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OLYMPIAN SUCCESS: Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Loui Eriksson, and David Krejci have all registered at least one point so far throughout the Olympic Games. As of Friday, Eriksson and Krejci lead the pack, each with three points (Eriksson: 2-1=3 totals, Krejci: 1-2=3 totals). Bergeron has tallied two assists for Team Canada, while Zdeno Chara finished with one helper for Team Slovakia. Goaltender Tuukka Rask has notched two wins thus far in the tournament with a 2.30 goals against average and a .918 save percentage… Eriksson and Bergeron will square off in the gold medal game on Sunday, February 23 at 7:00 a.m., while Rask and Finland will go head-to-head with Team USA to battle for a podium spot in the bronze medal game on Saturday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
FOLLOW THE BRUINS IN THE OLYMPICS: All the action from the Sochi Olympics and the five Bruins Olympians, Patrice Bergeron (Canada), Zdeno Chara (Slovakia), Loui Eriksson (Sweden), David Krejci (Czech Republic) and Tuukka Rask (Finland), can be followed by going to www.bostonbruins.com/sochi. For a listing of the Bruins player’s Olympic schedule, see the “Upcoming Games” section of the Week Ahead listed below. On February 7, B’s Captain Zdeno Chara carried the Slovakian flag for his country during the opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia. Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli has been serving as an Assistant General Manager for Team Canada. Head Coach Claude Julien was also elected to serve on the Team Canada staff as an Assistant Coach.
BERGERON QUICK ON THE DRAW: Bruins centerman Patrice Bergeron will begin the post break action second in faceoff percentage at 59.7%, behind former Bruin Vladimir Sobotka (60.9%, St. Louis) while Manny Malhotra is a close third (59.3%, Carolina). Bergeron however leads the league in faceoff wins (739), ahead of Sidney Crosby who ranks second with 728 wins.
BRUINS TEDDY BEAR SLEEPOVER AT BELLINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY: On Monday, February 24, the Boston Bruins will be visiting Bellingham Public Library in Bellingham, MA for a special edition of their Teddy Bear Sleepover. Bruins Mascot Blades and the children will be picking up their teddy bears that spent the weekend at the library and will see a movie trailer, for a movie to premiere later that week, of the activities their teddy bears did while they were away. There will be a special story time and the children will have the opportunity to take pictures with Blades. All participants will be required to donate a pair of new pajamas for the Bruins PJ Drive in order to have their teddy bears participate in the sleepover. For more information please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BRUINS & SAL’S PIZZA STREET HOCKEY CLINIC IN CONCORD: The Bruins and Sal’s Pizza have teamed up to bring the sport of hockey to community centers and other places where children can play in a safe and structured environment. Hockey equipment and instruction are provided for children to learn and enjoy hockey free of charge, while enjoying a Sal’s Pizza party after the clinic. The next clinic will take place on Tuesday, February 25 at the Concord Boys & Girls Club in Concord, NH from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BOSTON BRUINS FLOOR HOCKEY CLINIC IN SUPPORT OF PJ DRIVE: On Wednesday, February 26, the Boston Bruins will be visiting the West Suburban YMCA in Newton Centre, MA for to host a floor hockey clinic in support of the Bruins 7th Annual PJ Drive in partnership with Cradles to Crayons. Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin and Mascot Blades will be on hand to help the kids develop their hockey skills. Children who bring a new pair of pajamas to donate to the PJ Drive will be entered into a raffle for Bruins memorabilia. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BOSTON BRUINS I.C.E. SCHOOL VISIT AT PARKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: On Thursday, February 27, the Boston Bruins I.C.E. School (I Can Excel) will be visiting a 3rd grade classroom at Parker Elementary School. Students will learn one of the I.C.E. School lesson plans and participate in a Q&A session with a current Boston Bruins player. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BOSTON BRUINS STREET HOCKEY CLINIC AT WOBURN BOYS & GIRLS CLUB: On Thursday, February 27, the Boston Bruins will be hosting a street hockey clinic at the Woburn Boys & Girls Club. A current Bruins player will be on hand to assist participants between eight and 12 years old with developing their street hockey skills. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI: Episode ten of Behind the B aired on Wednesday, February 19 and chronicled the games leading up to the Olympic Break in the ‘Surge Before Sochi’. All episodes of Behind the B will air on NESN and can be streamed online at bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. Other exclusive Behind the B related content will be available on bostonbruins.com and the Boston Bruins Digital Entertainment Network (Bruins DEN) throughout the season.
Episode eleven will air Tuesday, March 11, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Behind the B episode air schedule on NESN:
Episode 11: Tuesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m. ET
Episode 12: Tuesday, April 1, 8:00 p.m. ET
Episode 13: Monday, April 14, 8:00 p.m. ET
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. The next celebration game will take place on Saturday, March 1 vs. the Washington Capitals, where Eddie Shore, Jr., son of former Bruins great Eddie Shore, will drop the ceremonial first puck to begin that day's tribute to the Bruins of the 1930's.
90 Years Celebration Games:
-Monday, October 14th vs. Detroit Red Wings (Milt Schmidt Puck Drop)
-Thursday, November 21st vs. St. Louis Blues (Bobby Orr Puck Drop)
-Tuesday, December 17th vs. Calgary Flames (Terry O'Reilly Puck Drop)
-Tuesday, January 14th vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (P.J. Axelsson Puck Drop)
-Thursday, January 30th vs. Montreal Canadiens (Weston Adams, Jr. Puck Drop)
-Saturday, March 1st vs. Washington Capitals
-Thursday, March 6th vs. Washington Capitals
-Monday, March 24th vs. Montreal Canadiens
-Thursday, March 27th vs. Chicago Blackhawks
-Saturday, April 5th vs. Philadelphia Flyers
PUCKS & PUPS 2014 CALENDAR: The Bruins announced the Pucks & Pups 2014 Bruins calendar, which will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and MSPCA Angell. Pucks & Pups is a unique 2014 calendar featuring Bruins players and management photographed with their pets or with adoptable dogs from the MSPCA. Players featured in the calendar include Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, and Shawn Thornton. Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs, President Cam Neely, General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Head Coach Claude Julien also participated in the project. The calendar features the B’s with their family pets or new friends waiting for homes at the MSPCA. Calendars can be purchased the Boston Bruins Pro Shop in TD Garden as well as on BostonBruins.com by visiting the following link: www.bostonbruins.com/pucksandpups.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NBC Sports Network will be broadcasting the game on Wednesday, February 26 in the Bruins first action back since the Olympic games. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
2/26 @ Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m. – NBCSN
BRUINS OLYMPIANS’ SCHEDULE
Saturday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. ET: USA vs. Finland (Tuukka Rask) Bronze Medal Game
Sunday, February 23 at 7:00 a.m. ET: Canada (Patrice Bergeron) vs. Sweden (Loui Eriksson) Gold Medal Game
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak (Gresh and Zo), which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Johnny Boychuk are expected to be regular guests on 98.5 as well with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.
196 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Ottawa Senators on February 8, the Boston Bruins have sold out 196 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): In the 23rd week of the Boston Media Tweet of the Week, Dale Arnold earns himself his first top tweet for his musing regarding Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask:
@DaleEArnold: No news to @NHLBruins fans. “@JeremySchaap: This Rask guy isnt bad.”
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@AmalieBenjamin: I'm in a sports bar in Tampa. Behind the B is on. It's like they're following me.
@TheBruinsBlog: Lebron James has a bloody nose. Or as Gregory Campbell calls it, a nose.
2013-14 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 6, Week 8, Week 11, Week 20, Week 21
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog), Week 4, Week 5, week 19
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger), Week 3, Week 7
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com), Week 1, Week 13, Week 22
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 2, Week 15
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com) Week 10. Week 18
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 9
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Jaggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 12
@JamieErdahl (Jamie Erdahl, NESN), Week 14
@KirkLuedeke29 (KirkLuedeke, New England Hockey Journal), Week 16
@JesseNEHLJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 17
@DaleEArnold (NESN): Week 23
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, February 12
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: TBD
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out the sixth edition of the 2013-14 Boston Bruins Prospect Report on February 12. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes and statistics on all players in the Bruins system, the report features stories on B’s prospects Matt Benning (Northeastern University) and Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston College) who participated in the 62nd Annual Beanpot at TD Garden.
AROUND TOWN (Players subject to change)…
BRUINS TEDDY BEAR SLEEPOVER AT BELLINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY
WHAT: The Boston Bruins will be visiting Bellingham Public Library on Monday, February 24 for a special edition of the Teddy Bear Sleepover. Bruins Mascot Blades and the children who left their teddy bears for a sleepover at the library will pick up their bears, watch a movie trailer of the activities the bears participated in over the weekend, and will take part in a special story time with Blades. In order to participate in this special sleepover, the children are required to donate a pair of new pajamas in support of the Boston Bruins 7th Annual PJ Drive in partnership with Cradles to Crayons.
WHEN: Monday, February 24 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bellingham Public Library, 100 Blackstone Street, Bellingham, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Mascot Blades
BOSTON BRUINS & SAL’S PIZZA STREET HOCKEY CLINIC
WHAT: The Bruins and Sal’s Pizza have teamed up to bring the sport of hockey to community centers and other places where children can play in a safe and structured environment. Hockey equipment and instruction are provided for children to learn and enjoy hockey free of charge, while enjoying a Sal’s Pizza party after the clinic. The next clinic will take place on Tuesday, February 25 at the Concord Boys & Girls Club in Concord, NH from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 25 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Concord Boys & Girls Club, 15 Shawmut Street, Concord, NH
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin and Boston Bruins Mascot Blades
BOSTON BRUINS FLOOR HOCKEY CLINIC IN SUPPORT OF THE 7TH ANNUAL PJ DRIVE
WHAT: On Wednesday, February 26 the Boston Bruins will be visiting the West Suburban YMCA for to host a floor hockey clinic in support of the Bruins 7th Annual PJ Drive in partnership with Cradles to Crayons. Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin and Mascot Blades will be on hand to help the kids develop their hockey skills. Children who bring a new pair of pajamas to donate to the PJ Drive will be entered into a raffle for Bruins memorabilia.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 26 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church Street, Newton Centre, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin and Bruins Mascot Blades
BOSTON BRUINS I.C.E. SCHOOL VISIT AT PARKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WHAT: On Thursday, February 27, the Boston Bruins will be hosting a street hockey clinic at the Woburn Boys & Girls Club. A current Bruins player will be on hand to assist participants between eight and 12 years old with developing their street hockey skills.
WHEN: Thursday, February 27 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
WHERE: Parker Elementary School, 52 River Street, Billerica, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Current Boston Bruins Player
OFF THE ICE…
PATRICE’S PALS: As a part of his continuing charitable initiative Patrice’s Pals, Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron invites children from local hospitals and other organizations to experience a Bruins home game from his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags filled with Bruins memorabilia, a visit from the Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls, as well as a feature on the Garden HDX. After the game, Patrice’s Pals are escorted to ice level and introduced to Patrice himself who signs autographs and takes pictures with his Pals. This will take place at all Boston Bruins home games during the 2013-14 season.
SAVVY’S SUITE: Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard has partnered with the Brain Injury Center at Children’s Hospital Boston, inviting children who suffer from the effects of Brain Trauma, both physically and psychologically, to attend a Bruins home game in his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags with Bruins memorabilia and a visit from Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls. Savard started the program on Thursday, January 12, 2012, and it will continue through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season.
COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2013-14 regular season, Bruins Principal and Alternate Governor Charlie Jacobs is donating ten balcony tickets to every home game to children from charitable organizations across New England, who are invited to enjoy a Bruins home game from these donated seats.
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
-Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Saturday, February 22 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, February 23
Monday, February 24 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 25 (Boston, MA/Buffalo, NY)
-Practice at TD Garden, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Buffalo, NY
Wednesday, February 26 (Buffalo, NY / Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Niagara Center, 11:30 a.m.
-Away game at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NBCSN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Thursday, February 27 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia, 11:30 a.m.
Friday, February 28 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia, 10:30 a.m.
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, February 21)
1. B. Marchand, 19
2. R. Smith, 18
T3. J. Iginla, 17
T3. M. Lucic, 17
5. P. Bergeron, 16
1. D. Krejci, 37
2. Jarome Iginla, 26
T3. M. Lucic, 24
T3. R. Smith, 24
5. P. Bergeron, 22
1. D. Krejci, 50 (13-37)
2. J. Iginla, 43 (17-26)
3. R. Smith, 42 (18-24)
4. M. Lucic, 41 (17-24)
5. P. Bergeron, 38 (16-22)
1. A. McQuaid, 69
2. M. Lucic, 62
3. S. Thornton, 53
4. B. Marchand, 52
5. Z. Chara, 44
BRUINS OLYMPIC STATISTICS (as of Friday, February 21)
Patrice Bergeron (Canada)
Zdeno Chara (Slovakia)
David Krejci (Czech Republic)
Penalty Minutes, 0
Loui Eriksson (Sweden)
Tuukka Rask (Finland)
Goals Against Average: 2.30
Save Percentage: .918