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Bruins Week Ahead: 03.04 - 03.11

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


LUCKY 7: The victory over Tampa Bay Thursday night was Boston’s seventh in a row and catapulted the B’s into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference with 83 points, just three shy of the conference-leading Flyers. The seven-game run is the Bruins longest such streak since a ten-game win streak from December 12, 2008 - January 1, 2009. 

Up next are the Pittsburgh Penguins, who currently sit fourth in the standings with 81 points (TD Garden, 7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Black & Gold will then visit Montreal for a Tuesday night tilt in Quebec before having back-to-back games on Thursday at home against the Sabres and Friday on the road in Long Island.

BERGERON OUT: Patrice Bergeron missed practice on Friday for personal reasons and will not play on Saturday against the Penguins. Bergeron leads the Bruins in scoring with 50 points on 21 goals and 29 assists. Tyler Seguin is expected to replace Bergeron in the lineup. 

KAMPFER TOO: Steven Kampfer will also miss Saturday’s game with a mild concussion he sustained during the Bruins/Lightning game on Thursday. 

B’S/LIGHTNING MOST WATCHED GAME THIS YEAR: Thursday's Bruins game against Tampa Bay on NESN earned a 4.6 household rating in the Boston DMA according to Nielsen, which is NESN's best Bruins game rating so far this season. NESN's previous best this season was a 4.3 HH rating on February 9th when the Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 8-6.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE: Of the 23 players in the NHL who have scored 25 or more goals this season, Milan Lucic is the only one with 5 or more fighting majors. Lucic scored his 28th goal on Thursday against Tampa and recorded his fifth fighting major.

MINOR LEAGUE MOVES: Goaltender Michael Hutchinson has returned to the Providence Bruins from Reading of the ECHL while goaltender Nolan Schaefer was loaned to the Hershey Bears. Hutchinson compiled a 9-4-4 record in Reading and owns a 10-8-1 record with Providence. Schaefer went 9-16-1 in 30 appearances this year for the P-Bruins.

NOTABLES FROM THURSDAY…
- Claude Julien coached his 310th game behind the Boston bench moving into a tie with Lynn Patrick in sixth place on the team’s all-time games coached list.
- Mark Recchi played his 1,635th NHL game, moving into a tie with Scott Stevens in sixth place on the NHL’s list of all-time games played.
- David Krejci had an assist  which was his 200th career NHL & Bruins point.

61 AND COUNTING… After Thursday’s capacity crowd at the Garden, the Bruins have now sold out 61 straight games (regular season and postseason, does not include Winter Classic at Fenway or 2010 Premiere Game in Prague). The Bruins sold out every regular and postseason game during the 2010 calendar year, the first time the organization has done so since the 1972 calendar year.

DARTH QUAIDER: Defenseman Adam McQuaid (nicknamed “Darth Quaider” by fellow blueliner Andrew Ference) currently leads the league in plus/minus with a +27 rating.

FIGHT CLUB: Milan Lucic’s goal and fight against Tampa Bay marked the seventh time this season that any Bruin registered a goal and a fight in the same game, and the Bruins are 7-0-0 in those games. The B’s are now 23-9-4 when any Bruin fights, and they have dropped the gloves against 22 teams this season. Their 60 fighting majors are the third most in the NHL, and on Saturday they welcome the league leaders in fights, the Pittsburgh Penguins, to the TD Garden. Pittsburgh has 64 fights this season, including four against the Bruins. On November 10, a 7-4 Boston win over Pittsburgh, Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Adam McQuaid all fought. The Bruins are much more inclined to fight at home, with 65% of their fights coming in the TD Garden.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK…
Lots of worthy TOW candidates this week, but we are going with this one from NESN.com’s Doug Flynn, following the B’s win over Ottawa last week, which capped off a perfect road trip: 

@douglasflynn  "So the #Bruins just had their first 6-0-0 road trip since 1972. Help me out here, did anything else good happen for the B's that year?"

Flynn’s tweet and corresponding link from February 22 deserves mention as well, as it was related to the TOW winner last week regarding McQuaid’s new Star Wars-related nickname:

@douglasflynn Adam McQuaid Feeling the Pull of the Dark Side With New Nickname http://bit.ly/eVJT0I

BRUINS 1ST GOAL POOL ON TWITTER: The Bruins first goal pool takes place on Twitter just before the puck drop every Bruins home game. For the game on March 3 against Tampa, Steven Kampfer scored the first B’s goal, however he was the ONLY Bruin not selected by the @NHLBruins followers.

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The latest report was sent on March 1 and featured P-Bruins defenseman Boris Valabik and Harvard Crimson forward Alexander Fallstrom.

MEDIA INFO: Media and fans can call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule. 

Follow the Bruins on Twitter @NHLBruins
Become a Fan of the Bruins on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHLBruins 

AROUND TOWN...
WHAT:  MASS LOTTERY ON-ICE CHALLENGE
On Saturday, March 5, the Boston Bruins and Mass Lottery will hold the second “Mass Lottery On-Ice Challenge” of the 2010-11 Bruins season during the second intermission of the Bruins/Penguins game. James Leonard of Bellingham, MA will choose one of 30 oversized Mass Lottery tickets, which will be placed on the ice. Of the 30 tickets placed on the ice, 29 of those tickets will be worth $100,000 and one grand prize ticket will be worth $250,000. Leonard will be joined on the ice by Bruins President Cam Neely and Mass Lottery Executive Director Paul Sternburg. James won the opportunity to participate in the “Mass Lottery On-Ice Challenge” by entering the Mass Lottery Bruins Instant Game Second Chance Drawing.
WHEN: Saturday, March 5 during the second intermission of the 7:00 p.m. Bruins/Penguins game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins President Cam Neely

WHAT: WARRIOR CLINIC
On Tuesday, March 8, the Boston Bruins and Warrior Hockey will kick-off “Warrior Clinic Series” at the Norfolk Arena. The clinic features two hours of on-ice instruction led by Boston Bruins Alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The session 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. The newest Warrior equipment will be showcased throughout the event and a private Bruins Alumni autograph session will be held for all clinic participants.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Norfolk Arena, 1 Dean Street, Norfolk, MA 02056
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and Bobby Miller

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

Saturday, March 5 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, March 6 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, March 7 (Wilmington, MA/Montreal, QC)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Travel to Montreal, QC

Tuesday, March 8 (Montreal, QC/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m. (1909, Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, Montreal, QC H3B 5E8)
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Wednesday, March 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 10 (Boston, MA/Uniondale, NY)
-Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Uniondale, NY

Friday, March 11 (Uniondale, NY/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, Nassau Coliseum, 11:30 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. NY Islanders, Nassau Coliseum, 7:00 p.m. (1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale, NY 11553)
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES...

“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 6-7 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins. 

THE BIG BAD BRUINS SHOW ON NESN: This week on the Big, Bad Bruins Show (First Air: 3/5, 6pm)
- NHL Plays of the Week
- "Behind the B" Milan Lucic returns to Vancouver
- Recap of Bruins 6-Game Road Sweep
- "Presidential Address" Andy Brickley with Cam Neely
- Boston Bruins Foundation's First Casino Night
- Boston Bruins, Kathryn Tappen and Milan Lucic team up with March of Dimes

WEEKLY RADIO SPOTS...
Tune in to the following local stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Tuesdays
101.7 FM WFNX
9:10 a.m. Shane Hnidy with the FNX Breakfast Show
98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”
100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Brad Marchand with “Karlson and McKenzie”
98.5 The Sports Hub
Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”
107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

Fridays
107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)
4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, March 4)

Goals
1. M. Lucic, 28
2. P. Bergeron, 21
3. B. Marchand, 19
4. N. Horton, 18
5. M. Ryder, 17

Assists 
1. D. Krejci, 39
2. M. Recchi, 31
3. P. Bergeron, 29
4. N. Horton, 24
T5. Z. Chara, 21
T5. D. Seidenberg, 21

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 50
2. D. Krejci, 48
3. M. Lucic, 47
T4. N. Horton, 42
T4. M. Recchi, 42

Plus/Minus
1. A. McQuaid, +27
T2. A. Ference, +24
T2. N. Horton, +24
T4. M. Lucic, +23
T4. B. Marchand, +23

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 113
2. M. Lucic, 97
3. A. McQuaid, 87
4. G. Campbell, 74
5. Z. Chara, 67

2010-11 Bruins “Stars”
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending October 31
Tim Thomas, Second Star of the Month, October
Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, Week ending January 16
Tim Thomas, NHL All-Star
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star, Hardest Shot record 105.9 MPH in 2011 NHL SuperSkills Competition
Tyler Seguin, One of 12 NHL rookies selected to participate in All-Star festivities
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending January 23
Patrice Bergeron, First Star of the Month, January
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