THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
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CAMPBELL NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON: Bruins forward Gregory Campbell has been selected as the Boston Bruins 2014 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association (PHWA). The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Campbell battled adversity entering the 2014 campaign, coming off a broken leg sustained in the second period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite breaking his leg in a shorthanded situation, Campbell remained on the ice for the remaining 47 seconds of Penguin power play time, putting the team ahead of his own personal health, to help the Bruins kill off the penalty unscathed.
“Gregory Campbell’s entire hockey career has been about perseverance, dedication to hockey and paying the highest level of respect to the game he loves so much," said Joe Haggerty, PHWA Boston chapter chairman and Bruins beat reporter for CSNNE.com. "The image of Campbell gritting his way through excruciating pain to finish a penalty kill shift with a broken leg during last year’s conference final is one nobody will soon forget. It’s also the perfect example of Campbell’s dedication to his team, selflessness and willingness to give every last ounce he has to fully compete. That doesn't even include Campbell's heavy involvement in the community, including delivering pies to Boston homeless shelters on Thanksgiving morning each year. The Boston Chapter of the PHWA is proud to nominate Gregory Campbell for this season’s Masterton Trophy.”
Campbell, a staple on the Bruins’ energy line, has had a productive season for the Black & Gold registering seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 75 appearances this season. The Boston Bruins acquired Campbell on June 22, 2010 with Nathan Horton for Dennis Wideman, a 2010 first round draft and a 2011 third round draft pick. The winner of the Masterton Trophy is selected by a vote of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the conclusion of the regular season.
STATS OF THE WEEK: Boston’s plus-81 GF/GA ratio is the best in the NHL and their plus-47 third period advantage is better than the overall ratio of all but four NHL teams… The Bruins have reached the 100+ point mark for the 21st time in team history, have clinched their seventh straight and 69th overall playoff berth, and their 52 wins are tied for fourth most in franchise history… The Bruins 29 home wins this season are tired for the second most in club history behind the ream record of 33, which was reached in both the 1970-71 and 1973-74 season.
IGINLA ON THE RISE: On Saturday, March 29 against the Washington Capitals, Jarome Iginla scored his 29th and 30th goal of the season. This marks the 13th season in which Iginla has recorded 30 or more goals, 12 of which were consecutive (2000-11) when he was with Calgary. His 30th goal this season moved him up to the 24th spot on the all-time goal scorers list, tying Guy Lafleur at 650 (Montreal Canadiens 1971-85, New York Rangers 1988-89, Quebec Nordiques 1989-1991).
JULIEN FOR JACK ADAMS: Bruins bench boss Claude Julien has led his squad to clinch a playoff spot for the seventh consecutive year in his seventh year as the head coach for the B’s, with the Black & Gold currently hold the second place spot for the league’s best record but are tied with St. Louis (first place) with 111 points. The Eastern Conference leading Bruins enter the weekend first in the NHL in GF/GA differential at plus-81, while maintaining the league’s second lowest goals against average at 2.09. On special teams, Julien’s Bruins rank third in the league on the power play (20.9%, 45-for-215) and eighth on the penalty kill (84.2%, 213-for-253). Julien has compiled a 427-250-10-86 record in 772 NHL games coached (.615 win percentage), including a 308-164-63 mark in 534 games (.635 win percentage) in Boston. Julien has had a milestone-filled season, coaching in his 700th NHL game in the 3-1 victory over Columbus on October 12, recording his 400th NHL win on December 23 against Nashville, appearing in his 500th game behind the Boston bench in the 4-1 over Winnipeg on January 4 and recently notching his 300th win as a Bruin on March 13 versus Phoenix. On the international stage, Julien was a member of Team Canada’s coaching staff at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi which saw Canada take home the gold medal.
TUUKKA TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: Rask’s shutout win over the Chicago Blackhawks on March 27 marked his seventh blanking of the season, which leads the NHL. It is also the 23rd shutout of his career, which ties Jim Henry, for seventh overall on the Bruins all-time shutout list. Rask’s strong play throughout the 2013-14 campaign has put him in strong contention in the Vezina conversation with his 34 wins, which rank fifth in the NHL, his 2.04 goals against average which ranks fourth and a .930 save percentage which ranks third.
CHARA MAKING BID FOR THE NORRIS: Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara has enjoyed a strong season thus far both offensively and defensively. Often playing against the opposition’s top skaters in even-strength and shorthanded situations, Chara has stayed on the plus side of the +/- rating at plus-23, which ranks ninth among NHL defensemen. The veteran blueliner has been hot on the power play this season, notching 10 tallies with the man-advantage, which ranks second among all defensemen. Chara’s 17 goals rank fourth in the NHL among blueliners.
BERGERON SELKE RESUME: After earning the Selke Trophy in 2011-12 and being a finalist for the Selke in last year’s campaign, Patrice Bergeron has continued his consistent two-way play into the 2013-14 season. Often playing against the opposition’s top line and serving as one of the primary forwards on the PK, Bergeron enters the weekend second in the NHL with a plus-36 rating. The centerman currently ranks third in the league in faceoff percentage at 58.6% and leads the league in faceoff wins with 978, ahead of Sidney Crosby who has 959. Bergeron also ranks third on the Bruins in points (59), second in goals (28) and tied for third in assists (31) with Jarome Iginla. Bergeron’s goal against Philadelphia on March 30 marked his seventh consecutive game that he scored a goal, which is a career best goal-streak.
POSITIVE OUTLOOK: The Bruins own four of the ten spots in the league’s plus/minus leaders with David Krejci leading the way at plus-37. Patrice Bergeron ranks second in the NHL with a plus-36 while Jarome Iginla sits in third at plus-34. Rounding out the quartet is Brad Marchand whose plus-32 is tied for sixth among all skaters.
UPCOMING EVENTS & NOTES…
NESN’S SEVENTH PLAYER AWARD: The NESN Seventh Player Award will be announced on Saturday, April 5 before the Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers 1:00 p.m. game. The 7th Player award is voted on by the fans, based on which Bruin has performed above and beyond expectations.
BRUINS 2013-14 SEASON AWARDS: The end of season awards will be announced on Fan Appreciation Day, Saturday, April 12 vs. Buffalo Sabres 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.
BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI: Episode 12 of Behind the B aired on Tuesday, April 1 and detailed the team’s visit to the Jacobs Family’s house during the Florida road trip, Maddie from Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island getting a surprise from Tuukka Rask, and the games that continued the winning streak. All episodes of Behind the B will air on NESN and can be streamed online at bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. 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.
Episode 13 will air Monday, April 14, 8:00 p.m. ET
Behind the B episode air schedule on NESN:
Episode 13: Monday, April 14, 8:00 p.m. ET
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. The final celebration game will take place on Saturday, April 5 vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, where Bruins legend Derek Sanderson will drop the ceremonial first puck to begin the day's tribute to the Bruins of the 1960's.
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
LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited individual game tickets are available for upcoming Bruins home games at TD Garden, including Saturday’s 1:00 p.m. game (4/5) against the Philadelphia Flyers. 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 have three games stretched over the next seven days. They begin the week in Boston on Saturday, April 5 against the Philadelphia Flyers at 1:00 p.m. The following game does not come until Tuesday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. against the Minnesota Wild in Minnesota. On Thursday, April 10, the B’s travel to Winnipeg and play their third game at 8:00 p.m. against the Winnipeg Jets.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: The NESN broadcast team of Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will be covering all three games this week. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
4/5 vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 1:00 p.m. E.T. – NESN
4/8 at Minnesota Wild, 8:00 p.m. E.T. – NESN
4/10 at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 p.m. E.T. – NESN
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.
204 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, March 27, the Boston Bruins have reached 204 straight regular season and playoff game shut 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 29th week of the Boston Media Tweet of the Week, Fluto Shinzawa earns himself the top tweet:
@GlobeFluto: Firefighters. First-line talent, fourth-line hearts. Beauties, all of them.
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@MickColageo: Jarome Iginla named NHL's 1st Star for March ... I'm betting he really wants to be 1st Star for June. #Bruins
@GlobeFluto: Bruins taking train to Philly. Appropriate. They've got more pace than the Acela.
@JamieErdahl: Tried an April Fool's interview on Reilly Smith, telling him he was sent down.. His response: "This always happen on my birthday!" #touché
@GlobeFluto: Replay shows Kevan Miller recovered with a Long Trail and a maple syrup chaser. VT for life.
@AmalieBenjamin: There's a Bruin with a mop of hair watching the Red Wings skate. Not many options as to who it could be. (For the record, it's Loui.)
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
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 2, Week 15, Week 26, Week 27, Week 28
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com) Week 10, Week 18,
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 9
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 12
@JamieErdahl (Jamie Erdahl, NESN), Week 14
@KirkLuedeke29 (KirkLuedeke, New England Hockey Journal), Week 16
@JesseNEHLJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 17
@DaleEArnold (NESN): Week 23
@DanCagen (MetroWest Daily News), Week 28
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, March 19
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 stories on B’s first time pros Anthony Camara, Chris Casto, Seth Griffith, Alexander Khokhlachev, Matt Lindblad and Malcolm Subban.
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 5 (Boston, MA)
-Home Game vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 1:00 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, April 6
Monday, April 7 (Boston, MA/St. Paul, MN)
-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET
-Travel to Minnesota
Tuesday, April 8 (St. Paul, MN)
-Away game at Minnesota Wild, 7:00 p.m. local, 8:00 p.m. ET
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Wednesday, April 9 (St. Paul, MN/Winnipeg, MB)
-Travel to Winnipeg
-Practice at MTS Centre, 1:00 p.m. local, 2:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, April 10 (Winnipeg, MB)
-Pregame skate at MTS Centre, 11:30 a.m. local, 12:30 ET
-Away game at Winnipeg Jets, 7:00 p.m. local, 8:00 p.m. ET
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Friday, April 11 (Winnipeg, MB/Boston, MA)
-Travel to Boston
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, April 4)
1. J. Iginla, 30
2. P. Bergeron, 28
3. B. Marchand, 23
4. M. Lucic, 22
5. R. Smith, 19
1. D. Krejci, 48
2. M. Lucic, 33
T3. J. Iginla, 31
T3. P. Bergeron, 31
T4. C. Soderberg, 30
T4. R. Smith, 30
1. D. Krejci, 64 (16-48)
2. J. Iginla, 61 (30-31)
3. P. Bergeron, 59 (28-31)
4. M. Lucic, 59 (22-33)
5. R. Smith, 49 (19-30)
1. M. Lucic, 85
2. A. McQuaid, 69
3. S. Thornton, 65
4. B. Marchand, 64
5. Z. Chara, 52
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