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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Brown & Friends
MATT BROWN TO DROP CEREMONIAL PUCK: Norwood, MA native Matt Brown will drop the ceremonial first puck before the Bruins/Islanders game on Saturday, where he will debut his new state-of-the-art wheelchair. Through the funds raised at the Matt Brown Gala hosted by the Boston Bruins Foundation and the TD Garden, Matt recently received his new wheelchair, which will allow him mobility while in the upright position. Matt was paralyzed two years ago while playing in a high school hockey game.

INJURY UPDATE: After Friday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien addressed the team’s recent injuries:

Andrew Ference (lower-body):
“Day-to-day is all I’ve been told by my trainers… they just feel it’s a day-to-day situation. I’m not going to rule him out for [Saturday] but won’t know if he’ll be going also.”

Johnny Boychuk (mild concussion):
“He’s had some good skates lately, so I guess right now it’s just waiting to hear from our doctors – whether he’s cleared all those protocols he has to go through and if he doesn’t, we’ll be ready to put him back in at some point. I can’t say more than today, what I’m told, it’s day-to-day. How is he doing today? He’s better, but we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

Rich Peverley (MCL sprain):
“As far as I know, yeah,” Julien said when asked if Peverley is on track to return in 4-6 weeks. “It’s 4-6 weeks, so there’s a little bit of leverage there.”

UPCOMING GAMES: After returning from a six-game road trip on February 25, the Bruins are currently in the midst of a three-game homestand. They will wrap up the games at the Garden this Saturday, March 3 when they take on the New York Islanders. Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau will face their former team after being acquired in a trade with the Islanders on the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, February 27.

Following Saturday’s game, the Bruins will leave on a short two-game road trip, stopping in New York and Toronto before returning home for two additional games.

On Sunday, the Bruins hope to close the gap in the Eastern Conference, currently held by the Rangers with 88 points. The Bruins trail by nine points, coming in at the top of the Northeast Division with 79 total points. The game will be broadcasted on NBC and is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. ET. To conclude the road trip, the B’s will visit Toronto to meet with former teammate Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs.

After their stint on the road, the Bruins will return home to face Buffalo on Thursday, March 8th and Washington in a Saturday matinee on the 10th. The team will try to avenge their last meeting with Buffalo, a 2-1 shootout loss last Friday, and replicate their last performance against the Capitals, a 4-1 win on Super Bowl Sunday.

Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will call four of five games next week on NESN (NBC has the Sunday game against the Rangers) while the tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the upcoming games are as follows:

3/3 vs. NYI, 1:00 p.m. ET
3/4 at NYR, 12:30 p.m. ET
3/6 at TOR, 7:00 p.m. ET
3/8 vs. BUF, 7:00 p.m. ET
3/10 vs. WSH, 1:00 p.m. ET

BRUINS/BLUESHIRTS ON NBC: This Sunday, March 4th, the Bruins/Rangers game in New York will be televised on NBC and will start at 12:30 p.m. ET.

116 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins latest home game the Bruins have now sold out their last 116 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).

1. David Krejci’s hat trick last night was the team’s third of the season (Seguin, Marchand) which matches Boston’s number of Gordie Howe hat tricks (Campbell, Chara, Lucic).

2. The Bruins are one of only two teams with a perfect mark when leading after the second period at 25-0-0 (Washington, 19-0-0)

3. Thursday night’s win over New Jersey was the Bruins’ league-best seventh win when trailing after the second period. The Black & Gold now have a league-high .292 win percentage in that situation

4. Boston’s +35 third period goal differential is better than the overall differential of all but five other teams (Detroit, Vancouver, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh, St. Louis).

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): Week 21 turned out to be a tough one for the TOTW candidates, not a whole lot that captured the committee’s attention. However as they say, at the end of the day all that matters is the ‘w,’ which this week belongs to Brian Zechello of NESN:

@BrianZechello (Brian Zechello, NESN): just saw new Bruin Greg Zanon...there is now a Big Zee, Wide Z and Bald Z traveling with the team. #guesswhichonecantskate

And here are this week’s honorable mentions, one of which belongs to a national writer because the pool was so thin.

@wyshynski (Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo! Sports, Puck Daddy Blog): Today is anti-bullying day and the Flyers and Bruins are both off. Nothing gets past the NHL ...

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog): Depending on your age demographic, Rolston replacing Seguin on that line might make it prettier #Bruins

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 4 (Week 4, Week 5, Week 10, Week 20)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 3 (Week 3, Week 8, Week 11)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn,, 3 (Week 6, Week 14, Week 15)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean,, 2 (Week 2, Week 13)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 2 (Week 1, Week 16)
@Brian Zechello (Brian Zechello, NESN), 2 (Week 17, Week 21)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson,, 1 (Week 7)
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 9)
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), 1 (Week 12)
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty,, 1 (Week 18)
@RearAdBsBlog (Brian McGonagle, Barstool Sports), 1 (Week 19)

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their sixth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on February 29. 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 Max Sauve and Rob O’Gara, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 2/29/12):

HAMILTON HEATS UP: Since returning from his suspension on Feb. 12th, Niagara defenseman Dougie Hamilton has powered the IceDogs offense with four goals and nine assists in a seven-game point streak. His most prolific effort came on Feb. 26th, when he scored two goals and two assists in a 9-3 win over the Kingston Frontenacs. The IceDogs star defenseman leads all OHL blueliners with 63 points (17-46-63).

KOKO ON FIRE IN FEBRUARY: Alexander Khokhlachev of the Windsor Spitfires recorded a five point night on February 26th, contributing to an 8-6 win over Sudbury. Koko capitalized on the power play in the second and third periods, netting a goal in each. He assisted on three goals that night to solidify the Spitfires’ victory. Khokhlachev also had a multi-point night on February 18th, scoring two goals to send his team into overtime, where they lost 5-4 to the Owen Sound Attack. The 18-year-old center now has 67 points on the season.

CAMPER CREATES: Carter Camper had a week of firsts, recording his first professional career hat trick and first NHL goal.  On February 19 Camper had a multi-point night, contributing three goals against the Connecticut Whale for a 4-3 win.  Camper was recalled to Boston on February 21st and joined the team for the rest of their 11-day road trip.  Fortunately enough, on February 25 he recorded his first NHL goal during the Bruins 5-3 win. Once the Bruins returned from the road trip Camper was reassigned to Providence on February 27.

SAUVE CALLED UP: Max Sauve rejoined the P-Bruins in February after being sidelined with a concussion and is currently on a four game point streak with the club. He has recorded points in four consecutive games on 2/19, 2/24, 2/25 and 2/26. Sauve had a multi-point night on Feb. 24th, contributing one goal and one assist to aid his team in a 5-3 victory over the Worcester Sharks. Sauve received his first NHL career recall on February 27 when he was recalled to the Boston Bruins and appeared at the team’s practice the following day.

HUTCHINSON HALTS TO SHUTOUT:  On February 17 Michael Hutchinson earned his first shutout of the season.  The P-Bruins blanked the Hershey Bears for a 6-0 victory.  Hutchinson was flawless, stopping all 23 of Hershey’s attempts.  Providence faced Worcester on February 24th and rallied to defeat the Sharks 5-3, with Hutchinson stopping 42 of 45 shots.

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

SAVVY’S SUITE: Since 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: 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

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, March 3 (Boston, MA/Newark, NJ)
-Bruins vs. New York Islanders, 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 New York, NY

Sunday, March 4 (New York, NY/Toronto, ON)
-Bruins vs. New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, 12:30 p.m. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NBC (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Toronto, ON

Monday, March 5 (Toronto, ON)
-Practice TBD

Tuesday, March 6 (Toronto, ON/Boston, MA)
-Bruins Morning Skate, Air Canada Centre, 11:30 a.m. (40 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2X2)
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Wednesday, March 7 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)

Thursday, March 8 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, March 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)

On Saturday, March 5, Matt Brown will participate in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the start of the Bruins/Islanders game at 1:00 p.m. where he will debut his new state-of-the-art wheelchair. Through the funds raised at the Matt Brown Gala hosted by the Boston Bruins Foundation and the TD Garden, Matt recently received his new wheelchair, which will allow him mobility while in the upright position. Matt will be joined on the ice by Bruins captain, Zdeno Chara, Executive Director of the Bruins Foundation Bob Sweeney, Vice President of Business Development for Journey Forward Dan Cummings, and Matt's father, Mike Brown.  Matt was paralyzed two years ago while playing in a high school hockey game.

After dropping the puck, Matt has his sights set on a new challenge. He will be participating in this year’s Boston Marathon on April 16, with the help of his good friend and Army Ranger Lucas Carr. The pair recently took part in the Hyannis Marathon, where Carr pushed Brown from beginning to end and crossed the finish line in the time necessary to qualify for the upcoming Boston Marathon. Brown and Carr will join the Boston Bruins marathon team to raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation.
WHEN: Saturday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Bruins Foundation Executive Director Bob Sweeney

The Boston Bruins and the Hard Rock Cafe Boston (22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109) will host a viewing party on Tuesday, March 6 for B’s fans to unite and watch as the Bruins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 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, March 6, 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

On Thursday, March 8, the Boston Bruins are teaming up with the March of Dimes to host "Bruins for Babies Night," during their game against the Buffalo Sabres at 7:00 p.m. March of Dimes volunteers and supporters in attendance will participate in a variety of activities throughout the evening including Zamboni rides, a chance to watch warm-ups from the Boston Bruins bench and an opportunity to greet the team as they head out of the locker room to take the ice for the game. All in-game fundraising activities, as well as proceeds from the 50/50 raffle, will benefit the March of Dimes and their "March for Babies" taking place on May 7 in Boston. The money raised through “March for Babies” will support lifesaving research, community services, education and advocacy that helps babies get a healthy start.
WHEN: Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
1. B. Marchand, 22
T2. M. Lucic, 21
T2. T. Seguin, 21
4. P. Bergeron, 19
5. N. Horton, 17

1. P. Bergeron, 34
T2. R. Peverley, 29
T2. T. Seguin, 29
T4. Z. Chara, 28
T4. D. Krejci, 28

1. P. Bergeron, 53
2. T. Seguin, 50
3. M. Lucic, 46
4. D. Krejci, 44
5. B. Marchand, 43

1. T. Seguin, +33
2. P. Bergeron, +29
T3. Z. Chara, +24
T3. B. Marchand, +24
5. C. Kelly, +22

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 127
2. M. Lucic, 113
3. A. McQuaid, 93
4. B. Marchand, 79
5. Z. Chara, 72

BRUINS 2011-12 STARS...
Zdeno Chara, Hardest Shot Champion, 108.8 MPH
Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, NHL All-Stars
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star Captain
Claude Julien, Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis, Geoff Ward, NHL All-Star Coaching Staff of Team Chara
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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