THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
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BERGERON’S SELKE RESUME: After earning the Selke Trophy in 2011-12 and being a finalist for the Selke in last year’s campaign, Patrice Bergeron has continued his strong two-way play into the 2013-14 season. Often playing against the opposition’s top line and serving as one of the primary forwards on the PK, Bergeron enters the weekend tied for third in the NHL with a plus-26 rating. The centerman currently ranks second in the league in faceoff percentage at 59.7% and leads the league in faceoff wins with 749, ahead of Sidney Crosby who has 728. The 28-year-old forward has had a 60.1% faceoff proficiency since the start of the 2011-12 season, which leads the NHL over the span. Bergeron also ranks fifth on the Bruins in points (38) and fifth in goals (16).
BOYCHUK’S 300th: Last Wednesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres marked Johnny Boychuk’s 300th NHL game, skating in 296 games with the Boston Bruins and four with the Colorado Avalanche. The 6’2”, 225-pound Edmonton native has totaled 16 goals and 52 assists for 68 points in his NHL career. In 67 postseason games (all with the Bruins), the d-man has racked up 12 goals and 13 assists with a plus-17 rating. In the 2013 playoffs, Boychuk led all defensemen with six goals, which was the third highest on the team. The blueliner was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (61st overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
BACK-TO-BACK ATTACK: The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games this season, including six in the month of March. This far, the Black & Gold have accrued a 7-1-1 record in the first game of a back-to-back set and a 7-2-0 record in the second game.
MATINEE SUCCESS: The B’s have seen success in their matinee matchups this season, recording an 8-1-1 record in afternoon games. In total, the Bruins will play 17 matinees this year, including three in the month of March.
BLACK & GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE: Patrice Bergeron and Team Canada, including Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli, took home gold at this year’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Bergeron finished with two points from two assists and a plus-four rating. Loui Eriksson and Team Sweden earned the silver medal, with Eriksson finishing the Olympic Games with three points (2 goals, 1 assist). The Bronze medal was awarded to goaltender Tuukka Rask and Team Finland. The netminder finished with a 3-1 record, with a GAA of 1.73 and a save percentage of .938.
TRADE DEADLINE MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli will hold a trade deadline press availability on Wednesday, March 5. Timing and location details will be announced by the Bruins Communications Staff at the beginning of next week. The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
BRUINS TO SUPPORT USA HOCKEY’S TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE DAY: Join the Boston Bruins and USA Hockey in celebrating Hockey Weekend Across America on Saturday, March 1, for “Try Hockey For Free Day.” Over 40 rinks around New England will be hosting free clinics for children between the ages of four to nine years old to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment. The Boston Bruins Youth Development Team and mascot Blades will be stopping by Woburn Youth Hockey at Ned O’Brien Ice Rink at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 1. To locate a rink near you visit www.tryhockeyforfree.com. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BOSTON BRUINS FUNDAMENTALS CROSS ICE TOURNAMENT: The next Bruins FUNdamentals Cross Ice Learn-To-Play Jamboree will take place on Sunday March 2 in Brockton, MA at Asiaf Arena and is open to all Learn-To-Play participants who are not enrolled in organized hockey. This tournament will incorporate all skills learned throughout the year and give players their first exposure into organized game play. Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team will be on hand to assist on ice and provide giveaways for all participants. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI: Episode 10 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
LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: Bruins hockey is back in action and limited individual game tickets are available for upcoming home games at TD Garden, including Saturday’s 1:00 p.m. matinee game (3/1) against the Washington Capitals, Tuesday’s 7:00 p.m. game against the Florida Panthers, and Thursday’s 7:00 p.m. game against the Washington Capitals. For more information on tickets, please visit http://bruins.nhl.com/tickets.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES: The Bruins kick off a busy March with four games this week. On Saturday, March 1, the Bruins will play their first home game since the conclusion of the Olympic break against the Washington Capitals at 1:00 p.m. in Boston. The team then travels to New York to take on the Rangers on Sunday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. The B’s travel home for two games at the TD Garden, the first is against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. along with a rematch against the Washington Capitals at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: The NESN broadcast team of Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will be covering the games on Saturday, March 1 against the Washington Capitals, Tuesday, March 4 against the Florida Panthers, and Thursday, March 6 against the Washington Capitals. NBC Sports Network will be covering the game against the New York Rangers on Sunday, March 2. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
3/1 vs. Washington Capitals, 1:00 p.m. – NESN
3/2 @ New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m. – NBCSN
3/4 vs. Florida Panthers, 7:00 p.m. – NESN
3/6 vs. Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. – NESN
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 Saturday, February 8 game against the Ottawa Senators, 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 24th week of the Boston Media Tweet of the Week, Mike Loftus earns himself his third top tweet of the season for appreciating the technological benefits of practice being at TD Garden on Wednesday, February 26.
@MLoftus_Ledger: Kind of excited for #NHLBruins practice today. It's at Garden, so I won't have to tweet from the car, or the parking lot, or a snowbank ...
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@DJ_Bean: Chara at Bruins practice. I doubt they get anything done with all the pictures his teammates will want to take with him.
@GlobeKPD: Buffalo Hilton front desk. Long ago. Sign on wall at check-in counter: ''No hockey sticks in the hallways, please.'' Paradise. Found.
@AmalieBenjamin: Small children are playing hockey with a tiger on the ice at the first Niagara Center. That doesn't seem very safe.
@GlobeFluto: Slick dish by Swedish snub Carl Soderberg. Don't think he takes Zyrtec.
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, Week 24
@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 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
@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)…
BOSTON BRUINS TO SUPPORT USA HOCKEY’S TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE DAY
WHAT: Join the Boston Bruins and USA Hockey in celebrating Hockey Weekend Across America on Saturday, March 1, for “Try Hockey For Free Day.” Over 40 rinks around New England will be hosting free clinics for children between the ages of four to nine years old to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment. The Boston Bruins Youth Development Team and mascot Blades will be stopping by Woburn Youth Hockey at Ned O’Brien Ice Rink at 9:30 a.m. on March 1. To locate a rink near you visit www.tryhockeyforfree.com.
WHEN: Saturday, March 1 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Ned O’Brien Ice Rink, 55 Locust Street, Woburn, MA
WHO: Boston Bruins Youth Development Team and Mascot Blades
BOSTON BRUINS FUNDAMENTALS CROSS ICE TOURNAMENT
WHAT: The next Bruins FUNdamentals Cross Ice Learn-To-Play Jamboree will take place on Sunday March 2 in Brockton, MA at Asiaf Arena and is open to all Learn-To-Play participants who are not enrolled in organized hockey. This tournament will incorporate all skills learned throughout the year and give players their first exposure into organized game play. Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team will be on hand to assist on ice and provide giveaways for all participants.
WHEN: Sunday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Asiaf Arena, 476 Forest Avenue, Brockton, MA
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, March 1 (Boston, MA)
-Home game vs. Washington Capitals, 1:00 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to New York, NY
Sunday, March 2 (New York, NY / Boston, MA)
-Away game vs. New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NBCSN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Monday, March 3
Tuesday, March 4 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Home game vs. Florida Panthers, 7:00 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Wednesday, March 5 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia, 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 6 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Home game vs. Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Friday, March 7 (Boston, MA/Tampa, FL)
-Practice at Tampa Times Forum, 2:00 p.m.
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, February 28)
1. B. Marchand, 20
T2. R. Smith, 18
T2. M. Lucic, 18
T3. J. Iginla, 17
5. P. Bergeron, 16
1. D. Krejci, 37
2. Jarome Iginla, 27
T3. M. Lucic, 25
T3. R. Smith, 25
5. P. Bergeron, 22
1. D. Krejci, 50 (13-37)
2. J. Iginla, 44 (17-27)
T3. R. Smith, 43 (18-25)
T3. M. Lucic, 43 (18-25)
5. P. Bergeron, 38 (16-22)
1. A. McQuaid, 69
2. M. Lucic, 64
3. B. Marchand, 54
4. S. Thornton, 53
5. Z. Chara, 44
BRUINS FINAL OLYMPIC STATISTICS
Patrice Bergeron (Canada)
David Krejci (Czech Republic)
Loui Eriksson (Sweden)
Zdeno Chara (Slovakia)
Tuukka Rask (Finland)
Goaltending Record: 3-1
Goals against average: 1.73
Save Percentage, .938%
BRUINS STARS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON:
-Jarome Iginla, Third Star of the Week, week ending February 9.