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Bruins Week Ahead: 3.18 - 3.25

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...

HOME SWEET HOME: Saturday’s contest against the Maple Leafs concludes the Bruins final multi-game road trip of the season. Following the game, the Bruins will play their next three games in the friendly confines of the TD Garden. Tuesday night will see the Bruins welcome the red-hot New Jersey Devils to Boston (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Devils are 7-3-0 in their last ten games and 23-4-2 since starting the season 10-29-2. The Bruins have won both previous contests against New Jersey this season, 4-1 on October 16 in New Jersey and 3-0 on November 15 in Boston.

After the tilt with New Jersey, the Bruins will welcome the Montreal Canadiens, to Boston (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Habs are currently three points back of the Bruins in the Northeast with the Bruins holding a game in hand. The B’s have gone 1-3-1 against the Habs this season, with the lone win coming 8-6 on February 9 at the Garden. That meeting produced 14 goals, 6 fights and 182 combined penalty minutes.

Following the Canadiens, the Bruins will square off with another Original Six rival, the New York Rangers, at the TD Garden (1:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Rangers currently sit in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with 78 points. The Rangers have four 20-goal scorers in Ryan Callahan (21), Brandon Dubinsky (20), Marian Gaborik (20) and Brian Boyle (20). This season, the Bruins have gone 1-1-0 against the Rangers, and the last time they played was a 3-2 B’s win way back on November 17.

MAGIC NUMBERS: If Boston does not gain another point in their last 11 games, they will finish the season with 88 points. All other teams would take a ‘wins’ tiebreaker if they win their remaining games, so the magic number will be one point more than their maximum possible points.

The magic number is reduced by any combination of Boston points gained and points lost by an individual opponent.

Team/ Games Left/ Possible Points/Magic Number vs. Bruins
Carolina, 11 games left, 96 possible points, 9
New Jersey, 12 games left, 94 possible points, 7
Atlanta, 11 games left, 94 possible points, 7
Toronto, 10 games left, 92 possible points, 5
Florida, 11 games left, 89 possible points, 2

DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Including their game against the Maple Leafs Saturday night (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub) the Bruins have 12 regular season games remaining on their 2010-11 docket. They currently lead the Northeast Division with 88 points, three clear of second place Montreal with the Bruins holding a game in hand over their rivals. After Saturday’s contest against the Maple Leafs, the Bruins will have a three-game homestand with games against the Devils, Canadiens and Rangers.

Here’s a breakdown of their remaining opponents:
12: Total games remaining in B’s regular season
8: home games
4: road games
3: points separating third place from sixth in the East
4: games against teams currently in playoff position in their conference
1: game vs. Division leader (Philadelphia on 3/27)

HONORING A BROADCASTING LEGEND: The B’s will pay tribute to Bruins legendary radio personality Bob Wilson on Saturday, March 26 during the Bruins/Rangers game at the TD Garden. At 11:30 a.m., the Bruins will dedicate their home radio broadcast booth to Wilson by renaming it the "Bob Wilson Radio Booth." The Bruins will also install a silver microphone encased in a black and gold frame on the TD Garden’s level 9 façade beneath the home radio broadcast booth, which will be permanently displayed. Wilson recently celebrated his 82nd birthday on Wednesday, March 9.

CUTS FOR A CAUSE: Shawn Thornton and 14 of his teammates will be shaving their heads for charity on Thursday, April 7 as part of the 4th annual Cuts for a Cause event. Tickets to the event are on sale now and can be purchased for $20 by emailing tickets@985thesportshub.com. Fans will be able to bid on the opportunity to shave the B’s players’ heads beginning Monday, March 21 on 985thesportshub.com.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:

The Bruins have gone to overtime in four of their last six games (1-0-3)  after having their previous 24 straight games decided in regulation. That was their longest stretch of 60-minute games since a 24-game span from Nov. 28, 2008-Jan. 17, 2009.

63 AND COUNTING… After Thursday’s capacity crowd at the Garden, the Bruins have now sold out 63 straight games (regular season and postseason, does not include Winter Classic at Fenway or 2010 Premiere Game in Prague). The Bruins sold out every regular and postseason game during the 2010 calendar year, the first time the organization has done so since the 1972 calendar year.

FIGHT CLUB: The Bruins are currently third in the NHL in fights with 66 this season. They did not get in any fights this past week, but this upcoming week might be a different story. The Devils, Canadiens and Rangers have combined to fight the Bruins 13 times this season. Of those 13, 6 came in the 8-6 win over Montreal on February 9. In that game, Tim Thomas, David Krejci, Andrew Ference, Shawn Thornton, Johnny Boychuk and Gregory Campbell all dropped the gloves. The Rangers bring two players with at least 10 fights this season– Brandon Prust (15) and Sean Avery (10). The Bruins also have two players with at least 10 fights, as Shawn Thornton has 14 and Adam McQuaid has 12.

TOP LINE: In the 13 games since a 6-3 win at the New York Islanders on February 17, the Bruins top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton has been pacing the B’s offense. Since the start of that game, the line has combined for 16-27=43 totals. Of the 35 points, Krejci has 4-13=17 totals, Lucic has 6-9=15 totals, and Horton has 6-5=11 totals. 

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: NESN’S Naoko Funayama before the B’s/Blue Jackets game on March 15: @NaokoFunayama “Columbus Coach Arniel is Jamie Arniel's uncle- obv very proud, has texted with Jamie thruout season tracking his progress with Prov Bruins”

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The latest report was sent on March 15 and featured P-Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin and Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) forward Ryan Spooner. The next will be sent April 1.

MEDIA INFO: Media and fans can call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

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AROUND TOWN...
WHAT: ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

On Sunday, March 20 the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be marching in South Boston’s annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade begins at the Broadway 'T' Station and ends on Dorchester Avenue at Andrew Square, South Boston. While following along the parade route, Blades and the Ice Girls will be tossing out black and gold beads to fans.

WHEN: Sunday, March 20 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Broadway 'T' Station at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Broadway, South Boston

BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: FOURTH ANNUAL CUTS FOR A CAUSE BIDDING

The bidding to shave the head of one of the 15 participating Bruins players begins on Monday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m. The 15 members of the 2010-11 Bruins roster participating in the fourth annual “Cuts for a Cause” event on April 7 include Shawn Thornton, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Steve Kampfer, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Dennis Seidenberg. Auction winners will also receive admission to the VIP session from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. where they can mingle with team, receive two drink tickets and a special Bruins gift bag that includes autographed Bruins memorabilia. To bid, Bruins fans can email bids@985thesportshub.com.

WHEN: Monday, March 21 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Bids can be placed at bids@985thesportshub.com

BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Shawn Thornton, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Steve Kampfer, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Dennis Seidenberg

WHAT: WARRIOR CLINIC

The Boston Bruins and Warrior Hockey have partnered to host six on-ice sessions as part of the “Warrior Clinic Series” throughout New England this season. The clinic features two hours of on-ice instruction led by Boston Bruins Alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team.

WHERE: CDL Arena, 1568 Broadway, Raynham, MA 02767

BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin

WHAT: MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AWARENESS NIGHT

The Boston Bruins will be hosting the Third Annual Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Night on Tuesday, March 22 throughout the Bruins/Devils game. Local Boston firefighters will be collecting funds for the Annual “Fill the Boot” campaign to raise funds and awareness for MDA. Boston Bruin Shawn Thornton will also host a post-game meet-and-greet with his Muscle Team Buddy.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 22 throughout the Bruins/Devils game beginning at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Shawn Thornton

WHAT: John Carlton Award and Bruins Ice Hockey Sportsmanship Award PRESENTATION

The Boston Bruins will present the 2011 John Carlton Award and the Boston Bruins Ice Hockey Sportsmanship Awards during the second intermission of the Bruins/Devils game on Tuesday, March 22 at the TD Garden. The Carlton Award is named after the late Bruins scout and administrator who passed away in 1982 and is given annually by the Boston Bruins to an outstanding male and female student-athlete in an Eastern Massachusetts High School or Junior hockey. In addition, the Boston Bruins Ice Hockey Sportsmanship award is given to student-athletes best exemplifying a commitment to the ideals of sportsmanship throughout the season. The recipients demonstrated a tremendous commitment to teamwork and exhibited respect both on and off the ice.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 22 during the second intermission of the Bruins/Devils beginning at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

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

Saturday, March 19 (Toronto, ON/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, Air Canada Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m. (50 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2L2)
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Sunday, March 20 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, March 21 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 22 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Wednesday, March 23 (Wilmington, MA)
*Please note this practice will not be confirmed until after Tuesday’s game against New Jersey*
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 24 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, March 25 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:

“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 6-7 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins. 

BIG BAD BRUINS SHOW: This week on the Big, Bad Bruins Show (First Air: Saturday 3/19 at 6pm)
- Bruins Wives and Girlfriends serve a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal to the poor and homeless at the St. Francis House in Boston
- NHL Plays of the Week
- Presidential Address: Andy Brickley with Claude Julien
- Profile: Montreal Canadiens Defenseman Hall Gill
- Behind the B: Naoko Funayama with Rich Peverley
- Boston Bruins and World TEAM Sports host a Sled Hockey clinic at TD Garden
 
WEEKLY RADIO SPOTS...
Tune in to the following local stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Tuesdays
101.7 FM WFNX
9:10 a.m. Shane Hnidy with the FNX Breakfast Show
98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”
98.5 The Sports Hub
Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”
100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Brad Marchand with “Karlson and McKenzie”
107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

Fridays
107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)
4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, March 18)
Goals
1. M. Lucic, 29
2. P. Bergeron, 22
3. N. Horton, 20
4. B. Marchand, 19
5. M. Ryder, 17

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 44
2. M. Recchi, 32
3. P. Bergeron, 29
4. N. Horton, 26
T5. M. Lucic, 24
T5. Z. Chara, 24

Points
1. D. Krejci, 56
2. M. Lucic, 53
3. P. Bergeron, 51
4. N. Horton, 46
5. M. Recchi, 44

Plus/Minus
1. A. McQuaid, +27
2. N. Horton, +26
3. M. Lucic, +25
4. A. Ference, +24
5. Z. Chara, +23

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 122
2. M. Lucic, 106
3. A. McQuaid, 96
4. Z. Chara, 84
5. G. Campbell, 79
 
2010-11 Bruins “Stars”
  • Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending October 31
  • Tim Thomas, Second Star of the Month, October
  • Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, Week ending January 16
  • Tim Thomas, NHL All-Star
  • Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star, Hardest Shot record 105.9 MPH in 2011 NHL SuperSkills Competition
  • Tyler Seguin, One of 12 NHL rookies selected to participate in All-Star festivities
  • Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending January 23
  • Patrice Bergeron, First Star of the Month, January
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