B’S WISH PATRIOTS GOOD LUCK IN SUPER BOWL XLVI: Head Coach Claude Julien and various Bruins players took the time to wish the New England Patriots good luck in the Super Bowl this Sunday. Check out the team’s video message (at right).
BIG WEEK IN THE COMMUNITY: Multiple Bruins players will be making appearances in the Greater Boston community on Monday and Thursday of next week. On Monday, David Krejci
will stop by Riverdale Elementary School in Dedham as part the school’s Jump Rope for Heart program, Benoit Pouliot
and Tuukka Rask
will visit Tufts Medical Center in Boston’s cardiac unit to spend time with children hospitalized there, and Johnny Boychuk
and Joe Corvo
will host a one hour floor hockey clinic for the Special Olympics at the Jackson Mann Community Center in Allston.
On Thursday, Chris Kelly
will visit the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to participate in a game of Goalball, Zdeno Chara
will visit the Cunningham School in Milton, who won last year’s PJ Drive by collecting the most pajamas of any school participating in the PJ Drive, and Steven Kampfer and Zach Hamill
will host an on-ice hockey clinic at Simoni Rink in Cambridge, MA.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins close out their three-game homestand on Saturday, February 4 when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 1:00 p.m. at the TD Garden. The Pens are 8-1-0 in their last nine games and have climbed to fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Following the game against Pittsburgh, the Bruins will travel to DC to face the Capitals on Super Bowl Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Black & Gold will head back to Boston before traveling to Buffalo for a 7:30 p.m. bout with the Sabres on Wednesday and then round out the week with their lone meeting of the season against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, February 11 at the TD Garden.
Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will call the two Saturday games on NESN while the NBC Sports Network will televise the games on Sunday against Washington and Wednesday against Buffalo. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties. Start times for the games are as follows:
2/4 vs. PIT, 1:00 p.m. ET
2/5 at WSH, 12:30 p.m. ET
2/8 at BUF, 7:30 p.m. ET
2/11 vs. NSH, 1:00 p.m. ET
RADIO BROADCAST NOTE: Due to the Patriots playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday, the Bruins/Capitals game will be moved to 100.7 FM WZLX.
110 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins/Hurricanes game on Thursday, February 2 the Bruins have now sold out their last 110 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than 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).
CASINO NIGHT: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the second "Boston Bruins Casino Night" on Sunday, February 12, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The State Room (60 State Street, Boston, MA 02109). Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to play a variety of casino games with their favorite Bruins players. To purchase tickets or for additional information, email email@example.com or call 617-624-1981.
BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): The TOTW action heated up on Thursday night, but the late push from the press wasn’t enough to oust @BrianZechello, who held on for his first career ‘W’ after a tweet sent during the All-Star Skills Competition relay.
@BrianZechello: “Mini nets. That must have been what the net looked like for the Sedins last year in the Cup final”
And here are this week’s Honorable Mentions, in no particular order:
@TheBruinsBlog: “The attempts of @DJ_Bean to win TOTW tonight reminds me of Tim Wakefield going for 200 #pathetic”
@TheBruinsBlog: “Derek Joslin scratched for Hurricanes. Bruins fans demand refund.”
@DJ_Bean: “Lot of people telling me I sold out with easy Gronk TOTW. Listen, good bands need to put singles on their albums so they can make more albums.”
@ESPNJoeyMac: “My last TOTW came exactly one year ago today. It's sad, really. Bean's lid is distracting my ability to tweet effectively”
@HacksWithHaggs: “I’m going to put the unsolved mystery of why the Bruins can’t beat the Hurricanes up there w/ Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and Area 51”
2011-12 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 3 (Week 4, Week 5, Week 10)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 3 (Week 3, Week 8, Week 11)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN.com), 3 (Week 6, Week 14, Week 15)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 2 (Week 2, Week 13)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 2 (Week 1, Week 16)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), 1 (Week 7)
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 9)
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), 1 (Week 12)
@Brian Zechello (Brian Zechello, NESN), 1 (Week 17)
MIDSEASON TOTW HARDWARE:
Here is a breakdown of the TOTW Trophy races as we hit the halfway point in the season:
HART (MOST VALUABLE): @GlobeFluto, @TheBruinsBlog and @DJ_Bean
Both Shinzawa and Kalman have been as consistent as they come this season, tied atop the TOTW leaderboard through 17 weeks and routinely placing in the honorable mention category. Both were pegged to contend for the TOTW title before the season began and thus far have lived up to their billing. Last year’s reigning champ @DJ_Bean has fought off the TOTW Cup hangover and is lurking one behind the leaders. He will likely be in the championship mix come the end of the season.
7TH PLAYER (PERFORMING ABOVE AND BEYOND EXPECTATIONS): @douglasflynn and @ScottIsaacs
Not many prognosticators had NESN.com’s @douglasflynn tied for the TOTW lead through 17 weeks at the beginning of the season. Nonetheless, he has emerged as a solid contributor that has been tweeting like a top liner. WCVB’s @ScottIsaacs was an intriguing pick heading into this year. No one could know for sure how he would he respond to what he felt was a major snub in the Eastern Conference Finals last year. He could have easily packed it in and faltered, but the exact opposite has happened and he is right in the mix.
LADY BYNG (EXHIBITING SPORTSMANSHIP AND GENTLEMANLY CONDUCT COMBINED WITH A HIGH STANDARD OF TWEETING ABILITY): @LoftusAtLedger, @NaokoFunayama, @kluedeke29 and @RochieWBZ
While heated back-and-forth arguments and chirps in the Twittersphere have become commonplace, this group has always stayed above the fray and exhibited the sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct that one would expect from the Lady Byng finalists. Providing entertaining, meaningful insight while not getting involved in virtual verbal spats with their fellow media members and fans, Loftus, Funayama, Luedeke and Roche play the game in an exemplary fashion.
CALDER (ROOKIE OF THE YEAR): @RealJackEdwards and @BrianZechello
NESN’s Jack Edwards and Brian Zechello may be new to the Twitter game this year but they are carrying themselves like multi-year veterans. The sky is the limit with these two and followers everywhere are excited about the skill-set and upside they possess.
SELKE (TOP TWO-WAY TWEETER): @RearAdBsBlog and @ToucherandRich
Few bridge the gap between sports commentary and lifestyle commentary better than Barstool Sports’ Brian McGonagle and 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich. Whether it be analyzing the latest Bruins game or talking about the hot button pop culture topic du’jour, followers can always count on @RearAdBsBlog and @ToucherandRich for entertaining insight on a wide variety of topics.
The award winners will be announced in the final Week Ahead at the end of the Bruins season.
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, February 16, 2012
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their sixth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on February 1. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes on all players in the Bruins system and features on Alexander Khokhlachev
, Alexander Fallstrom
and Kevan Miller
, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 1/31/12):
P-BRUINS WITH POINTS IN FIVE STRAIGHT: Providence has climbed back to .500 at 20-20-5 after taking points in their last five games heading into the All-Star Break with a 4-0-1 mark. The P-Bruins have been off since January 25 for the AHL All-Star break and will resume action on Friday, February 3 when they host the Springfield Falcons.
ARNIEL NETS TWO: In the P-Bruins’ January 22nd contest against the Springfield Falcons, forward Jamie Arniel
scored his third and fourth goals of the season and his first since January 7th. He scored early in the first period, giving his team momentum and a 2-0 lead after the 1st. Arniel scored again in the second, contributing to the P-Bruins 4-3 victory over Springfield.
GOTHBERG, FORCE WIN NINE STRAIGHT: Zane Gothberg
won all nine games during Fargo’s recent nine game winning streak from December 30 – January 26. During the nine-game win streak Gothberg picked up two shutouts and surrendered just 13 goals. Fargo outscored their opposition during this stretch 43-13. After a sluggish start, the Force have surged to fourth place in the USHL’s Western Conference with a 19-15-3 record. Gothberg meanwhile ranks in the top four in the USHL in goaltender wins (4th, 15), save percentage (2nd, .914) and goals against average (3rd, 2.42).
TREMBLAY STREAKING: Clarkson Golden Knights forward Nick Tremblay
has a six-game point streak in progress with four goals and six assists over that span. The streak began on 1/7 and has continued through 1/28. He tallied a career high four points during Clarkson’s 4-3 win over St. Lawrence on 1/21.
HAMILTON NEARS RETURN: Niagara IceDogs defenseman Dougie Hamilton
has served seven games of a 10-game suspension for his hit on Sudbury’s Michael MacDonald back on January 13. Hamilton, who is expected to return Feb. 11 against Barrie, leads all OHL defensemen with 50 points (13-37=50).
MEDIA AND FAN INFO LINE: The Boston Bruins Fan Information Line (617.624.1910) has been experiencing intermittent problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. The practice and availability schedules can always be confirmed on BostonBruins.com.OFF THE ICE...
SAVVY’S SUITE: Starting Thursday, January 12 through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season, B’s forward Marc Savard
will host a luxury suite at the TD Garden for pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Boston with a focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint.
BOSTON BRUINS ICE GIRLS: BostonBruins.com 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 BostonBruins.com.
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 BostonBruins.com/full60. Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Check out a preview on bostonbruins.com/full60.
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.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(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, February 4 (Boston, MA/Washington, DC)
-Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 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
-Travel to Washington, DC
Sunday, February 5 (Washington DC/Bedford, MA)
-Bruins vs. Washington Capitals, Verizon Center, 12:30 p.m. (601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20059)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NBCSP (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Monday, February 6 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. This session is closed to the public.
Tuesday, February 7 (Wilmington, MA/Buffalo, NY)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
Wednesday, February 8 (Buffalo, NY/Bedford, MA)
-Morning Skate, First Niagara Center, 11:30 a.m. (1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203)
-Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, First Niagara Center, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NBCSP (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Thursday, February 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 p.m. (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
Friday, February 10 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. This session is closed to the public.AROUND TOWN...
WHAT: BRUINS FIFTH ANNUAL “PJ DRIVE” PRESENTED BY AT&T
Beginning Tuesday, February 1, the Boston Bruins, Cradles to Crayons and AT&T are teaming up to host the Fifth Annual PJ Drive for Massachusetts' children in need. Throughout the month of February, Bruins’ fans, families, schools and corporations are encouraged to donate new, unused pajamas for underprivileged children statewide. Fans can drop off pajamas at 77 AT&T retail store locations throughout New England. This year, AT&T is offering fans the chance to text a $5 donation to help support the Bruins PJ Drive. Fans can text PJ to 27722 and be automatically entered to win a chance to shop for PJ’s with a Boston Bruins player in February. Texting contest ends February 5, 2012. On Saturday, February 11, Boston Bruins will be hosting their in-game collection during the Bruins/Predators game at 1 :00 p.m. In addition to helping children in need, fans choosing to participate will receive a raffle ticket for each pair of pajamas donated for the chance to win Boston Bruins team autographed memorabilia.
WHEN: Collection begins Tuesday, February 1; Texting contest ends Sunday, February 5; In-game collection will take place on Sunday, February 11
WHERE: At select AT&T retail store locations throughout New England. Visit www.bostonbruins.com for the list of locations and the TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
WHAT: JUMP ROPE FOR HEART I.C.E. SCHOOL VISIT PRESENTED BY AT&T
Bruins forward David Krejci
will visit the Riverdale Elementary School in Dedham, MA to assist with the Jump Rope for Heart school visit. The Jump Rope for Heart school visits aim to engage elementary and middle school students with jumping rope while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart-health issues.
WHEN: Monday, February 6 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Riverdale Elementary School 143 Needham Street, Dedham, MA 02026
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: David Krejci
WHAT: TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER VISIT
On Monday, February 6, Bruins Beniot Pouliot and Tuukka Rask
will be visiting Tufts Medical Center to help raise awareness for the American Heart Association. They will be spending time with children in the cardiac unit of the hospital participating in arts and crafts projects, signing autographs, and taking photos.
WHEN: Monday, February 6 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02111
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Benoit Pouliot
, Tuukka Rask
WHAT: SPECIAL OLYMPICS STREET HOCKEY CLINIC
On Monday, February 6, as part of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative, Bruins Johnny Boychuk
and Joe Corvo
will host a one-hour floor hockey clinic and scrimmage for a group of athletes from East Boston High School who participate in the Special Olympics Street Hockey Program. The NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative provides support to developmental ice hockey and street hockey programs as a positive and meaningful outlet for children and young teens to learn, compete, and grow.
WHEN: Monday, February 6 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Jackson Mann Community Center, 40 Armington Street, Allston, MA 02134
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Johnny Boychuk
, Joe Corvo
WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS VIEWING PARTY
The Boston Bruins and the Hard Rock Cafe Boston (22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109) will host a viewing party on Wednesday, February 8 for B’s fans to unite and watch as the Bruins take on the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. The free event is open to all ages. The Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls will be mingling with fans, taking photos and signing autographs. Bruins fans will also have the chance to win autographed team memorabilia. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 8, doors open at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe Boston, 22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls
WHAT: GOALBALL VISIT TO PERKINS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
As part of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative Bruins forward Chris Kelly
will visit the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to participate in a game of Goalball. Goalball is a team sport designed for athletes who are vision impaired. The balls contain embedded bells that allow the athletes to use their audio senses to judge the movement and position of the ball as they attempt to throw it into the opposing team’s goal. Following the game, players will sign autographs and take photos with the students. The NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative provides support to developmental ice hockey and street hockey programs as a positive and meaningful outlet for children and young teens to learn, compete, and grow.
WHEN: Thursday, February 9 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Chris Kelly
WHAT: PJ DRIVE SCHOOL VISIT
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara
will be visiting the Cunningham School as part of the Boston Bruins PJ Drive. Last year, the Cunningham School collected 1,203 pajamas, the second most ever collected by one school. Last year, the school collected the most PJs of any other school that participated in the PJ Drive. For their efforts, they won a school visit by Zdeno Chara
Throughout the month of February, Bruins’ fans, families, schools and corporations are encouraged to donate new, unused pajamas for underprivileged children statewide. Fans can drop off pajamas at 77 AT&T retail store locations throughout New England. This year, AT&T is offering fans the chance to text a $5 donation to help support the Bruins PJ Drive. Fans can text PJ to 27722 and be automatically entered to win a chance to shop for PJ’s with Bruins forward Milan Lucic
in February. Texting contest ends February 5, 2012.
WHEN: Thursday, February 9 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Cunningham School, 44 Edge Hill Road, Milton, MA 02186
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Zdeno Chara
WHAT: WARRIOR CLINIC
The Boston Bruins and Warrior Hockey have partnered to host six on-ice sessions as part of the “Warrior Clinic Series” throughout New England this season. Each clinic features two hours of on-ice instruction led by Boston Bruins Alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The sessions will focus on developing player’s individual offensive and defensive games, while also improving overall team play. Each participant will receive a gift bag, a jersey and raffle ticket for the chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and Warrior hockey gear. Bruins Zach Hamill
and Steven Kampfer will host the first scheduled clinic with the Cambridge Boys and Girls Mites Youth Hockey.
WHEN: Thursday, February 9 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Simoni Rink, 155 Gore Street, Cambridge MA 02141
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Zach Hamill
, Steven Kampfer
WHAT: CASINO NIGHT
The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the second “Boston Bruins Casino Night” on Sunday, February 12 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to play Craps, Double Roulette, Blackjack, Texas Hold 'Em, and Wheel of Fortune with their favorite Bruins players including Zdeno Chara
, Patrice Bergeron
, Nathan Horton
, Milan Lucic
, Tim Thomas
and the rest of the Bruins 2011 –12 roster. Fans can choose between two ticket options: VIP or General Admission. The $250 VIP ticket guarantees fans early entry into the player lounge before doors open to the General Admission ticket holders and the opportunity to interact with the players in an intimate setting at 5:00 p.m. The General Admission ticket, which costs $150, provides admittance into the party at 6:00 p.m. where fans can gamble at the tables hosted by current players. To purchase tickets or for additional information, Bruins fans should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-624-1981.
WHEN: Sunday, February 12 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: The State Room, 60 State Street, Boston, MA 02109
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: The 2011 –12 Boston Bruins roster BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, February 3)
1. T. Seguin, 19
T2. M. Lucic, 18
T2. B. Marchand, 18
4. N. Horton, 17
5. P. Bergeron, 15
T1. P. Bergeron, 28
T1. D. Krejci, 28
3. R. Peverley, 26
4. T. Seguin, 24
T5. Z. Chara and M. Lucic, 21
T1. T. Seguin, 43
T1. P. Bergeron, 43
T3. M. Lucic, 39
T3. D. Krejci, 39
5. B. Marchand, 35
1. T. Seguin, +30
2. Z. Chara, +24
T3. P. Bergeron, +23
T3. C. Kelly, +23
5. J. Boychuk, +22
1. S. Thornton, 95
2. M. Lucic, 90
3. B. Marchand, 77
4. A. McQuaid, 58
5. G. Campbell, 56
BRUINS 2011-12 STARS:Zdeno Chara
, Hardest Shot Champion, 108.8 MPHZdeno Chara
, Tim Thomas
, Tyler Seguin
, NHL All-StarsZdeno Chara
, NHL All-Star Captain
Claude Julien, Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis, Geoff Ward, NHL All-Star Coaching Staff of Team CharaBrad 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.