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Bruins Week Ahead: 3/20 - 3/26

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

March 20 - March 26


THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
PLAYOFF PUSH: The Bruins, currently seeded eighth in the East with 74 points, have 12 games remaining, seven of which are at home. The B’s and the Panthers have the most remaining home games of any team in contention for the Eastern Conference Playoffs with seven apiece. One of these home games will take place on Sunday, March 21 against the New York Rangers at 12:30 p.m. at the TD Garden (TV: NBC, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Rangers have defeated the Bruins in all three of their other meetings this year (3-0-0).

REGULAR SEASON RATINGS RECORD: Thursday night's Bruins-Penguins game garnered a 6.2 household rating which is the highest rated regular season game in NESN's history. NESN's highest rated Bruins game ever was a 14.2 rating for game 7 of last year's Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“HISTORY WILL BE MADE”: The NHL will unveil its new Stanley Cup Playoffs campaign Saturday, March 20 during the CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. The campaign reminds viewers that "History will be made" during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Focusing on the iconic moments in Stanley Cup Playoffs history that every fan remembers, the campaign begs the question; “if it wasn’t for these iconic moments, what would we remember?”  This question is tailored to six historic moments, including Bobby Orr taking flight after his infamous Stanley Cup winning goal in 1970, and Ray Bourque capturing the elusive championship in his final NHL game in 2001.

BRUINS TO HOST MDA NIGHT: The Boston Bruins will be hosting the Second Annual Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Night on Thursday, March 25 during the team’s game against Tampa Bay. Local Boston firefighters will be collecting funds for the Annual “Fill the Boot” campaign to raise funds and awareness for MDA. Patrice Bergeron has invited children with Muscular Dystrophy to enjoy the game from his Patrice’s Pals suite while Shawn Thornton and Mark Stuart will also host a post-game meet-and-greet with their Muscle Team Buddies. 

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). Visit 985thesportshub.com for more information.

CHIARELLI CONFERENCE CALL AVAILABLE ON MEDIA SITE: An audio archive of Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli’s conference call with Bruins Season Ticket Holders and Premium Club clients is available on the Bruins media site, www.bostonbruins.com/media.

THORNTON CLIMBING FIGHTING MAJOR LEADERBOARD: His scrap Thursday night with Matt Cooke gave Shawn Thornton his 19th fighting major of the season, which ranks seventh overall among NHL pugilists. Tampa Bay’s Zenon Konopka leads the league with 24.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
The Rangers, currently tied with the Atlanta Thrashers for the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference with 71 points, have 11 games remaining, eight of which are on the road, including a six game road trip from March 25th through April 6th. The Rangers’ eight remaining road games are the most remaining road games of any team in contention for the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

THEY SAID IT…
Tuukka Rask, on being booed by the fans at the end of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins…
"I think somehow we deserve it, especially tonight. We didn‘t get the shots, we passed up bad opportunities. It‘s tough, but it‘s understandable. If I‘d be a fan, I‘d probably do the same thing.”

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 20 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 21 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. New York Rangers, TD Garden, 12:30 p.m.

Monday, March 22 (Wilmington, MA/Atlanta, GA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Depart for Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, March 23 (Atlanta, GA/Boston, MA)
-Bruins pre-game skate at Phillips Arena, 11:30 a.m., local
-Game vs. Atlanta Thrashers, Phillips Arena, 7:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Boston, MA

Wednesday, March 24 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 25 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 26 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

AROUND TOWN

WHAT: Best Buddies Friendship Relay
The Boston Bruins Foundation will be participating in the Second Annual Best Buddies Friendship Relay where participants dress as their favorite superheroes as they trade off walking on the track throughout the entire event. During the relay Bruins alumni and Director of Development of the Boston Bruins Foundation Bob Sweeney will present a check to Best Buddies on behalf of the Boston Bruins Foundation.
WHEN: Saturday, March 20 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hopkinton High School Field House, 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Director of Development, Boston Bruins Foundation, Bob Sweeney

WHAT: Bruins Ice Girls and Heineken Seat Upgrade Giveaway
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be at the Sports Grill (132 Canal St., Boston, MA 02114) to give away two tickets to sit front row at that afternoon’s game against the New York Rangers. The Girls will also be available to take photos with fans and get the crowd excited for the game.
WHEN: Sunday, March 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Sports Grill, 132 Canal St., Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: Boston Bruins Wives and Girlfriends visit the New England Center for Homeless Veterans
Members of the Boston Bruins wives and girlfriends will be visiting the New England Center for Homeless Veterans to serve lunch to homeless men and currently addressing the challenges of: addiction, trauma, mental illness, and/or unemployment and who will commit themselves to sobriety, non-violence and working for personal change.
WHEN: Monday, March 22 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02108
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins wives and girlfriends

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 skaters’ 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: Monday, March 23 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Boch Ice Center, 1105 East Street, Dedham, MA 02026
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and Bobby Miller

WHAT: Bruins Ice Girls and Heineken Seat Upgrade Giveaway
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be at Bell N' Hand (45 Union St., Boston, MA 02108) to give away two tickets to sit front row at that night's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Girls will also be available to take photos with fans and get the crowd excited for the game.
WHEN: Thursday, March 25 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bell N' Hand, 45 Union St., Boston, MA 02108
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Night
The Boston Bruins will be hosting the Second Annual Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Night on Thursday, March 25. Local Boston firefighters will be collecting funds for the Annual “Fill the Boot” campaign to raise funds and awareness for MDA. Boston Bruin Patrice Bergeron has invited children with Muscular Dystrophy to enjoy the game from his Patrice’s Pals suite. Boston Bruins Shawn Thornton and Mark Stuart will also host a post-game meet-and-greet with their Muscle Team Buddies. 
WHEN: Thursday, March 25 from 5:00 until the end of the game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron, Mark Stuart and Shawn Thornton

“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.

Here are the Community Captains who will be recognized during this week’s home games:

Sunday, March 21: Kerri Macaluso: Acton, MA
On Sunday, March 21 during the Bruins/Rangers game beginning at 12:30 p.m., Kerri Macaluso will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain. Kerri has been an active leader in recruiting women to play ice hockey. She has been running the New England Women's Hockey League for the past nine years. She started with 10 women and now has over 90 skaters. In addition to building strength and overall fitness, meeting new friends and trying something different her women players are building confidence. Her April Showers Tournament raises money for The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard, MA and to date has raised over $10,000 dollars.

Thursday, March 25: Michael Hagerty: Dorchester, MA
On Thursday, March 25 during the Bruins/Tampa Bay game beginning at 7:00 p.m., Michael Hagerty of Dorchester, MA will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain. Michael is currently working out of Engine 16 in Dorchester, and working as a MDA fill the Boot Representative for Engine 16, He has been Involved with MDA for seven years and organizes the annual week-long Neponset Circle Boot Drive in Dorchester which has raised over $40,000 dollars for MDA since 2003.

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 19):

Goals
1. M. Sturm, 21
2. B. Wheeler, 17
T3. M. Ryder, 16
T3. P. Bergeron, 16
5. M. Recchi, 15

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 30
2. P. Bergeron, 29
T3. D. Seidenberg, 26
T3. D. Krejci, 26
5. M. Recchi, 23

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 45
2. D. Krejci, 40
3. M. Recchi, 37
4. B. Wheeler, 36
T5. Z. Chara, 35
T5. M. Sturm, 35

Plus/Minus
1. M. Sturm, +12
2. Z. Chara, +9
3. P. Bergeron, +4
4. J. Boychuk, +4
5. D. Seidenberg, +3

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 129
2. Z. Chara, 77
3. M. Stuart, 74
4. B. Wheeler, 49
5. S. Begin, 44

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Patrice Bergeron currently ranks 6th in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 58.2% (S. Nichol, 61.2%).

-Tuukka Rask currently ranks 1st in the NHL in goals against average with 2.12 average and is tied for 2nd in the NHL with Tomas Vokoun in save percentage at .928 (R. Miller, .929).

-The Bruins as a team are tied for 3rd in the NHL in shutouts (7) with 2 other teams (Chicago Blackhawks, 9).

-The Bruins as a team rank 1st in the NHL in the penalty kill category at 85.8%.

-The Bruins as a team rank 5th in the NHL in goals against per game at 2.44 goals (New Jersey Devils, 2.36).

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).
March 18
* Jeff Penner and Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 19
* Jeff Penner and Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
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