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Bruins Week Ahead, 12.17 - 12.24

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 24

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:

THREE UP BEFORE HOLIDAY BREAK: The Black & Gold return home after a two-game skid and will play three games at the TD Garden before the NHL’s holiday break for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Saturday, one losing streak will be broken when the Bruins will host the Capitals, as the Caps have lost seven straight games and have only one win in the month of December (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). Anaheim will visit the Garden on Monday in their only trip to Boston (7:30 p.m. TV: VERSUS, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub) while the Atlanta Thrashers will close out the homestand on Thursday (7:00 p.m. TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub).

TOY DELIVERY SET FOR TUESDAY: On Tuesday, December 21, the entire Bruins roster will deliver toys to hospitalized children throughout the Boston area. The team will be split into seven different groups and each group will visit a different hospital and personally deliver toys to the children. Please see the “Around Town” section for the groupings and for which visits are open to the media. Patrice Bergeron took the lead once again on this year’s event and helped organize and coordinate the toy purchases and the toy deliveries with his teammates.

LONG ROAD TRIP LOOMS: The Bruins will embark on their longest continuous road trip of the season after the holiday break, with five consecutive games on the road in eight days (the team has seven straight road games at the end of February however that is broken into two separate trips). The team has back-to-backs with Florida and Tampa Bay before heading to Atlanta to face the Thrashers on December 30. Members of the media traveling on the trip should be aware that the team will practice in Duluth, GA at the Thrashers practice facility on December 29 and December 31. After their practice on the 31st, the team will fly to Buffalo to finish up the trip with a New Year’s Day tilt against the Sabres and a January 3 date with the Leafs.

RENE RANCOURNAMENT: The Bruins will be giving away special holiday Rene “Rancournaments” during the Bruins/Ducks game on Monday, December 20. What exactly is a Rene Rancournament? It’s a holiday ornament modeled after Garden legend Rene Rancourt. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive one. Check out the visual here http://yfrog.com/h3et7hj.

PENALTY SHOTS: The Bruins faced their third penalty shot of the season on Thursday night against Montreal. This is the first time since the 2005-06 season that they have faced three penalty shots in one year. The Bruins have never faced four in a season in club history.

TWO FIRSTS: Bruins rookie Steven Kampfer picked up his first career NHL point during Tuesday’s game against Buffalo while Marc Savard netted his first goal of the 2010-11 campaign on Thursday in Montreal.

2ND NEELY SK8 ANNOUNCED: Beginning the weekend of February 4 and continuing throughout the month, the Boston Bruins Foundation and The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care are hosting the second annual "Neely SK8 Challenge" skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance. The Neely SK8 Challenge helps raise funds for children battling cancer and their families. 
Bruins fans of all ages can register to skate at one of the five FMC participating rinks.  Each skate date will be a private Neely SK8 event. Skaters can create a personalized fundraising page for family and friends to make a pledge and follow participants’ fundraising progress by visiting www.neelysk8.com. Last year, skaters raised more than $130,000.

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 December 31.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…
Marc Savard has three power play points since returning to the Bruins lineup on Thursday, December 2. The team has gone 6 for 26 in those seven games (23.1%). In the 23 games without Savard, the Bruins power play went 14 for 84 (16.7%).

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

ON THIS DATE IN BRUINS HISTORY: December 17, 1999 - Ray Bourque records his 1,100th NHL/Bruins assist in a 3-1 win at the Atlanta Thrashers.

GAMES PLAYED MILESTONES: Last week, three Bruins hit significant games played milestones. Mark Recchi played in his 1600th career game, which ranks ninth all time, Andrew Ference played in his 600th career game and Michael Ryder skated in his 500th.

WEEK AHEAD RELATED LINKS:
The B’s are coming home and getting geared up to take on the Capitals tomorrow night after a tough two-day road trip. Here are the latest Bruins links:

Marc Savard notched his first goal of the season last night. Here is his reaction (http://tinyurl.com/3y8gn8w)

The Bruins rookie forward Tyler Seguin is learning all about the NHL and taking it in stride (http://tinyurl.com/3xhyw5y)

Get all the details from last night’s game with Jesse Connolly and the New England Hockey Journal (http://tinyurl.com/398t6r9)

Check out this week’s power rankings thanks to NESN (http://tinyurl.com/27ff7ve)

Here is a little hockey holiday cheer from the Belfast Giants, who hosted the Bruins in an exhibition game this preseason (http://tinyurl.com/2ucm9mq)

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

AROUND TOWN:

WHAT: TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION DRIVE
The Boston Bruins will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children in need through the US Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program during their home games throughout December. Toy collection stations will be located at the TD Garden entrance turnstiles beginning at 6 p.m. All Bruins fans choosing to donate will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia including a team -autographed jersey stick, photo and puck.
WHEN: All Bruins home games throughout December including: Saturday, December 18, Monday, December 20 and Thursday, December 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: The TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 at the entrance turnstiles

WHAT: MEDFORD LEARN TO SKATE
Boston Bruins Ice Girls Amanda and Rory and the Bruins mascot Blades will surprise the Medford Mites with a Christmas party at their learn-to-skate program. Blades and the Ice Girls will skate with the Medford Mites, sign autographs and take pictures for their year-end celebration.
WHEN: Saturday, December 18 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Le Conte Ice Rink, 97 Locust St. Medford, MA 02155
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades and Ice Girls, Amanda and Rory

WHAT: SKATE WITH THE ICE GIRLS
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will also be collecting toys at their “Skate with the Ice Girls,” free open skate program on Sunday, December 19. Bruins Ice Girls Amanda and Rebecca will be skating with kids of all ages, taking pictures and signing autographs. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to win player-autographed memorabilia.
WHEN: Sunday, December 19 from 2:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Horgan Arena, 400 Oxford Street North Auburn, MA 01501
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Ice Girls Amanda and Rebecca

WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS FOUDNATION CHECK PRESENTATION
The Boston Bruins Foundation and InVivo Therapeutics will present a check for $15,000 to Thomas E. Smith, founder of the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation. Thomas E. Smith of Swampscott, MA currently suffers from a spinal cord injury. He was first paralyzed in August 2008 during a Junior A hockey summer tournament. With the help of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Smith recovered from his injury and went on to play hockey for the Boston Bulldogs, a member of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. During hockey practice in October 2009, Smith suffered a second injury, unrelated to the first that left him paralyzed from the waist down. While working on his recovery, Smith founded the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation, a group whose members are committed to filling the void in medical services for spinal injuries in New England by providing state of the art equipment and resources necessary to enhance the mobility for and access to the daily world of all persons.
WHEN: Monday, December 20 during the second intermission of the Bruins/Ducks game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney

WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS TOY DELIVERY
On Tuesday, December 21 the entire 2010 - 11 Boston Bruins roster will continue the Bruins annual toy delivery holiday tradition. The players will be divided into seven groups, with each group visiting the following seven hospitals: Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston Medical Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Franciscan Hospital for Children.

Bruins players, coaches and the Boston Bruins Foundation, collected an estimated total of $22,500, to be used by the team to shop for toys on Monday, December 13. Members of the 2010-11 Boston Bruins roster personally donated to the initiative, and for every dollar the team raised the Boston Bruins Foundation matched.

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, December 18 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m., (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Sunday, December 19 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, December 20 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Anaheim Ducks, TD Garden, 7:30 p.m., (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Tuesday, December 21 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.  
-Holiday Toy Delivery to Boston hospitals, 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, December 22 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. 

Thursday, December 23 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Atlanta Thrashers, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m., (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Friday, December 24
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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.

BIG BAD BRUINS SHOW: Check out the lineup for this week’s Big Bad Bruins show, which will first air at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 18 on NESN.

- 'Behind the B' Kathryn Tappen with Brad Marchand at Holiday Toy Shopping
- Old Time Sports, Business created by the three Magnuson brothers supplying "old time" apparel
- Book signing of "100 Things Bruins Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die," by Matt Kalman
- 'Presidential Address' Andy Brickley with Peter Chiarelli in Montreal
- Bruins Holiday Toy Shopping at Target in Woburn
- NHL Plays of the Week

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”


BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, December 17)
Goals
1. M. Lucic, 16
2. N. Horton, 11
3. M. Ryder, 9
4. B. Wheeler, 7
5. M. Recchi, 6

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 16
2. M. Recchi, 13
T3. N. Horton, 12
T3. P. Bergeron, 12
4. M. Lucic, 11

Points
1. M. Lucic, 27
2. N. Horton, 23
3. D. Krejci, 21
T4. M. Ryder, 19
T4. M. Recchi, 19

Plus/Minus
T1. N. Horton, +17
2. M. Lucic, +16
T3. Z. Chara, +14
T3. A. Ference, +14
5. D. Krejci, +10

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 57
2. G. Campbell, 39
3. M. Lucic, 32
4. Z. Chara, 31
5. N. Horton, 27

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:

Tim Thomas is currently ranked 1st in the NHL in goals against average (1.63), save percentage at .951 and tied for first in shutouts with 5. He is currently tied for 3rd in the NHL in wins with 14.

Milan Lucic is currently ranked 1st in the NHL in shooting percentage at 23.9%. He is currently tied for 6th in the NHL in goals (16). He is currently 7th in the NHL in the plus/minus category at +16.

Nathan Horton is currently tied for 3rd in the plus/minus category at +17.

Brad Marchand is currently tied for 1st in the NHL in shorthanded goals (3) and tied for 2nd in shorthanded points (4).

Tyler Seguin is currently tied for 10th for rookies in the NHL in goals with 5. He is currently ranked 8th for rookies in the NHL in shooting percentage at 10.2%. He is currently tied for 15th for rookies in the NHL in scoring (11).

The Bruins as a team are currently ranked 3rd in penalty kill category at 86.1%.
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