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Bruins Week Ahead: 1/30 - 2/5

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

January 30 – February 5
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE: Due to the Boston Blazers lacrosse game taking place Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden, the Bruins will not have a pregame skate on Saturday, January 30.

DIVISION PACESETTERS ON DOCKET: During their current stretch of five games, the Bruins will face three division leaders, beginning with last night’s game against Northeast Division leading Buffalo Sabres. The Black & Gold will also meet the Southeast Division leading (and Eastern Conference leading) Washington Capitals on Tuesday, February 2 and the Northwest Division leading Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, February 6. Also on the upcoming schedule are the Los Angeles Kings, who currently rank sixth in the Western Conference and the rival Montreal Canadiens, who currently sit 11th in the East.

EASY ACCESS: Members of the media can now access the Bruins Media Site with an easy-to-remember log-in combination. Visit www.bostonbruins.com/media, enter media@bostonbruins.com in the email field, and “media” as the password. On the site you can find postgame and post-practice audio from Head Coach Claude Julien’s press briefings, as well as Game Notes, schedule information and more.

NEELY SK8 CHALLENGE: Beginning the weekend of January 30 and continuing throughout the month of February, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care are hosting the First Annual “Neely SK8 Challenge” skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual. The Neely SK8 Challenge fundraiser will help raise funds for children battling cancer and their families. Bruins fans of all ages can register to skate at one or more of the 23 FMC participating rinks. A complete list of skate dates and rink locations can be found below.

RECCHI CARRIES OLYMPIC TORCH: Bruins forward Mark Recchi carried the Olympic Torch through his hometown of Kamloops, British Columbia earlier this week. Check out BostonBruins.com for a full recap of Recchi’s day, including pictures.

BRUINS BY THE NUMBERS:
4: Bruins who have played in all 52 games to date: Wheeler, Chara, Recchi and Ryder
23: Games missed this season by Marc Savard, who returned to the Bruins lineup last night against Buffalo.
6: Games in a row the team has lost
21-9: Goals allowed vs. goals scored during the current losing streak
1996-1997: Season which the Bruins last lost seven games in a row (March 17 – April 3, 1997)

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
The Bruins begin a four-game homestand today when they host the Los Angeles Kings. This matches the second longest stretch of home games on the 2009-10 schedule for Boston, topped only by the five-gamer that the team began the season with. Also of note is that the Bruins had one other four-game homestand from November 5 to December 12.

THEY SAID IT…
Claude Julien, after Friday’s 2-1 loss to Buffalo...
“Unfortunately right now, we are really looking at the end results as something really important. And it wasn’t there again tonight.”

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE...
Please call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.
 
AROUND TOWN...
WHAT: Neely SK8 Challenge
Beginning the weekend of January 30 and continuing throughout the month of February, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care are hosting the First Annual “Neely SK8 Challenge” skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual. The Neely SK8 Challenge fundraiser will help raise funds for children battling cancer and their families. Bruins fans of all ages can register to skate at one or more of the 23 FMC participating rinks. A complete list of skate dates and rink locations can be found below. Skaters can create their very own personalized fundraising page for family and friends to pledge and follow participants fundraising progress at www.neelysk8.com. A number of prizes will be awarded throughout the Neely SK8 Challenge. Every skater raising $50.00 will receive and official Neely SK8 Challenge t-shirt. The individual raising the most money at each of the participating rinks will receive an official Cam Neely autographed jersey. The top four skate-a-thon fundraisers will receive four tickets to a Bruins game where they will sit in a private suite and meet and greet current Bruins Vice President Cam Neely. The highest fundraiser will receive four tickets to a Bruins game, a meet and greet with Cam Neely, the opportunity to high-five the Bruins team as they take the ice, ride on the Zamboni and autographed Bruins items.

WHEN: Saturday, January 30 from 2:20 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Burlington Ice Palace, 36 Ray Ave. Burlington, MA 01862

WHEN: Saturday, January 30 from 2:40 p.m.– 4:40 p.m.
WHERE: Jim Roche Community Rink, 1275 VFW Pkwy West Roxbury, MA 02132

WHEN: Sunday, January 31from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Porazzo Memorial Rink, Constitution Beach Boston, MA 02108

WHEN: Sunday, January 31from 2: 00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
WHERE: West Suburban Arena, 35 Windsor Ave. Natick, MA 01760

WHEN: Sunday, January 31from 2:40 p.m.– 4:40 p.m.
WHERE: Cronin Memorial Rink, 850 Revere Beach Pkwy Revere, MA 02151

WHAT: Bruins Ice Girls and Bud Light Pre-Game Party
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Bud Light will be at Sports Grill (132 Canal St. Boston, MA 02114) for a pre-game bash. The Ice Girls will be there to give away items, take photos with Bruins fans and get the crowd pumped up for the game.
WHEN: Saturday, January 30 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sports Grill, 132 Canal St. Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: Bruins Ice Girls and Heineken Seat Upgrade Giveaway
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be at the Harp (85 Causeway St., MA 02114) to give away two tickets to sit front row at Saturday night's game versus the Kings. The Girls will also be available to take photos with fans and get the crowd excited for the game.
WHEN: Saturday, January 30 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Harp, 85 Causeway St., MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: Skate with the Ice Girls
The Boston Bruins “Skate with the Ice Girls” is heading to the William L. Chase Arena this Sunday (35 Windsor Ave., Natick, MA 01760) to skate with Bruins fans. Bruins fans will also have a chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and great prizes.
WHEN: Sunday, January 31 from 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
WHERE: William L. Chase Arena, 35 Windsor Ave., Natick, MA 01760
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: Hockey Weekend Across America
In support of USA Hockey’s “Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes” and Hockey Weekend Across America, the Boston Bruins will honor youth hockey player and Bruins fan Katie Jeter of Winthrop, MA. Last year, thirteen year-old Katie faced a life threatening illness, which forced her into a coma, and have all of her toes amputated. Despite her illness, Katie still had a tremendous love for hockey and desire to play, and thanks to Bauer, who designed her a special skate, Kate is now back on the ice skating for her high school team. Katie, who will receive an official “Jeter” Bruins jersey, will be a part of Patrice’s Pals for the January 30 game.
WHEN: Saturday, January 30 during the Bruins/Kings game beginning at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

WHAT: Bruins Ice Girls and Heineken Seat Upgrade Giveaway
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be at Hurricane O'Reilly's (150 Canal St. Boston, MA 02114) on Tuesday, February 2 and Thursday February 4 to give away two tickets to sit front row at Tuesday night's game versus the Capitals and Thursday’s game against Montreal .  The Girls will also be available to take photos with fans and get the crowd excited for the game.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 2 and Thursday February 4 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hurricane O'Reilly's (150 Canal St. Boston, MA 02114)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

“COMMUNITY CAPTAIN” PRESENTED BY THE LOTTERY...
During each Boston Bruins home game, a member of the local community is acknowledged for their contributions as the “Community Captain” of the game. The Community Captain receives four complimentary game tickets to a Bruins home game where they will be recognized on the TD Garden HDX (video scoreboard). They will also receive a Boston Bruins Prize Pack.

Here are the Community Captains who will be recognized during this week’s home games:

Saturday, January 30: Laura Lewis, Methuen, MA
On Tuesday, January 30 during the Bruins/Kings game beginning at 7:00 p.m., Laura Lewis of Methuen, MA will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain Laura who has been a police officer for over 5 years, is now currently working for the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Laura has been an outstanding community leader and an inspiration to others with her work and dedication to the department. Laura has been involved with the University of Massachusetts teaching self-defense to female students, staff and faculty members and empowering them with the RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) self-defense program. Laura has also spent much time working with student interns who aspire to have law enforcement careers with the police ride-along program. This is outside her regular duties as a police officer.

Laura is also in very involved with the community by donating her time to programs important programs such as Knit-a-Thon, by using her knitting skills to help make blankets for the homeless in the Boston area. Laura has also independently used her knitting skills to knitted hats for cancer patients who lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatments.

Tuesday, February 2: Ray LeBlanc, Hopkinton, MA
On Tuesday, February 2 during the Bruins/Capitals game beginning at 7:00 p.m., Ray LeBlanc of Hopkinton, MA will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain. LeBlanc is co-founder of the East Coast Jumbos, a youth hockey association that teaches children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities how to ice skate and play the game of hockey.

Thursday, February 4: Thomas Carr
On Thursday, February 4 during the Bruins/Canadiens game beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thomas Carr will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain. Thomas Carr is the Director of Athletics for Northeast Passage at the University of New Hampshire.  Tom has been serving individuals with disabilities for more than eleven years.  Under his guidance, Northeast Passage's Athletic programs have provided hundreds of children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn, compete and excel in their sport of choice including skiing, quad rugby, and of course sled hockey.
 
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Please note the schedule is subject to change, call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the schedule.

Ristuccia Arena (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Saturday, January 30 (Boston, MA)
-No pregame skate
-Bruins vs. Los Angeles Kings, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. local

Sunday, January 31 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. local

Monday, February 1 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. local

Tuesday, February 2 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Washington Capitals, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. local

Wednesday, February 3 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. local

Thursday, February 4 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Montreal Canadiens, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. local

Friday, February 5 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. local

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES...
THE BUZZ: NESN’s Naoko Funayama will take you through the latest Bruins news on and off the ice on NESN’s weekly countdown show, The Buzz. This week Funayama will take a look at the upcoming Beanpot tournament, check in with Tim Thomas’ day with the “Mad Fisherman,” Charlie Moore, and accompany Mark Recchi on his recent visit to the Josiah Quincy School. Check your local listings for The Buzz’ airtimes.

THE HOCKEY SHOW ON 98.5: Bruins play-by-play man Dave Goucher and color analyst Bob Beers will team up with Sports Hub host Damon Amendolara every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. for “The Hockey Show”- an hour long program on 98.5 FM devoted to news, notes and phone calls on everything going on with the Bruins and around the NHL.

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

Mondays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Milan Lucic with “Toucher and Rich”

Tuesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
12:40 p.m. Blake Wheeler with “Tanguay and Zolak”

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Marc Savard with “Karlson and McKenzie”

107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Felger and Massarotti”
 
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (As of Friday, Jan. 29):
Goals
1. M. Sturm, 15
T2. P. Bergeron, 12
T2. B. Wheeler, 12
T2. M. Ryder, 12
Three tied with 9

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 25
2. P. Bergeron, 21
T3. M. Recchi, 18
T3. D. Morris, 18
T3. D. Krejci, 18

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 33
T2. B. Wheeler, 29
T2. Z. Chara, 29
T4. M. Recchi, 27
T4. D. Krejci, 27

Plus/Minus
1. M. Sturm, +8
2. Z. Chara, +5
T3. J. Boychuk, +3
T3. M. Satan, +3
5. M. Savard, +2

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 87
2. Z. Chara, 64
3. M. Stuart, 40
4. S. Begin, 38
5. B. Wheeler, 32

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Patrice Bergeron currently ranks 8th in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 57.6% (S. Nichol, 61.3%).

-Tim Thomas is currently tied for 4th in the NHL for shutouts (4) with 2 other players (M. Brodeur, 7).

-Tuukka Rask is currently tied for 5th in the NHL with Jimmy Howard in save percentage at .925 (R. Miller, .934) and 3rd in goals against average with 2.14 (A. Niemi, 1. 99).

-The Bruins as a team are tied for 2nd in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres in the penalty kill category at 87.2% (San Jose Sharks, 88%).

BOSTON BRUINS 2009-10 TIMELINE:  PLAYER MILESTONES AND TRANSACTIONS
July 1: 
* Byron Bitz re-signed to a multi-year contract.
* Steve Begin signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Johnny Boychuk re-signed to a one-year contract.
July 7:
* Drew Fata and Dany Sabourin signed to one-year contracts as free agents.
July 13:
* Rob Kwiet, Drew Larman, Zach McKelvie and Trent Whitfield signed as free agents.
July 20:
* Matt Hunwick re-signed to a two-year contract.
July 24:
* Patrick Eaves and 2010 fourth round draft pick acquired from Carolina Hurricanes for Aaron
  Ward.
* Derek Morris signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
August 4:
* Bruins enter agreement for ECHL affiliation with Reading Royals.
September 4:
* Claude Julien signed to a multi-year contract extension.
September 9:
* Andy Wozniewski signed to a one-year contract as a free agent.
September 18:
* 2010 first and second round and 2011 first round draft picks acquired from Toronto for Phil
  Kessel.
September 20:
* Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Jordan Knackstedt, and Matt Marquardt assigned to
  Providence/AHL.
* Scott Fletcher and Rob Kwiet returned to Providence/AHL.
* Alain Goulet and Lane MacDermid released from Boston training camp and reporting to
  Providence/AHL training camp.
* Ryan Button (Prince Albert/WHL), Jordan Caron (Rimouski/QMJHL), Michael Hutchinson
  (London/OHL) and Tyler Randell (Kitchener/OHL) returned to their junior teams.
September 21:
* Max Sauve returned to his junior team in Val d’Or/QMJHL.
September 23:
* Jamie Arniel, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jeff Penner and Kevin Regan assigned to
  Providence (AHL).
September 26:
* Don Sweeney promoted to Assistant General Manager.
* Guillaume Lefebvre signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio and Adam McQuaid assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Kirk MacDonald released from Boston tryout agreement and returned to Providence (AHL).
* Zack McKelvie, Levi Nelson and Yannick Riendeau termed injured, non-roster players.
September 28:
* Drew Fata, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre, Dany Sabourin, Trent Whitfield, Andy
  Wozniewski, Brad Marchand and Zach Hamill assigned to Providence (AHL).
September 30:
* Vladimir Sobotka assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Jim Benning signed to a multi-year contract extension.
October 2:
* Adam Courchaine assigned to Sarnia (OHL).
* Lane MacDermid signed to an entry-level contract.
 
October 6:
* Milan Lucic signed to a three-year contract extension.
October 8:
* Kevin Regan reassigned from Providence (AHL) to Reading (ECHL).
October 10:
* Mark Stuart played his 200th NHL / Bruins game vs. New York Islanders.
October 17:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL) and played his first NHL game at Phoenix
  Coyotes.
* Derek Morris played his 800th NHL game at Phoenix Coyotes.
October 18:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
* 2011 second round draft pick, Craig Weller and rights to Alexander Fallstrom acquired from
  Minnesota Wild for Chuck Kobasew.
* Guillaume Lefebvre, Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 19:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 20:
* Daniel Paille acquired from Buffalo Sabres for third round and conditional fourth round draft
  picks in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
October 21:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 22:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 24:
* Mark Recchi played in his 1,500th NHL game at Ottawa Senators.
October 25:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 31:
* Michael Ryder played in his 400th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Daniel Paille played in his 200th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Coach Claude Julien reached his 100th win behind the Boston bench.
November 4:
* Mikko Lehtonen recalled from Providence (AHL).
November 5:
* Tuukka Rask signed to a two-year contract extension.
November 6:
* Mikko Lehtonen returned to Providence (AHL).
November 10:
* Mark Recchi recorded his 900th career NHL assist vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 14:
* Blake Wheeler played his 100th NHL game at Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 19:
* Marco Sturm played his 800th NHL game at Atlanta Thrashers.
* Dennis Wideman recorded his 100th NHL assist at Atlanta Thrashers.
November 20:
* Brad Marchand returned to Providence (AHL).
November 21:
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
November 29:
* Doug Houda, Craig Ramsay, Geoff Ward, Bob Essensa and Brant Berglund signed to
  multi-year contract extensions.
December 1:
* Marc Savard signed to seven-year contract extension.
 
December 2:
* Johnny Boychuk assigned to Providence (AHL) for conditioning purposes.
* Max Sauve signed to an entry-level contract.
* Marc Savard scored his 200th NHL goal vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.
December 5:
* Johnny Boychuk recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 15:
* Andy Wozniewski and Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 18:
* Zdeno Chara played his 800th NHL game at Chicago Blackhawks.
December 19:
* Adam McQuaid played his first NHL game at Toronto Maple Leafs.
December 22:
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
December 23:
* Claude Julien coached his 200th game behind the Boston bench vs. Atlanta Thrashers
  (6-4 win).
* Vladimir Sobotka played his 100th NHL & Bruins game vs. Atlanta Thrashers.
December 27:
* Matt Hunwick played his 100th NHL & Bruins game at Florida Panthers.
January 3:
* Miroslav Satan signed as a free agent for the remainder of the season.
January 8:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 14
* Andy Wozniewski recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 17
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman and Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL) and Drew Larman recalled from Providence.
January 23
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 25
* Drew Larman returned to Providence (AHL).
January 27
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
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