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Bruins Week Ahead, 11.26.10 - 12.03.10

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


SATURDAY SKATE: The Bruins will hold practice on Saturday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Media availability will take place after the practice and the team will head to Atlanta later in the afternoon. The session is free and open to the public.

LUCIC ON THE LOSS: Bruins forward Milan Lucic following Friday’s loss to Carolina:
“I think we had a good start. We had chances, but we didn’t bury our chances. You’ve got to give [Cam] Ward credit because he kept them in the game. He made some big stops for them and that’s I think the biggest reason why they won.”

FOUR GAMES ON NEXT WEEK’S DOCKET: The Bruins head to Atlanta on Saturday in preparation for a Sunday afternoon tilt against the Thrashers at 5:00 p.m. (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Atlanta contest is one of three road games for the B’s next week as they visit Philadelphia and Toronto for the first times this season on Wednesday, December 1 and Saturday, December 4, respectively. The Bruins will also host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, December 2.

BIG MILESTONE FOR REX: Mark Recchi tallied his 1,500th career point on Wednesday in Florida, becoming just the 13th player in NHL history to reach that plateau. The 42-year-old Recchi has 567-933=1500 totals in 1,591 games played in his 22-year-career. He was recognized in-game during the Hurricanes contest.

“It was obviously very nice,” said Recchi of the recognition. “The people here in Boston have been wonderful to me. The organization has been great to me. I have wonderful teammates. It was a great feeling. It’s always nice to see people’s reaction to that.” 

“He deserves every accolade he gets for what he’s accomplished,” said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. “His commitment to the game to the conditioning, to the paying the price, to everything. There’s commitment, there’s dedication, there’s everything, perseverance, everything that goes into that.

CAMPBELL’S DELIVERY: Bruins forward Gregory Campbell spent his Thanksgiving morning personally delivering pies to various shelters throughout Boston to help those less fortunate. Campbell purchased $2,000 worth of pies from the North End favorite Mike’s Pastry, which was a total of 400 pies. For a recap of the event, visit bostonbruins.com

SAVARD IMPROVING: On Tuesday, center Marc Savard passed a series of tests that officially cleared him for contact. GM Peter Chiarelli provided the following update earlier this week.

“Marc passed the tests administered by Dr. Micky Collins from the Sports Medicine department at UPMC, and is now cleared for contact… There is no time-table at this time for Marc to start playing games."

THOMAS LEADS THE WAY: Entering Friday’s game, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is among the league leaders in all the major goaltending categories thus far. He ranks first in save percentage (.955), tied for first in shutouts (4), second in goals against average (1.46), and tied for third in wins (11).

“LEAVE THE PLAY-BY-PLAY TO JACK”: Congratulations to Bruins fan Chris Crawford of Medford, MA who is the winner of the “Bruins Hockey Rules” online contest. His rule - “Leave the play-by-play to Jack” - was voted in by Bruins fans as the next Bruins Hockey Rule. The commercial will air on NESN and the TD Garden HDX during the Bruins/Kings game on Saturday November 20. Crawford will also receive two tickets to the Bruins/Carolina game on Friday, November 26, a zamboni ride and the first ever meet-and-greet with The Bear.

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 next report will be sent out on Wednesday, December 1.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…
Mark Recchi ranks 13th all time in points with 1,500. The players who occupy slots 10-13 on the all-time scoring list are all former Bruins, as Phil Esposito (10, 1,590), Ray Bourque (11, 1,579 ), Paul Coffey (12, 1,531) all donned the B’s sweater during their careers.

ON THIS DATE IN BRUINS HISTORY: November 26, 1929 - The Bruins suffer their only home loss of the 1929-30 season with a 6-1 loss to the Montreal Maroons. Boston finished that season with a 23-1-0 home record.

WEEK AHEAD RELATED LINKS:
The Bruins celebrated Thanksgiving Thursday, but kept hockey on their minds. Here are the latest links on the B’s celebrations on and off the ice…

Bruins forward Gregory Campbell spent Thanksgiving morning delivering $2000 worth of pies he bought from Mike’s Pastry to local Boston Shelters (http://tinyurl.com/2gxu3xg).

Douglas Flynn of NESN took the time to find out what some of the Bruins are thankful for this year (http://tinyurl.com/28v3ozd).

Find out some of the Bruins Thanksgiving traditions (http://tinyurl.com/2fs425b).

Boston has been a perfect fit for Nathan Horton and his move from Florida was seamless according to Wes Goldstein of CBSSports.com (http://tinyurl.com/284hkvh).

Fluto Shinzawa writes about how the Bruins have been trying some new looks on the ice to keep B’s winning (http://tinyurl.com/2edwj2h).

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AROUND TOWN:

WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION WINE TASTING
The Boston Bruins Foundation will host a wine tasting event on Monday, November 29 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the private Wine Room of the Capital Grille to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. Bruins fans can sample select wines and taste assorted culinary creations at one of Boston’s finest restaurants. The Boston Bruins Foundation will also hold an onsite raffle at the tasting, where fans can enter to win an autographed, advanced copy of Wine Spectator magazine featuring Mark Recchi. Tickets cost $30 and are available for purchase by calling or emailing Diana Trueheart at (617) 262-8900 or boston@tcgdine.com. Members of the media interested in attending the wine tasting can contact Kelly Mohr of the Boston Bruins at 617.624.1967.
WHEN: Monday, November 29, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Capital Grille in Boston, 359 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development, Bob Sweeney

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, November 27 (Wilmington, MA/Atlanta, GA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Atlanta

Sunday, November 28 (Atlanta, GA)
-Morning Skate, Philips Arena, TBD
-Bruins vs. Atlanta Thrashers, Philips Arena, 5:00 p.m. ET (One Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303)
-Travel to Boston

Monday, November 29 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 30 (Wilmington, MA/Philadelphia, PA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Philadelphia

Wednesday, December 1 (Philadelphia, PA/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, Wells Fargo Center, 11:30 a.m. 
- Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center, 7:00 p.m. (3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19148)
-Travel to Boston, MA

Thursday, December 2 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Friday, December 3 (Wilmington, MA/Toronto, ON)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Toronto, ON

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
BIG, BAD BRUINS SHOW: Check out the lineup for this week’s Big Bad Bruins Show.

- 15th Annual Table of Friends
- "Behind the B" Kathryn Tappen with Michael Ryder
- Plays of the Week
- Matt Brown receives American Flag
- "Presidential Address" Andy Brickley with Peter Chiarelli
- Blake Wheeler, Tim Thomas, Mark Stuart, Matt Hunwick share Thanksgiving traditions
- Gregory Campbell delivers pies to homeless shelters.

“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.

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

Tuesdays
101.7 WFNX
9:10 a.m. Mark Stuart 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. Marc Savard 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”
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