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Bruins Week Ahead: 2/27 - 3/5

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

February 27 - March 5

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:

THOMAS MAKES OLYMPIC DEBUT: Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas made his Olympic debut on Friday during Team USA's semifinal game against Finland, coming in for Ryan Miller midway through the third period. Team USA advanced to the gold medal game by defeating the Fins 6-1 on Friday afternoon. They will face the winner of Canada/Slovakia on Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

IN LIKE A LION: Following the Olympic Break, the Bruins will look to continue their four-game win streak when they host the Canadiens at the TD Garden on Tuesday, March 2 and the Maple Leafs on Thursday March 4. March will be the Bruins’ busiest month of the season, with 16 games scheduled in the 31 days. They will have their longest road trip of the year, a seven game, 12-day trek through Long Island, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Philadelphia, Montreal, New Jersey and Carolina.

MARCH BY THE NUMBERS:
8: Home games
8: Road games
2: Sets of back-to-back games (3/15 at New Jersey and 3/16 at Carolina; 3/29 vs. Buffalo and 3/30 vs. NJ)
15: Games versus Eastern Conference opponents (Calgary is the lone Western Conference foe)

DEADLINE DAY: The NHL Olympic Roster Freeze unlocks Sunday, February 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The NHL Trade Deadline is 3:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 3.

ENGINE 33: On Friday, February 26 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tuukka Rask and Mark Stuart will be delivering a framed team autographed jersey to the oldest Fire Station in the United States, Engine 33, located at 941 Boylston St. in Boston.  During their visit, Stuart and Rask will spend time touring the facility and learning about the everyday life of a Boston Fire Fighter.  They will be visiting Engine 33 because of the station’s continued commitment to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The Bruins will be hosting their 2nd Annual Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Night on Thursday, March 25th. 

THE “WEATHERIZER”: On Sunday, February 28, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will donate $5,000 to the New England Grassroots Environment Fund’s “Boston Grant Initiative” and will work with volunteers to weatherize a Cambridge home (94 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA 02141) by installing energy efficient light bulbs, weatherizing doors, caulking cracks and more from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

BLEED BLACK AND GOLD: On Monday, March 1, the Boston Bruins, American Red Cross and TD Bank will be hosting the second "Bleed Black and Gold Blood Drive" from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the TD Garden concourse (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114).  All donors who participate will receive a long-sleeve Boston Bruins t-shirt as well as an opportunity to win Boston Bruins autographed memorabilia. Participants will be able to access the fourth floor by entering through the East Premium Entrance, located on the street/North Station level of the TD Garden.

“NEELY SK8” ENTERS FINAL WEEK: Entering the last week of the first “Neely Sk8 Challenge,” participants have raised more than $80,000 to benefit children battling cancer and their families. Nine-year-old Jack Dolan is leading the way in terms of fundraising, as he has raised $28,853.11 as of Friday, February 19. For more information, upcoming skate times and locations and how to donate, visit www.neelysk8.com

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS: The Boston Bruins announced on Tuesday that current Season Ticket Holders will be able to renew their Season Tickets for the 2010-2011 NHL Season beginning today. During this process, there will be a blended two percent increase in Season Ticket renewal prices, with some season ticket renewal prices for the 2010-2011 season going down or remaining flat from the 2009-2010 new full season ticket price.
Prices range from $18 (balcony) - $167 (glass) per game.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE… The Bruins returned to practice yesterday with all of their non-Olympic participants skating. They are looking to open the post-Olympic break portion of their schedule with a full roster for the first time since Nov. 25 in Minnesota and just the seventh game this season (they had no injured players on Oct. 1-3-8-10 and Nov. 23-25).

THEY SAID IT…
Claude Julien, on Mark Stuart’s return to practice...
“I think Stuey just got his cast taken off a few days ago and I don’t know what they did, but he was stick-handling better than ever, so they might have done something special there with that finger.”

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

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
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, February 27 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m., local


Sunday, February 28 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m., local


Monday, March 1 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m., local

Tuesday, March 2 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Montreal Canadiens, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m., local

Wednesday, March 3 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m., local

Thursday, March 4 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m., local

Friday, March 5 (Wilmington, MA/Uniondale, NY)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m., local
-Depart for Farmingdale, NY

UPCOMING BRUINS OLYMPIC SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Friday, February 26 (Semifinal #2)
9:30 p.m. Zdeno Chara, Miroslav Satan and Slovakia play Patrice Bergeron and Team Canada (CNBC)

Saturday, February 27 (Bronze Medal Game)
10:00 p.m. Finland vs. Slovakia/Canada loser (TV info: TBD)

Sunday, February 28 (Gold Medal Game)
3:15 p.m. USA vs. Slovakia/Canada winner (NBC)

AROUND TOWN:
WHAT: Neely SK8 Challenge
Throughout the month of February, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care are hosting the First Annual “Neely SK8 Challenge” skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual. The Neely SK8 Challenge fundraiser will help raise funds for children battling cancer and their families. Bruins fans of all ages can register to skate at one or more of the 23 FMC participating rinks. A complete list of skate dates and rink locations can be found below. Skaters can create their very own personalized fundraising page for family and friends to pledge and follow participants’ fundraising progress at www.neelysk8.com. A number of prizes will be awarded throughout the Neely SK8 Challenge. Every skater raising $50.00 will receive and official Neely SK8 Challenge t-shirt. The individual raising the most money at each of the participating rinks will receive an official Cam Neely autographed jersey. The top four skate-a-thon fundraisers will receive four tickets to a Bruins game where they will sit in a private suite and meet and greet current Bruins Vice President Cam Neely. The highest fundraiser will receive four tickets to a Bruins game, a meet and greet with Neely, the opportunity to high-five the Bruins team as they take the ice, ride on the Zamboni and autographed Bruins items.
WHEN: Sunday, February 28 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00pm
WHERE: Allied Veterans Memorial Arena, 65 Elm Street, Everett, MA 02149

WHEN: Sunday, February 28 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00pm
WHERE: Chelmsford Forum, 2 Brick Kiln Road, North Billerica, MA 01862

WHEN: Sunday, February 28 from 2:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Connery Arena, 182 Sheppard Street, Lynn, MA 01904

WHEN: Sunday, February 28 from 2:40 p.m. - 4:40p.m.
WHERE: Simoni Skating Arena, 155 Gore Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins defenseman, Matt Hunwick

WHAT: Take the Ice: A Great Escape at the TD Garden
The Boston Bruins Foundation will be hosting "Take the Ice - A Great Escape at the TD Garden" for the children and families of the Starlight Children's Foundation. Great Escapes are recreational family activities that offer much-needed respite, social interaction and support for seriously ill children and their families.  Great escapes are monthly events designed to make sick children feel extraordinarily special while allowing families to create priceless family memories away from hospital or clinical settings; for some families, Great Escapes are among the last outings they’ll have with their sick children.  During this Great Escape, families will have the opportunity to skate on the TD Garden ice, meet Bruins alumni and Ice Girls, enjoy lunch, arts and crafts, caricatures, clowns, airbrush tattoos, and other fun games and activities.
WHEN: TD Garden 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 (Enter at back security)
WHERE: Sunday, February 28, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHAT: Andrew Ference Home Weatherization and Donation
On Sunday, February 28, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will donate $5,000 to the New England Grassroots Environment Fund’s “Boston Grant Initiative” and participate in a “community energy rebuild” organized by the Cambridge Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Ference will be working with volunteers to weatherize a Cambridge home (94 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA 02141) by installing energy efficient light bulbs, weatherizing doors, caulking cracks and more. The weatherization sessions will end with a party from 4:00.p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the East End House (105 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA 02141) where Ference will present the NEGEF with a check for $5,000 and sign autographs for each of the volunteers that participated in the afternoon’s build.
WHEN: Sunday, February 28 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: 94 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Andrew Ference

WHAT: Bleed Black and Gold Blood Drive
On Monday, March 1, the Boston Bruins, American Red Cross and TD Bank will be hosting the second “Bleed Black and Gold Blood Drive” from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the TD Garden concourse (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114).  All donors will be able to access the fourth floor by entering through the East Premium Entrance, located on the street/North Station level of the TD Garden. To make an appointment to donate blood at the “Bleed Black and Gold Blood Drive,” please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or log onto www.redcrossblood.org.
WHEN: Monday, March 1 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden concourse (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 (Enter through the East Premium Entrance and proceed up to the fourth floor)

WHAT: Bruins Ice Girls and Bud Light Pre-Game Party
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Bud Light will be at DJ's Bar (222 Friend St. Boston, MA 02114) for a pre-game bash.  The Girls will be there to give away items, take photos with fans and get the crowd excited to watch as the Bruins take on the Capitals at 7:00 p.m.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 2 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: DJ's Bar, 222 Friend St. Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: Bruins Ice Girls and Heineken Seat Upgrade Giveaway
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be at Johnny's on the West Side (138 Portland St., Boston, MA 02114) to give away two tickets to sit front row at that night's Bruins/Canadiens game at 7:00 p.m. The Girls will also be available to take photos with fans and get the crowd excited for the game.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 2 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Johnny's on the West Side (138 Portland St., Boston, MA 02114)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

“COMMUNITY CAPTAIN” PRESENTED BY THE LOTTERY:
During each Boston Bruins home game, a member of the local community is acknowledged for their contributions
as the “Community Captain” of the game. The Community Captain receives four complimentary game tickets to a
Bruins home game where they will be recognized on the TD Garden HDX (video scoreboard).

Here are the Community Captains who will be recognized during this week’s home games:

Tuesday, March 2: Carol Moore of Boston, MA & Meaghan Concannon Dietel of West Roxbury, MA
On Tuesday, March 2 during the Bruins/Capitals game beginning at 7:00 p.m., Carol Moore of Boston, MA & Meaghan Concannon Dietel of West Roxbury, MA will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captains. Throughout the summer of 2009, Carol and Meaghan were members of a committee of twelve teachers that developed the curriculum for the Bruins I.C.E. School Presented by AT&T.  Meghan and Carol have gone above and beyond to promote the program to the community.  The Bruins have brought players to both of their classrooms to help teach lessons from the curriculum.

Thursday, March 4: Amy Lowe of Westford, MA
On Thursday, March 4 during the Bruins/Canadiens game beginning at 7:00 p.m. Amy Lowe of Westford, MA will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain. Amy Lowe has been a tireless volunteer and board member for Nashoba Youth Hockey. She has run the initiations programs, giving up her Saturday’s and Sundays for the last 6 years to teach children how to skate and play hockey.  In addition, she helped to start a girls youth hockey program for Nashoba and coaches 3 teams. Her tireless dedication to the kids makes her a community role model.
 
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
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.

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

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

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

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

Thursdays
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”

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (As of Friday, February 26):
Goals
1. M. Sturm, 18
2. M. Ryder, 15
3. B. Wheeler, 13
T4. P. Bergeron, 12
T4. M. Recchi, 12

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 28
2. P. Bergeron, 25
T3. M. Savard, 22
T3. D. Morris, 22
5. D. Krejci, 20

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 37
2. Z. Chara, 33
T3. B. Wheeler, 31
T3. M., Savard, 31
T3. D. Krejci, 31

Plus/Minus
1. M. Sturm, +8
2. Z. Chara, +6
3. M. Satan, +5
T4. J. Boychuk, +3
T4. M., Savard, +3

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 104
2. Z. Chara, 72
3. M. Stuart, 47
4. B. Wheeler, 41
5. S. Begin, 40

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Patrice Bergeron currently ranks 8th in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 57.4% (S. Nichol, 61%).

-Tim Thomas is currently tied for 4th in the NHL for shutouts (4) with 5 other players (M. Brodeur and T. Vokoun, 7).

-Tuukka Rask currently ranks 1st in the NHL in goals against average with 2.08 and tied for 3rd in the NHL with Evgeni Nabokov in save percentage at .928 (T. Vokoun, .931).

-The Bruins as a team are tied for 2nd in the NHL in shutouts (7) with 3 other teams (Chicago Blackhawks, 8).

-The Bruins as a team are 3rd in the NHL in the penalty kill category at 86%.

-The Bruins as a team are tied for 4th in the NHL with the Calgary Flames in goals against per game at 2.42 goals (Chicago Blackhawks, 2.31).
 
BOSTON BRUINS 2009-10 TIMELINE
PLAYER MILESTONES AND TRANSACTIONS

July 1: 
* Byron Bitz re-signed to a multi-year contract.
* Steve Begin signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Johnny Boychuk re-signed to a one-year contract.
July 7:
* Drew Fata and Dany Sabourin signed to one-year contracts as free agents.
July 13:
* Rob Kwiet, Drew Larman, Zach McKelvie and Trent Whitfield signed as free agents.
July 20:
* Matt Hunwick re-signed to a two-year contract.
July 24:
* Patrick Eaves and 2010 fourth round draft pick acquired from Carolina Hurricanes for Aaron
  Ward.
* Derek Morris signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
August 4:
* Bruins enter agreement for ECHL affiliation with Reading Royals.
September 4:
* Claude Julien signed to a multi-year contract extension.
September 9:
* Andy Wozniewski signed to a one-year contract as a free agent.
September 18:
* 2010 first and second round and 2011 first round draft picks acquired from Toronto for Phil
  Kessel.
September 20:
* Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Jordan Knackstedt, and Matt Marquardt assigned to
  Providence/AHL.
* Scott Fletcher and Rob Kwiet returned to Providence/AHL.
* Alain Goulet and Lane MacDermid released from Boston training camp and reporting to
  Providence/AHL training camp.
* Ryan Button (Prince Albert/WHL), Jordan Caron (Rimouski/QMJHL), Michael Hutchinson
  (London/OHL) and Tyler Randell (Kitchener/OHL) returned to their junior teams.
September 21:
* Max Sauve returned to his junior team in Val d’Or/QMJHL.
September 23:
* Jamie Arniel, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jeff Penner and Kevin Regan assigned to
  Providence (AHL).
September 26:
* Don Sweeney promoted to Assistant General Manager.
* Guillaume Lefebvre signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio and Adam McQuaid assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Kirk MacDonald released from Boston tryout agreement and returned to Providence (AHL).
* Zack McKelvie, Levi Nelson and Yannick Riendeau termed injured, non-roster players.
September 28:
* Drew Fata, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre, Dany Sabourin, Trent Whitfield, Andy
  Wozniewski, Brad Marchand and Zach Hamill assigned to Providence (AHL).
September 30:
* Vladimir Sobotka assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Jim Benning signed to a multi-year contract extension.
October 2:
* Adam Courchaine assigned to Sarnia (OHL).
* Lane MacDermid signed to an entry-level contract.
 
October 6:
* Milan Lucic signed to a three-year contract extension.
October 8:
* Kevin Regan reassigned from Providence (AHL) to Reading (ECHL).
October 10:
* Mark Stuart played his 200th NHL / Bruins game vs. New York Islanders.
October 17:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL) and played his first NHL game at Phoenix
  Coyotes.
* Derek Morris played his 800th NHL game at Phoenix Coyotes.
October 18:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
* 2011 second round draft pick, Craig Weller and rights to Alexander Fallstrom acquired from
  Minnesota Wild for Chuck Kobasew.
* Guillaume Lefebvre, Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 19:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 20:
* Daniel Paille acquired from Buffalo Sabres for third round and conditional fourth round draft
  picks in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
October 21:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 22:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 24:
* Mark Recchi played in his 1,500th NHL game at Ottawa Senators.
October 25:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 31:
* Michael Ryder played in his 400th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Daniel Paille played in his 200th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Coach Claude Julien reached his 100th win behind the Boston bench.
November 4:
* Mikko Lehtonen recalled from Providence (AHL).
November 5:
* Tuukka Rask signed to a two-year contract extension.
November 6:
* Mikko Lehtonen returned to Providence (AHL).
November 10:
* Mark Recchi recorded his 900th career NHL assist vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 14:
* Blake Wheeler played his 100th NHL game at Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 19:
* Marco Sturm played his 800th NHL game at Atlanta Thrashers.
* Dennis Wideman recorded his 100th NHL assist at Atlanta Thrashers.
November 20:
* Brad Marchand returned to Providence (AHL).
November 21:
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
November 29:
* Doug Houda, Craig Ramsay, Geoff Ward, Bob Essensa and Brant Berglund signed to
  multi-year contract extensions.
December 1:
* Marc Savard signed to seven-year contract extension.
 
December 2:
* Johnny Boychuk assigned to Providence (AHL) for conditioning purposes.
* Max Sauve signed to an entry-level contract.
* Marc Savard scored his 200th NHL goal vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.
December 5:
* Johnny Boychuk recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 15:
* Andy Wozniewski and Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 18:
* Zdeno Chara played his 800th NHL game at Chicago Blackhawks.
December 19:
* Adam McQuaid played his first NHL game at Toronto Maple Leafs.
December 22:
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
December 23:
* Claude Julien coached his 200th game behind the Boston bench vs. Atlanta Thrashers
  (6-4 win).
* Vladimir Sobotka played his 100th NHL & Bruins game vs. Atlanta Thrashers.
December 27:
* Matt Hunwick played his 100th NHL & Bruins game at Florida Panthers.
January 3:
* Miroslav Satan signed as a free agent for the remainder of the season.
January 8:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 14
* Andy Wozniewski recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 17
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman and Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL) and Drew Larman recalled from Providence.
January 23
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 25
* Drew Larman returned to Providence (AHL).
January 27
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
January 31
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
February 1
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
February 7
*Adam McQuaid recorded his first NHL goal at Montreal Canadiens.
February 14   
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
February 24
* Matt Dalton recalled from Reading (ECHL).
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