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PRE-PLAYOFFS PRESS CONFERENCE: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli will hold a pre-playoffs press conference on Monday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m. ET at TD Garden. Stay tuned to BostonBruins.com for all the coverage.
BRUINS ASSIGN RYAN SPOONER TO PROVIDENCE: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, April 11, that the team has assigned forward Ryan Spooner to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Spooner has appeared in 23 games with Boston this season, racking up 11 assists. In total, the forward has played in 27 NHL games for Boston (2012-14). In 45 games for Providence this season, Spooner has tallied 11 goals and 34 assists for 45 points with a plus-13 rating. In total, the 21-year-old pivot has skated in 112 AHL games with Providence from 2010 to 2014, accruing 31 goals and 78 assists for 109 points. Spooner was named the to 2014 AHL All-Star team on January 9, 2014. The 5’10’’, 180-pound native of Kanata, Ontario was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the second round (45th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
BEHIND THE B REGULAR SEASON SERIES FINALE: The regular season series finale of Behind the B, presented by Alex and Ani, is set to air on Monday, April 14 on NESN and will feature the Bruins final push before the playoffs. 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.
Behind the B episode air schedule on NESN:
Episode 13: Monday, April 14, 8:00 p.m. ET
STATS OF THE WEEK: Heading in to the playoffs, David Krejci has led the Bruins in total points every week since the first week of the season. He has accrued 67 points this season, which is six shy of his career high (2008-09, 73). On Thursday, April 10, Krejci notched his 50th assist of the season, which is a team high. This is only the second time in the centerman’s NHL career in which he recorded 50 or more helpers (2008-09, 51).
CAMPBELL NOMINTATED FOR MASTERTON: Bruins forward Gregory Campbell has been selected as the Boston Bruins 2014 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association (PHWA). The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Campbell battled adversity entering the 2014 campaign, coming off a broken leg sustained in the second period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite breaking his leg in a shorthanded situation, Campbell remained on the ice for the remaining 47 seconds of Penguin power play time, putting the team ahead of his own personal health, to help the Bruins kill off the penalty unscathed.
“Gregory Campbell’s entire hockey career has been about perseverance, dedication to hockey and paying the highest level of respect to the game he loves so much," said Joe Haggerty, PHWA Boston chapter chairman and Bruins beat reporter for CSNNE.com. "The image of Campbell gritting his way through excruciating pain to finish a penalty kill shift with a broken leg during last year’s conference final is one nobody will soon forget. It’s also the perfect example of Campbell’s dedication to his team, selflessness and willingness to give every last ounce he has to fully compete. That doesn't even include Campbell's heavy involvement in the community, including delivering pies to Boston homeless shelters on Thanksgiving morning each year. The Boston Chapter of the PHWA is proud to nominate Gregory Campbell for this season’s Masterton Trophy.”
Campbell, a staple on the Bruins’ energy line, has had a productive season for the Black & Gold registering seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points in 80 appearances this season. The Boston Bruins acquired Campbell on June 22, 2010 with Nathan Horton for Dennis Wideman, a 2010 first round draft and a 2011 third round draft pick. The winner of the Masterton Trophy is selected by a vote of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the conclusion of the regular season.
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 holding the first place spot for the league’s best record with 115 points. The Eastern Conference leading Bruins enter the weekend first in the NHL in GF/GA differential at plus-85, while maintaining the league’s second lowest goals against average at 2.09. On special teams, Julien’s Bruins rank third in the league on the power play (20.9%, 47-for-225) and eighth on the penalty kill (83.8%, 217-for-259). Julien has compiled a 427-250-10-88 record in 776 NHL games coached (.615 win percentage), including a 309-164-65 mark in 538 games (.635 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: Tuukka Rask’s shutout win over the Chicago Blackhawks on March 27 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 35 wins, which rank fifth in the NHL, his 2.06 goals against average which ranks fifth and a .929 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-24. The veteran blueliner has been hot on the power play this season, notching 10 tallies with the man-advantage, which ranks second among all defensemen. Chara’s 17 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 second in the NHL with a plus-37 rating. The centerman currently ranks third in the league in faceoff percentage at 58.5% and leads the league in faceoff wins with 1,003, ahead of Antoine Vermette who has 984. Bergeron is tied for second on the Bruins in points (61), second in goals (29) and third in assists (32). Bergeron enters the weekend riding a 12-game point streak, compiling 10 goals and six assists from March 17 to April 8.
POSITIVE OUTLOOK: The Bruins own four of the top five spots in the league’s plus/minus leaders, and five out of the top 10. David Krejci leads the way at plus-38 while Patrice Bergeron ranks second in the NHL with a plus-37. Brad Marchand sits in third at plus-35 and Jarome Iginla is tied for fourth with plus-33. Rounding out the quintet is Johnny Boychuk whose plus-31 is tied for eighth 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.
“SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS”: In an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2013-2014 season, the Boston Bruins will host “Fan Appreciation Day” on Saturday, April 12th when the Bruins take on the Sabres at 12:30 PM. Immediately following the Bruins/Sabres match-up, Bruins players will remain on the ice and hand the “Shirts off their Backs” to fans that were chosen at random throughout the game. Each of these lucky fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will receive the game-worn jersey from. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
B’S ANNOUNCE CARLTON AWARD WINNERS: The Boston Bruins will honor Lexie Laing of Noble and Greenough School and Miles Gendron of The Rivers School during their game against the Buffalo Sabres. Named after the late Bruins scout and administrator who passed away in 1982, the John Carlton Award is given annually by the Boston Bruins to an outstanding male and female student-athlete. The award is given to high school seniors who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence. Lexie Laing of Marblehead, MA finished with 171 career points (90 goals and 81 assists) in her four years at Nobles and Greenough School. Lexie was also a member of the 2013 US Women's Under 18 National Team that won Silver in the World Championships and is currently a member on the 2014 Under 18 squad. Lexie will attend Harvard University this fall. Miles Gendron of Shrewsbury, MA finished with 76 career points (28 goals and 48 assists) in his four years at The Rivers School in Weston. The Central Scouting Service recently ranked Miles as the 85th best prospect in North America for the upcoming NHL draft. Miles will attend the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2015. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BRUINS AND TD BANK TO HOST MINI 1-ON-1 WINNERS: On Saturday, April 12 the 2013-14 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 Buffalo Sabres 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. The four bracket winners are from: Hingham Youth Hockey, Baystate Breakers, Belmont Youth Hockey, and SAM (ME) Moose. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins paid tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization honored 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 (Derek Sanderson Puck Drop)
LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited individual game tickets are available for the upcoming Bruins home game at TD Garden against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, April 12 at 12:30 p.m. For more information on tickets, please visit http://bruins.nhl.com/tickets.
BRUINS BEARD-A-THON: Bruins fans are invited to "Grow One for Boston" by growing their own playoff beard in the 6th annual Bruins 'Beard-A-Thon' for the duration of the team's 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. This postseason growers will raise money for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation and the Boston Bruins Foundation. Fans can create their own Bruins 'Beard-A-Thon' profile by uploading their photo at www.beardathon.com/bruins. Participants can choose to grow their own beard and update their growth throughout the playoffs or they can grow their beard virtually by choosing the 'Build-A-Beard' option, giving women and children an opportunity to get involved in hockey’s age-old tradition. Leading up to each home game during 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, beard growers will have the chance to win autographed items, playoff tickets and more.
SHIRTS OFF OUR BACK RAFFLE: Bid for the chance for you and a guest to each receive one (1) ticket to enjoy the April 12th game against the Buffalo Sabres. Following the game, you will be presented with the opportunity of a lifetime by being part of the Shirts Off Our Back on ice ceremony. You will be escorted to the ice where you will receive the jersey of a randomly selected Bruins player. The player will personalize the jersey and pose for a photo. Raffle tickets are available at www.bruinsraffles.org for $5 each and must be purchased by 2:00 p.m. on April 11. The winner will be drawn at 2:15 p.m. on that same day.
MARATHON RUNNERS 50/50 NIGHT: The Bruins first home playoff game will feature a 50/50 night dedicated to the 2014 Boston Bruins Foundation Marathon team. All proceeds made from that night’s 50/50 raffle will benefit the runners’ fundraising, which will go towards the Boston Bruins Foundation.
BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT RAFFLE: Support our fallen heroes from the Boston Fire Department by purchasing a raffle ticket for your chance to win four glass seats to see the Bruins take on the Buffalo Sabres this Saturday, April 12 at TD Garden. Raffle tickets are $5 and must be purchased by 2:00 p.m. on April 11. Proceeds will benefit the Lieutenant Walsh-Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES: The Bruins have two games this week that will conclude the team’s regular season as they look to lock up the President’s Trophy. They begin the week in Boston on Saturday, April 12 against the Buffalo Sabres at 12:30 p.m. ET. The B’s then travel to New Jersey for their last game of the regular season on Sunday, April 13 against the New Jersey Devils at 3:00 p.m. ET.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: The NESN broadcast team of Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will be covering both games this week. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
4/12 vs. Buffalo Sabres, 12:30 p.m. E.T. – NESN
4/13 at New Jersey Devils, 3:00 p.m. E.T. – 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.
205 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, April 5, the Boston Bruins have reached 205 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 30th week of the Boston Media Tweet of the Week, Dan Cagen finds himself in the top spot for his tweet regarding the shuffling of the Bruins lineup recently:
@DanCagen: Torey Krug playing wing. Gregory Campbell piling up points on power play. Is this the last week of the regular season or the Twilight Zone?
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@AmalieBenjamin: And now you all understand why I never wear flats: There's always the possibility of a Zdeno Chara interview.
@ESPNJoeyMac: "Don't Stop Believing" now playing. Somewhere David Krejci is swinging his hips Kevin Bacon style.
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, Week 29
@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 30
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 2, Week 15, Week 26, Week 27, Week 28
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com) Week 10, Week 18
@DanCagen (MetroWest Daily News), Week 28, Week 30
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 9
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 12
@JamieErdahl (Jamie Erdahl, NESN), Week 14
@KirkLuedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal), Week 16
@JesseNEHLJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 17
@DaleEArnold (Dale Arnold, NESN): Week 23
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, April 9
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 the Frozen Four particapants Zane Gothberg (University of North Dakota) and Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston College) as well as the recent signing of Ben Sexton, who joined the Providence Bruins.
“SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS”
WHAT: In an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2013-2014 season, the Boston Bruins will host “Fan Appreciation Day” on Saturday, April 12th when the Bruins take on the Sabres at 12:30 PM. Immediately following the Bruins/Sabres match-up, Bruins players will remain on the ice and hand the “Shirts off their Backs” to fans that were chosen at random throughout the game. Each of these lucky fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will receive the game-worn jersey from.
WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: The 2013-2014 Boston Bruins roster
B’S ANNOUNCE CARLTON AWARD WINNERS
WHAT: The Boston Bruins will honor Lexie Laing of Noble and Greenough School and Miles Gendron of The Rivers School during their game against the Buffalo Sabres. Named after the late Bruins scout and administrator who passed away in 1982, the John Carlton Award is given annually by the Boston Bruins to an outstanding male and female student-athlete. The award is given to high school seniors who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence. Lexie Laing of Marblehead, MA finished with 171 career points (90 goals and 81 assists) in her four years at Nobles and Greenough School. Lexie was also a member of the 2013 US Women's Under 18 National Team that won Silver in the World Championships and is currently a member on the 2014 Under 18 squad. Lexie will attend Harvard University this fall. Miles Gendron of Shrewsbury, MA finished with 76 career points (28 goals and 48 assists) in his four years at The Rivers School in Weston. The Central Scouting Service recently ranked Miles as the 85th best prospect in North America for the upcoming NHL draft. Miles will attend the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2015.
WHEN: Saturday, April 12 during the first intermission of the Bruins/Sabres game
WHERE: Zamboni Tunnel, Level 3 of the TD Garden
BRUINS AND TD BANK TO HOST MINI 1-ON-1 WINNERS
WHAT: On Saturday, April 12 the 2013-14 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 Buffalo Sabres 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. The four bracket winners are from: Hingham Youth Hockey, Baystate Breakers, Belmont Youth Hockey, and SAM (ME) Moose.
WHEN: Saturday, April 12 during the Bruins/Sabres game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA
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, April 12 (Boston, MA / Newark, NJ)
-Home Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, 12:30 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Newark, NJ
Sunday, April 13 (Newark, NJ/Boston, MA)
-Home Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, 3:00 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Monday, April 14
Tuesday, April 15
Wednesday, April 15
Thursday, April 16
Friday, April 17
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, April 11)
1. J. Iginla, 30
2. P. Bergeron, 29
T3. B. Marchand, 24
T3. M. Lucic, 24
5. R. Smith, 20
1. D. Krejci, 50
2. M. Lucic, 34
3. P. Bergeron, 32
T4. J. Iginla, 31
T4. R. Smith, 31
1. D. Krejci, 67 (17-50)
T2. J. Iginla, 61 (30-31)
T2. P. Bergeron, 61 (29-32)
4. M. Lucic, 58 (24-34)
5. R. Smith, 51 (20-31)
1. M. Lucic, 89
2. S. Thornton, 72
3. A. McQuaid, 69
4. B. Marchand, 64
5. Z. Chara, 52
BRUINS STARS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON
-Jarome Iginla, First Star of the Month, month of March
-Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, ending March 30
-Jarome Iginla, Third Star of the Week, week ending March 23
-Jarome Iginla, Third Star of the Week, week ending February 9