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Bruins Week Ahead 4.15-4.22

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:

BRUINS RECALL THREE MORE FROM PROVIDENCE: General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that the club has recalled forward Kirk MacDonald and defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk and Colby Cohen from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. All three players will remain in Providence and train with the P-Bruins coaching staff.

The 6’2”, 199-lb Kirk MacDonald played in 76 AHL games this season, accumulating 15-23=38 totals and 48 PIM. The 27-year-old forward from Victoria, British Columbia has not yet appeared in an NHL game, but was signed by the Bruins to an NHL contract on February 26. He went undrafted and was obtained by the Providence Bruins when he signed a professional tryout agreement on February 22, 2009.

Andrew Bodnarchuk, 22, appeared in 75 games this season for Providence with 1-15=16 totals and 91 PIM. The defenseman made his NHL debut last season with Boston on April 3, 2010 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. In five career NHL games, all last season with Boston, he has no points and 2 PIM. The 5’10”, 189-lb native of Drumheller, Alberta was originally drafted by the Bruins in the fifth round (128th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Colby Cohen was acquired by the Bruins in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on November 29, 2010 in exchange for defenseman Matt Hunwick. The 6’2”, 200-lb defenseman from Villanova, Pennsylvania made his NHL debut with Colorado on November 6, 2010 against the Dallas Stars. He appeared in three NHL games with Colorado with no points and 2 PIM, and he has yet to appear in a game for Boston. In 60 AHL games this season with Lake Erie and Providence, the 21-year-old had 2-12=14 totals and 58 PIM. He was originally drafted by Colorado in the second round (45th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

GAME 2 SET FOR SATURDAY: Trailing 1-0 in the best of seven series, the Bruins will host the Canadiens on Saturday, April 16 at the TD Garden. (7:00 p.m., Local TV: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub). Three Bruins made their playoff debuts on Thursday, as Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand all played in their first career postseason game. Mark Recchi meanwhile played in his 165th career playoff contest.

BRUINS TO VISIT LAKE PLACID: The Bruins will practice in Lake Placid, NY between Games 3 and 4. Following Game 3 on Monday, April 18, the Bruins will travel to Lake Placid where they will practice on Tuesday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. The team will then head back to Montreal on Wednesday evening. Game 4 is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

The Bruins will practice at the USA Rink at the Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center, which is located at 2634 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Driving directions from both Montreal and Boston can be found on the Boston Bruins Media Website. Please note that practices in Lake Placid are closed to the public.

AWARD CANDIDATES: 36-year-old Tim Thomas figures to be among the leading candidates for this year’s Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s best goaltender. Thomas led the NHL in goals against average (2.00) and set an NHL record for save percentage in a season with a mark of .938, besting the previous record of .937 set by Dominik Hasek in the 1998-99 season (save percentage was first introduced to the NHL statistics package in the 1982-83 season). Thomas, who won the Vezina in 2008-09, had a record of 35-11-9 this season.

Thomas wasn’t the only Bruins player to take home an NHL award in the 2008-09 season. Zdeno Chara won the Norris Trophy, for the league’s top defenseman, and he is in contention to win the award again. Chara led the league in plus/minus with a rating of plus-33, and averaged 25:26 of ice time, good for sixth in the NHL. The 6’9”, 255-lb defenseman threw 153 hits, blocked 111 shots and took a team-high 264 shots on goal. He had 14-30=44 totals on the season.

The Selke Trophy is awarded to the best defensive forward in the NHL. Patrice Bergeron was first on the Bruins in faceoff percentage this season, winning 56.6% of his faceoffs, while taking 1,439 faceoffs (eighth in the NHL). Bergeron leads all Bruins with 49 takeaways and leads Bruin forwards with 56 blocked shots. His abilities as a two-way forward are shown by his average 2:03 of shorthanded time on ice per game and 2:43 of power play time on ice per game and is regularly matched up against the opposition’s top line.

CUTS FOR A CAUSE RAISES OVER 40K: Shawn Thornton and 98.5 The Sports Hub raised more than $40,000 at their Cuts for a Cause event on Thursday, April 7 ($42,722.35).

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE: The Bruins went 5-1-0 in the six games following games in which they were shut out during the regular season, including an 8-6 win over Montreal on Feb. 9 which followed an 0-2 loss to San Jose on Feb. 5.

They have not been shut out in consecutive playoff games since May 7 (0-5) and May 8 (0-3), 1995 vs. New Jersey in the Conference Quarterfinals.

71 STRAIGHT: The Bruins ended the 2010-11 regular season having sold out 71 consecutive home games at the TD Garden. The Bruins sold out every regular and postseason game during the 2010 calendar year, the first time the organization has done so since the 1972 calendar year.

1ST GOAL POOL ON TWITTER: Congrats to the following followers of @NHLBruins who correctly guessed Daniel Paille as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Senators game on Saturday, April 9: @ClarkleSparkle, @richhemsley, @heart2handgun.

Paille scored the first Bruins goal at 12:53 of the first period on Saturday.

The Bruins first goal pool takes place on Twitter just before the puck drop every Bruins home game.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa picks up his first TOTW win after this message on Tuesday, April 12 after the results of the 2011 NHL Draft Lottery: @GlobeFluto “#Bruins to pick 9th in 2011 draft. Management cursing James Reimer.”

TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD: Here are the current standings on the Tweet of the Week Leaderboard through tweets on April 15:
@HackswithHaggs: 3 (
@DJ_Bean: 3
@TheBruinsBlog: 2
@ESPNJoeyMac: 2
@douglasflynn: 1
@kluedeke29: 1
@MurphysLaw74: 1
@NaokoFunayama: 1
@MikeGiardi: 1
@GlobeFluto: 1

B’S WINDBREAKER TALLY: After a Bruins win, the team has begun awarding what can best be characterized as a late 80s Bruins windbreaker to the player who has the best game. The player then wears the jacket in the locker room during the media access period and hangs it in his stall until the team’s next win. After the next win, he will select a different teammate to pass it along to. Here is the tally thus far:
3/22 vs. NJ: Milan Lucic
3/24 vs. MTL: Zdeno Chara
3/27 @PHI: Tim Thomas
3/29 vs. CHI: Mark Recchi
4/2 vs. ATL: Tuukka Rask
4/6 vs. NYI: Daniel Paille
4/9 vs. OTT: Rich Peverley

Worth mention is that the windbreaker was purchased on eBay by defenseman Andrew Ference for $35.

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The latest report was sent on March 31 and featured P-Bruins defenseman Ryan Button (in Providence on an Amateur Tryout Agreement) and Kitchener Rangers (OHL) forward Tyler Randell. The final Prospect Report will be sent April 15.

MEDIA INFO: Media and fans can call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

Follow the Bruins on Twitter @NHLBruins
Become a Fan of the Bruins on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHLBruins
AROUND TOWN

WHAT: SBLI FAN FEST
The Boston Bruins will host “SBLI Fan Fest” featuring the Bud Light Beer Garden to celebrate every Bruins home game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The free outdoor festivities will take place prior to Game 2 of the Bruins/Montreal series at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m. in the East Plaza outside of the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114). The event is free and open to Bruins fans of all ages with a ticket to that night’s game. The Bud Light Beer Garden will feature a selection of the most popular Budweiser products including Bud Light, Bud Light Wheat and Bud Light Lime. Space for the event will be limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early. In addition, Bruins fans will enjoy interactive games, giveaways and a live performance from Boston band Hypercane. Throughout the evening, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, will be mingling and taking photographs with fans.
WHEN: Saturday, April 16 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: East Plaza outside of the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins mascot, Blades and the Boston Bruins Ice Girl

WHAT: BEARD-A-THON
Boston Bruins fans are invited to show their support for the B’s by growing their own playoff beards by participating in the “Bruins Beard-A-Thon.” The 2011 “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” gives Bruins fans the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the team and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and One Mission. The hockey playoff beard is an age-old tradition for players participating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans can create their “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” profile by uploading their photo at www.bostonbruins.com. 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. 

Beard growers may pledge themselves by making a donation, and their friends and family may also pledge their efforts.  Donations can be made in two ways: a one-time pledge (minimum $10) or a daily pledge (minimum $0.50/day).  Throughout the playoffs, fans will have the opportunity to win tickets if their beard is voted the best on BostonBruins.com.  At the end of the contest there will be various prizes for the best and worst beards, as well as a prize for most money raised.
WHEN: Throughout the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff run
WHERE: www.bostonbruins.com.
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

Saturday, April 16 (Boston, MA)
-Game 2 at TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: CBC, RDS, VERSUS

Sunday, April 17 (Wilmington, MA/Montreal, QC)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:45 a.m. ET
-Travel to Montreal, QC

Monday, April 18 (Montreal, QC/Lake Placid, NY)
-Pregame skate at Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m. ET
-Game 3 at Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: CBC, RDS
-Travel to Lake Placid, NY

Tuesday, April 19 (Lake Placid, NY)
-Practice at USA Rink at the Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center, 2:00 p.m. (2634 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946)
-Please note that this practice is closed to the public

Wednesday, April 20 (Lake Placid, NY/Montreal, QC)
-Practice at USA Rink at the Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center, 10:30 a.m.
-Please note that this practice is closed to the public
-Travel to Montreal, QC

Thursday, April 21 (Montreal, QC/Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m. ET
-Game 4 at Bell Centre, 7:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: CBC, RDS, VERSUS
-Travel to Boston, MA

Friday, April 22 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice schedule and media availability TBD

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 7-8 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins.

WEEKLY RADIO SPOTS:
Tune in to the following local stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Tuesdays
101.7 FM WFNX
9:10 a.m. Shane Hnidy with the FNX Breakfast Show

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”

98.5 The Sports Hub
Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Brad Marchand with “Karlson and McKenzie”

107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

Fridays
107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)
4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”


BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, April 15)

REGULAR SEASON

Goals
1. M. Lucic, 30
2. N. Horton, 26
3. P. Bergeron, 22
4. B. Marchand, 21
5. M. Ryder, 18

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 49
3. P. Bergeron, 35
2. M. Recchi, 34
5. M. Lucic, 32
4. Z. Chara, 30

Points
T1. M. Lucic, 62
T1. D. Krejci, 62
3. P. Bergeron, 57
4. N. Horton, 53
5. M. Recchi, 48

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +33
2. A. McQuaid, +30
3. N. Horton, +29
4. M. Lucic, +28
5. B. Marchand, +25

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 122
2. M. Lucic, 121
3. A. McQuaid, 96
4. G. Campbell, 93
5. Z. Chara, 88

2010-11 Bruins “Stars”
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending October 31
Tim Thomas, Second Star of the Month, October
Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, Week ending January 16
Tim Thomas, NHL All-Star
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star, Hardest Shot record 105.9 MPH in 2011 NHL SuperSkills Competition
Tyler Seguin, One of 12 NHL rookies selected to participate in All-Star festivities
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending January 23
Patrice Bergeron, First Star of the Month, January

The 2010-2011 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery. Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR (2327).

MEDIA CONTACTS:
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617.624.1913

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