain Vigneault announced Friday that Marblehead, MA native Cory Schneider will get the start in goal. This marks the first time the two clubs have battled since the B’s defeated Vancouver in seven games during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Like the Bruins, the Canucks have surged after a sluggish start, as Vancouver currently leads the West with 53 points and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.

Following the game with the Canucks, Boston will wrap up their four-game homestand with games against the Jets on January 10 and the Canadiens on January 12. The team will then depart for Raleigh to start a four game road trip through Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay and New Jersey.

Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley will call all four games next week on NESN while the tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle the radio duties for all four contests on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the games are as follows:

01/07 vs. VAN, 1:00 p.m. ET
01/10 vs. WPG, 7:00 p.m. ET
01/12 vs. MTL, 7:00 p.m. ET
01/14 at CAR, 7:00 p.m. ET

1. The Bruins have scored twice as many goals (138) as they’ve given up (69) and lead the league in both categories.
2. In their last four home games, the Bruins have three shutouts and outscored their opponents 23-2.
3. The Bruins have scored 6 or more goals in 11 of their 37 games this season.
4. In Thursday’s 9-0 blanking of the Flames, Tuukka Rask earned his third shutout against in his last four starts and has now allowed just one goal in his last 276:08 of play.
5. The Bruins are 22-0-0 on the season when scoring 3 or more goals

105 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins/Flames game on Thursday, January 5 the Bruins have now sold out their last 105 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began nearly two years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: A lot of competition on the short week with a strong showing from the entire Boston media corps. Probably the toughest decision to make to date this season, but the winner this week is’s @DJ_Bean, who moves up into sole possession of third place in the leaderboard, just one off the pacesetters @TheBruinsBlog and @FlutoShinzawa.

@DJ_Bean after the reason for Marchand’s absence in warmups was announced before Thursday’s game: “There you have it. Flu-like symptoms. Rest easy, Bruins fans. Marchand's alarm clock is on Boston time.”

And here are this week’s Honorable Mentions, in no particular order:

@DJ_Bean: “What's more likely tonight: Iginla's 500th of his career or the Bruins' 500th of the game?”

@Kevinwalshtv (Kevin Walsh, Comcast SportsNet): “DVR set for NHL 36 w Patrice Bergeron. I heard he sleeps A LOT. Not sure that makes for good tv but we'll see”

@smclaughlin9 (Scott McLaughlin, Inside Hockey) noticed Marchand was not on the ice for warmups during Thursday’s game against Calgary and threw in a nice reference to comments Marchand made on NHL 36: “This must be Marchand's punishment for leading that coup d'Chara.”

@douglasflynn (Douglas Flynn, “Zdeno Chara's assist on that last goal was his 300th in his career. Not all 300 have actually come in this game, it just seems that way.”

@douglasflynn “Pretty sure investigation of @DJ_Bean will lead to his being forced to vacate any previous tweets of week. He's the Miami of Bruins tweeters”

@DaleEArnold (Dale Arnold, NESN) “Cue the @MichaelSBerger stat about @NHLBruins leading 7-0 in a game in three... two... one.”

@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, “Garden crowd is chanting "We Want 10!" with the Bruins up 9-0 in the third period against the Flames. This is the Kobra Kai of hockey crowds”

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 3 (Week 4, Week 5, Week 10)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 3 (Week 3, Week 8, Week 11)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean,, 2 (Week 2, Week 13)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 1 (Week 1)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn,, 1 (Week 6)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson,, 1 (Week 7)
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 9)
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), 1 (Week 12)


PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their fourth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on January 2. It can be viewed online at and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes on all players in the Bruins system and features on Zach McKelvie and Ryan Spooner, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 1/6/12):

CAMARA TRADED TO BARRIE COLTS: Forward Anthony Camara was traded Monday, January 2nd from the Saginaw Spirit to the OHL’s Barrie Colts. The Colts acquired Camara and defenseman Ryan O’Connor in the trade in exchange for forward Erick Locke, goaltender Clint Windsor and three second round picks. Camara had seven goals and 19 points so far this season for Saginaw to go along with 76 penalty minutes. The Bruins drafted Camara in the third round (81st overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

B’s PROSPECTS SHINE IN CORNELL VS. CLARKSON BATTLE: Brian Ferlin and Ben Sexton, both Bruins hopefuls, met on December 30th on Clarkson University’s campus where each player contributed two points in their team’s effort. Sexton scored twice that night, once on a power play in the 1st period, and again in the 3rd to put Clarkson within one, however Cornell went on to win the game 5-3. Ferlin assisted on the team’s first goal of the night, and notched a goal for himself in the 2nd period. The Big Red currently rank 13th in the nation in the latest US College Hockey poll, which was released on January 2.

RIENDEAU EN FUEGO: Reading’s Yannick Riendeau is currently riding a seven-game point streak with two goals and seven assists during this span. The streak began on December 16 in a 6-3 win over Wheeling. Riendeau – who was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on April 2, 2009 – is tied for second on the team in goals with eight and third in points with 24.

KNIGHT’S KNIGHTS STILL FIRST IN CHL POLL: The Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights still rank first overall in the latest Canadian Hockey League poll, with a 25-7-0-1 record. B’s draft pick Jared Knight ranks third on the team in scoring with 33 points on 17 goals and 16 assists and leads the team in plus/minus with a +22 rating. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

FAN INFO LINE: The Boston Bruins Media and Fan Information Line (617.624.1910) has been experiencing intermittent problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. The practice schedule can always be confirmed on the and @NHLBruins.

BOSTON BRUINS ICE GIRLS: launched a revamped version of their Ice Girl homepage that now includes animated bios and video. Fans can check out the new features and this year’s Ice Girl squad on

THOMAS STARS IN DISCOVER COMMERCIAL: Discover launched two new national television ads Tuesday, November 1 featuring the popular Peggy character along with Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. Both 30-second spots showcase each player’s frustration as they face some of the challenges consumers face when calling their card’s customer service departments. To see the ad, visit

FULL 60 TO HISTORY: The Bruins official championship season commemorative book Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins is on sale now in the Bruins Proshop, select AT&T retail stores throughout New England and on Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Check out a preview on

CROSS INSURANCE BECOMES FIRST PRACTICE PARTNER: The Boston Bruins announced on October 4 that Cross Insurance will be the first partner of the Bruins practice jerseys. In addition to the practice jerseys Cross Insurance will have a visible presence at the Bruins primary practice facility at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA.

-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Schedule is subject to change. Please check the Bruins Media Website for the latest updates
-All times are local
-Practices at the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.

Saturday, January 7 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, January 8 (Boston, MA)
-No Bruins practice
-Full Team Charity Event “Slice the Ice” at TD Garden, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. local
-See Around Town section above for group breakdowns.

Monday, January 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 10 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Wednesday, January 11 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 12 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, January 13 (Wilmington, MA/ Raleigh, NC)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Travel to Raleigh, NC

The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the second annual ”Slice the Ice” event throughout the afternoon of Sunday, January 8 at the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114). Bruins fans will have the opportunity to skate with alumni and meet the current players. Each session is an hour and a half and includes an open skate on the TD Garden ice, where Bruins fans will be able to take photos at the Bruins goal, on the players’ bench and in the penalty box. The open skate will be followed by a meet and greet with Bruins players and a tour of the Bruins locker room.
WHEN: Sunday, January 8, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. session breakdown below
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 on level 3 in the Gray Walls area
Session 1: from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Benoit Pouliot, Dennis Seidenberg, Shawn Thornton
Session 2: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Gregory Campbell, Joe Corvo, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille
Session 3: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Rich Peverley
Session 4: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Johnny Boychuk, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas
Session 5: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Zach Hamill, Steven Kampfer, Adam McQuaid, Tyler Seguin

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, January 6)
1. T. Seguin, 16
2. B. Marchand, 15
3. M Lucic, 14
4. C. Kelly, 13
5. N. Horton, 12

1. P. Bergeron, 22
2. R. Peverley, 21
3. T. Seguin, 20
4. D. Krejci, 19
5. Z. Chara, 18

1. T. Seguin, 36
2. P. Bergeron, 33
3. B. Marchand, 31
4. M. Lucic, 30
5. D. Krejci, 28

1. T. Seguin, +31
2. B. Marchand, +26
T3. P. Bergeron, +25
T3. Z. Chara, +25
5. C. Kelly, +22

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 63
2. S. Thornton, 61
3. B. Marchand, 60
4. Z. Chara, 49
5. A. McQuaid, 47

Brad Marchand, First Star of the Week (Week ending December 25)
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Month (November)
Tyler Seguin, First Star of the Week (Week ending November 13)

The 2011-2012 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.
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