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Bruins Week Ahead 4.22-4.29

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


THOMAS NAMED VEZINA FINALIST: The NHL announced today that Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is one of three finalists for the 2010-11 Vezina Trophy. Voted on by the league’s 30 NHL General Managers, the Vezina Trophy is awarded annually “to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position.” The other finalists for the award are Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne.

This season, Thomas broke the NHL record for single-season save percentage 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 had a record of 35-11-9 in 57 games this season, and had a GAA of 2.00.

FERENCE FINED: Andrew Ference was fined $2,500 for an obscene gesture made during Game 4 of the team’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
 
The incident was reviewed by NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy.

“I was pumping my fist. I’m not giving anyone the bird or anything like that,” said Ference. “Like I told them [reporters after Game 4], it was an unintentional bird. I obviously apologize for it, it wasn’t meant to insult anybody, especially a whole row of cameras in the Bell Centre and the fans sitting there. That’s definitely not the intention.

GAME 6 START TIME CONFIRMED: Game 6 will start at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

FAN FEST CANCELLED: Please be advised that due to inclement weather the SBLI Fan Fest scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled.

NORRIS NOMINEES MONDAY: The NHL will announce the nominees for the Norris Trophy on Monday, April 25.

ALL TIED UP: The B’s and Habs are deadlocked at two games apiece in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series. The road team has taken every game of the series, with the visitors outscoring the hosts 14-7 in the process. Mike Cammalleri leads the Canadiens with 2-5=7 totals, and Patrice Bergeron leads the Black and Gold with 2-3=5 totals. Bergeron has also won 63.1% of his faceoffs through the first four games. Former Hab Michael Ryder scored the overtime game-winner in Game 4, and had 2-1=3 totals in the game. The teams return to the ice on Saturday night at the TD Garden (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub).

NOT SO SPECIAL TEAMS: Both teams have struggled on the power play, with Boston going 0-12 and Montreal going 2-14. The Bruins are the only team this postseason that has not scored a power play goal, and their 12 opportunities are the fewest in the league. During the regular season, Montreal had surrendered the most power play opportunities against with 327.

MAKE HISTORY OR BE HISTORY: The Bruins are trying to rally from an 0-2 series deficit to win a best-of-seven series for the first time in franchise history. They are 0-26 all time when losing the first two games of a series. Montreal has twice recently taken a 2-0 series lead and gone on to lose the next four games of a series. In 1996, the Habs took the first two games on the road against the New York Rangers before losing the next four games. In 2006, Montreal again took the first two games of the series on the road against Mark Recchi and the Carolina Hurricanes, before the ‘Canes stormed back to win the next four. That year, Carolina went on to win the Stanley Cup. The Bruins made history in 2008, when Montreal led Boston three games to one in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, and the B’s forced a Game 7 after being down 3-1 for the first time in franchise history.

MOVING THE PUCK: Nine of the ten goals scored by the Bruins in this series have had two assists. The only goal they scored that only had one assist was Rich Peverley’s goal in Game 3, where the assist came from Mark Recchi.

P-BRUINS COACHING NOTE: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has decided to not renew the contract of Providence Bruins Head Coach Rob Murray. He has been offered a position in the Bruins organization in another capacity. No further decisions have been made regarding the other members of the Providence Bruins coaching staff.

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: 1ST GOAL POOL ON TWITTER: Congrats to the following followers of @NHLBruins who correctly guessed Patrice Bergeron as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Canadiens game on Saturday: @_iRunOnDanielle, @AlexandraSalmon, @hangingsox. @bish1966, @sbruce73, @xokathryn_, @resin21, @perkup15, @Jperkins15, @Giannirulz27, @NCarpenito, @Giannasca17, @eabouch, @HankETonkman, @ctsaknop1, @bruinsgirl37, @brandydmo, @Bruinsguy, @wadeo55, @myabnormallife, @hollisterkid4

Bergeron scored the first Bruins goal at 7:38 of the second 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: Barstool Sports’ Rear Admiral picks up his first TOTW win after this message following Game 3 after Chris Kelly was checked into the net by Montreal’s Scott Gomez: @RearAdBsBlog “Boston Police reporting that they received no phone calls after Scott Gomez sent Chris Kelly dangerously flying into the crossbar Monday.”

TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD: Here are the current standings on the Tweet of the Week Leaderboard through tweets on April 22:
@HackswithHaggs: 3
@DJ_Bean: 3
@TheBruinsBlog: 2
@ESPNJoeyMac: 2
@douglasflynn: 1
@kluedeke29: 1
@MurphysLaw74: 1
@NaokoFunayama: 1
@MikeGiardi: 1
@GlobeFluto: 1
@RearAdBsBlog: 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
4/18 vs. MTL, Game 3: Patrice Bergeron
4/21 vs. MTL, Game 4: Michael Ryder

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 final Prospect Report of the 2010-11 season was sent April 15.

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

AROUND TOWN

WHAT: BEARD-A-THON
Boston Bruins fans are invited to show their support for the B’s by growing their own playoff beards and 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.

WHAT: G.O.A.L! (Get Out And Learn) Youth Hockey Clinics
The Boston Bruins and FMC Ice Sports have partnered to host G.O.A.L! (Get Out And Learn) clinics throughout the 2010-11 season. G.O.A.L! provides children ages 4-7, new to the sport of hockey, with free skating and hockey instruction. All of the hockey equipment including skates and helmets are provided so the children can fully experience the sport of hockey safely and free of charge. Bruins fans can sign up to participate in any of the G.O.A.L! clinics at www.bostonbruins.com. Blades and the Bruins youth hockey development team will be on-hand to assist the new skaters and help create a fun atmosphere for everyone involved.
WHEN: Monday, April 25 from 6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
WHERE: Jim Roche Community Arena, 1275 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin

WHEN: Thursday, April 28 from 6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
WHERE: Cronin Arena, 850 Revere Beach Pkwy, Revere, MA 02151
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin

WHAT: NEELY SK8 WINNERS CLINIC
The Middlesex Islanders have won a free clinic as part of their contributions to the Second Annual “Neely SK8 Challenge” skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual. Throughout the month of February, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care hosted the Second Annual “Neely SK8 Challenge” skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual. The Neely SK8 Challenge fundraiser helped raise funds for children battling cancer and their families. Bruins fans of all ages registered to skate at one of the five FMC participating rinks.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Cronin Arena, 850 Revere Beach Pkwy, Revere, MA 02151
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and Director of Development, Boston Bruins Foundation, Bob Sweeney

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 23 (Boston, MA)
-Game 5, 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 24 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice schedule and media availability TBD

Monday, April 25 (Wilmington, MA/Montreal, QC)
-Practice schedule and media availability TBD
-Travel to Montreal, QC

Tuesday, April 26 (Montreal, QC/Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate, Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m. ET
-Game 6, Bell Centre, 7:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: CBC, RDS
-Travel to Boston, MA

Wednesday, April 27 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET
-Bruins players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 7, TD Garden, Time TBD * if necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: CBC, RDS

Thursday, April 28
-TBD

Friday, April 29
-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 22)

PLAYOFFS

Goals
T1. P. Bergeron, 2
T1. C. Kelly, 2
T1. M. Ryder, 2
T4. R. Peverley, 1
T4. D. Krejci, 1
T4. N. Horton, 1
T4. A. Ference, 1

Assists
T1. P. Bergeron, 3
T1. M. Recchi, 3
T1. B. Marchand, 3
T4. C. Kelly, 2
T4. R. Peverley, 2
T4. D. Seidenberg, 2

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 5
2. C. Kelly, 4
T3. M. Ryder, 3
T3. R. Peverley, 3
T3. M. Recchi, 3
T3. B. Marchand, 3

Plus/Minus
T1. P. Bergeron, +3
T1. C. Kelly, +3
Six players are tied with +2

Penalty Minutes
T1. S. Hnidy, 5
T1. A. Ference, 5
T3. Krejci, 4
T3. Bergeron, 4
T3. Seidenberg, 4

FINAL 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
Tim Thomas, Vezina Trophy Finalist

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).
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