THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
STATS & NOTES YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
RASK NAMED VEZINA FINALIST: Tuukka Rask has been named one of three finalists for the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy. The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually "to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position.” The other finalists for the award are Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche.
Rask finished the regular season establishing career bests in shutouts (7), wins (36) and games played (58). His shutout total led all NHL goaltenders while his 36 wins ranked fifth. Rask also posted a 2.04 goals against average (fourth in the NHL) and his .930 save percentage was second only to Minnesota's Josh Harding (.933 in 29 games). Rask surrendered two or less goals in 38 of his 58 appearances in the 2013-14 regular season. This marks Rask's first nomination for the Vezina Trophy.
BERGERON NAMED SELKE FINALIST: Patrice Bergeron has been named one of three finalists for the 2014 Frank J. Selke Trophy. The Selke Trophy is awarded annually "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” The other finalists are Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings.
Bergeron completed the 2014 campaign ranked third in the league in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 58.6% rate (1,015-for-1,732), with his 1,015 faceoff wins leading the NHL. Often charged with the task of shutting down the oppositions top line in both even strength and shorthanded situations, the centerman finished second in the league in plus/minus rating at +38, behind teammate David Krejci (+39). Bergeron finished 66 of 80 regular games played with an even or positive rating.
Serving as one of the Bruins primary penalty killers, Bergeron was critical to the B's shorthanded special teams success, helping the Black & Gold finish eighth in the league on the PK (83.6%). Offensively, Bergeron enjoyed a very successful season, finishing tied for first on the Bruins in goals (30), second in points (62) and tied for third in assists (32). Bergeron won the award for the first time following the 2011-12 season and this marks the third consecutive year Bergeron has been a finalist.
BEHIND THE B TO CONTINUE THROUGHOUT PLAYOFF RUN: The team will continue to release episodes of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani throughout the team's 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. There will be one episode for each round the Bruins play in with air dates and times on NESN confirmed once the respective series concludes. Each episode will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary. The first episode will document the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup between the Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings. 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.
PLAYOFF FIRSTS: Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron both scored their first career NHL playoff goals on Tuesday, March 22 in Game 3 of Round 1 against Detroit. Kevan Miller and Reilly Smith both tallied their first career NHL playoff assists in that same game which marked Miller’s first career playoff point, it was Smith’s second career playoff point (goal in Game 2). Carl Soderberg notched an assist on Thursday, April 24 in Game 4 giving him his first career NHL playoff point. Also in Game 4, Jarome Iginla scored his first career NHL playoff overtime goal. Four of the last 10 goals in the Round 1 series have been scored by players tallying their first playoff goals in their NHL career (Game 2 - Justin Florek, Reilly Smith; Game 3 - Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Caron).
EXPERIENCE BEHIND THE BENCH: On Thursday, April 24 against the Detroit Red Wings, Round 1, Game 4, Head Coach Claude Julien coached his 100th career NHL playoff game. Since becoming the leader behind the bench for the B’s, he has brought his team to the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons, winning the Stanley Cup in 2011. Julien has accumulated a 57-43 overall playoff record as a head coach, and currently holds a 53-36 record in the playoffs since joining the Bruins in 2007.
UPCOMING EVENTS & NOTES…
BOSTON BRUINS & FMC ICE SPORTS PRESENT G.O.A.L!: The Boston Bruins and FMC Ice Sports have come together to host G.O.A.L! (Get Out And Learn), a free event featuring skating and hockey instructional sessions. G.O.A.L! provides a fun, game-based environment for kids ages 4-12 who are new to the sport to give it a try. The Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team will be present to assist new skaters. Hockey gear, skates and helmets will be provided free of charge. 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)
PLAYOFF TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited tickets for Game 5 (4/26) of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden are still available. 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.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES: The Bruins are nearing the end of Round 1 and will play Game 5 on Saturday, April 26 at the TD Garden against the Detroit Red Wings at 3:00 p.m. If Game 6 is needed, it will be in Detroit on Monday, April 28 with a time to be determined. If the series reaches Game 7, it will be back in Boston on Wednesday, April 30 with a time to be determined.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Game 5 on Saturday, April 26 will be covered by NBC, TSN and RDS. If the series goes to Games 6 and 7, the NESN broadcast team of Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will be covering those on Monday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 30 along with TSN and RDS. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
4/26 vs. Detroit Red Wings, 3:00 p.m. E.T. – NBC, TSN, RDS
*4/28 at Detroit Red Wings, TBD – NESN, TSN, RDS
*4/30 at Detroit Red Wings, TBD – NESN, TSN, RDS
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.
208 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, April 20, the Boston Bruins have reached 208 straight regular season and playoff game sell 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 31st week of the Boston Bruins Media Tweet of the Week, Dale Arnold wins the top spot for his tweet announcing Patrice Bergeron as a Selke finalist.
@DaleArnold: BREAKING: Patrice Bergeron is one of the three best defensive forwards in the NHL and a Selke finalist. Kidding about "breaking." #weknow
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@DJ_Bean: Zetterberg's presence means I am guaranteed to botch nicknames when transcribing. Series now has a Zee and a Z. #Bruins #RedWings
@TheBruinsBlog: Kevan Miller said he couldn't take solid foods until Friday afternoon. So it was a good Friday.
@GlobeFluto: Coffee maker is fixed. Safe to assume Bruins got rid of that Game 1 decaf.
@GlobeKPD: I've lost exact count, but it seems half the #RedWings team is at the orthopod's office, the other half at the maternity wing.
@DJ_Bean: Scorers in this series are Datsyuk, Florek and Reilly Smith. Florek and Smith hadn't scored in playoffs before. Will check on Datsyuk.
@JamieErdahl: Just met Justin Florek's Mom - had NEVER been to NHL game before Friday! "My first one was always going to be when Justin was on the ice."
@TheBruinsBlog: Considering their poor showing yesterday, octopus throwers should be here to hone their craft today at practice
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 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, Week 27
@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, Week 31
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 participants 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.
BOSTON BRUINS & FMC ICE SPORTS PRESENT G.O.A.L!
WHAT: The Boston Bruins and FMC Ice Sports have come together to host G.O.A.L!, a free event featuring skating and hockey instructional sessions. G.O.A.L! provides a fun, game-based environment for kids ages 4-12 who are new to the sport to give it a try. The Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team will be present to assist new skaters. Hockey gear, skates and helmets will be provided free of charge.
WHEN: Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
WHERE: Jim Roche Community Arena, 1275 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin and Bruins Mascot Blades
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 26 (Boston, MA)
-Home Game 5 vs. Detroit Red Wings, 3:00 p.m. ET
-Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, NATIONAL TV: NBC, TSN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, April 27
Monday, April 28 (Detroit, MI/Boston, MA)
-Away Game 6 @ Detroit Red Wings, TBD * If Necessary
-Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, NATIONAL TV: TSN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Tuesday, April 29
Wednesday, April 30 (Boston, MA)
-Home Game 7 vs. Detroit Red Wings, TBD * If Necessary
-Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, NATIONAL TV: TSN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Thursday, May 1
Friday, May 2
BRUINS PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS (As of Friday, April 25)
1. M. Lucic, 2
T2. P. Bergeron, 1
T2. J. Iginla, 1
T2. D. Hamilton, 1
T2. T. Krug, 1
T2. R. Smith, 1
T2. Z. Chara, 1
T2. J. Caron, 1
T2. J. Florek, 1
1. P. Bergeron, 3
T2. J. Iginla, 2
T2. D. Hamilton, 2
T2. T. Krug, 2
T3. R. Smith, 1
T3. S. Thornton, 1
T3. L. Eriksson, 1
T3. C. Soderberg, 1
T3. D. Krejci, 1
T3. K. Miller, 1
1. P. Bergeron, 4
T2. J. Iginla, 3
T2. D. Hamilton, 3
T2. T. Krug, 3
T3. M. Lucic, 2
T3. R. Smith, 2
T4. Z. Chara, 1
T4. J. Caron, 1
T4. J. Florek, 1
T4. S. Thornton, 1
T4. L. Eriksson, 1
T4. C. Soderberg, 1
T4. D. Krejci, 1
T4. K. Miller, 1
T1. K. Miller, 6
T1. D. Hamilton, 6
T2. J. Florek, 4
T2. B. Marchand, 4
T2. Z. Chara, 4
T3. T. Krug, 2
T3. J. Caron, 2
T3. L. Eriksson, 2
T3. G. Campbell, 2
T3. S. Thornton, 2
BRUINS FINAL REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS
T1. J. Iginla, 30
T1. P. Bergeron, 30
3. B. Marchand, 25
4. M. Lucic, 24
5. R. Smith, 20
1. D. Krejci, 50
2. M. Lucic, 35
T3. P. Bergeron, 32
T3. C. Soderberg, 32
T5. R. Smith, 31
T5. J. Iginla, 31
1. D. Krejci, 69 (19-50)
2. P. Bergeron, 62 (30-32)
3. J. Iginla, 61 (30-31)
4. M. Lucic, 59 (24-35)
5. B. Marchand, 53 (25-28)
1. M. Lucic, 91
2. S. Thornton, 74
3. A. McQuaid, 69
4. Z. Chara, 66
5. B. Marchand, 64
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