THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
STAT OF THE WEEK: Forward Patrice Bergeron has scored the first goal for the Bruins in five straight games, which sets a career high goal-streak, with four of his five goals being the first goal of the respective game. Bergeron tallied two goals on March 27 against the Blackhawks, with the second coming at 5:41 in the third period, 13 seconds after Carl Soderberg tallied his 14th goal of the season at 5:28. The pair of goals matched the B’s fastest two tallies of the season, as they also scored twice in a 13-second span on March 15 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
JULIEN FOR JACK ADAMS: Bruins bench boss Claude Julien has led his squad to clinch a playoff spot for the seventh consecutive year in his seventh year as the head coach for the B’s, with the Black & Gold currently owning the league’s second best record of 50-17-6 (106 points) behind St. Louis (50-16-7, 107 points). The Eastern Conference leading Bruins enter the weekend first in the NHL in GF/GA differential at plus-80, while maintaining the leagues lowest goals against average at 2.04. On special teams, Julien’s Bruins rank seventh in the league on the power play (20.2%, 41-for-203) and eighth on the penalty kill (83.8%, 202-for-241). Julien has compiled a 425-249-10-85 record in 768 NHL games coached (.614 win percentage), including a 306-163-62 mark in 531 games (.634 win percentage) in Boston. Julien has had a milestone-filled season, coaching in his 700th NHL game in the 3-1 victory over Columbus on October 12, recording his 400th NHL win on December 23 against Nashville, appearing in his 500th game behind the Boston bench in the 4-1 over Winnipeg on January 4 and recently notching his 300th win as a Bruin on March 13 versus Phoenix. On the international stage, Julien was a member of Team Canada’s coaching staff at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi which saw Canada take home the gold medal.
TUUKKA TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: With a win over the Blackhawks on March 27, Tuukka Rask extended his point streak to a career-high nine games at 8-0-1. Rask’s shutout win over Chicago marked his seventh blanking of the season, which leads the NHL. It is also the 23rd shutout of his career, which ties Jim Henry, for seventh overall on the Bruins all-time shutout list. Rask’s strong play throughout the 2013-14 campaign has put him in strong contention in the Vezina conversation with his 33 wins, which rank fourth in the NHL, his 2.01 goals against average ranks which ranks third and .931 save percentage which ranks second.
CHARA MAKING BID FOR THE NORRIS: Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara has enjoyed a strong season thus far both offensively and defensively. Often playing against the opposition’s top skaters in even-strength and shorthanded situations, Chara has stayed on the plus side of the +/- rating at plus-25, which ranks seventh among NHL defensemen. The veteran blueliner has been hot on the power play this season, notching nine tallies with the man-advantage, which ranks second among all defensemen. Chara’s 16 goals rank fourth in the NHL among blueliners.
BERGERON 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 consistent 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 first in the NHL with a plus-38 rating. The centerman currently ranks third in the league in faceoff percentage at 59.0% and leads the league in faceoff wins with 925, ahead of Sidney Crosby who has 917. Bergeron also ranks third on the Bruins in points (53), second in goals (25) and tied for fourth in assists (28) with Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith. Bergeron’s two goal against Chicago on March 27 marked his fifth consecutive game he has scored a goal, which is a career best goal-streak.
POSITIVE OUTLOOK: The Bruins own five of the ten spots in the league’s plus/minus leaders with Patrice Bergeron leading the way at plus-38. Jarome Iginla ranks second in the NHL with a plus-35 while David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk are tied for third with Matt Niskanen (Pittsburgh) at plus-32. Rounding out the quintet is Brad Marchand whose plus-30 ranks fifth among all skaters.
UPCOMING EVENTS & NOTES…
BRUINS 2013-14 SEASON AWARDS: The end of season awards will be announced on Fan Appreciation Day, Saturday, April 12 vs. Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. The awards are as follows:
-The Eddie Shore Award: Presented by the Gallery Gods to the player who exhibits exceptional hustle and determination
-Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy: Voted by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and presented to the player who has been most outstanding in Bruins home games.
-John P. Bucyk Award: Given to the player who has contributed the most to charitable and community endeavors, a $1,000 donation will be made to a charity of the winner's choosing by the Boston Bruins Foundation
-98.5 The Sports Hub 3 Stars: The 3 Stars awards are given to those players who have contributed the most to the team's success this season.
The NESN 7th Player Award will be announced on Saturday, April 5 before the Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers 1:00 p.m. game. The 7th Player award is voted on by the fans, based on which Bruin has performed above and beyond expectations.
BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI: Episode 11 of Behind the B aired on Tuesday, March 11 and recounted the practices and games after the Olympic break, happenings of the trade deadline and the arrival of new faces. 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 12 will air Tuesday, April 1, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Behind the B episode air schedule on NESN:
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 (Eddie Shore, Jr. Puck Drop)
-Thursday, March 6th vs. Washington Capitals (Mark Recchi Puck Drop)
-Monday, March 24th vs. Montreal Canadiens (Ray Bourque Puck Drop)
-Thursday, March 27th vs. Chicago Blackhawks (John Bucyk Puck Drop)
-Saturday, April 5th vs. Philadelphia Flyers
THIS WEEK’S GAMES: The Bruins will play two series of back-to-back games this week. The B’s first travel to Washington, DC to take on the Capitals at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. The final game of March will be played on Sunday, March 30 against the Flyers in Philadelphia also beginning at 12:30 p.m. To start the second back-to-back series, the B’s take on the Red Wings in Detroit on Wednesday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m., rounding out the two-game set on Thursday, April 3 is against the Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m. in Toronto.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: The NESN broadcast team of Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will be covering the games on Saturday, March 29 against the Washington Capitals and Thursday, April 3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The NBC Sports Network will be covering the game against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, April 2 while NBC will cover the game against Philadelphia on March 30. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
3/29 at Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. E.T. – NESN
3/30 at Philadelphia Flyers, 12:30 p.m. – NBC
4/2 at Detroit Red Wings, 8:00 p.m. – NBCSN
4/3 at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 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.
204 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, March 27, the Boston Bruins have reached 204 straight regular season and playoff game shut outs. 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 28th week of the Boston Media Tweet of the Week, we saw TOTW history with both Dan Cagen and Amalie Benjamin combining for this week’s victory with their tweets in regards to attempting to notch a goal from the sin bin:
@DanCagen: Dougie Hamilton tried. It doesn't work. @AmalieBenjamin: I don't think Jarome Iginla can score from the penalty box. But the way he's been going…
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@DJ_Bean: Headed to a shootout. This game peaked too early. #Bruins #Habs
@AmalieBenjamin: Jarome Iginla now has 557 career goals, passing Johnny Bucyk on the all-time list. I passed Bucyk in the hall earlier. Same thing?
@TheBruinsBlog: Tuukka wearing a Boston Fire Department toque. Or is it a tuukk?
@JamieErdahl: Since #CutsForACause yesterday, everyone's neck looks cold at #Bruins morning skate. Especially Dougie's.
2013-14 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 6, Week 8, Week 11, Week 20, Week 21, Week 25
@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, Week 28
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 2, Week 15, Week 26, Week 27
@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
@DanCagen (MetroWest Daily News), Week 28
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, March 19
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: TBD
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out the eighth edition of the 2013-14 Boston Bruins Prospect Report on March 19. 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 first time pros Anthony Camara, Chris Casto, Seth Griffith, Alexander Khokhlachev, Matt Lindblad and Malcolm Subban.
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 29 (Washington, D.C./Philadelphia, PA)
-Away game at Washington Capitals, 12:30 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, March 30 (Philadelphia, PA/Boston, MA)
-Away game at Philadelphia Flyers, 12:30 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NBC, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Monday, March 31
Tuesday, April 1 (Wilmington, MA / Detroit, MI)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Travel to Detroit, MI
Wednesday, April 2 (Detroit, MI/Toronto, ON)
-Pregame skate at Joe Louis Arena, 11:30 a.m. local
-Away game at Detroit Red Wings, 8:00 p.m. local
-Broadcast Info: NBCSN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Toronto, ON
Thursday, April 3 (Toronto, ON/Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Air Canada Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Away game at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Friday, April 4 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, March 14)
1. J. Iginla, 28
2. P. Bergeron, 25
3. B. Marchand, 22
4. M. Lucic, 21
5. R. Smith, 19
1. D. Krejci, 44
2. M. Lucic, 32
3. J. Iginla, 30
T4. R. Smith, 28
T4. P. Bergeron, 28
T4. C. Soderberg, 28
1. D. Krejci, 60 (16-44)
2. J. Iginla, 58 (28-30)
T3. M. Lucic, 53 (21-32)
T3. P. Bergeron, 53 (25-28)
5. R. Smith, 47 (19-28)
1. M. Lucic, 78
2. A. McQuaid, 69
3. S. Thornton, 65
4. B. Marchand, 64
5. Z. Chara, 50
BRUINS STARS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON
-Jarome Iginla, Third Star of the Week, week ending February 9
-Jarome Iginla, Third Star of the Week, week ending March 23