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Bruins Week Ahead: 2/6 - 2/12

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

February 6 - February 12

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
CANUCKS CLOSE OUT FOUR GAME HOMESTAND: The Bruins will play five games before the NHL schedule breaks for the 2010 Winter Olympics. They will host Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Roberto Luongo and the rest of the Vancouver Canucks at home on Saturday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m. (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Black & Gold will not skate on home ice again until Tuesday, March 2 when they play the Canadiens at the TD Garden, 24 days later.

OLYMPIC BREAK ON THE HORIZON: The Bruins will embark on a four game trip through Montreal (2/7, 3:00 p.m.), Buffalo (2/9, 7:00 p.m.), Tampa Bay (2/11, 7:30 p.m.) and Florida (2/13, 7:00 p.m.) before the NHL suspends play for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

BRUINS FOUNDATION TO SPONSOR BOSTON MARATHON TEAM: The Boston Bruins Foundation is sponsoring a team of runners who will tackle the 26.2 mile trot from Hopkinton to Boston during the 114th running of the Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010. Members of the Boston Bruins Foundation Marathon Team include Senior Staff Accountant Dan Eccles (Swampscott, MA), Bruins Foundation Event Manager Sarah Higgins (Grafton, MA), and Ice Girl Alexa Nicholls (Middleton, MA). The Foundation will hold a fundraiser for the team on Thursday, February 11 at McGreevy’s (911, Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115) from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., during the Bruins/Lightning game. Fans are encouraged to stop by and watch the game, win autographed memorabilia and help raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation Marathon Team.

“NEELY SK8 CHALLENGE” OFF TO FLYING START: The Neely Sk8 Challenge Skate-A-Thon presented by Liberty Mutual is in full swing, with skaters all across the Bay State taking to the ice to raise money for cancer research. Check out the numbers as of Friday:
116: Number of skaters raising money
1,124: Number of people who have donated
$54,700: Total amount of money pledged to date
$23,952.11: Total amount of money raised by 9-year-old Jack Dolan from Warren, RI

Take a look at the Around Town section below for more information and upcoming Neely Sk8 locations or visit www.neelysk8.com.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
After Thursday’s shootout loss to the Canadiens, the Bruins had their overall losing streak extended to nine games at 0-6-3, their longest winless streak since an 0-5-3-1 span from Feb. 15-Mar. 3, 2003. It is their longest losing streak since their club record 11-game stretch from Dec. 3, 1924 - Jan. 5, 1925.

THEY SAID IT…
Mark Recchi, after Thursday’s 3-2 (SO) loss to the Canadiens...
“We have to keep a positive attitude now.  We have to stick together... We have to really, really stay with it here and if we can do this over the last five games before the break here and start building some momentum, we can make a good run at it.”

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 6 (Boston, MA/Montreal, QC)
-No pregame skate
-Game vs. Vancouver Canucks, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m., local
-Depart for Montreal, QC

Sunday, February 7 (Montreal, QC/Buffalo, NY)
-No pregame skate
-Game vs. Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre, 3:00 p.m., local
-Depart for Buffalo, NY

Monday, February 8 (Buffalo, NY)
-Practice at HSBC Arena, 1:30 p.m., local

Tuesday, February 9 (Buffalo, NY/Tampa, FL)
-Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, HSBC Arena, 7:00 p.m., local
-Depart for Tampa, FL

Wednesday, February 10 (Tampa, FL)
-Practice at Ice Sports Forum (10222 Elizabeth Place, Tampa, FL 33619) 12:30 p.m., local

Thursday, February 11 (Tampa, FL/Sunrise, FL)
-Bruins pre-game skate at St. Pete Times Forum, 11:30 a.m., local
-Game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Pete Times Forum, 7:30 p.m. local
-Depart for Fort Lauderdale, FL

Friday, February 12 (Sunrise, FL)
-Practice at BankAtlantic Center, 12:00 p.m., local

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 current Bruins Vice President Cam Neely, the opportunity to high-five the Bruins team as they take the ice, ride on the Zamboni and autographed Bruins items.

WHEN: Saturday, February 6 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Buffone Arena, 284 Lake Avenue, Worcester, MA 01604

WHEN: Saturday, February 6 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Daniel Horgan Memorial Skating Rink, 400 Oxford Street North, Auburn, MA 01501

WHEN: Saturday, February 6 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Staff Sgt. Robert Pirelli Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, 910 Panther Way, Franklin, MA 02038

WHEN: Saturday, February 6 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Navin Skating Rink, 451 Bolton Street, Marlboro, MA 01752

WHEN: Sunday, February 7 from 2:40 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
WHERE: Veteran’s Arena, 75 Veterans Drive, Gardner, MA 01440

WHAT: ADM Clinics at Patriot Place Outdoor Rink
USA Hockey will be hosting clinics at the outdoor rink at Patriot Place. Roger Grillo, USA Hockey’s Northeast ADM Regional Manager, will be leading the on-ice instruction. The Boston Bruins will provide free give aways, a raffle and appearances by Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades. The clinics are intended for beginner skaters, Mite and Mite In-house.
WHEN: Sunday, February 7 from 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: Two Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035
Bruins Participating: Tommy Songin and the Bruins mascot, Blades

WHAT: Warrior Bruins Clinic Series
The Warrior Bruins clinic features on-ice instruction led by Boston Bruins alumni, representatives from USA Hockey and members of the Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. Each clinic includes instruction on developing skater’s individual offensive and defensive game, as well as improving team play. Bruins and Warrior clinics are open to 50 youth hockey players at the Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget, Jr. High and High School levels. Each participant will receive a gift bag, jersey and raffle ticket for the chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and Warrior hockey gear. The newest Warrior equipment will be showcased and participants will enjoy a private autograph session with Bruins Alumni.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 9 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Devine Rink, 995 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, MA 02122
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Tommy Songin

WHAT: Boston Bruins Foundation Boston Marathon Team Fundraiser
On Thursday, February 11, the Boston Bruins Foundation will host a fundraiser at McGreevy’s (911, Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115) from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., to help raise money for the Boston Bruins Marathon Team. Bruins fans are invited to watch at the Bruins take on the Lightning in Tampa Bay while mingling and taking photos with the Bruins Ice Girls. There is a $10.00 admission fee, which will benefit the Boston Bruins Marathon Team, who will participate in the 114th running of the Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010. There will be a variety of items up for auction at the event, including a Bruins team-signed Winter Classic jersey, dinner for two with Bruins legend Ray Bourque, and four VIP tickets to the Jason Varitek Celebrity Putt Putt. In addition, Bruins fans can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win John Mayer concert tickets, Bruins tickets, Celtics tickets, a gift certificate to altTHERA health, a gift certificate to the Capital Grille, and an Ipod shuffle.
WHEN: Thursday, February 11 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
WHERE: McGreevy’s, 911 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: 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). They will also receive a Boston Bruins Prize Pack.

Saturday, February 6: John Niedzielski Huntington, MA
On Saturday, February 6 during the Bruins/Canucks game beginning at 1:00 p.m., John Niedzielski of Huntington, MA will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain. John became involved with the Unified Sports Program (USP) three years ago. USP unites kids with and without disabilities in a variety of social activities. John volunteers for all of USP's programs from bowling to rock wall climbing and runs the USP’s Sled Hockey program, which recently participated in the Bruins Hockey is for Everyone initiative on Saturday, January 23.

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. This week Funayama speaks with Mark Recchi about his experience carrying the Olympic Torch through his hometown of Kamloops, British Columbia, accompanies Milan Lucic on a school visit in Tewksbury, MA where the third-year winger talks with the children about his hometown (and Olympic host city) Vancouver and brings you inside the Bruins practice at the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA. Check your local listings for 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 5):

Goals
1. M. Sturm, 16
2. B. Wheeler, 13
T3. P. Bergeron, 12
T3. M. Ryder, 12
5. M. Recchi, 11

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 25
2. P. Bergeron, 21
3. D. Krejci, 20
4. D. Morris, 19
5. M. Recchi, 18

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 33
T2. B. Wheeler, 30
T2. D. Krejci, 30
T4. Z. Chara, 29
T4. M. Recchi, 29

Plus/Minus
1. M. Sturm, +7
T2. Z. Chara, +3
T2. J. Boychuk, +3
4. M. Satan, +2
5. M. Ryder, +1

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 87
2. Z. Chara, 64
3. M. Stuart, 47
4. S. Begin, 38
5. B. Wheeler, 34

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Patrice Bergeron is currently tied for 6th in the NHL with Mikko Koivu in faceoff percentage at 57.9% (S. Nichol, 61%).

-Tim Thomas is currently tied for 4th in the NHL for shutouts (4) with 2 other players (M. Brodeur and T. Vokoun, 7).

-Tuukka Rask currently ranks 7th in the NHL in save percentage at .924 (R. Miller, .932) and 3rd in goals against average with 2.12 (A. Niemi, 1. 99).

-The Bruins as a team are 3rd in the NHL in the penalty kill category at 86.3% (San Jose Sharks, 87%).

-The Bruins as a team are tied for 6th in the NHL with the Calgary Flames in goals against per game at 2.46 goals (New Jersey Devils, 2.24).

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).
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