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Bruins Week Ahead: 05.27 - 06.15

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

BLACK & GOLD ADVANCE: The Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the 18th time in their history and their first Final series since they lost to Edmonton in five games in 1990. This will be the first lifetime playoff series between the Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, who will be playing in their third Stanley Cup Final series and their first Final series since they lost a seven-game series to the New York Rangers in 1994.

BRUINS OWNER JEREMY JACOBS AVAILABILITY: Due to the number of media requests for Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, he will be available to the press on Sunday, May 29 in the TD Garden Press Conference area at 10:45 a.m. Please note that this will be the only opportunity to speak with Jacobs during the playoffs.

SCF CREDENTIALS: Please note that all questions regarding Stanley Cup Final credentials need to be directed to Nicole Buckley at the NHL (nicbuckley@nhl.com).

STANLEY CUP TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, MAY 31 AT 11 AM:  Tickets for Games 3, 4 and 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston will go on sale Tuesday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m.. Tickets will be available for purchase on www.bostonbruins.com, at the TD Garden Box Office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, and via phone by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.

The purchase price for single game tickets for a Boston Bruins playoff game at the TD Garden in a given round of the playoffs that is NOT played because the round has been concluded will be refunded in full, including any associated fees.  Any refunds will be issued to the same method of payment as the original purchase.  

Purchases made through TicketMaster via internet or by phone of any such ticket will be refunded within two business days of the end of the playoff round.   

Purchases at the TD Garden Box Office or a Ticketmaster outlet for unplayed games must be returned in person at point of purchase for refund which will be given via the same method of payment.

Tickets purchased for a given round of the playoffs are not usable for subsequent rounds or any other game, and do not guarantee access to tickets for subsequent rounds or any other game.

SECOND CHANCE DRAWING: Due to the anticipated demand and limited ticket inventory for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins are offering fans an alternative opportunity to purchase tickets through the Second Chance Drawing.
 
Beginning Saturday, May 28 at 12:00 noon (ET), fans will be able to register for their chance to purchase two (2) tickets to Games 3, 4 or 6 of the Stanley Cup Final by completing and submitting the registration form found on  www.bostonbruins.com/drawing .
 
Winners will be notified via email with instructions on how to purchase tickets between Thursday, June 2, 2011 and Sunday, June 5, 2011.

GLEE RESCHEDULING: Due to the Boston Bruins advancing to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final the following Glee Live! In Concert! dates have been switched to accommodate their home game schedule.

* TD Garden in Boston, originally scheduled for Monday, June 6th at 7:30pm is now scheduled for Tuesday, June 7th at 7:30pm.

* Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 7th at 7:30pm is now scheduled for Monday, June 6th at 7:30pm.

Fans should note their current tickets will be valid at the same venue for the alternate date.

At the chance fans cannot attend the concert on this new date, a refund of the ticket purchase is possible via the point of purchase. To secure a refund, please contact the outlet where you purchased your tickets. Please note requests for a refund must be received by June 6, 2011.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this schedule change may have caused.

A LOOK BACK: Vancouver and Boston met only once this season, a 3-1 win for the Bruins on February 26. Milan Lucic, a native of Vancouver who also played for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, scored the game-winning goal with 4:38 remaining while Patrice Bergeron sealed the win with an empty-netter. Tim Thomas stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced, with the lone Vancouver goal coming from the stick of Manny Malhotra. Blueliner Adam McQuaid chipped in five hits and a game-high seven blocked shots. The victory was the fourth of six wins on a six-game road trip that saw the B’s also travel to Long Island, Ottawa (twice), Calgary and Edmonton.

GOOD OMEN?: Since 1999, when a Conference Final has gone seven games, the team that has won that Game 7 has gone on to win the Stanley Cup six of seven times.

1999: Dallas beats Colorado in WCF in seven games, beats Buffalo in six games in Cup Finals.
2000: Dallas beats Colorado in WCF in seven games, loses to New Jersey in six games in Cup Finals.
2000: New Jersey beats Philadelphia in ECF in seven games, beats Dallas in six games in Cup Finals.
2002: Detroit beats Colorado in WCF in seven games, beats Carolina in five games in Cup Finals.
2003: New Jersey beats Ottawa in ECF in seven games, beats Anaheim in seven games in Cup Finals.
2004: Tampa beats Philadelphia in ECF in seven games, beats Calgary in seven games in Cup Finals.
2006: Carolina beats Buffalo in ECF in seven games, beats Edmonton in seven games in Cup Finals.

HORTON HEARS A ‘WOO’: Nathan Horton has tallied three game-winning goals this postseason, including two in overtime and two in Game 7s (OT goals were vs. MTL on 4/23 in Game 5 and vs. MTL on 4/27 in Game 7. His Game 7 goals were 4/27 vs. MTL, 5/27 vs. TBL). The 2011 postseason marked Horton’s first playoff appearance in his NHL career. He has 17 points in 18 games and is tied with linemate David Krejci for the team lead in points.

HATS OFF: During Game 6 against the Lightning, David Krejci became the first Bruin since Cam Neely (4/26/91 vs. MTL) to record a playoff hat trick. He leads the Bruins with 10 goals this postseason and is tied with Martin St. Louis for the playoff lead. According to Stats INC, Krejci also tied Philly’s RJ Umberger for the most single-postseason goals following a regular season total of 15 or fewer goals since 2000-01 (Krejci had 13 during the regular season, Umberger had 10 for PHI in 07-08).

WORKHORSES: Defense partners Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg continue to log major minutes for the Black and Gold during the team’s playoff run. Chara is averaging 28:22 per game, third among playoff skaters, and Seidenberg is averaging 28:17 per game, fourth among playoff skaters. Seidenberg is the only playoff skater to have eclipsed 500 minutes of time on ice this postseason, as he has now skated for 510:48 over the B’s playoff run. (Nashville’s Ryan Suter leads all skaters at 28:51 and Montreal’s P.K. Subban is second at 28:33)

UNCHARTED TERRITORY: Friday, May 27 marked the latest date the Bruins have played a game in franchise history.

71 STRAIGHT: The Bruins ended the 2010-11 regular season having sold out 71 consecutive home games at the TD Garden. 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.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE: Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Canucks will take place on Wednesday, June 6 in Boston. That date is also Bruins President Cam Neely’s birthday (he will turn 46). Coincidentally, that date is also the day in which Neely was traded from Vancouver to Boston in 1986 (Neely and 1987 1st round pick to Boston for Barry Pederson on June 6, 1986).

1ST GOAL POOL ON TWITTER: Congrats to the following followers of @NHLBruins who correctly guessed Nathan Horton as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Lightning game on Monday (Game 5): @Oh_WiseGuyEh, @KyleMaley, @momofsjo, @Lauren_Alty, @stag2299, @Kplene.

Horton scored the first Bruins goal at 4:24 of the second period on Monday.

Also, here are those who correctly guessed Nathan Horton as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Lightning game on Friday (Game 7): @TheRamsFan, @evan559, @teala, @Bobby_Davin, @g1ventoFLY, @BlackandGold46, @TKirwin, @missnickels, @DeejayMacdonald, @LaureeBeee, @MikeNewmansOwn, @DCSportscards, @Cr4ckhead, @FRFirefighter.

Horton scored the first Bruins goal at 12:27 of the third period on Friday.

The Bruins first goal pool takes place on Twitter just before the puck drop every Bruins home game.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK:. TOTW honors move back to the TV side this week, as Comcast’s @MikeGiardi collects his second win of the year (and first of the playoffs):

Here’s the winning tweet detailing what he did to help the Bruins take Game 7:  @MikeGiardi Should be noted that the Bruins are a perfect 5-0 in the playoffs when I eat the greek salad with chicken from Beerworks. I did my part today.

Honorable Mentions:
@kluedeke29 last time #Bruins were 1 game from SCF I had a poster of @Alyssa_Milano in NJ Devils sweater on my wall
@DJ_Bean: Bruins media availability tomorrow at Hanscom. Writers will be waiting in a human eight-spoked B.

TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD: Here are the current standings on the Tweet of the Week Leaderboard through tweets on May 28:
@TheBruinsBlog: 4
@DJ_Bean: 4
@HackswithHaggs: 3
@ESPNJoeyMac: 2
@GlobeFluto: 2
@MikeGiardi: 2
@douglasflynn: 1
@kluedeke29: 1
@MurphysLaw74: 1
@NaokoFunayama: 1
@RearAdBsBlog: 1

B’S JACKET TALLY: After a Bruins win, the team has begun awarding what can best be characterized as a late 80s Bruins jacket to the player who has the best game. The player then wears the jacket in the locker room during the media access period and hangs it in his stall until the team’s next win. After the next win, he will select a different teammate to pass it along to. Here is the tally thus far:
3/22 vs. NJ: Milan Lucic
3/24 vs. MTL: Zdeno Chara
3/27 at PHI: Tim Thomas
3/29 vs. CHI: Mark Recchi
4/2 vs. ATL: Tuukka Rask
4/6 vs. NYI: Daniel Paille
4/9 vs. OTT: Rich Peverley

4/18 at MTL, Game 3: Patrice Bergeron
4/21 at MTL, Game 4: Michael Ryder
4/23 vs. MTL, Game 5: Tim Thomas
4/27 vs. MTL, Game 7: Nathan Horton

4/30 at PHI, Game 1: David Krejci
5/2 at PHI, Game 2: Tim Thomas
5/4 vs. PHI, Game 3: Dennis Seidenberg
5/6 vs. PHI, Game 4: Milan Lucic

5/17 vs. TB, Game 2: Tyler Seguin
5/19 at TB, Game 3: Tim Thomas
5/23 vs. TB, Game 5: Chris Kelly
5/27 vs. TB, Game 7: Nathan Horton

Worth mention is that the windbreaker was purchased on eBay by defenseman Andrew Ference for $35.

BRUINS HONORARY FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: Before each Bruins home game this playoff season, the team has had a prominent alumni serve as the honorary fan banner captain. The captain helps get the Bruins banner pass started.

MTL, Game 1: Rick Middleton
MTL, Game 2: Ken Linseman
MTL, Game 5: Lyndon Byers
MTL, Game 7: Reggie Lemelin
PHI, Game 3: Terry O’Reilly
PHI, Game 4: Stan Jonathan
TBL, Game 1: Ray Bourque
TBL, Game 2: John Bucyk
TBL, Game 5: Ken Hodge
TBL, Game 7: Derek Sanderson

VISITING MEDIA HOTEL INFO:
The National Hockey League has released media hotel booking information for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.

HEADQUARTERS HOTEL:

Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-5800

RESERVATIONS:

Boston Marriott Copley Place – Games 3 & 4 only
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-5800
Room Rate: $299

For call-in reservations:
1-800-228-9290
Group Code: SCM
Reservation code: scmscma

Cancellation Policy: 6pm day of arrival

Westin Copley Place – Games 3, 4 and 6
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-9600
Room Rate: $299

For call-in reservations:
1-800-228-3000
Group Code: SCM

Cancellation Policy: 24 hours prior to arrival

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 final Prospect Report of the 2010-11 season was sent April 15.

MEDIA INFO: The Bruins have a media-only section of their website, www.BostonBruins.com/media that is the online home for Bruins media information. Log in with the email address media@bostonbruins.com, password “media.” Media and fans can also 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: BEARD-A-THON
Boston Bruins fans are invited to show their support for the B’s by growing their own playoff beards and participating in the “Bruins Beard-A-Thon.” The 2011 “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” gives Bruins fans the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the team and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and One Mission. The hockey playoff beard is an age-old tradition for players participating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans can create their “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” profile by uploading their photo at www.bostonbruins.com. Participants can choose to grow their own beard and update their growth throughout the playoffs, or they can grow their beard virtually by choosing the ‘Build-A-Beard’ option, giving women and children an opportunity to get involved.  

Beard growers may pledge themselves by making a donation, and their friends and family may also pledge their efforts.  Donations can be made in two ways: a one-time pledge (minimum $10) or a daily pledge (minimum $0.50/day).  Throughout the playoffs, fans will have the opportunity to win tickets if their beard is voted the best on BostonBruins.com.  At the end of the contest there will be various prizes for the best and worst beards, as well as a prize for most money raised.
WHEN: Throughout the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff run
WHERE: www.bostonbruins.com
 

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 EASTERN

Sunday, May 29 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs available in TD Garden Press Conference area, 10:45 a.m. ET
-Practice, TD Garden, 11:00 a.m. ET
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

Monday, May 30 (Boston, MA/Vancouver, BC)
-Practice, TD Garden, 11:30 a.m. ET
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-The Bruins Communications Staff will provide transcripts from both the player media avails and Coach Julien’s
-Travel to Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, May 31 (Vancouver, BC)
-Practice at Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1), 2:00 p.m. local
-Bruins players will be available to media during Stanley Cup Media Day which will take place at Rogers Arena, Concourse Level 1, 3:15 p.m. local

Wednesday, June 1 (Vancouver, BC)
-Pregame skate at Rogers Arena, TBD
-Media availability, TBD
-Game 1 at Rogers Arena, 5:00 p.m. local
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RDS, CBC

Thursday, June 2 (Vancouver, BC)
-Practice/media availability TBD

Friday, June 3 (Vancouver, BC)
-Practice/media availability TBD

Saturday, June 4 (Vancouver, BC)
-Pregame skate at Rogers Arena, TBD
-Media availability, TBD
-Game 2 at Rogers Arena, 5:00 p.m. local
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RDS, CBC

Sunday, June 5 (Vancouver, BC/Boston, MA)
-Practice/media availability TBD
-Travel to Boston, MA

Monday, June 6 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 3 at TD Garden, 8:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, RDS, CBC

Tuesday, June 7 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice/media availability TBD

Wednesday, June 8 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 4 at TD Garden, 8:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, RDS, CBC

Thursday, June 9 (Boston, MA/Vancouver, BC)
-Practice/media availability TBD
-Travel to Vancouver, BC

Friday, June 10 (Vancouver, BC)
-Pregame skate at Rogers Arena, TBD
-Media availability, TBD
-Game 5 at Rogers Arena, 5:00 p.m. local *if necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RDS, CBC

Saturday, June 11 (Vancouver, BC/Boston, MA)
-Practice/media availability TBD
-Travel to Boston, MA

Sunday, June 12 (Boston, MA)
-Practice/media availability TBD

Monday, June 13 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 6 at TD Garden, 8:00 p.m. ET *if necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RDS, CBC

Tuesday, June 14 (Boston, MA/Vancouver, BC)
-Practice/media availability TBD
-Travel to Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, June 15 (Vancouver, BC)
-Pregame skate at Rogers Arena, TBD
-Media availability, TBD
-Game 7 at Rogers Arena, 5:00 p.m. local *if necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RDS, CBC
 
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 7-8 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.

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”

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”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Brad Marchand with “Karlson and McKenzie”

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 Saturday, May 28)

PLAYOFFS

Goals
1. D. Krejci, 10
2. N. Horton, 8
3. B. Marchand, 6
4. M. Ryder, 5
T5. P. Bergeron, 4
T5. C. Kelly, 4

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 11
2. N. Horton, 9
3. T. Kaberle, 8
T4. D. Krejci, 7
T4. C. Kelly, 7
T4. D. Seidenberg, 7

Points
T1. D. Krejci, 17
T1. N. Horton, 17
3. P. Bergeron, 15
4. B. Marchand, 12
T5. M. Ryder, 11
T5. C. Kelly, 11

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +11
2. N. Horton, +10
T3. P. Bergeron, +9
T3. C. Kelly, +9
T3. M. Lucic, +9

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 43
2. N. Horton, 35
3. B. Marchand, 18
4. A. Ference, 15
T5. Z. Chara, 14
T5. P. Bergeron, 14

FINAL REGULAR SEASON

Goals
1. M. Lucic, 30
2. N. Horton, 26
3. P. Bergeron, 22
4. B. Marchand, 21
5. M. Ryder, 18

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 49
3. P. Bergeron, 35
2. M. Recchi, 34
5. M. Lucic, 32
4. Z. Chara, 30

Points
T1. M. Lucic, 62
T1. D. Krejci, 62
3. P. Bergeron, 57
4. N. Horton, 53
5. M. Recchi, 48

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +33
2. A. McQuaid, +30
3. N. Horton, +29
4. M. Lucic, +28
5. B. Marchand, +25

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 122
2. M. Lucic, 121
3. A. McQuaid, 96
4. G. Campbell, 93
5. Z. Chara, 88

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
Tim Thomas, Vezina Trophy Finalist
Zdeno Chara, Norris Trophy Finalist
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