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Bruins Week Ahead: 5.20 - 5.27

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

MAY 20 – MAY 27

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:

GAME 4 SET FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON ON NBC: Tim Thomas’ second career shutout helped propel the B’s past Tampa in Game 3 and gave the Bruins ha 2-1 series lead. Game 4 will be played in Tampa on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. ET (TV: NBC, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). Thomas was awarded the Bruins jacket after the game, his team-leading fourth jacket win of the season. For the full jacket tally, please see the note below.

GAME 3 SETS RATINGS RECORD: According to the NHL, Last night's Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning game (8:00p-10:45p) on VERSUS delivered a 14.9/22 rating/share in Boston and 584,000 viewers. Ratings peaked at a 19.0/30 rating/share and 718,000 viewers during the 10:15-10:30p quarter hour. Last night's game is now the highest local rating ever for an NHL game on VERSUS.

SEGUIN STEPS UP: In his first three career playoff games, all in the current Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay, Tyler Seguin has three goals and three assists. During the second period of Game 2, Seguin exploded for two goals and two assists, while playing only seven shifts in the period., tying an NHL record for most points in a period by a rookie

POSITIVE THINKING: Among the top 15 playoff leaders in plus/minus rating, eight are Bruins. Chris Kelly is tied for the league lead at plus-10, Zdeno Chara is third at plus-9, Milan Lucic is tied for fourth at plus-8, and then Nathan Horton, Michael Ryder, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Patrice Bergeron all check in at plus-7. In five-on-five situations in this year’s playoffs, the B’s are outscoring their opponents 39-20.

WORKHORSES: After averaging 23:32 of ice time in the regular season, Dennis Seidenberg leads the Bruins with his playoff average of 28:36. That mark is good for second among playoff skaters. His regular season average this year was the highest of the 29-year-old’s career. Seidenberg’s D partner Zdeno Chara ranks fourth in the postseason in average time on ice with 28:29, just seven seconds shy of Seidenberg.

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: David Krejci’s goal at 1:09 of the first period held up as the game-winner tonight and was his fourth game-winning goal of this post-season (first three games of CSF vs. Philadelphia) ... That ties him with Cam Neely as the only players in Bruins history with four game-winning goals in one playoff year (Neely had one vs. Hartford in 1991 DSF, two vs. Montreal in DF and one vs. Pittsburgh in CF).

1ST GOAL POOL ON TWITTER: Congrats to the following followers of @NHLBruins who correctly guessed Tyler Seguin as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Lightning game on Saturday (Game 1): @jamie924, @teala, @heyitskenisha, @KimLboston, @tmasonboston, @bellasorrentino, @Caseyloves26, @Jayolson12, @HereEvan, @ryan_lafleur, @cory1222, @itsholllllyy, @weatherwiz, @ACAlandinc, @KRunBikeRun, @smurfy71, @Shawn1173, @BlueNGoldBomber, @ezidel, @scouto18, @5592bob, @jraywright, @Kenny4CITYWIDE, @johnzito16xx, @danieljcabral, @JeffreyKirchick, @nsnowie, @lauraxx20, @jennifer03878.

Seguin scored the first Bruins goal at 15:59 of the first period.

Also, here are those who correctly guessed Nathan Horton as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Lightning game on Tuesday (Game 2): @_iRunOnDanielle, @BillySilvestri, @savvybear1981, @TheReal_ABlank, @evan559, @kelly_skating, @ryan_english128, @SammySay86, @Tbruno27¸ @ripp25, @AlphaMalin, @Chris_Pacheco, @Caseyloves26, @smurfy71, @adammcquaid, @searzo, @CFDiRusso, @JohnAmichettiJr, @EvelynTweets, @maxEmum33, @Codyw7, @33willybb, @joebag4, @mrpreble, @619Al, @Shane_Vale, @Ryguy614, @tah188, @dansox, @Bruinsguy.

Horton scored the first Bruins goal at 13:58 of the first period on Tuesday.

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

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK:. @ScottWCVB appeared to have lived up to his Joe Namath-like guarantee from last Friday, however @DJ_Bean swooped in Thursday night with the ultimate TOTW-winner. The victory puts @DJ_Bean – whose inconsistent postseason performance up to this point had some questioning his ability to tweet when it matters most – back into a tie for first with @TheBruinsBlog.

TOTW: @DJ_Bean: The Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, working internet at St. Pete Times Forum

Honorable mentions to @ScottWCVB and his “How to Win Tweet of the Week” manual from Thursday, as well as @GlobeFluto’s gem during Game 2 after Tyler Seguin’s second period eruption: @GlobeFluto If Tyler Seguin had played in previous round, #Bruins would have swept #Flyers in two.

TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD: Here are the current standings on the Tweet of the Week Leaderboard through tweets on May 20:
@TheBruinsBlog: 4
@DJ_Bean: 4
@HackswithHaggs: 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
5/17 vs. TB: Tyler Seguin
5/19 at TB: Tim Thomas

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
TBL, Game 1: Ray Bourque
TBL, Game 2: John Bucyk

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: 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 5 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 Hypercane. Throughout the evening, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, will be mingling and taking photographs with fans.
WHEN: Monday, May 23 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


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 21 (Tampa, FL)
-Game 4 at St. Pete Times Forum, 1:30 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, RDS, TSN
-Travel to Boston, MA

Sunday, May 22
-Practice/media availability TBD

Monday, May 23 (Boston, MA)
-Game 5 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

Tuesday, May 24
-Practice/media availability TBD
-Travel to Tampa, FL

Wednesday, May 25 (Tampa, FL)
-Game 6 at St. Pete Times Forum, 8:00 p.m. ET *if necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, RDS, CBC
-Travel to Boston, MA

Thursday, May 26
-Practice/media availability TBD

Friday, May 27 (Boston, MA)
-Game 7 at TD Garden, 8:00 p.m. ET *if necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, RDS, CBC

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 20)

PLAYOFFS

Goals
1. D. Krejci, 7
2. N. Horton, 6
3. B. Marchand, 5
T4. M. Ryder, 4
T4. C. Kelly, 4

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 10
T2. N. Horton, 7
T2. D. Seidenberg, 7
T4. B. Marchand, 6
T4. M. Ryder, 6
T4. R. Peverley, 6

Points
1. N. Horton, 13
T2. D. Krejci, 12
T2. P. Bergeron, 12
4. B. Marchand, 11
5. M. Ryder, 10

Plus/Minus
1. C. Kelly, +10
2. Z. Chara, +9
3. M. Lucic, +8
Five players are tied with +7

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 43
2. N. Horton, 27
T3. P. Bergeron, 14
T3. Z. Chara, 14
T3. B. Marchand, 14


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
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