THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
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PLAYOFF OVERTIME FIRSTS: On Thursday, May 8 in Game 4 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Matt Fraser scored his first career NHL playoff goal. He became the sixth Bruin in team history to score his first NHL career playoff goal in overtime (Mel Hill 1939, Des Smith 1942, Peter Douris 1992, Patrice Bergeron, 2004 and Marc Savard 2008). Carl Soderberg and Johnny Boychuk tallied their first career NHL overtime points in Game 4 in the form of assists on the Fraser goal. Boston's last overtime playoff win by a 1-0 score came in game one of their Conference Quarterfinal series vs. Washington on April 12, 2012. Thursday’s win was the third 1-0 overtime win in Boston's playoff history.
RASK'S OVERTIME SUCCESS: With Thursday's 1-0 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of Round 2, Rask improved to 9-4 in 13 career OT postseason games played. The netminder's 33 saves on 33 shots on goal yielded Rask's second shutout of the postseason and fifth of his NHL playoff career. The Finland native has had a hot postseason thus far between the pipes, leading all goaltenders in goals against average (1.67), save percentage (.941) and is tied for first in shutouts with two (Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT)
B’S JACKET TALLY: After a Bruins win, the team has begun awarding a special 'Player of the Game Jacket' to the player who had the best performance. 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 victory. After the next win, he will select a different teammate to pass it along to. Here’s the jacket tally thus far:
4/5 vs. PHI: Milan Lucic
4/12 vs. BUF: David Krejci
4/20 vs. DET, Game 2: Tuukka Rask
4/22 vs. DET, Game 3: Dougie Hamilton
4/24 vs. DET, Game 4: Jarome Iginla
4/26 vs. DET, Game 5: Loui Eriksson
5/3 vs. MTL, Game 2: Reilly Smith
5/8 vs. MTL, Game 4: Matt Fraser
BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON: The first postseason episode of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani aired on Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NESN. The series' 14th installment chronicled the Black & Gold's First Round defeat of the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The air date for episode 15 of Behind the B, which will feature the Bruins vs. Canadiens series, will be announced after the series has completed.
BERGERON NAMED NHL FOUNDATION AWARD FINALIST: Patrice Bergeron has been named a finalist for the 2014 NHL Foundation Award. The NHL Foundation Player Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community." The other finalists were Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.
BERGERON NAMED SELKE FINALIST: Patrice Bergeron has been named one of three finalists for the 2014 Frank J. Selke Trophy. The Selke Trophy is awarded annually "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” The other finalists are Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings.
Bergeron completed the 2014 campaign ranked third in the league in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 58.6% rate (1,015-for-1,732), with his 1,015 faceoff wins leading the NHL. Often charged with the task of shutting down the oppositions top line in both even strength and shorthanded situations, the centerman finished second in the league in plus/minus rating at +38, behind teammate David Krejci (+39). Bergeron finished 66 of 80 regular games played with an even or positive rating.
Serving as one of the Bruins primary penalty killers, Bergeron was critical to the B's shorthanded special teams success, helping the Black & Gold finish eighth in the league on the PK (83.6%). Offensively, Bergeron enjoyed a very successful season, finishing tied for first on the Bruins in goals (30), second in points (62) and tied for third in assists (32). Bergeron won the award for the first time following the 2011-12 season and this marks the third consecutive year Bergeron has been a finalist.
RASK NAMED VEZINA FINALIST: Tuukka Rask has been named one of three finalists for the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy. The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually "to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position.” The other finalists for the award are Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche.
Rask finished the regular season establishing career bests in shutouts (7), wins (36) and games played (58). His shutout total led all NHL goaltenders while his 36 wins ranked fifth. Rask also posted a 2.04 goals against average (fourth in the NHL) and his .930 save percentage was second only to Minnesota's Josh Harding (.933 in 29 games). Rask surrendered two or less goals in 38 of his 58 appearances in the 2013-14 regular season. This marks Rask's first nomination for the Vezina Trophy
UPCOMING EVENTS & NOTES…
PLAYOFF TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited tickets for Round 2, Games 5 and 7 (5/10 & 5/14) of the Eastern Conference Semi Final against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden are still available. For more information on tickets, please visit http://bruins.nhl.com/tickets.
MEET KEN LINSEMAN AT BRUINS PLAYOFFS SHOP BEFORE GAME 5: On Saturday, May 10 from 5:30-6:30PM, Bruins legend, Ken Linseman will be signing autographs at the Bruins Playoffs Shop, powered by Reebok, located on Legends Way on the East Side TD Garden. Fans will be provided with a free Ken Linseman autograph card, while supplies last. The pop-up shop will open at 4:30PM. The first 200 fans who make any purchase at the shop will receive a Reebok cinch bag, and the first 25 fans who make a purchase of $150 or more, will receive a $100 YourReebok custom card, while supplies last. For more information, visit: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=98134
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.
BRUINS STREET BRIGADE TO VISIT FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The Boston Bruins Street Brigade brings the sport of hockey to schools, community centers and other places where children can play hockey in a safe and structured environment. Franklin Elementary in North Andover, Ma was awarded a Bruins visit on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. after coming in 2nd place in the Bruins PJ Drive contest. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BOSTON BRUINS & SAL’S PIZZA STREET HOCKEY CLINIC: The Bruins and Sal’s Pizza have teamed up to bring the sport of hockey to community centers and other places where children can play in a safe and structured environment. Hockey equipment and instruction are provided for children to learn and enjoy hockey free of charge while enjoying a Sal’s Pizza party after the clinic. The hockey clinic will be at Leland Park Inline Rink, 67 Central Street, Woburn, MA on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES: The Bruins will continue Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with Game 5 at 7:00 p.m. against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on Saturday, May 10. The B’s then travel back to Montreal for Game 6 on Monday, May 12 at the Bell Centre with a time to be determined at a later date by the NHL. If necessary, Game 7 will be on Wednesday, May 14 in Boston at the TD Garden with the time TBD.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Game 5 on Saturday, May 10 will be covered by NBCSN, CBC and RDS. Coverage for Games 6 and 7 is TBD.
5/10 vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m. ET – NBCSN, CBC, RDS
5/12 at Montreal Canadiens, TBD
*5/14 vs. Montreal Canadiens, TBD
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.
211 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, May 3, the Boston Bruins have reached 211 straight regular season and playoff game sell 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 33rd week of the Boston Bruins Media Tweet of the Week, Jamie Erdahl wins the top spot for citing Jarome Iginla’s thoughts on Matt Fraser’s Game 4 game-winning overtime goal:
@JamieErdahl: When Jarome Iginla says he's never seen something happen in his career, that's seriously special. Re: Matt Fraser call up & GWG. #bruins
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@AmalieBenjamin: Justin Florek and Kevan Miller just bumped into each other in warmups. That's head-to-toe bruises for Florek, I'd imagine.
@TheBruinsBlog: Never thought I'd hear the Howdy Doody theme song at a hockey game. Thanks, Bell Centre.
@DarrenDreger: Unofficial assists on Fraser OT winner to Peter Chiarelli and Don Sweeney who reward Fraser for an impressive 1st rnd with Providence.
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, Week 32
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger), Week 3, Week 7, Week 24
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com), Week 1, Week 13, Week 22, Week 30
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 2, Week 15, Week 26, Week 28
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com) Week 10, Week 18
@DanCagen (MetroWest Daily News), Week 28, Week 30
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 9, Week 27
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 12
@JamieErdahl (Jamie Erdahl, NESN), Week 14. Week 33
@KirkLuedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal), Week 16
@JesseNEHLJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 17
@DaleEArnold (Dale Arnold, NESN): Week 23, Week 31
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, April 9
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 April 9. 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 the Frozen Four participants Zane Gothberg (University of North Dakota) and Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston College) as well as the recent signing of Ben Sexton, who joined the Providence Bruins.
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.
BRUINS TO HOST A STREET HOCKEY CLINIC AT FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY
WHAT: The Boston Bruins will visit Franklin Elementary School in Andover, MA to host a street hockey clinic. The school won the clinic by coming in 2nd for the 7th Annual PJ Drive. Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin will be on hand to help the kids learn some hockey fundamentals during the hour long clinic.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Franklin Elementary School, 2 Cypress Terrace, North Andover, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin, Bob Sweeney
BOSTON BRUINS & SAL’S PIZZA STREET HOCKEY CLINIC
WHAT: The Bruins and Sal’s Pizza have teamed up to bring the sport of hockey to community centers and other places where children can play in a safe and structured environment. Hockey equipment and instruction are provided for children to learn and enjoy hockey free of charge while enjoying a Sal’s Pizza party after the clinic.
WHEN: Friday, May 16, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Leland Park Inline Rink, 67 Central Street, Woburn, MA
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, May 10 (Boston, MA)
-Home Game 5 vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m. ET
-Broadcast Info: NATIONAL TV: NBCSN, RDS, CBC, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, May 11 (Boston, MA/Montreal, QC)
-Practice/Media availability TBD
-Travel to Montreal, QC
Monday, May 12 (Montreal, QC / Boston, MA)
-Home Game 6 at Montreal Canadiens, time TBD
-Broadcast Info: NATIONAL TV: TBD Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Tuesday, May 13
Wednesday, May 14 (Boston, MA)
-Home Game 7 vs. Montreal Canadiens, time TBD (if necessary)
-Broadcast Info: NATIONAL TV: TBD Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Thursday, May 15
Friday, May 16
BRUINS PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS (As of Friday, May 9)
1. M. Lucic, 4
T2. P. Bergeron, 3
T2. J. Iginla, 3
T2. R. Smith, 3
T3. T. Krug, 2
T3. D. Hamilton, 2
T3. Z. Chara, 2
T1. P. Bergeron, 6
T1. T. Krug, 6
2. B. Marchand, 5
3. D. Hamilton, 4
T4. C. Soderberg, 3
T4. D. Krejci, 3
T4. M. Lucic, 3
1. P. Bergeron, 9
2. T. Krug, 8
3. M. Lucic, 7
4. D. Hamilton, 6
T5. J. Iginla, 5
T5. B. Marchand, 5
T1. B. Marchand, 10
T1. D. Hamilton, 10
2. K. Miller, 8
T3. M. Bartkowski, 6
T3. T. Krug, 6
T3. Z. Chara, 6
T4. S. Thornton, 4
T4. J. Florek, 4
T4. J. Caron, 4
T4. L. Eriksson, 4
BRUINS FINAL REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS
T1. J. Iginla, 30
T1. P. Bergeron, 30
3. B. Marchand, 25
4. M. Lucic, 24
5. R. Smith, 20
1. D. Krejci, 50
2. M. Lucic, 35
T3. P. Bergeron, 32
T3. C. Soderberg, 32
T5. R. Smith, 31
T5. J. Iginla, 31
1. D. Krejci, 69 (19-50)
2. P. Bergeron, 62 (30-32)
3. J. Iginla, 61 (30-31)
4. M. Lucic, 59 (24-35)
5. B. Marchand, 53 (25-28)
1. M. Lucic, 91
2. S. Thornton, 74
3. A. McQuaid, 69
4. Z. Chara, 66
5. B. Marchand, 64
BRUINS INDIVIDUAL AWARDS 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
-Patrice Bergeron named a Selke Trophy Finalist
-Patrice Bergeron named an NHL Foundation Award Finalist
-Tuukka Rask named a Vezina Trophy Finalist
-Zdeno Chara named a Norris Trophy Finalist