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Bruins Week Ahead: 4/10 - 4/16

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

April 10 - April 16


THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...
WIN AND WE’RE IN: The Bruins control their own playoff destiny, as they can qualify for the postseason if they gain two points in their final two games, either by one win or two overtime losses. They will also qualify if the ninth place Rangers - who are playing a home and home series with the eighth place Flyers to close out the year - lose one of their final two games in regulation, or lose both of their final two games in overtime. This means that the Bruins could qualify as soon as Friday night, with a Flyers regulation win over the Rangers.

The Bruins will also qualify for the playoffs as the #8 seed if they lose both of their last two games, but the Rangers beat the Flyers in regulation in both of their games. The Bruins could climb has high as sixth or finish as low as ninth, depending on the results of the teams still in contention.

ONLY ROOM FOR THREE: While all eight playoff teams in the West are already determined, only five have clinched in the East. Here’s a look at the remaining schedules of the four teams still in the hunt for the final three playoff spots in the East, with their current rank, point total and games remaining this weekend:

6. Boston, 87 points, vs. Carolina (Saturday), at Washington (Sunday)
7. Montreal, 87 points, vs. Toronto (Saturday)
8. Philadelphia, 86 points, at NY Rangers (Friday), vs. NY Rangers (Sunday)
9. NY Rangers, 84 points, vs. Philadelphia (Friday), at Philadelphia (Sunday)

LUCKY FANS TO TAKE HOME GAME WORN JERSEYS ON SATURDAY: The Boston Bruins will host “Fan Appreciation Day” during the Bruins/Hurricanes contest at the TD Garden on Saturday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m. ET, in an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2009-10 season. Immediately following the game, Bruins players will remain on the ice and throw t-shirts into the stands, then hand 24 fans that were chosen at random based on seat section and seat number the “Shirts of their Backs.” Each of these lucky Bruins fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will meet that afternoon. After the t-shirt toss these fans will participate in the on-ice ceremony where they will meet and take home the game-worn autographed jersey of that player.

BRUINS PLAYOFF MEDIA INFORMATION: If the Bruins do qualify for the playoffs, the Bruins Communications Department will issue a press release Sunday night with credential information and travel information for their first round playoff series.

RECCHI NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON: Bruins forward Mark Recchi is the Boston Bruins 2010 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee. The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected by a vote of the 30 chapters of the PHWA (Professional Hockey Writers Association) at the conclusion of the regular season and will be announced at the NHL Awards held on Wednesday, June 23 in Las Vegas.

THEY SAID IT…
Peter Chiarelli to the Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa, on fan reactions towards Tim Thomas and Dennis Wideman…
“These guys are world-class players. They're not having years as good as expected, for whatever reason. But I don't like when guys are singled out. Tim's won a Vezina. He was on the Olympic team. Wides was a candidate for the Canadian Olympic team. He had a hell of a year last year. It's everybody's fault we're not playing to expectations. But it pains me when they get booed.”

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, April 10 (Boston, MA/Washington, D.C.)
-Game vs. Carolina Hurricanes, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m.
-Depart for Washington, D.C.

Sunday, April 11 (Washington, D.C./Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Washington Capitals, TD Garden, 12:00 p.m.
-Depart for Boston, MA

Monday, April 12
-TBD

Tuesday, April 13
-TBD

Wednesday, April 14
-TBD

Thursday, April 15
-TBD

Friday, April 16
-TBD
 
AROUND TOWN...
WHAT: “Shirts off Their Backs”
The Boston Bruins will host “Fan Appreciation Day” during the Bruins/Hurricanes contest at the TD Garden on Saturday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m. ET, in an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2009-10 season. Immediately following the game, Bruins players will remain on the ice and throw t-shirts into the stands, then hand 24 fans that were chosen at random based on seat section and seat number the “Shirts of their Backs.” Each of these lucky Bruins fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will meet that afternoon. After the t-shirt toss these fans will participate in the on-ice ceremony where they will meet and take home the game-worn autographed jersey of that player.
WHEN: Saturday, April 10 immediately following the Bruins/Hurricanes game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: The 2009-10 Boston Bruins

WHAT: Mini 1-On-1 Winners
On Saturday, April 10 the 2009-10 the winning Mini 1-On-1 teams at the Mite, Squirt, Girls 10&U and Girls 12&U age level will be attending the final Bruins home game of the regular season against the Carolina Hurricanes. The winners will be recognized by USA Hockey, the Boston Bruins, TD Bank and NESN. The winners and their family will watch the game from private suites and will receive their awards.
WHEN:  Saturday, April 10 beginning at 7:00 p.m. until the end of the game
WHERE: TD Garden front parking lot, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

WHAT: Mini 1-On-1 Open Try Out
Sunday, April 11 is the final try-out for youth hockey players hoping to compete in the 2010 TD Bank Mini 1-on-1 competition. The try-outs are open to one shooter and one goalie from the same youth hockey organizations throughout Massachusetts at the Mite, Squirt, Girls 10&U and Girls 12&U age levels. USA Hockey and MASS Hockey will lead the try-outs. The winners and finalists at each respective age level will then move on to compete against New England teams in the finals competition held in early fall at the TD Garden.
WHEN: Sunday, April 11, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden front parking lot, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

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, April 14 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: William Chase Arena, 35 Windsor Avenue, Natick, MA 02149
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and Bobby Miller

WHAT: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Wives Visit
The wives and girlfriends of the Boston Bruins will be visiting Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and participating in using the Nintendo Wii in a rehabilitation setting as a fun and engaging way to complement traditional therapeutic exercises. The Wii combines traditional video gaming with natural physical movement. The Wii Sports game includes many well-known sports such as bowling, golf, tennis and boxing. Patients can “play” these sports by using a remote that senses their movements and mimics them through a character on the video screen.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 14 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital 125 Nashua Street Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins wives and girlfriends

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 7:00 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 “Gresh 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, April 9):
Goals
1. M. Sturm, 21
2. P. Bergeron, 19
3. M. Recchi, 18
T4. B. Wheeler, 17
T4. D. Krejci, 17

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 36
T2. P. Bergeron, 33
T2. D. Krejci, 33
4. D. Seidenberg, 28
5. M. Recchi, 25

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 52
2. D. Krejci, 50
T3. M. Recchi, 43
T3. Z. Chara, 43
T5. B. Wheeler, 37

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +19
2. M. Sturm, +14
3. D. Seidenberg, +9
4. M. Satan, +8
T5. D. Krejci, +7
T5. J. Boychuk, +7

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 141
2. Z. Chara, 87
3. M. Stuart, 80
T4. B. Wheeler, 53
T4. S. Begin, 53

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Tuukka Rask currently ranks 1st in the NHL in goals against average with a 1.97 average and is 1st in the NHL in save percentage at .931.
-Patrice Bergeron is currently tied for 5th in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 57.7% (S. Nichol, 60.5%) and ranks 9th in the NHL in faceoffs won with 760 (S. Crosby, 970).
-The Bruins as a team are 2nd in the NHL in shutouts with 10 (Chicago Blackhawks, 11).
-The Bruins as a team rank 3rd in the NHL in the penalty kill category at 86.1% (St. Louis Blues, 86.6%).
-The Bruins as a team rank 1st in the NHL in goals against per game at 2.32 goals (New Jersey Devils, 2.30).
 
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).
March 24
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 24
* Andrew Ference signed to three-year contract extension.
March 31
* Jordan Caron, Joe Colborne, Michael Hutchinson and Steven Kampfer signed to entry-level contracts.
April 3
* Andrew Bodnarchuk recalled from Providence (AHL).
April 5
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
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