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BRUINS AQCUIRE PARLETT: Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced February 7, that the Bruins had acquired defenseman Blake Parlett from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Carter Camper. Parlett has skated in 37 games for the Springfield Falcons (American Hockey League) this season and has posted four goals and 14 assists for 18 points with 22 penalty minutes. In total, the defenseman has appeared in 192 AHL regular season games, accumulating 18 goals and 58 assists. In 13 career AHL playoff games, the 24-year-old blueliner tallied three goals and three assists.
IGINLA’S HELPING HAND: Jarome Iginla tallied his 600th career assist during the game against Vancouver on Tuesday, February 4. Of those assists, 570 were as a Calgary Flame, six as a Pittsburgh Penguin and currently 25 as a Bruin. Through 18 NHL seasons, Iginla has accumulated 546-601=1,147 totals in 1,288 games played.
RASK STANDING TALL: Tuukka Rask leads the NHL in shutouts at five with his most recent shutout being on February 1 against the Edmonton Oilers. The others took place on January 11 against the San Jose Sharks, December 27 against the Ottawa Senators, December 17 against the Calgary Flames, November 11 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and October 19 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Entering the weekend, Rask ranks seventh in the NHL in GAA (2.11), fourth in save percentage (.928) and tied for fourth in wins (25).
MATINEE SUCCESS: The Bruins have 17 matinee games this season and will play their eleventh such game on Saturday, February 8 against the Ottawa Senators. Thus far, the B’s have played in ten afternoon matchups, compiling an 8-1-1 record.
BERGERON QUICK ON THE DRAW: Bruins centerman Patrice Bergeron enters the weekend second in faceoff percentage at 59.8%, behind former Bruin Vladimir Sobotka (60.9%, St. Louis). Bergeron leads the league in faceoff wins (733), ahead of Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh) who ranks second with 709 wins.
BRUINS IN THE OLYMPICS: Five Bruins were selected to represent their respective countries in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia – Patrice Bergeron (Canada), Zdeno Chara (Slovakia), Loui Eriksson (Sweden), David Krejci (Czech Republic) and Tuukka Rask (Finland). 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.
CRADLES TO CRAYONS PJ DRIVE: The Boston Bruins are teaming up with Cradles to Crayons to host an in-game PJ collection drive at the TD Garden on Saturday, February 8 during their game against the Ottawa Senators. This event will kick off the seventh Annual “PJ Drive” to benefit Massachusetts’ underprivileged youth. The PJ Drive provides new pajamas to children in need across Massachusetts. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BRUINS VISIT BELMONT SPECIAL HOCKEY: The Bruins Youth Hockey Development team will be visiting Belmont Special Hockey Saturday, February 8th. Belmont Special Hockey offers year round programming for individuals with special needs allowing them to participate in hockey. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BRUINS STREET BRIGADE TO VISIT DORCHESTER BOYS & GIRLS CLUB: The Boston Bruins Street Brigade brings the sport of hockey to schools, community centers and other places where children can play hockey in a safe and structured environment. Hockey equipment is donated and instructions are provided for children to learn and enjoy hockey free of charge. For more information please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI: Episode nine of Behind the B aired on Thursday, February 6 and featured newly signed Kevan Miller, former Bruin P.J. Axelsson, and the Amateur Scouting Meetings in Las Vegas. 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 ten will air Wednesday, February 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Behind the B episode air schedule on NESN:
Episode 10: Wednesday, February 19, 8:00 p.m. ET
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.
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
LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited individual game tickets are available for upcoming Bruins home games at TD Garden, including Saturday’s 3:00 p.m. matinee game (2/8) against the Ottawa Senators. For more information on tickets, please visit http://bruins.nhl.com/tickets.
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.
BOSTON BRUINS #40 LICENSE PLATE RAFFLE: One lucky winner will have the opportunity to show off their Boston Bruins pride by cruising the roads of New England with Boston Bruins license plate #40, the same number worn by star goaltender Tuukka Rask. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased through www.bruinsraffles.org and can be attained until February 8, 2014. This raffle will be supporting the Boston Bruins license plate program and by now, you've probably seen a Boston Bruins license plate on the road in Massachusetts. But beyond the fact that the plate looks good, it is also serving a very important purpose – all proceeds from the sale of the "Invest in Youth Hockey" plate go directly to Massachusetts Youth Hockey. In the time that the plates have been on the road, the program has raised over $1 million for grassroots youth hockey efforts throughout the state. Money raised through the "Invest in Youth Hockey" initiative has helped pay for the Border Patrol Program, which directly benefits the youngest skaters.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES: This week, the Bruins host one game at the TD Garden on Saturday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m. against the Ottawa Senators before the start of the Olympic Break.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: The NESN broadcast team of Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will be covering the upcoming Bruins game. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
2/8 vs. Ottawa Senators, 3:00 p.m. – NESN
BRUINS OLYMPIANS’ SCHEDULE (All game times listed in Eastern Standard Time)
Wednesday, February 12, 12:00 p.m.: Czech Republic (David Krejci) vs. Sweden (Loui Eriksson)
Thursday, February 13, 3:00 a.m.: Finland (Tuukka Rask) vs. Austria
Thursday, February 13, 7:30 a.m.: Slovakia (Zdeno Chara) vs. United States
Thursday, February 13, 12:00 p.m.: Canada (Patrice Bergeron) vs. Norway
Friday, February 14, 3:00 a.m.: Czech Republic (David Krejci) vs. Latvia
Friday, February 14, 7:30 a.m.: Sweden (Loui Eriksson) vs. Switzerland
Friday, February 14, 12:00 p.m.: Canada (Patrice Bergeron) vs. Austria
Friday, February 14, 12:00 p.m.: Norway vs. Finland (Tuukka Rask)
Saturday, February 15, 3:00 a.m.: Slovakia (Zdeno Chara) vs. Slovenia
Saturday, February 15, 12:00 p.m.: Switzerland vs. Czech Republic (David Krejci)
Saturday, February 15, 12:00 p.m.: Sweden (Loui Eriksson) vs. Latvia
Sunday, February 16, 7:30 a.m.: Russia vs. Slovakia (Zdeno Chara)
Sunday, February 16, 12:00 p.m.: Finland (Tuukka Rask) vs. Canada (Patrice Bergeron)
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.
195 AND COUNTING: Following Tuesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, the Boston Bruins have sold out 195 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than four 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 21st week of the Boston Media Tweet of the Week, Fluto Shinzawa earns himself a back-to-back top tweet for speculating what Johnny Boychuk’s motivation was for his big hits during the game against the Vancouver Canucks on February 4:
@GlobeFluto: Boychuk hitting with purpose. Twins must be colicky.
Honorable mentions in no particular order:
@GlobeFluto: Standing ovation for Andrew Ference during TV timeout. Ference did not give them the finger
@AmalieBenjamin: I'm going to stay on the outskirts of the Johnny Boychuk postgame scrum. Just in case.
@DanCagen: Gregory Campbell on phone now with his agent, getting price for Joe Namath's coat.
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
@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 Haggerty, 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
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, January 16
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 January 16. 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 recent call-ups with Boston as well as a World Junior Championship recap.
AROUND TOWN (Players subject to change)…
IN-GAME COLLECTION FOR THE PJ DRIVE
WHAT: Fans entering the Bruins game who donate a pair of new pajamas or $10 to Cradles to Crayons will be entered into a raffle to win Bruins prizes.
WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA at the TD Garden turnstiles
BRUINS VISIT BELMONT SPECIAL HOCKEY
WHAT: The Bruins Youth Hockey Development team will be visiting Belmont Special Hockey Saturday, February 8th. Belmont Special Hockey offers year round programming for individuals with special needs allowing them to participate in hockey.
WHEN: Saturday, February 8 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street, Belmont, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Alumni Tommy Songin and Mascot Blades
BRUINS STREET BRIGADE TO VISIT DORCHESTER BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
WHAT: The Boston Bruins Street Brigade brings the sport of hockey to schools, community centers and other places where children can play hockey in a safe and structured environment. Hockey equipment is donated and instructions are provided for children to learn and enjoy hockey free of charge.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 11 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dorchester Boys & Girls Club, 35 Deer Street, Dorchester, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Alumni Tommy Songin
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 8 (Boston, MA)
-Home game vs. Ottawa Senators, 3:00 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, February 9 – Wednesday February 19
-Olympic break, no availability
Thursday, February 20 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, February 21 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 22 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 p.m.
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, February 8)
T1. R. Smith, 18
T1. B. Marchand, 18
T3. J. Iginla, 16
T3. M. Lucic, 16
5. P. Bergeron, 14
1. D. Krejci, 35
2. J. Iginla, 25
3. M. Lucic, 24
4. R. Smith, 22
5. P. Bergeron, 21
1. D. Krejci, 48 (13-35)
2. J. Iginla, 41 (16-25)
T3.R. Smith, 40 (18-22)
T3. M. Lucic, 34 (16-24)
5. P. Bergeron, 35 (14-21)
1. A. McQuaid, 69
2. M. Lucic, 62
3. S. Thornton, 53
4. B. Marchand, 52
5. Z. Chara, 44