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Bruins Week Ahead 5.13-5.20

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

MAY 13 – MAY 20

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:

STORM BREWING: The Bruins will square off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night at the TD Garden (8:00 p.m., TV: VERSUS, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). This is Boston’s first Conference Finals appearance since 1992.

The Lightning advanced to the ECF by sweeping the Washington Capitals in four games in the Conference Semifinals after winning a seven-game series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Conference Quarterfinals.

Some notes on the Bolts:

BLOCK PARTY: Tampa Bay leads all playoff teams in blocked shots with 233, which is an average of 21.2 per game. A quick look at playoff leaders reveals that the Lightning have four of the top five individual totals in the NHL: Eric Brewer leads the league with 43, followed by Mattias Ohlund with 36 and Brett Clark and Victor Hedman both have 31. Boston’s Dennis Seidenberg is tied with Clark and Hedman with 31 of his own.

SPECIAL TEAMS: The Lightning have the third-best power play in the playoffs this season, with a 26.7% success rate and finished the regular season with the sixth-best PP percentage (20.5%). Martin St. Louis leads the NHL in playoff power play scoring, with 3-4=7 totals. The Bolts have power play goals in six playoff games, and they are 5-1 in those games. Tampa Bay’s penalty kill is the second-best in the postseason, shutting down 51 of 54 opponents’ man-advantages. They finished the regular season eighth overall on the PK with a 83.8% success rate.

STRANGE STATS: Despite the Bolts having a goal differential of +14, Martin St. Louis has a plus/minus rating of -5… Tampa Bay is outscoring opponents in the playoffs by 1.28 goals per game, but they are being outshot by 8.8 shots per game… The Bruins and Lightning are both averaging exactly 12.2 PIM per game… Tampa Bay has an identical playoff record as Boston at 8-3, and the two teams shared an identical regular season record of 46-25-11 (Boston has home-ice advantage by virtue of being a division champion).

STREAKING: Tim Thomas has won five straight starts, matching a career best in the postseason… Nathan Horton (3-5=8) and Brad Marchand (4-3=7) each have five-game point streaks in progress… David Krejci has a four-game point streak in progress with 4-5=9 totals.

POSITIVE IMPACT: 15 of 19 skaters who have hit the ice for the Bruins in this year’s playoffs have a positive plus/minus rating. Zdeno Chara, who led the league in plus/minus during the regular season with a mark of plus-33, leads all playoff skaters with a rating of plus-11.

LEADERS: Here’s a quick look at the playoff leaders for Boston and Tampa entering Saturday’s Game 1:

Goals
TBL: Sean Bergenheim, 7
BOS: Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Nathan Horton, 5

Assists
TBL: Steve Downie and Teddy Purcell, 10
BOS: Patrice Bergeron, 10

Points
TBL: Martin St. Louis, 13
BOS: Patrice Bergeron, 12

Plus/Minus
TBL: Steve Downie, +9
BOS: Zdeno Chara, +11

Penalty Minutes
TBL: Steve Downie, 20
BOS: Milan Lucic, 31

Time on Ice Per Game
TBL: Eric Brewer, 26:09
BOS: Zdeno Chara, 28:41

HISTORY LESSON: Since entering the league in 1992, the Tampa Bay Lightning have won only 4 of 35 games against the Bruins in Boston.

NESN TO HAVE EXPANDED PLAYOFF COVERAGE: NESN is set to deliver expanded Bruins pre- and post-game coverage during the Eastern Conference Final beginning with a special 90-minute edition of Bruins Face-Off LIVE on Saturday, May 14 at 6:30 PM. NESN will deliver live pre- and post-game coverage before and after every game in the series from the network’s TD Garden and Watertown, Massachusetts studios.

NESN’s Game 1 coverage on Saturday will feature Kathryn Tappen and Gord Kluzak at the TD Garden studio, along with NESN’s Bruins game analyst Andy Brickley and rinkside reporter Naoko Funayama. Jack Edwards and Barry Pederson will be stationed at the NESN Television Center to help bring Bruins fans right up to game time. After the game, NESN will deliver Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE from TD Garden with interviews and instant reaction from NESN’s team of hockey experts.

98.5 THE SPORTS HUB TO GO LIVE FROM THE GARDEN: 98.5 The Sports Hub will broadcast an hour-long pre and postgame show from Maker’s Mark Crossing in North Station before each Bruins home game this round.

SECOND ROUND CAPSULE:
- The Bruins advanced to the ECF with a 4-game CSF sweep over the Flyers… It was the 13th sweep of a best-of-seven series in their history and their first since 2009 (CQF vs. MTL).
- The Bruins won their fourth OT decision of this postseason with a 3-2 win on May 2 in Game 2, marking their first postseason with four overtime wins, matching a club mark for one playoff year (first set in 1978).
-The Flyers put 54 shots on Tim Thomas in Game 2, which was the third highest shots allowed in a playoff game by the Bruins and the most since Montreal took 58 on April 3, 1947.
-David Krejci scored the GWG in three of the four games vs. the Flyers, becoming just the third player in team history with three GWG’s in one playoff series (Mel Hill, 1939 SF and Roy Conacher 1939 Finals).

FIRST ROUND CAPSULE:
- The Bruins advanced to the CSF with a 7-game CQF series win over the Canadiens … It was the first series victory in their history in which they won after losing the first two games as they entered this post-season with an 0-26 series mark in that situation.
- Three of their four wins came in overtime with Michael Ryder ending Game 4 and Nathan Horton settling Games 5 and 7 … It was the first series in which they have played three overtime games since their 1998 CQF vs. Washington and was their first with three overtime wins since their 1943 SF vs. Montreal.
- It was their 20th lifetime Game 7 and they are now 10-10 in those games ... It was their fifth Game 7 decided in overtime and they now have a 3-2 mark in those contests.

71 STRAIGHT: The Bruins ended the 2010-11 regular season having sold out 71 consecutive home games at the TD Garden. The Bruins sold out every regular and postseason game during the 2010 calendar year, the first time the organization has done so since the 1972 calendar year.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE: If Tyler Seguin plays tomorrow night, he will be the first player since 1993 to play in a Conference Final after being a top-five pick in the previous year’s NHL Entry Draft (Darius Kasparaitis, NYI) (Thanks to @MikeMiccoli for the lead).

1ST GOAL POOL ON TWITTER: Congrats to the following followers of @NHLBruins who correctly guessed Milan Lucic as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Flyers game on Friday: @RespectTheMIZ, @Caseyloves26, @mattthemusicman, @teala, @TheBigMacRobot, @j_poole, @GeofFromTheRose, @bennlavallee, @Dolly_is_tweet, @_iRunOnDanielle, @ms40nrthend, @TheBsKnees4, @rdb313, @jtt227, @Isaac_Carter, @jraywright, @jmhredsox, @jannakoukla, @Brian__Morrison, @Comicgirl8, @bernerme, @gianlucaboston8, @Sarah_Cee17, @Tim_Robb, @R_Soares1, @GMAN353535, @rEGANNdUFF, @mcguugan, @shawn_nicklin, @mike_m_50, @joebag4, @bmakpah, @bethdegrange, @leehaaa, @ktinaJB22.

Lucic scored the first Bruins goal at 12:02 of the first period on Friday, May 6.

The Bruins first goal pool takes place on Twitter just before the puck drop every Bruins home game.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: The Bruins Blog’s Matt Kalman makes it two TOTW’s in a row and catapults into the overall lead, ousting incumbents @DJ_Bean and @HacksWithHaggs, who held the top spot or were a in a tie for the top spot since January 14 (16 weeks).

@TheBruinsBlog “Proof 8 days is 2 long between games: @ToucherandRich are out of people to talk to and I'll be on tomorrow at 7:20. Thornton's dog declined.”

TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD: Here are the current standings on the Tweet of the Week Leaderboard through tweets on May 13:
@TheBruinsBlog: 4
@HackswithHaggs: 3
@DJ_Bean: 3
@ESPNJoeyMac: 2
@GlobeFluto: 2
@douglasflynn: 1
@kluedeke29: 1
@MurphysLaw74: 1
@NaokoFunayama: 1
@MikeGiardi: 1
@RearAdBsBlog: 1

B’S JACKET TALLY: After a Bruins win, the team has begun awarding what can best be characterized as a late 80s Bruins jacket to the player who has 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. Here is the tally thus far:
3/22 vs. NJ: Milan Lucic
3/24 vs. MTL: Zdeno Chara
3/27 at PHI: Tim Thomas
3/29 vs. CHI: Mark Recchi
4/2 vs. ATL: Tuukka Rask
4/6 vs. NYI: Daniel Paille
4/9 vs. OTT: Rich Peverley

4/18 at MTL, Game 3: Patrice Bergeron
4/21 at MTL, Game 4: Michael Ryder
4/23 vs. MTL, Game 5: Tim Thomas
4/27 vs. MTL, Game 7: Nathan Horton

4/30 at PHI, Game 1: David Krejci
5/2 at PHI, Game 2: Tim Thomas
5/4 vs. PHI, Game 3: Dennis Seidenberg
5/6 vs. PHI, Game 4: Milan Lucic

Worth mention is that the windbreaker was purchased on eBay by defenseman Andrew Ference for $35.

BRUINS HONORARY FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: Before each Bruins home game this playoff season, the team has had a prominent alumni serve as the honorary fan banner captain. The captain helps get the Bruins banner pass started.

MTL, Game 1: Rick Middleton
MTL, Game 2: Ken Linseman
MTL, Game 5: Lyndon Byers
MTL, Game 7: Reggie Lemelin
PHI, Game 3: Terry O’Reilly
PHI, Game 4: Stan Jonathan

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The final Prospect Report of the 2010-11 season was sent April 15.

MEDIA INFO: The Bruins have a media-only section of their website, www.BostonBruins.com/media that is the online home for Bruins media information. Log in with the email address media@bostonbruins.com, password “media.” Media and fans can also call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

Follow the Bruins on Twitter @NHLBruins
Become a Fan of the Bruins on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHLBruins
AROUND TOWN
WHAT: BEARD-A-THON
Boston Bruins fans are invited to show their support for the B’s by growing their own playoff beards and participating in the “Bruins Beard-A-Thon.” The 2011 “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” gives Bruins fans the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the team and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and One Mission. The hockey playoff beard is an age-old tradition for players participating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans can create their “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” profile by uploading their photo at www.bostonbruins.com. 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.  

Beard growers may pledge themselves by making a donation, and their friends and family may also pledge their efforts.  Donations can be made in two ways: a one-time pledge (minimum $10) or a daily pledge (minimum $0.50/day).  Throughout the playoffs, fans will have the opportunity to win tickets if their beard is voted the best on BostonBruins.com.  At the end of the contest there will be various prizes for the best and worst beards, as well as a prize for most money raised.
WHEN: Throughout the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff run
WHERE: www.bostonbruins.com

WHAT: SBLI FAN FEST
The Boston Bruins will host “SBLI Fan Fest” featuring the Bud Light Beer Garden to celebrate every Bruins home game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The free outdoor festivities will take place prior to Game 1 of the Bruins/Lightning series at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 7:30 p.m. in the East Plaza outside of the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114). The event is free and open to Bruins fans of all ages with a ticket to that night’s game. The Bud Light Beer Garden will feature a selection of the most popular Budweiser products including Bud Light, Bud Light Wheat and Bud Light Lime. Space for the event will be limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early. In addition, Bruins fans will enjoy interactive games, giveaways and a live performance from band Jimmy’s Down. Throughout the evening, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, will be mingling and taking photographs with fans.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: East Plaza outside of the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS SPIRIT DAY
Throughout the playoffs the Bruins mascot, Blades, is visiting schools throughout New England to get kids excited about the upcoming games. Kids will play trivia, Bruins bingo and make posters to show their support for the team.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 17 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Charlotte Avenue Elementary School, 48 Charlotte Ave, Nashua, NH 03064
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Blades
WHEN: Wednesday, May 18 from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
WHERE: Frederick C. Murphy Primary School, 417 Front Street Weymouth, MA  02188
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Blades

WHAT: JetBlue Getaways Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 Raffle
Bruins fans will have the opportunity to head to Game 4 of the Bruins/Lightning playoff series by purchasing a raffle tickets for $5.00 Winners and a guest will each enjoy a ticket to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals in addition to roundtrip airfare for two and hotel accommodations on Friday, May 20th and Saturday, May 21st at the Hyatt Regency Tampa courtesy of JetBlue Getaways. All of the proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. All raffle tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. To purchase tickets visit www.bruinsraffles.org.
WHEN: By Wednesday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: www.bruinsraffles.org
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
-Media should arrive by the scheduled start time of practice as media availability may begin sooner than scheduled
-Media must have press identification with them and visible at all times when covering Bruins practices and games

Saturday, May 14 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 1 at TD Garden, 8:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, RDS, CBC

Sunday, May 15 (Boston, MA)
-Practice, TD Garden, 11:00 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

Monday, May 16 (Boston, MA)
-Practice, TD Garden, 11:00 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

Tuesday, May 17 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 2 at TD Garden, 8:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, RDS, TSN

Wednesday, May 18
-Practice/media availability TBD
-Travel to Tampa, FL

Thursday, May 19 (Tampa, FL)
-Pregame skate at St. Pete Times Forum, 11:30 a.m. ET
-Players available inside locker room after skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 3 at St. Pete Times Forum, 8:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, RDS, TSN

Friday, May 20 (Tampa, FL)
-Practice/media availability TBD

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 7-8 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins.

WEEKLY RADIO SPOTS:
Tune in to the following local stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Tuesdays
101.7 FM WFNX
9:10 a.m. Shane Hnidy with the FNX Breakfast Show

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”

98.5 The Sports Hub
Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Brad Marchand with “Karlson and McKenzie”

107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

Fridays
107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)
4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”


BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, May 13)

PLAYOFFS

Goals
T1. B. Marchand, 5
T1. D. Krejci, 5
T1. N. Horton, 5
4. C. Kelly, 4
Seven players are tied with 2

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 10
2. B. Marchand, 6
Five players are tied with 5

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 12
2. B. Marchand, 11
T3. D. Krejci, 10
T3. N. Horton, 10
T5. C. Kelly, 7
T5. M. Recchi, 7

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +11
T2. M. Recchi, +9
T2. B. Marchand, +9
4. D. Seidenberg, +8
Three players are tied with +7

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 31
T2. P. Bergeron, 12
T2. B. Marchand, 12
4. N. Horton, 11
5. A. Ference, 9

FINAL REGULAR SEASON

Goals
1. M. Lucic, 30
2. N. Horton, 26
3. P. Bergeron, 22
4. B. Marchand, 21
5. M. Ryder, 18

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 49
3. P. Bergeron, 35
2. M. Recchi, 34
5. M. Lucic, 32
4. Z. Chara, 30

Points
T1. M. Lucic, 62
T1. D. Krejci, 62
3. P. Bergeron, 57
4. N. Horton, 53
5. M. Recchi, 48

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +33
2. A. McQuaid, +30
3. N. Horton, +29
4. M. Lucic, +28
5. B. Marchand, +25

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 122
2. M. Lucic, 121
3. A. McQuaid, 96
4. G. Campbell, 93
5. Z. Chara, 88

2010-11 Bruins “Stars”
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending October 31
Tim Thomas, Second Star of the Month, October
Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, Week ending January 16
Tim Thomas, NHL All-Star
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star, Hardest Shot record 105.9 MPH in 2011 NHL SuperSkills Competition
Tyler Seguin, One of 12 NHL rookies selected to participate in All-Star festivities
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending January 23
Patrice Bergeron, First Star of the Month, January
Tim Thomas, Vezina Trophy Finalist
Zdeno Chara, Norris Trophy Finalist

The 2010-2011 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery. 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 (2327).

MEDIA CONTACTS:
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617.624.1913

Eric Tosi
617.624.1935

Kelly Mohr
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