The dates and times for the playoff games will be determined by the National Hockey League once the final seeding for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs is set.
Boston Bruins Home Games 3 and 4 will be played only if necessary. If the games are not played because the round has concluded, tickets sold for such game will be eligible for a refund of the face value and any service fees at the point of purchase (except UPS and retail pickup fees). For full details visit bostonbruins.com/playoffs or call 800.745.3000.
SHIRTS OFF OUR BACK RAFFLE: The Boston Bruins Foundation is holding a raffle in which the winner and a guest will each receive one (1) ticket to enjoy the April 8 game against the Washington Capitals. Following the game, the winner will be presented with the opportunity of a lifetime by being part of the "Shirts Off Our Back" on ice ceremony and will be escorted to the ice where they will receive the jersey of a randomly selected Bruins player. The player will personalize the jersey and pose for a photo. Please note that only the winner, not the guest, will be able to participate in the on ice ceremony. Proceeds will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. Raffle tickets are available to purchase at bruinsraffles.org until April 7.
HART TROPHY CONVERSATION: Bruins forward Brad Marchand , who earned his first NHL All-Star selection this season, is in the midst of a tightly contested race for the Hart Trophy, given annually to the "player judged most valuable to his team" in the NHL. In his eighth season, all with the Bruins, the 28-year-old Halifax, N.S. native leads the Bruins with 38 goals (career high, tied for second in NHL) and 45 assists (career high) for 83 points (career high, third in NHL) in 77 games. He also has three shorthanded goals (tied for fifth in NHL), eight game-winning goals (tied for third in NHL) and leads the Bruins with 19 multi-point games. He was named the NHL's second star for the month of January and was named the NHL's first star of the week for the week ending March 19. Since January 1, Marchand leads the league in goals (28) and is tied for the league lead in points (52). The last Bruins player to win the Hart Trophy was Joe Thornton (2005-06), who was traded during the season to the San Jose Sharks.
THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
STAT OF THE WEEK: Tuukka Rask's shutout of the Dallas Stars on Thursday night was the 37th of his career and seventh of the season, tying his career season-high. He is the first Bruins goaltender to shut out the Stars since Gerry Cheevers on January 21, 1980.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Yeah, I'm glad I don't have to play against him because those look like they hurt a lot of the times. It doesn't matter if he's hitting you or you're trying to hit him. He's pretty sturdy. And he just creates a lot of space. If he's in on the forecheck and hits one of their D-men, it kind of takes them out of the play and gives us a couple extra feet with the puck. Yeah, it's been good. It's nice to watch. It's nice to see a guy on our line banging someone. I know me and Dom [Dominic Moore ] aren't the most physical guys. But, Noel is picking up where we're a little short." - Riley Nash on the physical play of Noel Acciari
TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 29): @MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger): "So much fun to see how much it irritates people when #NHLBruins RW Noel Acciari (3 1st-pd hits) checks them...
HONORABLE MENTION: @_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, WEEI.com): "600 NHL points for Zdeno Chara . Dedication. Perseverance. Sportsmanship."
@ShawnHutcheon (Shawn Hutcheon, The Fourth Period): "I'm guessing Adam McQuaid is made of iron. #NHLBruins"
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE): "Another game, another chance for Noel Acciari to truck somebody. This time it was Julius Honka"
2016-17 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD:
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, WEEI.com): Week 3, Week 11, Week 13, Week 16, Week 21, Week 23 (5)
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Week 5, Week 8, Week 9, Week 12, Week 27 (5)
@DaleEArnold (Dale Arnold, NESN): Week 7, Week 15, Week 22 (3)
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul DuPont, Boston Globe): Week 1, Week 2, Week 17 (3)
@_TimRosenthal (Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily): Week 16, Week 19, Week 25 (3)
@MattKalman (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Week 14, Week 24 (2)
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE): Week 4, Week 28 (2)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, CSNNE.com): Week 6 (1)
@michaelFhurley (Michael Hurley, CBS Boston Sports): Week 10 (1)
@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, Red Line Report): Week 18 (1)
@TomCaron (Tom Caron, NESN.com): Week 20 (1)
@MickColageo (Mick Colageo, Standard Times): Week 26 (1)
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger): Week 29 (1)
UPCOMING GAMES AND BROADCAST INFORMATION:
Saturday, April 1, Bruins vs. Panthers, TD Garden, 1 p.m. ET, TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, April 2, Bruins at Blackhawks, United Center, 12:30 p.m. ET, TV - NBC, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Tuesday, April 4, Bruins vs. Lightning, TD Garden, 7 p.m. ET, TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Thursday, April 6, Bruins vs. Senators, TD Garden, 7 p.m. ET, TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
BEHIND THE B: The New England Emmy Award winning series Behind the B has returned for its fourth season. Behind The B, which is narrated by Worcester, MA native Denis Leary, gives fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Bruins players, coaches and front office throughout the 2016-17 season. In this season's latest episode, The Bruins play locker room baseball, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron receive their World Cup rings & the boys take part in Cuts for a Cause. Watch the latest episode by clicking here.
BRUINS ACADEMY KIDS APP: Bruins Academy is part of the Bruins' ongoing mission to encourage positive youth development through the sport of hockey. To join the club, download the new mobile app designed specifically for kids called Bruins Academy presented by Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The app has built-in safety features that provide a safe experience for kids to connect with each other and their favorite team. In the new Bruins Academy app, kids can explore exclusive team content, create their own avatar, learn educational tips, test their trivia skills, and participate in challenges.
BRUINS ACADEMY: Follow along on TV with the new Bruins Academy TV series. Hosted by Emmy award-winning sports personality Charlie Moore and B's Reporter Caryn Switaj will take you up-close and personal with your favorite Bruins players. Learn the latest tips directly from the pros, find out how players are just like you, and discover why hockey is the best sport in the world! In the previous episode, David Pastrnak takes part in arts and crafts, Patrice Bergeron talks about eating healthy, and Brandon Carlo answers your questions. Watch the latest episode by clicking here. To learn more or to catch up season 2, check out BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy.
Season 2, Episode 3: Saturday, April 1 at 5 p.m.
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: Get to TD Garden tomorrow, April 1, as the Boston Bruins take on the Florida Panthers. Puck drops at 1 p.m. The B's will be back on Tuesday, April 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 p.m. For these games and more, visit www.BostonBruins.com/Tickets.
BRUINS SUITES: If you want to watch the B's from your own private suite, some are still available for upcoming home games - accommodating 18 to 60 fans; each suite has in-house catering and exclusive views of the ice. For additional information, visit BostonBruins.com/SuiteRentals or call 617-624-1847.
GROUP DEPOSITS: On Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m., place your group deposit for the 2017-18 season. Group outings are a great way to entertain clients, reward employees, have fun with your team, or get together with friends or family. By placing a deposit, you receive priority access to group tickets for the 2017-18 season, offering a wide variety of options to suit your group's specific needs and offers unique fan experiences to create a truly custom experience. To place your deposit, visit BostonBruins.com/Groups.
GAME PLAN DEPOSITS: On Tuesday, April 4 at 10 a.m., fans can place a deposit for a 2017-18 Bruins Game Plan for just $100 per seat. With a deposit, you will score priority access to select from a variety of Game Plan options when they become available. As a Game Plan holder, you receive the same great seat location for all games, the ability to choose from multiple convenient payment plans, the opportunity to purchase additional regular season game tickets, 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff tickets before they go on sale to the general public, and more. To place your deposit, visit BostonBruins.com/GamePlans.
20% OFF ENTIRE PURCHASE: Authentic Bruins and Celtics gear is 20% off this entire weekend at the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden and BostonProShop.com. Stop by TD Garden or go online at BostonProShop.com to check out the selection of official gear. 20% off ends on Sunday, April 2.
BOSTON'S TEAM SINCE 1924: Show your Bruins pride this season with the team's exclusive Boston's Team Since 1924 T-shirt only available at the ProShop powered by Reebok located on Level 2 at TD Garden. To shop the Boston's Team Since 1924 gear and view other authentic Bruins and Celtics gear, visit www.BostonProShop.com.
THIRD JERSEY: This season, the Bruins are wearing the sweater created for the 2016 Winter Classic as their third jersey. The uniform is inspired by the original look sported by the B's in their inaugural season in 1924-25 but has been updated with the Bruins current colors of Black and Gold, connecting the past with the present. To purchase one please visit www.BostonProShop.com.
REEBOK CENTER ICE: With the B's regular season underway make sure you are supporting Boston's Team with the latest Reebok Center Ice gear that matches the authentic players gear in the locker room. Visit www.BostonProShop.com to get yours today.
ALEX AND ANI: Have your loved one rep Boston's Team Since 1924 all year long with their own Alex and Ani bracelets. Now 50% off all Bruins and Celtics bracelets while supplies last. Stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok at TD Garden to get yours today!
GEAR UP FOR WINTER IN BOSTON: Gear up for Boston's ice-cold winter with Black & Gold knits from the Boston Bruins. With a variety of knit hats, scarves, and gloves, The ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden is your source for the warmest authentic gear straight from the team. Check out the latest selection at www.BostonProShop.com
NHL 100TH ANNIVERSARY PATCH AND PUCK: Celebrate all year long with the NHL as they commemorate their 100th anniversary. To join in, stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok on level 2 of TD Garden to check out the authentic patch that will be worn by the players all year long or puck. The ProShop powered by Reebok will put the patch on any shirt or jersey free of charge. If you aren't able to make it, head to BostonProShop.com.
MEIGRAY: Want to bring home a piece of the Bruins? Meigray Group is the Bruins official game-worn jersey source, and the only place to go to get an authenticated game-worn jersey from your favorite Bruins player. Meigray takes Bruins jerseys right off the ice. Every jersey comes with a Bruins Meigray letter of authenticity. Get your game-worn jersey today by visiting www.Meigray.com.
BRUINS ON SOCIAL: If you don't already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:
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OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…
BOSTON BRUINS SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAM POWERED BY BFIT: Are you struggling to find ways to inspire your kids and students to lead healthier lifestyles? The Boston Bruins have launched the Boston Bruins School Assembly Program powered by BFit where the Youth Hockey Department comes to your children's elementary school to teach them the importance of being active and eating healthy. To register, visit http://www.BostonBruins.com/SchoolAssembly. Please notify school contacts if submitting on their behalf. Submitting a school does not guarantee a visit.
BOSTON BRUINS APRIL CAMPS: Registration for the 2017 Boston Bruins & Pro Ambitions April Vacation Camps is now open. These three-day camps are open to youth hockey players ages 6-15 and are a great opportunity for youth hockey players to elevate their skill to the next level with top level instructions from members of the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team and Pro Ambitions. Visit BostonBruins.com/AprilCamps.
BOSTON BRUINS SUMMER CAMPS PRESENTED BY O.R.G. PACKAGING: Keep your kids busy this summer by signing them up for the Boston Bruins Summer Camp Presented by O.R.G. Packaging. They will learn that hard work and determination are the way to accomplish their dreams. To sign your kids up, visit BostonBruins.com/SummerCamps.
BRUINS ALUMNI GAMES: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7 p.m. - The Freedom Fighters will host the Boston Bruins Alumni at the Stoneham Arena in Stoneham, MA. This will be the fifth annual game the Freedom Fighters have hosted, and will benefit the New England Center and Home for Veterans. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Expected in the line up are Don Awrey, Rick Middleton and John Carter, while Ed Sandford will assume coaching duties.
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - The Why Me All Stars will face off against the Boston Bruins Alumni at the New England Sports Center, Marlboro, MA. The game will benefit the Why Me & Sherry's House. Tickets are $10 with Don Awrey, Jean-Yves Roy, and Kenny Hodge expected in the line-up.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(Warrior Ice Arena, 90 Guest Street, Brighton, MA, 02135)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Warrior Ice Arena are open to the public
-Schedule is subject to change
Saturday, April 1 (TD Garden, Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Florida Panthers, 1 p.m.
-Travel to Chicago
Sunday, April 2 (United Center, Chicago, IL)
-Game at Chicago Blackhawks, 11:30 a.m. CT
-Travel to Boston
Monday, April 3
Tuesday, April 4 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate, 10:30 a.m. (Warrior Ice Arena)
-Game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m. (TD Garden)
Wednesday, April 5 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 6 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate, 10:30 a.m. (Warrior Ice Arena)
-Game vs. Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. (TD Garden)
Friday, April 7 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 12 p.m.
Saturday, April 8 (TD Garden, Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Washington Capitals, 3 p.m.
2016-17 BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS
1. B. Marchand, 38
2. D. Pastrnak, 32
3. D. Krejci, 22
4. P. Bergeron, 18
5. D. Backes, 17
1. B. Marchand, 45
2. T. Krug, 42
3. D. Pastrnak, 34
4. P. Bergeron, 32
5. D. Krejci, 29
1. B. Marchand, 83
2. D. Pastrnak, 66
3. D. Krejci, 51
T-4. P. Bergeron, 50
T-4. T. Krug, 50
1. Z. Chara, 20
2. B. Marchand, 16
3. P. Bergeron, 11
T-4. B. Carlo, 9
T-4. D. Pastrnak, 9
1. A. McQuaid, 69
2. D. Backes, 67
3. B. Marchand, 64
4. B. Carlo, 57
T-5. Z. Chara, 53
T-5. C. Miller, 53
-Brad Marchand is third in the NHL in points (83), tied for second in the NHL in goals (38), and tied for fifth in the NHL in shorthanded goals (3)
-Torey Krug is tied for fifth among NHL defensemen in assists (42) and seventh among NHL defensemen in points (50)
-Patrice Bergeron is fourth in the NHL in shots on goal (279)
-Tuukka Rask is sixth in the NHL in wins (35) and is tied for second in the NHL in shutouts (7)
10/13 @ CBJ: Brandon Carlo
10/13 @ CBJ: Austin Czarnik
10/13 @ CBJ: Danton Heinen
10/13 @ CBJ: Rob O'Gara
10/25 vs. MIN: Zane McIntyre (1st NHL start: 10/26 @ NYR)
11/3 @ TBL: Sean Kuraly
12/3 @ BUF: Anton Blidh
12/14 @ PIT: Matt Grzelcyk
2/11 vs. VAN: Peter Cehlarik
100th NHL Game:
10/17 @ WPG: David Pastrnak
300th NHL Game:
2/19 @ SJ: Torey Krug
3/30 vs. DAL: Jimmy Hayes
400th NHL Game:
2/12 vs. MTL: Adam McQuaid
500th NHL Game:
1/14 vs. PHI: Brad Marchand
700th NHL Game:
3/30 vs. DAL: David Krejci
1,300th NHL Game:
12/14 @ PIT: Zdeno Chara
Most games by a Bruins player born outside of North America:
2/22 @ ANA: Zdeno Chara (798th game)
First NHL Goal:
10/17 @ WPG: Brandon Carlo
10/26 @ NYR: Austin Czarnik
12/20 vs. NYI: Anton Blidh
3/28 vs. NSH: Noel Acciari
100th NHL Goal:
3/20 @ TOR: Dominic Moore
20,000th Bruins Goal:
11/22 vs. STL: David Backes
First NHL Assist:
10/13 @ CBJ: Brandon Carlo
11/7 vs. BUF: Austin Czarnik
12/7 @ WSH: Anton Blidh
2/12 vs. MTL: Peter Cehlarik
100th NHL Assist:
11/22 vs. STL: Torey Krug
400th NHL Assist:
11/12 at ARI: Zdeno Chara
2/19 @ SJ: Patrice Bergeron
100th NHL Point:
1/18 @ DET: Ryan Spooner
2/11 vs. VAN: David Pastrnak
2/19 @ SJ: Jimmy Hayes
300th NHL Point:
11/1 @ FLA: Brad Marchand
500th NHL Point:
1/14 vs. PHI: David Krejci
600th NHL Point:
3/28 vs. NSH: Zdeno Chara
200th NHL Win
3/13 @ VAN: Tuukka Rask