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Bruins Week Ahead: 4/3 - 4/9

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

ON THE ROAD IN TORONTO
April 3 – April 9

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: With five games remaining in the regular season, the Bruins currently occupy the eighth position in the Eastern Conference Playoff Race. They remain tied in points (82) with Philadelphia and Montreal but Philadelphia takes sixth place with 38 wins and Montreal regains seventh with 37 wins to Boston’s 35 while all three have played 77 games. The Bruins have three games against division leaders left on the docket, with two games at Presidents-Trophy-leading Washington and a home tilt against the Northeast Division leading Buffalo Sabres. The other two opponents are the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes, who rank 15th in the East and 11th, respectively.

SPOILER ALERT: The Toronto Maple Leafs have four games remaining in their regular season, all of them coming against teams vying for the final playoff spots in the East. They will host the Bruins on Saturday and Flyers on Tuesday before visiting the Rangers on Wednesday and Canadiens on Saturday to close out their season.

AWARD PRESENTATIONS: On Thursday, April 8, just prior to the start of the Bruins/Sabres game, the Bruins will present the following awards: Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination), Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games), John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions) and the Bruins Three Stars Award (top performers at home over the course of the season). In addition, during the second intermission, Bruins Vice President, Cam Neely, will present the John Carlton Award, 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 in an Eastern Massachusetts High School or Junior hockey. The award is given to the high school seniors who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence. The 2010 Carlton award recipients are Charlie Coyle of Weymouth, MA and Marissa Gedman of Framingham, MA.

RASK WINS SEVENTH PLAYER; B’S ANNOUNCE MIAA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS: The Boston Bruins and NESN announced Thursday that Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was named the winner of NESN’s Seventh Player Award. Voted on by Bruins fans online at NESN.com, NESN’s Seventh Player Award is an annual award presented to the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded the expectations of Bruins fans during the 2009-10 season. This year, in his first full season with the Bruins, the 23-year-old Rask has compiled a 19-12-4 record with a 1.99 Goals Against Average, a .930 Save Percentage and five shutouts. As of Friday, April 1, Rask led all NHL goaltenders in Goals Against, Save Percentage and was tied for seventh in shutouts.

The Boston Bruins organization also announced the 2010 winners of the Boston Bruins/Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Ice Hockey Sportsmanship Award. For eight years, the MIAA and Boston Bruins have partnered to honor one worthy student-athlete from each boys and girls ice hockey league in the state. These student-athletes were selected by representatives of their league for best exemplifying the highest standards of fair play and sportsmanship in high school ice hockey. The complete list of recipients with their hometowns and high schools can be found on bostonbruins.com

THEY SAID IT…
Mark Recchi, after the loss against Florida on Thursday…
It’s no secret this time of year. The teams that have guys that are – and we talked about this after the last game – you might not feel good, but this time of year, chances are you don’t feel great but, you know, you have to dig deep down and do it for your teammates, do it for yourself.

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE: Please call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

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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 3 (Toronto, ON/Washington, D.C.)
-Bruins pre-game skate at Air Canada Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Bruins players available inside locker room after pre-game skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m.
-Depart for Washington, D.C.

Sunday, April 4 (Washington, D.C.)
-Practice at Reston SkateQuest (Reston, VA), 12:00 p.m.
-Bruins players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

Monday, April 5 (Washington, D.C./Boston, MA)
-Bruins pre-game skate at Verizon Center, 11:00 a.m.
-Bruins players available inside locker room after pre-game skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game vs. Washington Capitals, Verizon Center, 7:00 p.m.
-Depart for Boston, MA

Tuesday, April 6 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:30 p.m.
-Bruins players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

Wednesday, April 7 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Bruins players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

Thursday, April 8 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins pre-game skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Bruins players available inside locker room after pre-game skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Bruins players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

AROUND TOWN

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 6 from 8:10 p.m. – 9:40 p.m.
WHERE: Burlington Ice Palace, 36 Ray Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and Bobby Miller

WHAT: PASS Clinic Presented by TD Bank
P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) is a 10 clinic series conducted by the Boston Bruins and sponsored by TD Bank.  P.A.S.S. focuses on teaching youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12 basic hockey skills. All participants receive a P.A.S.S. jersey and a gift bag filled with an equipment bag tag, water bottle and two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game. TD Bank also presents each hosting youth hockey organization with a $1000 donation.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 7 from 6:10 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.
WHERE: Falmouth Family Ice Center, 20 Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth, ME 04105
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin and Bruce Shoebottom

WHAT: Samuel Adams Bru Fest
Bruins fans will enjoy live music, giveaways, games and concessions prior to the Bruins game at the Samuel Adams Bru Fest held on the front parking lot of the TD Garden. Samuel Adams will be featuring a selection of their most popular products including Sam Seasonal and lager. The 21+ event is free and open to all fans with a ticket to that night's game.
WHEN: Thursday, April 8 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden front parking lot, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Ice Girls and the Bruins mascot, Blades

WHAT: The Shore, Dufresne, Bucyk, 3 Stars and Carlton Awards Presentations
On Thursday, April 8, just prior to the start of the Bruins/Sabres game, the Boston Bruins will present the following awards: Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination), Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games), John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions) and the Bruins Three Stars Award (top performers at home over the course of the season). In addition, during the second intermission, Bruins Vice President, Cam Neely, will present the John Carlton Award, 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 in an Eastern Massachusetts High School or Junior hockey. The award is given to the high school seniors who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence. The 2010 Carlton award recipients are Charlie Coyle of Weymouth, MA and Marissa Gedman of Framingham, MA.
WHEN: Thursday, April 8 before and during the Bruins/Sabres game beginning at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Legend, John Buyck and Vice President, Cam Neely

“COMMUNITY CAPTAIN” PRESENTED BY THE LOTTERY:
During each Boston Bruins home game, a member of the local community is acknowledged for their contributions as the “Community Captain” of the game. The Community Captain receives four complimentary game tickets to a Bruins home game where they will be recognized on the TD Garden HDX (video scoreboard). They will also receive a Boston Bruins Prize Pack.

Here are the Community Captains who will be recognized during this week’s home games:

Thursday, April 8: Kiley Clapper: Boston, MA
On Thursday, April 8 during the Bruins/Sabres game beginning at 7:00 p.m., Kiley Clapper of Cambridge, MA will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain. Kiley has been involved with Cambridge Youth Hockey (CYH) in a number of ways in the during the past 4 years. She began as an assistant coach for the U12 girls and has since her become  the Girls Program Director for CYH. In addition to managing the travel team program, she coaches the U10 team and manages the “Learn to Play” for girls program.


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 6:00 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 “Tanguay 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 2):

Goals
1. M. Sturm, 21
2. P. Bergeron, 18
T3. B. Wheeler, 17
T3. D. Krejci, 17
T3. M. Recchi, 17

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 33
2. P. Bergeron, 32
3. D. Krejci, 30
4. D. Seidenberg, 28
5. M. Recchi, 24

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 50
2. D. Krejci, 47
3. M. Recchi, 41
4. Z. Chara, 40
T5. B. Wheeler, 36
T5. M. Sturm, 36

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +15
2. M. Sturm, +12
T3. D. Seidenberg, +6
T3. P. Bergeron, +6
T4. M. Satan, +5

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 139
2. Z. Chara, 87
3. M. Stuart, 80
T4. B. Wheeler, 53
T4. S. Begin, 53

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Patrice Bergeron currently ranks 6th in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 57.6% (S. Nichol, 60.4%) and ranks 9th in the NHL in faceoffs won with 715 (S. Crosby, 926).

-Tuukka Rask currently ranks 1st in the NHL in goals against average with a 1.99 average and is 1st in the NHL in save percentage at .930.

-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% (St. Louis Blues, 86.6%).

-The Bruins as a team rank 1st in the NHL in goals against per game at 2.35 goals.

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 singed to three-year contract extension.
March 31
* Jordan Caron, Joe Colborne, Michael Hutchinson and Steven Kampfer signed to entry-level contracts.
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