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Bruins Week Ahead: 12/18-12/25

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

December 18 – December 25

PAST AND PRESENT: While the Bruins of the past took to the ice at Fenway Park in Boston Friday morning, the Bruins of the present were in Chicago preparing to take on the Blackhawks Friday night in game one of a three-game-in-four-days road trip. The current B’s will make stops in Chicago, Toronto and Ottawa before one final home game before the holiday break when they host the Thrashers for the first time in 09-10 on Wednesday, December 23.

STUART SIDELINED; MCQUAID, WOZNIEWSKI RECALLED: Mark Stuart will have his ironman streak snapped at 196 regular season games tonight after suffering a broken sternum in the Bruins/Flyers game on Monday. Stuart skated in all 32 games to date this season and had not missed a game since breaking into the NHL on a full-time basis at the start of the 2007-08 season.

To fill the void on the blueline, the Bruins recalled Adam McQuaid and Andy Wozniewski. Both players are on the team’s road trip and could make their Bruins debuts. This was the first professional recall for McQuaid, while Wozniewski is a veteran of 77 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Blues.

PLAY ALONGSIDE NEELY, O’REILLY, KIEFER SUTHERLAND IN THE AT&T LEGENDS CLASSIC: Fans can bid on a roster spot in the AT&T Legends Classic Friday night during the Bruins/Blackhawks telecast, beginning with W.B. Mason Bruins Face-Off LIVE at 8:00 p.m. ET. The winner will be announced following the conclusion of the game during Bruins Overtime LIVE presented by  For the full list of celebrities and Bruins alum participating – and ticket information – visit

“TEAM CHALLENGE” WINNERS TO BE HONORED: On Saturday, December 19 beginning at 9:00 a.m. the Boston Bruins and SBLI are hosting a private celebration for representatives from each of the 25 “Team Challenge” winners including a ticket presentation with Bruins Vice President Cam Neely and SBLI president Bob Sheridan and a special skate on the ice of the outdoor rink at Fenway Park. A complete list of the winning teams can be found below.

Bruins legends who christened the ice at Fenway Park on Friday morning represented 13 Bruins Stanley Cups, 27 NHL trophies won, five Boston numbers retired, five Hockey Hall-of-Famers and five Bruins captains. The career statline for those who skated was 2,916 goals, 5,119 assists for 8,035 points in 10,318 games.

WBZ’S Dan Roche, after skating on the outdoor rink at Fenway Park on Friday…
“It was such an awesome sight to walk down the grandstand stairs and see a hockey rink sitting on top of the hallowed green grass and infield dirt.”

800: Number of NHL games played by Zdeno Chara, after tonight’s game against Chicago
10-0-0: Record in games when the Bruins have had a two-goal-or-more lead.
14: Days until the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

BOSTONBRUINS.COM/MEDIA: The Bruins have launched a media-only section of their website, This password-protected site, which will be updated by the Bruins Communications staff daily, will be the online home for all relevant Boston Bruins media information. To obtain a username and password for the site, please see a member of the Bruins Communications Staff.

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE: Please call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE BOSTON BRUINS: The Bruins would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.


WHAT: Boston Bruins “Team Challenge” Winner Celebration
On Saturday, December 19, the Boston Bruins and SBLI are hosting a private celebration for representatives from each of the 25 “Team Challenge” winners including a ticket presentation with Bruins Vice President Cam Neely and SBLI president Bob Sheridan and a special skate on the ice of the outdoor rink at Fenway Park. Each of the youth hockey teams submitted an essay of 250 words or less explaining their efforts to emulate the Bruins (i.e. hardworking, giving back to the community, etc.). The top 20 teams were determined by online votes. The additional five teams were chosen by Boston Bruins players. All of the winning teams received 20 tickets to the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
WHEN: Saturday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215. Media can enter at Gate D
Bruins Participating: Cam Neely

WHAT: Skate with the Ice Girls
The Boston Bruins “Skate with the Ice Girls” program is heading to the Hetland Memorial Skating Rink (310 Hathaway Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02740) on Sunday, December 20. Bruins fans will also have a chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and great prizes.
WHEN: Sunday, December 20, from 2:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hetland Memorial Skating Rink, 310 Hathaway Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02740
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Ice Girls and the Bruins Mascot, Blades

2ND ANNUAL BRUINS HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT: The B’s are returning to the Haverhill Valley Forum to host the second annual “Boston Bruins Holiday Tournament” from Sunday, December 27 through Wednesday, December 30. The event will feature Mite and Squirt squads playing in a minimum of three games over a four-day period. As an added bonus, each team will have the opportunity to win a team set of tickets to the 2010 NHL/Bridgestone Winter Classic between the Bruins and Flyers at Fenway Park on January 1, 2010. Check out for more info.

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, December 19 (Toronto, ON/Ottawa, ON)
-Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Ottawa, ON

Sunday, December 20 (Ottawa, ON)
-Practice at Carleton University

Monday, December 21 (Ottawa, ON/Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Ottawa Senators, Scotiabank Place, 7:30 p.m. local
-Depart for Boston, MA

Tuesday, December 22 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 23 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Atlanta Thrashers, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. local

Thursday, December 24 (Boston, MA)
-Off, Holiday Break

Friday, December 25 (Boston, MA)
-Off, Holiday Break


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. 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.

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

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

101.7 FM WFNX
7:30 a.m. Andrew Ference with “The Sandbox”

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

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

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”

1. M. Sturm, 9
T2. P. Bergeron, 8
T2. M. Savard, 8
T2. M. Ryder, 8
T4. M. Recchi, 7
T4. B. Wheeler, 7

1. Z. Chara, 17
2. P. Bergeron, 16
T3. D. Morris, 12
T3. D. Krejci, 12
5. M. Recchi, 10

1. P. Bergeron, 24
2. Z. Chara, 19
T3. M. Recchi, 17
T3. M. Sturm, 17
T3. D. Krejci, 17

1. M. Sturm, +9
2. Z. Chara, +7
3. M. Lucic, +3
4. D. Krejci, +2

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 61
2. Z. Chara, 44
3. M. Stuart, 28
4. S. Begin, 22
5. B. Bitz, 19


-Patrice Bergeron currently ranks 5th overall in faceoffs won with 355 (S. Crosby, 404) and 5th in faceoff percentage at 59% (P. Gaustad, 63.6%).

-Tim Thomas is currently tied for second in shutouts with three.

-Marc Savard is currently 4th in the NHL in shooting percentage at 22.4% (T. Fleischmann, 26.5%)

-Tuukka Rask ranks 2nd in save percentage with .932 (R. Miller, .937) and 2nd in goals against average with 1.97 (R. Miller, 1.88). Rask ranks first among all rookie goaltenders in save percentage and goals against average and is third in wins among rookies with 9 (S. Varlamov, 11)

-The Bruins as a team rank 1st the penalty kill category at 86.2%.
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