THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
'BOSTON STRONG' FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: Game 2’s Fan Banner Captain was Jeff Bauman, who was instrumental in helping authorities identify the Boston Marathon suspects. Bauman issued the following statement in regards to the support he’s received since the events at the marathon: “I want to thank everyone for their amazing support for me and all those injured and their families. I’m making great progress and I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Please continue to respect our space at this time. I want to thank the Bruins players and organization for the generosity and support for all those impacted. Like all those in Black and Gold I can’t wait to see them on another quest for the Cup. Go Bruins!”. Game 5’s Fan Banner Captain was Carlos Arredondo, who demonstrated true heroism, coming to the aid of Bauman moments after the events at the Boston Marathon. The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. For a complete list and information on the Fan Banner Captains for the 2013 Bruins Playoffs, presented by Hallmark Health System, please visit the ‘Postseason B’s Jacket & Fan Banner Tracker’.
PROVIDENCE BRUINS ADVANCE: The Providence Bruins topped the Hershey Bears 3-2 on May 8 to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, where they will take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The P-Bruins advancement to Round 2 is the first time they have moved on to the second round since the 2008-09 playoffs. Carter Camper led the way for the Providence squad notching eight points through five games with a plus-five rating. Chris Bourque (3-3=6), Jordan Caron (1-4=5) and Matt Bartkowski (0-5=5) have also powered the Providence offense, combining for 16 points through five games.
BARTKOWSKI RECALLED: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, May 9, that the club has recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Bartkowski skated in 56 games with the Providence Bruins during the 2013 regular season campaign, where he registered three goals and 21 assists for 24 points with 56 penalty minutes. The 24-year-old has appeared in all five Calder Cup Playoff games with Providence, notching five assists. The defenseman’s five postseason points tie him for fifth in the AHL and leads the P-Bruins squad. Bartkowski skated in 11 games with Boston during the regular season, notching two assists while averaging 13:29 time on ice.
BRUINS ICE GIRLS TO VISIT BELMONTE MIDDLE SCHOOL: On Monday, May 13, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Mascot Blades will be visiting the Belmonte Middle School for a pep rally as part of the Boston Bruins I.C.E School program. Children will have the opportunity to participate in various cheers, Bruins related trivia, a teacher student shoot out and a goalie equipment relay race. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
2013-14 SEASON TICKETS SOLD OUT: Season tickets in the loge and balcony sections for 2013-14 are sold out, but fans can get priority access to seats when they become available by joining the Boston Bruins Season Ticket Waiting List and placing a $100 deposit per seat (maximum of four). Deposits can be placed on bostonbruins.com or by calling 617.624.2327, Option 1. A Bruins Ticket Representative will contact you on a first-come, first-served basis as seats become available. Additionally, a limited number of partial and full season memberships are still available in The Premium Club at the TD Garden. For more information about the Premium Club, fans can visit http://www.tdgarden.com/premiumclub or call 617.624.CLUB (2582).
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CHARA DISHING IT OUT: Game 4 against the Maple Leafs marked Zdeno Chara's 10th multi-point playoff game, with five assists in two of his last four games. Chara’s four-point postseason game was the first since Tyler Seguin tallied two goals and two assists against the Tampa Bay Lightning on May 2011. It also marked the first time a Bruins defenseman had notched four points in a postseason game. This was the first four-assist game by a player donning the spoked-B since Vladimir Ruzicka's four assists on May 3, 1991 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins Captain also recorded a goal in Game 5 on May 10, giving him 1-5=6 totals in three of his last four games.
KREJCI LINE TIME: The line composed of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton has been on fire for the Bruins thus far in the playoffs tallying points in each of the four games of this series. The trio has accumulated a combined 23 points, with 11 of those points coming from Krejci (5-6=11). Lucic currently tied for first (Krejci) on B’s in helpers with six assist, while Horton is tied for first (Krejci) with plus/minus rating of +7.
B’S EXTEND POSTSEASON STREAK IN TORONTO: Wednesday's win over the Leafs extended the Bruins' postseason winning streak in Toronto, and the B's have now not lost a playoff game on Maple Leafs ice since 1959.
KREJCI CLUTCH: David Krejci has propelled himself atop NHL postseason scoring in goals (5) and points (11) as well as a plus/minus rating of plus-seven. The forward also recorded his second career postseason hat trick in Game of the Boston/Toronto series, which included an OT game winning goal. Krejci has recorded one point in every game so far this series, giving him a total of 58 points (25-33) with a +25 rating in 64 career postseason games.
PLAYOFF MILESTONE FOR JAGR: Jaromir Jagr's assist on Patrice Bergeron's second period power-play goal against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday was the 191st assist of his NHL postseason career. That point earned him sole possession of sixth place on the all-time playoff points list ahead of Brett Hull (190). Coming into Friday’s game against the Leafs, Jagr was one playoff goal shy from tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoffs goals list with 79.
WASTING NO TIME: Patrice Bergeron’s goal 32 seconds into the second period of Game 4 vs Toronto, was the fifth goal of this series that has been scored within the first two minutes of the period. Toronto has netted three goals within that two minute frame while Boston has notched two.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins will make their way into the final week of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs this week against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs win against Boston on May 10, forced a Game 6, which will be played in Toronto on Sunday, May 12 at the Air Canada Centre at 7:30 p.m. ET. If a seventh game is necessary to determine a series winner, the matchup will be played on Monday, May 13 at TD Garden with the start time TBD.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will cover all of this week’s games on NESN. All games will be covered on CBC and RDS, as well. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the upcoming games are as follows:
5/12 at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. ET – NESN, CBC, RDS
5/13 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, TBD – NESN, CBC, RDS (If necessary)
155 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 155 home games, including regular season and playoffs. 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)
The Boston media “Tweet of the Week” is in its 17th week of the 2012-13 season. Last week Fluto Shinzawa took the win, breaking a five-week tie and placing him atop the leaderboard, but this week there’s a new face on the TOTW block as Mike Loftus earns his first career win in the 2013 season with his tweet from Wednesday’s Bruins-Leafs matchup:
@MLoftus_Ledger: "#Habs now very interested in acquiring #Leafs van Riemsdyk …"
Here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:
@GlobeFluto: "Johnny Boychuk back and blasting. Tough as they come."
@DJ_Bean: "Thornton miffed Rask wasn't a Vezina finalist. "Don't you guys vote for it?" Today I told Shawn Thornton I am not an NHL general manager."
@TheBruinsBlog: "Several #Bruins playing their soccer game in hall here. Krejci among them. Still scoring all the goals."
2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Weeks 1, 4, 8, 16
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog), Weeks 5, 9, 11
@GlobeKPD: “Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe) Week 12, 13
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3, 7
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2, 14
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 6, 15
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), Week 10
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Quincy Patriot Ledger), Week 17
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, April 17
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out their 12th edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on April 17. 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 insight on Ryan Spooner (Providence Bruins), Niklas Svedberg (Providence Bruins), Trent Whitfield (Providence Bruins) and Rob O’Gara (Yale University). The development of these prospects are spotlighted in written features.
POSTSEASON B’S JACKET & FAN BANNER TRACKER…
B’S JACKET TALLY: After a Bruins win, the team has begun awarding an Army Rangers jacket to player who had 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. This customized Army Rangers camouflage jacket, chosen by Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, is adorned with a Bruins patch on the right shoulder. "They live by a slogan, ‘Rangers Lead the Way’,“ said Ference. “So I think it's fitting to give this to a player that led the way for us in a game. A lot less important than what they're doing but for us, it's important to have guys step up so they get to wear this for the night.” Here’s the jacket tally thus far:
5/1 vs. TOR, Game 1: David Krejci
5/6 vs. TOR, Game 2: Milan Lucic
5/8 vs. TOR, Game 3: Nathan Horton
BRUINS HONORARY FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from Boston and the Greater Boston Area who protect and serve our community. Here’s a list of the Fan Banner Captains this far this postseason:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown (Boston Police Bomb Technician), Sean Tierney (Cambridge Police Bomb Technician) Eric Gahagan (Mass. State Police Bomb Technician) and Ariane Thibodeau (Transit Police Bomb Technician)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo
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 2012-13 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 2012-13 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.
BRAD’S BRIGADE IS BACK: The 2012-2013 season marks an exciting new chapter for Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand’s charitable program, “Brad’s Brigade”. Established in 2010, Marchand’s program invites children from pediatric oncology units across New England to experience a Bruins home game. Children and their families sit in the loge section and are featured on the Garden HDX. Each family also receives a Brad’s Brigade T-Shirt, a Garden Gold Card and a goodie bag with Bruins memorabilia. At the conclusion of the game, families are escorted down to ice level where they have the opportunity to meet Marchand and get a photo taken with him.
250K DONATED FOR MARATHON VICTIMS: Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has donated $100,000 on behalf of the entire Bruins organization and Bruins players to the recently established ‘One Fund Boston’, whose purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the events at the Boston Marathon. The TD Garden, NHL and NHLPA have also made a donation in the amount of $50,000 each to show their support, making the combined total of all parties $250,000.
MARCHAND’S RAFFLE TO BENEFIT THE RICHARD FAMILY: Brad Marchand raffled off his own TD Garden suite for the team’s first home playoff game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 1, with all proceeds benefitting the Richard family of Dorchester, whose son Martin passed away following the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. The raffle ended on March 29 and generated $207,000.
BEARD-A-THON: Bruins fans are invited to "Grow One for Boston" by growing their own playoff beard in the annual Bruins 'Beard-A-Thon' for the duration of the team's 2013 Stanley Cup playoff run. Beard growers will raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation to benefit The One Fund Boston. All proceeds from the 2013 Bruins Beard-A-Thon (minus credit card transaction fees that are typically between 1.5-3%) will be donated on behalf of the Boston Bruins Foundation directly to The One Fund Boston. Please visit BostonBruins.com for more information.
BOSTON BRUINS VISIT BELMONTE MIDDLE SCHOOL
WHAT: On Monday, May 13, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Mascot Blades will be visiting the Belmonte Middle School for a pep rally as part of the Boston Bruins I.C.E School program. Children will have the opportunity to participate in various cheers, Bruins related trivia, a teacher student shoot out and a goalie equipment relay race.
WHEN: Monday, May 13, from 12:00 p.m. -12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Belmonte Middle School, 25 Dow Street, Saugus, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Mascot Blades
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES…
BRUINS CONFIRMED RADIO SPOTS
Johnny Boychuk: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Toucher and Rich at 8:20 a.m. (Call-in day dependent on B’s schedule)
Cam Neely: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Felger and Mazz at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesdays
-(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 the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Saturday, May 11 (Boston, MA/Toronto, ON)
-Practice, TD Garden, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Toronto, ON
Sunday, May 12 (Toronto, ON)
-Pregame availability TBD
-Game 6 at Air Canada Centre, 7:30 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: CBC
Monday, May 13 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame availability TBD
-Game 7 at TD Garden, Time TBD, if necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: CBC
Tuesday, May 14
Wednesday, May 15
Thursday, May 16
Friday, May 17
BRUINS 2013 POSTSEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Saturday, May 11)
1. D. Krejci, 5
2. N. Horton, 3
3. J. Boychuk, 2
Note: Six Bruins have one goal: Z. Chara, W. Redden, D. Paille, P. Bergeron, R. Peverley, A. McQuaid
T1. D. Krejci, 6
T1. M. Lucic, 6
2. Z. Chara, 5
3. N. Horton, 3
T4. J. Jagr, 2
T4. B. Marchand, 2
Note: Four Bruins have one assist: W. Redden, D. Seidenberg, G. Campbell, D. Paille
1. D. Krejci, 11 (5-6)
T2. Z. Chara, 6 (1-5)
T2. N. Horton, 6 (3-3)
T2. M. Lucic, 6 (0-6)
3. Z. Chara, 5 (0-5)
Note: Five Bruins have two points: J. Jagr (0-2), W. Redden (1-1), J. Boychuk (2-0), D. Paille (1-1), B. Marchand (0-2)
T1. N. Horton, +7
T1. D. Krejci, +7
T1. M. Lucic, +7
T2. A. McQuaid, +5
T2. Z. Chara +5
3. W. Redden, +2
1. Z. Chara, 8
2. C. Kelly, 7
3. S. Thornton, 5
T4. P. Bergeron, 4
T4. B. Marchand, 4
T4. G. Campbell, 4
T4. M. Lucic, 4
T4. D. Krejci, 4
Note: Five Bruins have two penalty minutes: T. Seguin, R. Peverley, J. Boychuk, A. Ference, J. Jagr
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS
1. B. Marchand, 18
T2. J. Jagr, 16
T2. T. Seguin, 16
3. N. Horton, 13
T4. D. Paille, 10
T4. P. Bergeron, 10
T4. D. Krejci, 10
1. D. Krejci, 23
2. P. Bergeron, 22
3. M. Lucic, 20
4. J. Jagr, 19
5. B. Marchand, 18
1. B. Marchand, 36 (18-18)
2. J. Jagr, 35 (16-19)
3. D. Krejci, 33 (10-23)
T4. P. Bergeron, 32 (10-22)
T4. T. Seguin, 32 (16-16)
5. M. Lucic, 27 (7-20)
1. P. Bergeron, +24
T2. B. Marchand, +23
T2. T. Seguin, +23
3. D. Seidenberg, +18
4. Z. Chara, +14
5. A. Ference, +9
1. M. Lucic, 75
2. Z. Chara, 70
T3. S. Thornton, 60
T3. A. McQuaid, 60
4. G. Campbell, 41
5. A. Ference, 35
NHL Honors and Awards:
-Patrice Bergeron was awarded the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week of February 25 to March 3.
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.