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Bruins Week Ahead: 3/13 - 3/19

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

MARCH 13 - MARCH 19
*ON THE ROAD FROM MONTREAL*

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
B’S ROAD TRIP WRAPS UP: The Bruins will close out their season long seven-game road trip this week with visits to Montreal (Saturday), New Jersey (Monday) and Carolina (Tuesday). Through the first four games, the club is 2-1-1 with wins over the Islanders and Flyers, a loss to the Pens and an overtime loss to the Leafs.

CHIARELLI TO HOST CONFERENCE CALL WITH SEASON TICKET HOLDERS: On Thursday, March 18, Peter Chiarelli will take part in the first-ever Season Ticket Holder Fan Forum teleconference from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Bruins alumni and 98.5 The Sports Hub Color Analyst, Bob Beers will serve as the call's host. The Fan Forum telconference is part of an effort to connect with the most dedicated Bruins fans. A recording of the call will be available on BostonBruins.com shortly after the call ends.

CUTS FOR A CAUSE: On Wednesday, March 31, Shawn Thornton and other members of the Boston Bruins are teaming up with 98.5 the Sports Hub to host the third annual "Cuts for a Cause" to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Oncology Unit. The event will take place from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Ned Devine's (1 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA 02109).

Thornton and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners on stage, in front of fans to show their support and raise money for children battling cancer.  Fans can support the event on 98.5 The Sports Hub.com, by purchasing a ticket to the event or by bidding on the opportunity to shave one of the Bruins player’s heads. Ticket sales and the auction bidding will begin on Wednesday, March 17.

SAVARD UPDATE: Marc Savard met with Dr. Kelly McInnis at Mass General Hospital Thursday afternoon and it has been determined he will likely miss the remainder of the 2009-10 season.

PARTY WITH THE '70 CUP WINNERS: Fans will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with Johnny Bucyk, Bobby Orr and other members from the 1970 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins on Thursday, March 18 at a special postgame reception at the TD Garden following the Bruins/Penguins game. The postgame reception is part of the team’s tribute to the 40th anniversary of the club’s Stanley Cup championship. For ticket information, visit BostonBruins.com. 

BRUINS/RANGERS FLEXED TO NBC: The Bruins/Rangers game on Sunday, March 21 at the TD Garden will be the NBC Sports “Game of the Week.” The game will be televised on NBC with a 12:30 p.m. ET start time.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
With his one goal, two assist performance on Thursday against the Flyers, Patrice Bergeron picked up his third three-point-or-more-game of the season, which is the most on the team. Marc Savard and Mark Recchi each have two three-point-or-more-game, while Blake Wheeler, Zdeno Chara and Michael Ryder have the others.

THEY SAID IT…
Patrice Bergeron, on injured teammate Marc Savard’s concussion…
"I feel for him, obviously. I’ve been through it. I know it’s hard and I really hope that he’s going to feel better soon.”

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, March 13 (Montreal, QC/Newark, NJ)
-Bruins pregame skate at Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m., local
-Game vs. Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre, 7:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Newark, NJ

Sunday, March 14 (Newark, NJ)
-Practice TBD

Monday, March 15 (Newark, NJ/Raleigh, NC)
-Bruins pre-game skate at Prudential Center, 11:30 a.m., local
-Game vs. New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center, 7:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Raleigh, NC

Tuesday, March 16 (Raleigh, NC/Boston, MA)
-Bruins pre-game skate at RBC Center, 11:30 a.m. local
-Game vs. Carolina Hurricanes, RBC Center, 7:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Boston, MA

Wednesday, March 17 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:30 p.m. local

Thursday, March 18 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. local

Friday, March 19 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. local

AROUND TOWN
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, March 16 from 7:10 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Boss Arena, Southern Rhode Island University, Keaney Road, Kingston, RI 02881
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and Bobby Miller

WHAT: Boston Bruins Wives and Girlfriends serve St. Patrick’s Day Meal at St. Francis House
On Wednesday, March 17, the Boston Bruins wives and girlfriends will serve a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage to more than 800 homeless men and women at the St. Francis House.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Rhonda Benning (Bruins Assistant General Manager Jim Benning’s Wife), Shelley Houda (Bruins Assistant Coach Doug Houda’s Wife) and Sam Schwalbe (Bruins forward Blake Wheeler’s Fiancée)

WHAT: Bruins Ice Girls and Heineken Seat Upgrade Giveaway
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be at the Harp (85 Causeway St., MA 02114) to give away two tickets to sit front row at that night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Girls will also be available to take photos with fans and get the crowd excited for the game.
WHEN: Thursday, March 18 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Harp, 85 Causeway St., MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1970 BOSTON BRUINS STANLEY CUP TEAM CELEBRATION
Bruins legends Johnny Bucyk, Bobby Orr and members of the 1970 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup team as well as the entire 2009-‘10 Bruins roster and Bruins management will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the moment the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 1970 at the TD Garden on Thursday, March 18, immediately following the Bruins/Penguins game. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with their favorite Bruins and 1970 alumni, including to John Adams, John Bucyk, Dan Canney, Wayne Carleton, Gary Doak, Ken Hodge, Don Marcotte, Bobby Orr, Derek Sanderson, Harry Sinden, Dallas Smith, Rick Smith, Frank Spring, Fred Stanfield, and Eddie Westfield. Event tickets are available at BostonBruins.com for $275 and include complimentary food, beverage and a special gift. Tickets to this event do not include a game ticket. Tickets to that night’s Bruins/Penguins game can be purchased separately. Prior to the celebration, during the Bruins/Penguins game, the entire 1970 Stanley Cup-winning team will be honored and recognized in an on-ice presentation. 
WHEN: Thursday, March 18 immediately following the Bruins/Penguins game and going until 1:00 a.m
WHERE: Legends on the third floor of the TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA, 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni John Adams, John Bucyk, Dan Canney, Wayne Carleton, Gary Doak, Ken Hodge, Don Marcotte, Bobby Orr, Derek Sanderson, Harry Sinden, Dallas Smith, Rick Smith, Frank Spring, Fred Stanfield, Eddie Westfield, entire 2009-‘10 Bruins roster and Bruins management

“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.

Thursday, March 18: Paul and Darlene Newcomb: Hubbardston, MA
On Thursday, March 18 during the Bruins/Penguins game beginning at 7:00 p.m., Paul and Darlene Newcomb: Hubbardston, MA will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Paul and Darlene are not only are amazing parents to their three daughters, but they also strive to protect their community from fires and medical emergencies. Paul has been a firefighter for more than 20 years and a paramedic for six years. He has received letters of commendation from his hometown Hubbardston for his outstanding work to save the lives of total strangers. Darlene worked her way through paramedic school five years ago. She works 80 hours a week between a private ambulance company and the emergency room at a local hospital. Both have put their lives in danger to ensure the safety of their community members.

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”

Tuesdays

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, March 13):

Goals
1. M. Sturm, 21
T2. M. Ryder, 15
T2. B. Wheeler, 15
T4. P. Bergeron, 14
T4. M. Recchi, 14

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 30
2. P. Bergeron, 29
3. D. Seidenberg, 24
4. M. Savard, 23
5. D. Krejci, 22

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 43
T2. M. Sturm, 35
T2. M., Recchi, 35
T2. Z. Chara, 35
T2. D. Krejci, 35

Plus/Minus
1. M. Sturm, +12
2. Z. Chara, +8
T3. P. Bergeron, +4
T3. J. Boychuk, +4
5. M., Satan, +3

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 109
2. Z. Chara, 72
3. M. Stuart, 61
4. B. Wheeler, 43
5. S. Begin, 42


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 14
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
February 24
* Matt Dalton recalled from Reading (ECHL).
March 1
* Matt Dalton returned to Reading (ECHL).
March 2
* Cody Wild acquired from Edmonton Oilers for Matthew Marquadt.
March 2
* Steve Kampfer acquired from Anaheim Ducks for conditional fourth round pick in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
March 3
* Conditional draft pick in 2010 NHL Entry Draft acquired for Derek Morris.
March 3
* Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski acquired from Florida Panthers for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller, and a second round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
March 4
* Matt Dalton recalled from Reading (ECHL).
March 5
* Matt Dalton returned to Providence (AHL).
March 5
* Dany Sabourin recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 5
* Brad Marchand recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 8
* Jeff Penner recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 8
* Dany Sabourin returned to Providence (AHL).
March 11
* Jeff Penner returned to Providence (AHL).
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