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Bruins Week Ahead: 4/4 - 4/10

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins


THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

BERGERON NAMED MASTERTON NOMINEE: On April 1, Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was chosen as the Boston Bruins nominee for the 2015 Bill Masterton Trophy as voted on by the Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Bergeron’s charitable contributions away from TD Garden have been consistent since joining the B's in the 2004-05 campaign. The Bruins Alternate Captain has been involved in countless charitable endeavors over the years, including the development of the Patrice’s Pals program, which brings patients from local hospitals and others children’s organizations to TD Garden to experience a Bruins home game. Children invited to the game watch the Bruins sit in the official Patrice’s Pals luxury suite and meet Bergeron postgame to sign autographs and take pictures.

This season, Bergeron spearheaded the teams' annual Cuts for a Cause event, which saw full team participation from the Bruins roster for the first time and raised over $130,000, setting a record for the event.  Proceeds benefitted the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

On the ice, the two-time Selke Trophy winner currently leads the Bruins this season in point production with 53 tallies. Bergeron’s 32 assists are tied for first on the team with Dougie Hamilton, while his 21 goals are currently tied for second on the team with Loui Eriksson.

NESN/BRUINS EARN TOP RATINGS OF THE SEASON: NESN announced March 30, that NESN received a 7.3 average household rating in the Boston DMA (13 share) for Sunday’s 2-1 Bruins overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, which marked the network’s best game rating of the 2014-15 campaign. NESN’s previous high rating of the season was a 6.3 HH rating on January 20, when the Bruins topped the Stars in Dallas, 3-1.

“SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS: TO TAKE PLACE ON APRIL 4: In an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2014-2015 season, the Boston Bruins will host “Fan Appreciation Night” on Saturday, April 4 when the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs at 7:00 PM.  Immediately following the Bruins/Maple Leafs match-up, Bruins players will remain on the ice and hand the “Shirts off their Backs” to fans that were chosen at random throughout the game.  Each of these lucky fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will receive the game-worn jersey from.  For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

BRUINS 2014-15 SEASON AWARDS: The end of season awards will be announced on Fan Appreciation Day, Saturday, April 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. The awards are as follows:

-The Eddie Shore Award: Presented by the Gallery Gods to the player who exhibits exceptional hustle and determination
-Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy: Voted by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and presented to the player who has been most outstanding in Bruins home games.
-John P. Bucyk Award: Given to the player who has contributed the most to charitable and community endeavors, a $1,000 donation will be made to a charity of the winner's choosing by the Boston Bruins Foundation
-98.5 The Sports Hub 3 Stars: The 3 Stars awards are given to those players who have contributed the most to the team's success this season.

BRUINS TO HOST CARLTON AWARDS: The Bruins announced that Samantha Davis of Tabor Academy and Ryan Donato of Dexter School are the recipients of the 2015 John Carlton Award. This past June, Donato was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the second round (56th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. 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 senior student-athlete, who combines exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence. The honor will be given to Donato and Davis on Saturday, April 4 during the Bruins/Maple Leafs game.

BRUINS FOUNDATION & PHWA DONATION:
The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Boston Chapter of the PHWA (Professional Hockey Writers Association) partnered on a program to raise money for local charities by asking the working media who cover Bruins home games to make a small donation when dining in the Will McDonough Press Room prior to games.  Through the program, those members of the media who dined in the Press Room were asked to make an $8.00 donation, 100 percent of which went to the Boston Bruins Foundation. This year, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the PHWA will be donating $23,000 to the Liam Fitzgerald #BumpOutCancer campaign.

BRUINS ALUMNI IN THE COMMUNITY:
The Bruins Alumni will face off against the Lynn Fire team in a Friday night game on April 3 at the Connery Rink (182 Sheppard Street, Lynn, MA) at 6:00 p.m. to benefit the Lynn Fire Department.  Players expected in the line up include Andy Brickley, Bob Beers, and Ken Linseman amongst a host of other alumni. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.

On Saturday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m. the Bruins Alumni team will play the Dana Farber Rink Rats at the Veteran's Memorial Rink (570 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA) to benefit the Jimmy Fund. Rick Middleton, Bob Sweeney and Fred Ahern are just a few of the alumni who will take the ice. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased online at www.jimmyfund.org/rinkrats or at the door. Alumni participating are subject to change.

MIDDLETON BECOMES U.S. CITIZEN: Congratulations to Rick “Nifty” Middleton on his U.S. Citizenship. Middleton was granted citizenship on March 27. Middleton played in 881 games with the Boston Bruins and served as team Captain from 1985-88. Middleton currently serves as President of Boston Bruins Alumni.

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games vs. Toronto (4/4) and at Florida (4/9).  Wednesday’s game at Washington (4/8) will be covered by NBC Sports Network. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. For a full preview of the B’s upcoming matchups with Bob Beers, watch the Week Ahead Preview on BostonBruins.com.

4/4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
4/8 at Washington Capitals, 8:00 p.m. – NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
4/9 at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

BRUINS ASSIGN JOE MORROW TO PROVIDENCE:
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced April 3, that the club had assigned defenseman Joe Morrow to Providence. Morrow joined Boston on an emergency basis on Thursday, April 2 in Detroit but did not play in the game against the Red Wings. Morrow has appeared in 15 games for Boston this season, making his NHL debut on October 30, 2014 against the Sabres in Buffalo. The 22-year-old blueliner notched his first NHL goal on November 24, 2014 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston. In his 15 NHL games he has the one goal and a plus-three rating.

BRUINS SIGN AUSTIN CZARNIK TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT:
GM Peter Chiarelli announced on April 1, that the club had signed forward Austin Czarnik to an entry-level contract. Czarnik will report to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Czarnik finished up his senior season at Miami University (Ohio) appearing in 40 games while registering nine goals (tied for fifth on the team) and 36 assists (led the team) for 45 points (led the team) with a plus-five rating. The forward led the Redhawks the previous three seasons (2012-14) in both assists and points, only finishing second in the teams' point race his freshman year (37) to current Boston Bruin Reilly Smith who finished with 48 tallies.

LIMITED BRUINS TICKETS AVAILABLE:
Limited tickets are available for the final home game of the regular season when the Bruins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, April 4 at TD Garden.  For tickets and more information please visit www.bostonbruins.com/tickets.

SEASON 2 OF BEHIND THE B: The air date and time of the final regular season episode of Behind the B presented by Alex and Ani is TBD. All episodes are narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary.

“Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani Episode air dates (all televised on NESN):
Episode 13 - TBD

BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION 50/50 RAFFLE: 
During each Boston Bruins home game, the Boston Bruins Foundation conducts the 50/50 raffle presented by Health Services Administrators. Fifty percent of the proceeds go towards the beneficiary hosted by the Bruins Foundation that night, while the other fifty percent of the proceeds go to one lucky winner. The 50/50 program comprises one third of the annual fundraising for the Boston Bruins Foundation. After the winning ticket is selected, the number will be announced in-game giving the winner the opportunity to claim their prize at Guest Services on the Loge Level, Section 4 or by checking the numbers posted on the Bruins Foundation Website within 30 days of the winning game, which can be found at the following link: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=101168.

Last five winning 50/50 numbers:
3/31 vs. Florida Panthers: 05701731 (Total: $14,800, Beneficiary: March of Dimes)
3/28 vs. New York Rangers: 04101742 (Total: $23,925, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation Marathon Team)
3/26 vs. Anaheim Ducks 02101160 (Total: $14,750, Beneficiary: Federation for Children with Special Needs)
3/17 vs. Buffalo Sabres: 013011567 (Total: $21,305, Beneficiary: Disabled and Limbless Veterans)
3/12 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: 04301638 (Total: $15,675, Beneficiary: Thomas E. Smith Foundation)

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak and Marc Betrand, which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., while forward Reilly Smith is expected to be regular a guest with 98.5's Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and Bruins President Cam Neely will also be a guest with Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti  (Felger and Mazz) on their show, which airs weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Chris Kelly will be a regular guest on 100.7 WZLX with Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie (Karlson & McKenzie), which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.

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.

COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2014-15 regular season, Bruins Chief Executive Officer 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.

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

HEAVY WORK LOAD: Goaltender Tuukka Rask played in his 66th game of the season on Thursday night versus the Detroit Red Wings, which is the most by a Boston goaltender since Tim Thomas also played in 66 in 2006-07. Rask's next game will be the most since Byron Dafoe made 68 appearances in 1998-99. The club record of games played by a goaltender in a season is 70, held by three netminders (Jack Gelineau, Jim Henry and, most recently, Ed Johnston in 1963-64).

MILESTONES: With two points on Thursday at Detroit, Reilly Smith notched his 99th and 100th NHL points. Winger Brett Connolly made his Bruins debut on April 2 versus the Detroit Red Wings, after missing time with a displaced fracture in his right index finger suffered on March 4.  Connolly picked up two assists in his Spoked-B debut, including an assist on Zach Trotman's game-winning goal during the third period of Thursday's game.

TEENAGE DREAM: David Pastrnak became the first teenager to score a regular season OT goal for Boston when he netted the game-winner against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 29.

253 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s home game against the Anaheim Ducks, the Boston Bruins have sold out 253 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began 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).

AROUND TOWN…

SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS
WHAT: In an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2014-2015 season, the Boston Bruins will host “Fan Appreciation Day” on Saturday, April 4th when the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs at 7:00 PM.  Immediately following the Bruins/Maple Leafs match-up, Bruins players will remain on the ice and hand the “Shirts off their Backs” to fans that were chosen at random throughout the game.  Each of these lucky fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will receive the game-worn jersey from.
WHEN: Saturday, April 4, 2015 during the Bruins vs. Maple Leafs game.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA

2014-15 SEASON AWARDS
WHAT: The end of season awards will be announced on Fan Appreciation Day, Saturday, April 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. The awards are as follows:
-The Eddie Shore Award: Presented by the Gallery Gods to the player who exhibits exceptional hustle and determination
-Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy: Voted by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and presented to the player who has been most outstanding in Bruins home games.
-John P. Bucyk Award: Given to the player who has contributed the most to charitable and community endeavors, a $1,000 donation will be made to a charity of the winner's choosing by the Boston Bruins Foundation
-98.5 The Sports Hub 3 Stars: The 3 Stars awards are given to those players who have contributed the most to the team's success this season.
WHEN: Saturday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. during the Bruins vs. Maple Leafs game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston MA

BRUINS TO HOST CARLTON AWARDS
WHAT: The Bruins announced that Samantha Davis of Tabor Academy and Ryan Donato of Dexter School are the recipients of the 2015 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 senior student-athlete, who combines exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence. The honor will be given to Donato and Davis on Saturday, April 4 during the Bruins/Maple Leafs game.
WHEN: Saturday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. during the Bruins vs. Maple Leafs game

WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston MA

UPCOMING GAMES…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): Jesse Connolly picks up his first win of the year with his tweet describing a less than ideal scenario for visiting teams to end games against the Bruins at home:

@jtchockey (Jesse Connolly, Along The Boards): When horn sounds, "Dirty Water" starts blaring and Zdeno Chara has you in a headlock, the game probably didn't turn out the way you hoped.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Rask: "Saw two No. 37s taking the faceoff. So I'm like, 'I better get out of here.' "
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com): Thornton chirping with Rask.
ST: "Hey, did you put gas in the boat yet?"
TR: "That's your job."
ST: "How much do you make?"
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com): Exclusive quote from Bob Essensa: "They barely got me under the [salary] cap. We were negotiating for half a period."

2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Week 8, Week 10, Week 12, Week 15, Week 20
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog): Week 2, Week 4, Week 11, Week 26
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN): Week 1, Week 14, Week 16, Week 24
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Week 6, Week 22, Week 27
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com): Week 3, Week 13, Week 25
@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal): Week 18, Week 23
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com): Week 17, Week 21,
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): Week 7, Week 9
@jtchockey (Jesse Connolly, Along The Boards): Week 28
@DanCagen (Dan Cagen, MetroWest Daily News): Week 19
@GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe): Week 5

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
-Schedule is subject to change.
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.

Saturday, April 4 (Boston, MA)
-Home Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, April 5
-TBD

Monday, April 6 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 7 (Wilmington, MA/Washington, DC)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Washington, DC

Wednesday, April 8 (Washington, DC/Sunrise, FL)
-Away Game at Washington Capitals, 8:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NBCSN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Sunrise, FL

Thursday, April 9 (Sunrise, FL/Tampa, FL)
-Away Game at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Tampa, FL

Friday, April 10 (Tampa, FL)
-Practice at Ice Sports Forum (10222 Elizabeth Pl, Tampa, FL 33619), 12:30 p.m.

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 22
T2. P. Bergeron, 21
T2. L. Eriksson, 21
4. M. Lucic, 18
T5. R. Smith, 13
T5. C. Soderberg, 13

Assists
T1. P. Bergeron, 32
T1. D. Hamilton, 32
3. C. Soderberg, 31
4. R. Smith, 27
5. M. Lucic, 26

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 53
2. L. Eriksson, 45
T3. M. Lucic, 44
T3. C. Soderberg, 44
5. D. Hamilton, 42

Plus/Minus
1.K. Miller, 20
2. M. Lucic, 16
3. T. Krug, 15
4. D. Pastrnak, 14
5. C. Soderberg, 11

Penalty Minutes
1. B. Marchand, 95
2. M. Lucic, 79
3. A. McQuiad, 76
4. C. Kelly, 48
5. G. Campbell, 45

NHL Honors:
-Patrice Bergeron selected to the 2015 NHL All-Star game.
-Tuukka Rask named The Third Star of the Month for the month of January.
-Patrice Bergeron was selected as the Bruins Masterton nominee by the PHWA.

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron ranks first in the league in faceoff wins with 1,103 and first in faceoff percentage at 60.0%.
-Patrice Bergeron ranks sixth in the league in SAT* with 307.
-Zdeno Chara is tied for first in the league in shorthanded assists with three.
-Milan Lucic is tied for eighth in the league in hits with 247.
-Brad Marchand is tied for second in the league in overtime goals with three.

*Shot attempts (SAT), also known as Corsi, and unblocked shot attempts (USAT), also known as Fenwick, are used to measure puck possession for a player or team. When a shot is attempted during 5-on-5 play, all of the skaters on the ice for the team that attempted the shot receive a +1 in shot attempts (SAT) and the players on the opposing team receive a -1. If the attempt is not blocked, the players on the shooting team also receive a +1 in unblocked shot attempts (USAT) and the players on the opposing team receive a -1. (Source: NHL.com/stats/enhanced)

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. The 2014-15 season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.
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