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Bruins Week Ahead: 3/6 - 3/12

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

*ON THE ROAD*
March 6 – March 12

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
HIT THE ROAD: The Black & Gold begin their longest road trip of the season this week, a seven game, 12-day journey that begins in Long Island and ends in Carolina on Tuesday, March 16. All seven games will be against Eastern Conference opponents, and three of the seven will be against teams in the top eight in the Conference as of Friday (Pittsburgh, New Jersey, and Philadelphia). It is Boston’s longest trip since a seven-game trek from Feb. 5-21, 2004 during which they went 4-0-1-2.

BRUINS MAKE THREE TRANSACTIONS: GM Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that the club has recalled forward Brad Marchand from the Providence Bruins, recalled goaltender Dany Sabourin from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis and assigned goaltender Matt Dalton to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Marchand and Sabourin joined the team today and will travel with the club on their upcoming seven-game road trip.

PJ DRIVE A SUCCESS: The Boston Bruins and BJ's Wholesale Club are proud to announce that the Third Annual PJ Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons collected over 13,000 pairs of pajamas during the month of February, beating last year’s total by 1,000 pairs. For the second consecutive year, the students of Dolbeare Elementary School in Wakefield, MA collected the most pajamas of all the participating schools, with 900.

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.

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. 

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
The Bruins played to their 18th shootout Thursday night against Toronto. That was their 64th lifetime shootout which is the most of any NHL team (NY Rangers, 63) and is one shy of the league's single-season mark of 19 (Edmonton in 2007-08).

THEY SAID IT…
Tim Thomas, after the shootout win vs. Toronto…
"I’m not going to lie it feels really good right now. The first win I’ve had in a long time, the first win we’ve had in a long time, first win we’ve had at home in a shootout in a long time. So for a number of reasons, I feel pretty good right now.”

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 6 (Uniondale, NY/Pittsburgh, PA)
-Game vs. New York Islanders, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 2:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Pittsburgh, PA

Sunday, March 7 (Pittsburgh, PA/Toronto, ON)
-Game vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Mellon Arena, 3:00 p.m., local
-Depart for Toronto, ON

Monday, March 8 (Toronto, ON)
-Practice at MasterCard Centre (400 Kipling Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8V3L1), 2:00 p.m., local

Tuesday, March 9 (Toronto, ON/Philadelphia, PA)
-Bruins pre-game skate at Air Canada Centre, 11:30 a.m., local
-Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, March 10 (Philadelphia, PA)
-Practice at University of Pennsylvania, 12:00 p.m., local

Thursday, March 11 (Philadelphia, PA/ Montreal, QC)
-Bruins pre-game skate at Wachovia Center, 11:30 a.m., local
-Game vs. Philadelphia Flyers, Wachovia Center, 7:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Montreal, QC

Friday, March 12 (Montreal, QC)
-Practice TBD

AROUND TOWN:
WHAT: Skate with the Ice Girls
The Boston Bruins “Skate with the Ice Girls” is heading to the Hetland Memorial Skating Rink (310 Hathaway Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02740). Bruins fans will also have a chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and great prizes.
WHEN: Sunday, March 7 from 2:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hetland Memorial Skating Rink, 310 Hathaway Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02740
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Ice Girls and the Bruins Mascot, Blades

WHAT: Special Olympics Figure Skating with Athletes 
On Tuesday, March 9, members of the Boston Bruins wives and girlfriends will be visiting members of Special Olympics of Massachusetts to provide figure skating instruction. The mission of Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 9, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Valley Forum Rink, 3 Holden Street, Malden, MA 02148
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins wives/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 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 9, from 7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
WHERE: Lane Rink, St. Sebastian’s School, 1191 Greendale Ave., Needham, MA 02192
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and Bobby Miller

“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.

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 5):

Goals
1. M. Sturm, 19
2. M. Ryder, 15
3. B. Wheeler, 13
T4. P. Bergeron, 12
T4. M. Recchi, 12

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 29
2. P. Bergeron, 25
3. M. Savard, 23
4. D. Seidenberg, 21
5. D. Krejci, 20

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 37
2. Z. Chara, 34
3. M., Savard, 32
T4. B. Wheeler, 31
T4. D. Krejci, 31
T4. M. Recchi, 31

Plus/Minus
1. M. Sturm, +8
2. Z. Chara, +7
3. M. Satan, +5
4. J. Boychuk, +4
5. M., Savard, +2

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 109
2. Z. Chara, 72
3. M. Stuart, 47
5. S. Begin, 42
4. B. Wheeler, 41

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Patrice Bergeron currently ranks tied for 7th in the NHL with Eric Belanger in faceoff percentage at 57.4% (S. Nichol, 61.5%).

-Tim Thomas is currently tied for 4th in the NHL for shutouts (4) with 5 other players (M. Brodeur and T. Vokoun, 7).

-Tuukka Rask currently ranks 1st in the NHL in goals against average with 2.15 and is 4th in the NHL in save percentage at .926 (R. Miller, .931).

-The Bruins as a team are tied for 2nd in the NHL in shutouts (7) with 3 other teams (Chicago Blackhawks, 8).

-The Bruins as a team are 1st in the NHL in the penalty kill category at 86.4%.

-The Bruins as a team are tied for 4th in the NHL with the Calgary Flames in goals against per game at 2.44 goals (Chicago Blackhawks, 2.34).

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
* Brad Marchand recalled from Providence (AHL).
* Dany Sabourin recalled from Providence on an emergency basis (AHL).
* Matt Dalton returned to Providence (AHL).
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