THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
STAT OF THE WEEK: Tuukka Rask is 4-0-1 in his last five starts with an 0.79 goals against average, .970 save percentage and two shutouts in those games.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "You always want to be playing for the ultimate trophy and you want to be in the playoffs. It's fun hockey. It's that time of the year where a lot of emotions are involved. It's exciting for players, exciting for fans. Every game means so much. Everybody kind of starts from scratch, from 0-0, and all that counts is wins. So, it's kind of a nice feeling to be in the postseason again. It thought this team battled through some ups and downs throughout the year and it was one of those years where we really had to come together, and we did, and play really strong - especially the last few months. It took us to put a number of games together and win them in a row and gain some points and ground. It was kind of not easy because everybody else was also winning. But, we obviously focused on ourselves and how we want to keep playing and keep getting better and keep earning those points and we did. So, like I said, it's rewarding." - Zdeno Chara on the Bruins clinching a playoff berth on Tuesday.
TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 30): @Johnston985 (Ryan Johnston, 98.5 The Sports Hub): "WAITER! ANOTHER ROUND OF PASTA FOR MY FRIENDS!"
HONORABLE MENTION: @_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, WEEI.com): "Patrice Bergeron finished the night a perfect 17-for-17 at the faceoff dot. NHL is gonna have to take his stick away just to make it fair."
2016-17 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD:
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Week 5, Week 8, Week 9, Week 12, Week 27, Week 30 (6)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, WEEI.com): Week 3, Week 11, Week 13, Week 16, Week 21, Week 23 (5)
@DaleEArnold (Dale Arnold, NESN): Week 7, Week 15, Week 22 (3)
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul DuPont, Boston Globe): Week 1, Week 2, Week 17 (3)
@_TimRosenthal (Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily): Week 16, Week 19, Week 25 (3)
@MattKalman (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Week 14, Week 24 (2)
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE): Week 4, Week 28 (2)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, CSNNE.com): Week 6 (1)
@michaelFhurley (Michael Hurley, CBS Boston Sports): Week 10 (1)
@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, Red Line Report): Week 18 (1)
@TomCaron (Tom Caron, NESN.com): Week 20 (1)
@MickColageo (Mick Colageo, Standard Times): Week 26 (1)
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger): Week 29 (1)
@Johnston985 (Ryan Johnston, 98.5 The Sports Hub): Week 30 (1)
UPCOMING GAMES AND BROADCAST INFORMATION:
Saturday, April 8, Bruins vs. Capitals, TD Garden, 3 p.m. ET, TV - NBC, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
BEHIND THE B: The New England Emmy Award winning series Behind the B has returned for its fourth season. Behind The B, which is narrated by Worcester, MA native Denis Leary, gives fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Bruins players, coaches and front office throughout the 2016-17 season. In this season's latest episode, the Bruins play locker room baseball, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron receive their World Cup rings, and the boys take part in Cuts for a Cause. Watch the latest episode by clicking here.
Season 4, Episode 13: Monday, April 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
BRUINS ACADEMY KIDS APP: Bruins Academy is part of the Bruins' ongoing mission to encourage positive youth development through the sport of hockey. To join the club, download the new mobile app designed specifically for kids called Bruins Academy presented by Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The app has built-in safety features that provide a safe experience for kids to connect with each other and their favorite team. In the new Bruins Academy app, kids can explore exclusive team content, create their own avatar, learn educational tips, test their trivia skills, and participate in challenges.
BRUINS ACADEMY: Follow along on TV with the new Bruins Academy TV series. Hosted by Emmy award-winning sports personality Charlie Moore and B's Reporter Caryn Switaj will take you up-close and personal with your favorite Bruins players. Learn the latest tips directly from the pros, find out how players are just like you, and discover why hockey is the best sport in the world! In the previous episode, Girls Hockey Day is held at TD Garden, Rogers Place in Edmonton is toured and Bruins prospect Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson is highlighted. Watch the latest episode by clicking here.
To learn more or to catch up season 2, check out BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy.
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: Get to TD Garden tomorrow as the Boston Bruins take on the Washington Capitals for Fan Appreciation Day. Puck drops at 3 p.m. For individual tickets and other ticket packages, visit BostonBruins.com/Tickets.
BRUINS SUITES: If you want to watch the B's from your own private suite, some are still available for upcoming home games - accommodating 18 to 60 fans; each suite has in-house catering and exclusive views of the ice. For additional information, visit BostonBruins.com/SuiteRentals or call 617-624-1847.
GROUP DEPOSITS: On Place your Group Deposit for the 2017-18. Group outings are a great way to entertain clients, reward employees, have fun with your team, or get together with friends or family. By placing a deposit, you receive priority access to Group Tickets for the 2017-18 season. They offer a wide variety of options to suite your group's specific needs and offers unique fan experiences to create a truly custom experience. To place your deposit, visit BostonBruins.com/Groups.
GAME PLAN DEPOSITS: Fans can place a deposit for a 2017-18 Bruins Game Plan for just $100 per seat. With a deposit, you will score priority access to select from a variety of Game Plan options when they become available. As a Game Plan holder, you receive the same great seat location for all games, the ability to choose from multiple convenient payment plans, the opportunity to purchase additional regular season game tickets, 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff tickets before they go on sale to the general public, and more. To place your deposit, visit BostonBruins.com/GamePlans.
GEAR UP FOR THE PLAYOFFS: Gear up for the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup® Playoffs with your Boston's team Since 1924 shirt available exclusively in the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden or on BostonProShop.com. This t-shirt is made in America and is the perfect way to display your Bruins pride. Visit BostonProShop.com or head to the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden to get yours today!
SUIT UP FOR SPRING: Suit up for Spring this season with authentic Bruins and Celtics gear on BostonProShop.com. Enjoy a variety of lightweight jackets, baseball hats, and women's and men's t-shirts that are sure not to disappoint. Visit the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden or go online at BostonProShop.com to check out the selection.
BOSTON'S TEAM SINCE 1924: Show your Bruins pride this season with the team's exclusive Boston's Team Since 1924 T-shirt only available at the ProShop powered by Reebok located on Level 2 at TD Garden. To shop the Boston's Team Since 1924 gear and view other authentic Bruins and Celtics gear, visit www.BostonProShop.com.
THIRD JERSEY: This season, the Bruins are wearing the sweater created for the 2016 Winter Classic as their third jersey. The uniform is inspired by the original look sported by the B's in their inaugural season in 1924-25 but has been updated with the Bruins current colors of Black and Gold, connecting the past with the present. To purchase one please visit www.BostonProShop.com.
REEBOK CENTER ICE: With the B's regular season underway make sure you are supporting Boston's Team with the latest Reebok Center Ice gear that matches the authentic players gear in the locker room. Visit www.BostonProShop.com to get yours today.
ALEX AND ANI: Have your loved one rep Boston's Team Since 1924 all year long with their own Alex and Ani bracelets. Now 50% off all Bruins and Celtics bracelets while supplies last. Stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok at TD Garden to get yours today!
NHL 100TH ANNIVERSARY PATCH AND PUCK: Celebrate all year long with the NHL as they commemorate their 100th anniversary. To join in, stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok on level 2 of TD Garden to check out the authentic patch that will be worn by the players all year long or puck. The ProShop powered by Reebok will put the patch on any shirt or jersey free of charge. If you aren't able to make it, head to BostonProShop.com.
MEIGRAY: Want to bring home a piece of the Bruins? Meigray Group is the Bruins official game-worn jersey source, and the only place to go to get an authenticated game-worn jersey from your favorite Bruins player. Meigray takes Bruins jerseys right off the ice. Every jersey comes with a Bruins Meigray letter of authenticity. Get your game-worn jersey today by visiting www.Meigray.com.
BRUINS ON SOCIAL: If you don't already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:
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OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…
BOSTON BRUINS SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAM POWERED BY BFIT: Are you struggling to find ways to inspire your kids and students to lead healthier lifestyles? The Boston Bruins have launched the Boston Bruins School Assembly Program powered by BFit where the Youth Hockey Department comes to your children's elementary school to teach them the importance of being active and eating healthy. To register, visit http://www.BostonBruins.com/SchoolAssembly. Please notify school contacts if submitting on their behalf. Submitting a school does not guarantee a visit.
BOSTON BRUINS APRIL CAMPS: Registration for the 2017 Boston Bruins & Pro Ambitions April Vacation Camps is now open. These three-day camps are open to youth hockey players ages 6-15 and are a great opportunity for youth hockey players to elevate their skill to the next level with top level instructions from members of the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team and Pro Ambitions. Visit BostonBruins.com/AprilCamps.
BOSTON BRUINS SUMMER CAMPS PRESENTED BY O.R.G. PACKAGING: Keep your kids busy this summer by signing them up for the Boston Bruins Summer Camp Presented by O.R.G. Packaging. They will learn that hard work and determination are the way to accomplish their dreams. To sign your kids up, visit BostonBruins.com/SummerCamps.
BOSTON BRUINS ALUMNI GAMES: Saturday, April 8, 5 p.m. - The Boston Bruins Alumni will take the ice against the Baystate Foundation All Stars at Stoneham Arena in Stoneham, MA. The fourth annual game will benefit the Baystate Financial Charitable Foundation. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for children. They can be purchased at the door or on line by clicking here. Andrew Raycroft, Don Awrey, and Andrew Alberts are expected in the line-up.
Sunday, April 9, 3 p.m. - The Wilmington Youth Hockey Coaches will host the Boston Bruins Alumni at the Chelmsford Forum in North Billerica. The game will benefit Wilmington Youth Hockey. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Andy Brickley, Don Awrey, and Bob Sweeney will be on the ice with the rest of the alumni team.
Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m. - The Boston Bruins Alumni will play the Ice Huggers at Rockland Ice Rink in Rockland, MA. The annual game will benefit the HUG Foundation. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and will be available at the door or on line by clicking here. Ray Bourque, Paul Mara, and Pat Leahy are expected in the line-up.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(Warrior Ice Arena, 90 Guest Street, Brighton, MA, 02135)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Warrior Ice Arena are open to the public
-Schedule is subject to change
Saturday, April 8 (TD Garden, Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Washington Capitals, 3 p.m.
-Travel to Chicago
Sunday, April 9 - Saturday, April 15
2016-17 BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS
1. B. Marchand, 39
2. D. Pastrnak, 34
3. D. Krejci, 23
4. P. Bergeron, 21
5. D. Backes, 17
1. B. Marchand, 46
2. T. Krug, 43
3. D. Pastrnak, 36
4. P. Bergeron, 32
5. D. Krejci, 31
1. B. Marchand, 85
2. D. Pastrnak, 70
3. D. Krejci, 54
4. P. Bergeron, 53
5. T. Krug, 51
1. Z. Chara, 20
2. B. Marchand, 18
3. P. Bergeron, 13
4. D. Pastrnak, 12
5. B. Carlo, 10
1. B. Marchand, 81
2. A. McQuaid, 71
2. D. Backes, 67
T-4. B. Carlo, 59
T-4. Z. Chara, 59
-Brad Marchand is tied for fourth in the NHL in points (85), tied for second in the NHL in goals (39), and tied for fifth in the NHL in shorthanded goals (3)
-Torey Krug is tied for fifth among NHL defensemen in assists (43) and tied for fifth among NHL defensemen in points (51)
-Patrice Bergeron is third in the NHL in shots on goal (298)
-Tuukka Rask is tied for fifth in the NHL in wins (37) and is second in the NHL in shutouts (8)
10/13 @ CBJ: Brandon Carlo
10/13 @ CBJ: Austin Czarnik
10/13 @ CBJ: Danton Heinen
10/13 @ CBJ: Rob O'Gara
10/25 vs. MIN: Zane McIntyre (1st NHL start: 10/26 @ NYR)
11/3 @ TBL: Sean Kuraly
12/3 @ BUF: Anton Blidh
12/14 @ PIT: Matt Grzelcyk
2/11 vs. VAN: Peter Cehlarik
100th NHL Game:
10/17 @ WPG: David Pastrnak
300th NHL Game:
2/19 @ SJ: Torey Krug
3/30 vs. DAL: Jimmy Hayes
400th NHL Game:
2/12 vs. MTL: Adam McQuaid
500th NHL Game:
1/14 vs. PHI: Brad Marchand
700th NHL Game:
3/30 vs. DAL: David Krejci
800th NHL Game:
4/6 vs. OTT: David Backes
1,300th NHL Game:
12/14 @ PIT: Zdeno Chara
Most games by a Bruins player born outside of North America:
2/22 @ ANA: Zdeno Chara (798th game)
First NHL Goal:
10/17 @ WPG: Brandon Carlo
10/26 @ NYR: Austin Czarnik
12/20 vs. NYI: Anton Blidh
3/28 vs. NSH: Noel Acciari
100th NHL Goal:
3/20 @ TOR: Dominic Moore
20,000th Bruins Goal:
11/22 vs. STL: David Backes
First NHL Assist:
10/13 @ CBJ: Brandon Carlo
11/7 vs. BUF: Austin Czarnik
12/7 @ WSH: Anton Blidh
2/12 vs. MTL: Peter Cehlarik
100th NHL Assist:
11/22 vs. STL: Torey Krug
400th NHL Assist:
11/12 at ARI: Zdeno Chara
2/19 @ SJ: Patrice Bergeron
100th NHL Point:
1/18 @ DET: Ryan Spooner
2/11 vs. VAN: David Pastrnak
2/19 @ SJ: Jimmy Hayes
300th NHL Point:
11/1 @ FLA: Brad Marchand
500th NHL Point:
1/14 vs. PHI: David Krejci
600th NHL Point:
3/28 vs. NSH: Zdeno Chara
200th NHL Win
3/13 @ VAN: Tuukka Rask