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Bruins Week Ahead 4.30-5.6

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:



WE MEET AGAIN: After dispatching of Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens in seven games, the Bruins will now face the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the second straight year. The Flyers edged the Buffalo Sabres in seven games, thanks in large part to Claude Giroux’s league-leading eight assists. Philly’s offense was also bolstered by the league-leading six goals of Danny Briere, as well as five assists each from Kris Versteeg and Mike Richards. The Flyers used three different goaltenders in their first round series, with Brian Boucher, Michael Leighton and Sergei Bobrovsky all seeing action. Boucher got the decision in all four Flyers wins, and he is expected to start in goal for the Flyers in Game 1 on Saturday (3:00 p.m., TV: NBC, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub).

B’S/FLYERS PLAYOFF HISTORY: This is the sixth playoff meeting between Philadelphia and Boston. The teams met most recently in 2010, when the Flyers rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the series to win in seven games. The Flyers and Bruins met in the playoffs in the 1970’s four times, with each team taking two series apiece. The Flyers won the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins, and the other three matchups in the decade were in the Semifinals. Overall, the Bruins are 11-9 in individual playoff games against the Flyers.

REG SEASON SERIES: During the regular season, the Bruins took three of four from the Flyers. David Krejci led the Bruins with 0-4=4 totals while Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk led the Flyers with 1-2=3 totals each. The lone Philly win against Boston this season came on December 11, when Richards won the game in overtime for the Flyers. Tim Thomas played all four games against Philadelphia and had a 1.96 GAA and .942 Save %. Brian Boucher played three games against the B’s, going 1-2-0 with a 2.95 GAA and .917 Save %. The Bruins power play went 4-12 (33%) against the Flyers this year, while the Flyers PP was 0-7 against Boston.

FIRST ROUND CAPSULE:
- The Bruins advanced to the CSF with a 7-game CQF series win over the Canadiens … It was the first series victory in their history in which they won after losing the first two games as they entered this post-season with an 0-26 series mark in that situation.
- Three of their four wins came in overtime with Michael Ryder ending game 4 and Nathan Horton settling games 5 and 7 … It was the first series in which they have played three overtime games since their 1998 CQF vs. Washington and was their first with three overtime wins since their 1943 SF vs. Montreal.
- It was their 20th lifetime Game 7 and they are now 10-10 in those games ... It was their 5th Game 7 decided in overtime and they now have a 3-2 mark in those contests.

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.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE: Only nine members of the Bruins who skated in Game 7 against Philadelphia last year were on the ice in Game 7 of the B’s 2011 first round series with Montreal.

1ST GOAL POOL ON TWITTER: Congrats to the following followers of @NHLBruins who correctly guessed Brad Marchand as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Canadiens game on Saturday (Game 5): @jeffdoc, @MeredithF, @emily_intoronto, @LovingLucic, @KenDryfhout, @Cyrus781, @causeway_crowd, @mybruinsOface, @DA_5, @kimber33, @alifeinwords, @snakesplusplane, @Mr_Dramaa, @PEIscots, @Kenny02127, @Casstasto, @leehaaa, @jpt003, @scotsmenrule.

Marchand scored the first Bruins goal at 4:33 of the third period on Saturday.

Also, here is the only person who correctly guessed Johnny Boychuk as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Canadiens game on Wednesday (Game 7): @starryeyedkid.

Boychuk scored the first Bruins goal at 3:31 of the first period on Wednesday.

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

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa picks up his second TOTW win in three weeks after this message following P.K. Subban’s theatrics in Game 7: @GlobeFluto “Best actor taken away from Colin Firth. Subban thanking Academy. #habs #bruins”

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
@GlobeFluto: 2
@douglasflynn: 1
@kluedeke29: 1
@MurphysLaw74: 1
@NaokoFunayama: 1
@MikeGiardi: 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 at 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 at MTL, Game 3: Patrice Bergeron
4/21 at MTL, Game 4: Michael Ryder
4/23 vs. MTL, Game 5: Tim Thomas
4/27 vs. MTL, Game 7: Nathan Horton

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

BRUINS HONORARY FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: Before each Bruins home game this playoff season, the team has had a prominent alumni serve as the honorary fan banner captain. The captain helps get the Bruins banner pass started.

MTL, Game 1: Rick Middleton
MTL, Game 2: Ken Linseman
MTL: Game 5: Lyndon Byers
MTL Game 7: Reggie Lemelin

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, May 2 from 6:10 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Buffone Arena, 284 Lake Avenue, Worcester, MA 01604
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni, Tommy Songin

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 3 of the Bruins/Flyers 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: Wednesday, May 4 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 Girls

 
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.
-All times are local

Saturday, April 30 (Philadelphia, PA)
-No pregame skate
-Players available starting at approximately 12:45 p.m. ET
-Head Coach Claude Julien available, 1:50 p.m. ET
-Game 1 at Wells Fargo Center, 3:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, CBC

Sunday, May 1 (Philadelphia, PA)
-Practice, Wells Fargo Center, 1:00 p.m. ET
-Players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

Monday, May 2 (Philadelphia, PA/Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Wells Fargo Center, 11:30 a.m. ET
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 2 at Wells Fargo Center, 7:30 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, TSN
-Travel to Boston, MA

Tuesday, May 3
-Practice TBD

Wednesday, May 4 (Boston, MA)
-Game 3 at TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, CBC

Thursday, May 5
-PracticeTBD

Friday, May 6 (Boston, MA)
-Game 4 at TD Garden, 8:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, CBC 

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 29)

PLAYOFFS
Goals
T1. C. Kelly, 3
T1. N. Horton, 3
T3. P. Bergeron, 2
T3. M. Ryder, 2
Seven players are tied with 1

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 5
T2. B. Marchand, 4
T2. R. Peverley, 4
T4. C. Kelly, 3
T4. M. Recchi, 3
T4. A. Ference, 3

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 7
2. C. Kelly, 6
T3. B. Marchand, 5
T3. R. Peverley, 5
T5. M. Recchi, 4
T5. A. Ference, 4

Plus/Minus
1. A. Ference, +6
T2. B. Marchand, +5
T2. P. Bergeron, +5
T4. M. Recchi, +4
T4. C. Kelly, +4

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 17
2. P. Bergeron, 10
3. A. Ference, 7
4. D. Seidenberg, 6
5. S. Hnidy, 5
 

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
Zdeno Chara, Norris 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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