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Bruins Week Ahead, 10.15 - 10.22

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

OCTOBER 15 – OCTOBER 22

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
BACK FROM EUROPE, B’S REGULAR SEASON GETS IN FULL SWING: Refreshed with five game-free days since returning from Prague early Monday morning, the Bruins domestic regular season schedule kicks off this weekend with a visit to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). They will face the defending Eastern Conference regular season champs on Tuesday when they visit the Capitals in DC at 7:30 p.m. in a nationally televised game on VERSUS (TV: VERSUS, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub).

DOMESTIC HOME OPENER SET FOR THURSDAY: The Bruins make their long awaited regular season debut at the TD Garden on Thursday, October 21 against the Washington Capitals (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The only other NHL team who will play their first domestic home game later than the B’s is Carolina, who will have their first home tilt in the U.S. on Wednesday, October 27.

WIN A CUSTOMIZED BRUINS CHOPPER, BUILT BY AEROSMITH: The Bruins Foundation will be hosting a season-long raffle beginning Thursday, October 21 for the chance to win a customized Bruins motorcycle. The motorcycle, which was built by legendary Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s motorcycle company, features Bruins graphics and autographs from Cam Neely, Ray Bourque, Phil Esposito, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and Steven Tyler.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bruinsraffles.org. Tickets can also be purchased throughout the 2010-11 Bruins season with all proceeds benefiting the Boston Bruins Foundation.  The Bruins motorcycle will be on display throughout the season during all Bruins home games at the TD Garden on Level 4, Section 15.

FAN FEST PRESENTED BY TD BANK: The Boston Bruins will host “Fan Fest” presented by TD Bank, prior to the Thursday’s game against the Caps. The free outdoor festivities for Bruins fans of all ages will begin at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m. in the East Lot outside of the TD Garden. “Fan Fest,” sponsored by TD Bank, will include: a variety of interactive games, limited edition t-shirt giveaways, the chance to sit in the original Garden penalty box, face painting and a live performance from Boston band Hypercane. Throughout the evening the Boston Bruins Ice Girls and the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, will be mingling and taking photographs with fans. 

“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW” RETURNS: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday 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. Patrice Bergeron joined the Hockey Show trio last Wednesday. Check out what he had to say here…. http://tinyurl.com/32raeop

HORTON’S HEATING UP: New addition Nathan Horton is off to a fast a start to his Bruins career, as the 25-year-old forward has had a hand in four of team’s five goals this season. Horton tallied two goals in the season opener on Saturday in Prague and notched a one goal, one assist encore in the following day’s game against Phoenix. Horton was acquired by the Bruins from Florida on June 22, 2010.

POINT PRODUCERS: The line of David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic has combined to tally nine points in the club’s first two games. Krejci leads the B’s with three assists, Horton leads the team with three goals and has one assist, and Lucic has contributed one goal and one assist.

EUROPEAN RECAP: Take a look back at all the action on and off the ice from the Bruins trip to Europe on bostonbruins.com, with exclusive video content on BostonBruinsTV and exclusive photo galleries.

“BIG BAD BRUINS SHOW,” “INSTIGATORS” AND MORE… NESN rolled out its Bruins coverage for the 2010-11 season, a jam-packed lineup that includes up to 72 games (all televised in HD with familiar faces Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama calling the action), a new “Big Bad Bruins Show” hosted by Kathryn Tappen, as well as the return of popular shows The Bricks with Andy Brickey and The Instigators with Mike Milbury.

The Big Bad Bruins Show will launch on Saturday, October 23 at 6:00 PM. Hosted by Kathryn Tappen, the Original NESN Entertainment production will feature in-depth one-on-one conversations with Bruins players, a regular segment with Bruins President Cam Neely, and weekly reports from reporter Naoko Funayama.

The Instigators with Mike Milbury will return for its third season on Thursday, October 28 at 10:30 PM. Edwards and Brickley will once again mix it up with Milbury on a regular basis along with other special guest commentators including another episode this winter featuring former Bruins coach and hockey icon Don Cherry.

THE COUNTDOWN...
DOMESTIC OPENER: 1 DAY
HOME OPENER: 6 DAYS

WEEK AHEAD RATED LINKS:
Check out some of the Bruins media coverage as the season gets going stateside …

Test your knowledge of the Bruins off the ice with NESN’s off-ice trivia challenge (http://tinyurl.com/3248ytq)

Read NESN’s Jack Edwards’ take on General Manager Peter Chiarelli’s moves this season. (http://tinyurl.com/2dvxf48)

Watch the Comcast Sports Net New England’s NHL experts breakdown the Bruins rookies, and talk about some of the media coverage Tyler Seguin is getting throughout the league (http://tinyurl.com/27rrgtt)

Fluto Shinzawa talks with one of the Bruins newest forwards Nathan Horton on his great start to the season in Prague. (http://tinyurl.com/28c9z8g)

ESPNBoston.com’s Joe McDonald talks about the transition from Europe back to the hustle and bustle of the regular season in America (http://tinyurl.com/22mpvj4)

The 2010-2011 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery. Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR (2327).

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AROUND TOWN:

WHAT: P.A.S.S. in Partnership with TD Bank
P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) is a 10 clinic series conducted by the Boston Bruins and sponsored by TD Bank.  P.A.S.S. focuses on teaching youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12 basic hockey skills. All participants receive a P.A.S.S. jersey and a gift bag filled with an equipment bag tag, water bottle and two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game. TD Bank also presents each hosting youth hockey organization with a $1000 donation.
WHEN: Monday, October 18 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hetland Skating Arena, 310 Hathaway Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02740
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni, Tommy Songin

WHAT: Boston Bruins Opening Night Fan Fest Presented by TD Bank
On Thursday, October 21 the Boston Bruins will host “Fan Fest” presented by TD Bank, to celebrate the beginning of the 2010 – 11 Bruins season. The free outdoor festivities for Bruins fans of all ages will begin at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m. in the East Lot outside of the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114). “Fan Fest,” sponsored by TD Bank, will include: a variety of interactive games, limited edition t-shirt giveaways, the chance to sit in the original Garden penalty box, face painting and a live performance from Boston band Hypercane. Throughout the evening the Boston Bruins Ice Girls and the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, will be mingling and taking photographs with fans. 
WHEN: Thursday, October 21 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 in the parking lot East Lot
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades

WHAT: Boston Bruins Foundation Motorcycle Raffle
The Boston Bruins Foundation will kick off their raffle for the Boston Bruins motorcycle at the first home game of the Bruins season on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. The BBF has partnered with Dirico Motorcycles, owned by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, to produce a one-of-a kind custom built Boston Bruins themed motorcycle. The Bruins motorcycle features custom graphics and has been autographed by current and former Bruins including Cam Neely, Ray Bourque, Phil Esposito, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic. In addition, Steven Tyler has also autographed the motorcycle. 

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5.00 each with a $10.00 minimum purchase. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bruinsraffles.org. Raffle tickets for the Bruins motorcycle can be purchased throughout the 2010-11 Bruins season with all proceeds benefiting the Boston Bruins Foundation.  The Bruins motorcycle will be on display throughout the 2010-11 season at the TD Garden on Level 4, Section 15.
WHEN: Thursday, October 21 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bruins fans can view the custom built bike at all home games throughout the season on Level 4, Section 15 of the TD Garden. Raffle tickets can be purchased at bruinsraffles.org.


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 local

Saturday, October 16 (Newark, NJ/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center, 7:00 p.m. (Fl 11, 744 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102)
-Travel to Boston

Sunday, October 17 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, October 18 (Wilmington, MA/ Washington, DC)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Washington, DC

Tuesday, October 19 (Washington DC/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Washington Capitals, Verizon Center 7:30 p.m. (601 F Street, Washington, DC 20059)
-Travel to Boston

Wednesday, October 20 (Wilmington, MA)
-Claude Julien available after players

Thursday, October 21 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Washington Capitals, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Friday, October 22 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS (as of Friday, October 15)

Goals
1. N. Horton, 3
T2. M. Lucic, 1
T2. T. Seguin, 1

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 3
2. M. Ryder, 2
T3. M. Lucic, 1
T3. M. Recchi, 1
T3. Z. Chara, 1
T3. N. Horton, 1

Points
1. N. Horton, 4
2. D. Krejci, 3
T3. M. Lucic, 2
T3. M. Ryder, 2
T4. 3 tied with 1

Plus/Minus
T1. M. Stuart, +2
T1. M. Recchi, +2
T3. D. Seidenberg, +1
T3. M. Lucic, +1
T3. N. Horton, +1

Penalty Minutes
1. G. Campbell, 7
2. M. Lucic, 4
T3. S. Thornton, 2
T3. B. Marchand, 2
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