THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
BRUINS RECALL NIKLAS SVEDBERG: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, May 24, that the club has recalled goaltender Niklas Svedberg from Providence (AHL). Svedberg will join Boston on Saturday, May 25. In his first season with the Providence Bruins, Svedberg appeared in 48 regular season games, compiling a 37-8-2 record with a 2.17 goals against average (fifth in the AHL) and a .925 save percentage (third in the AHL) with four shutouts. The netminder’s 37 regular season wins ranked second among AHL goaltenders. Svedberg was in net for 12 postseason games for the P-Bruins, where he racked up a 6-6 record with a 3.29 goals against average and .889 save percentage. Prior to joining Providence this year, the 23-year-old Svedberg spent four seasons in the Swedish Elite League from 2008-12. He helped lead Brynas to the SEL title in 2011-12 after registering a 1.70 GAA, .947 Save Percentage and four shutouts in 13 playoff games. The 6'0", 176-pound native of Sollentuna, Sweden was signed as a free agent by the Bruins on May 29, 2012.
NHL AWARDS: The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association, in collaboration with national television partners NBC Sports Group, CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada and NHL Network, and NHL.com, will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the top players, coaches and executives of the 2012-13 NHL season during two television specials at the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. At 5:00 p.m. ET, the day prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada will televise and NHL.com will stream live the announcement of the winners of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (Adam McQuaid named a finalist), Frank J. Selke Trophy (Patrice Bergeron named a finalist), Jack Adams Award, King Clancy Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, NHL Foundation Player Award and the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. The program will be hosted by NHL Network personalities and produced from the NHL Network set on location at the Stanley Cup Final. At 7:00 p.m. ET, as a lead in to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, NBC and CBC will co-produce and co-host a program announcing the winners of the Calder Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and Vezina Trophy.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins will continue the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series this week after a Game 4 loss in New York in a series that the B’s currently lead 3-1. They will kick off the week with Game 5 on Saturday, May 25 as they look to close out the series in a 5:30 p.m. matchup at the TD Garden. If necessary, Game 6 will be played at Madison Square Garden on Monday, May 27 at a time to be determined. Should the series need to continue to a seventh game, the two teams will head back to the TD Garden to faceoff on Wednesday, May 29, with the time of the game TBD.
PROVIDENCE BRUINS FALL IN GAME 7: The Providence Bruins postseason run came to an end on May 22 when they fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins 5-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Chris Bourque and Carter Camper led the way for Providence throughout the playoffs notching 14 and 13 points respectively, which ranked first and second on the team (third and fourth in the AHL). Camper’s eight goals tied him for second among AHL goal scorers. The P-Bruins took the regular season points title by racking up 105 points with a 50-21-0-5 record, which was the fourth time in franchise history that Providence eclipsed the 100-point mark. Their AHL best record was also the third time the Providence Bruins finished atop the league.
BRUINS ICE GIRLS TO VISIT THOMAS BLAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL: On Tuesday, May 28, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Mascot Blades will be visiting the Thomas Blake Middle School to hold a school-wide street hockey clinic and pep rally. Children will participate in various street hockey drills and other Bruins related activities including trivia questions with prizes as well as a chance for photos with Blades and the Ice Girls. For more information please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BOSTON BRUINS SUMMER CAMP: The Boston Bruins and Pro Ambitions Hockey, Inc. have partnered to host four YoKids Boston Bruins Summer Camps, presented by Stonyfield, for youth hockey players ages 6-15. The YoKids Boston Bruins Summer Camps will provide youth hockey players with the skills and support necessary for them to reach their full potential. For more information on dates and locations of YoKids Boston Bruins Summer Camp, please visit BostonBruins.com/summercamp.
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 HITS PLAYOFF MILESTONE: Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara hit the 50-point plateau in postseason scoring in Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers with his assist on Tyler Seguin’s third period goal. Chara has now skated in 118 lifetime playoff games tallying 12 goals, 38 assists, a +32 rating and 166 penalty minutes.
KREJCI PACING NHL: Bruins forward David Krejci continued his hot play through the first four games of the Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Rangers tallying four points/assists (0-4=4). Krejci has recorded at least one point in all but two postseason games (Game 6 vs. TOR, Game 2 vs. NYR) thus far this postseason. The Czech Republic native has notched five multi-point games through the first 11 playoff games, including three three-point games. As of May 24, Krejci ranks first in the NHL in points (17) and assists (12), second in plus-minus rating (plus-nine) and tied for second in goals (five).
D-MEN COMING UP BIG: Three of the B's D-men figured in the Boston scoring in Game 4, with Torey Krug notching a goal and Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton each earning an assist. Fourteen of the Bruins' 39 points (six goals and eight assists) in this series have come from the blueline, including six of the team's 13 goals. Chara ranks second among all NHL defensemen in points (13) in the 2013 playoffs with two goals and 11 assists, and is tied for second in plus/minus rating at plus-six…Johnny Boychuk currently leads all NHL blueliners in goals with four, while Torey Krug is tied for second in the NHL with three. Krug’s three goals leads all rookie NHL defensemen in the playoffs… Masterton Trophy finalist Adam McQuaid is tied for third in the NHL in plus/minus rating at plus-four…Chara’s 39 shots on goal are tied for sixth in the NHL and leads all defensemen.
POSTSEASON FACEOFF LEADERS: Patrice Bergeron currently leads the postseason in faceoff percentage at 64%, after leading the regular season winning faceoffs at a 62.1% clip (549/884). The 2012 Selke Trophy winner and 2013 Selke Trophy finalist currently has 144 faceoff wins this postseason, which is one win shy of the league leading 145 by Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit. Fellow Bruins centerman Chris Kelly ranks second in faceoff percentage behind Bergeron, winning puck drops at a 63.3% rate (69/109).
PLUS/MINUS EFFICIENCY: The Boston Bruins account for four of the top ten spots in plus/minus rating in the 2013 postseason. Bruins winger Nathan Horton leads all skaters with a plus-13 rating, with David Krejci heels ranked second with a plus-nine rating. Milan Lucic is tied for third with two others players with a plus-eight rating. Zdeno Chara rounds out the four Bruins tied for fourth with a plus-six rating, which is second among all NHL defensemen.
BRUINS HISTORY LEADING 3-1: The Bruins lead the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series 3-1 heading into Game 5 at TD Garden. The Bruins are 16-2 when leading a best-of-seven series 3-1 and are 9-9 lifetime in Game 5s when leading a series with this mark.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins will finish the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series this week as they look to defeat the New York Rangers in a series that they currently lead 3-1. They will kick off the week with Game 5 on Saturday, May 25 as they look to close out the series in a 5:30 p.m. matchup at the TD Garden. If necessary, Game 6 will be played at Madison Square Garden on Monday, May 27 at a time to be determined. Should the series need to continue to a seventh game, the two teams will head back to the TD Garden to faceoff on Wednesday, May 29, with a puck drop time to be determined.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Saturday’s game will be nationally broadcast on NBC Sports Network. 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:
5/25 vs. New York Rangers, 5:30 p.m. – NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS
5/27 at New York Rangers, TBD – TV TBD, if necessary
5/29 vs. New York Rangers, TBD – TV TBD, if necessary
159 AND COUNTING: Following Sunday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 159 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 19th week of the 2012-13 season. Matt Kalman has been hot on Fluto Shinzawa’s tail since Shinzawa took sole possession of first place on the TOTW leaderboard in week 16, and this week Kalman finally catches up to reinstate their first place tie, with his tweet from Sunday’s Bruins-Rangers matchup:
@TheBruinsBlog: "Bobby Orr just walked through media work area. Didn't fly through the air but left behind a little of his magic. I'll write great today now."
Here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:
@GlobeFluto: "Boychuk flattens Dorsett. Thought trains were downstairs."
@HackswithHaggs: "Torey Krug said Matt Bartkowski is amused being lumped in w/the kids (Krug, Dougie Hamilton) when he's 24. Hey he still cant rent a car #kid"
@GlobeKPD: "Not sure it shows in pix, but Jagr wearing Bruins knit cap in late-night workout. I am looking for a pair of boots to toss his way for net."
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, 19
@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, 18
@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, May 15
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out their 13th edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on May 15. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com. In addition to notes and statistics on all players in the Bruins system, the report features insight on Matt Bartkowski and Seth Griffith.
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 the 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, which was given to Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference by an active members of the Rangers, 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
5/13 vs. TOR, Game 7: Patrice Bergeron
5/16 vs. NYR, Game 1: Zdeno Chara
5/19 vs. NYR, Game 2: Gregory Campbell
5/21 vs. NYR, Game 3: Daniel Paille
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, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite injury sustained at Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run in the marathon again)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Massachusetts State Trooper who came to the rescue of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)
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 May 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 April 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.
BRUINS ICE GIRLS & BLADES VISIT THOMAS BLAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL
WHAT: The Boston Bruins will be visiting the Thomas Blake Middle School to hold a school wide street hockey clinic and pep rally. Children will participate in various street hockey drills and other Bruins related activities including trivia questions with prizes as well as a chance for photos with Blades and Ice Girls.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Thomas Blake Middle School, 24 Pound Street, Medfield, MA
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.
-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 25 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. New York Rangers, Game 5, 5:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: NATIONAL TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, May 26
Monday, May 27 (New York, NY)
-Game 6 at Madison Square Garden if necessary, TBD
-Game Broadcast Info: NATIONAL TV: TBD, TSN, RDS LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Tuesday, May 28
Wednesday, May 29 (Boston, MA)
-Game 7 at TD Garden if necessary, TBD
-Game Broadcast Info: NATIONAL TV: TBD, TSN, RDS LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Thursday, May 30
Friday, May 31
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, May 24)
T1. D. Krejci, 5
T1. N. Horton, 5
2. J. Boychuk, 4
T3. P. Bergeron, 3
T3. M. Lucic, 3
T3. T. Krug, 3
Note: Three Bruins have two goals: Z. Chara, D. Paille, B. Marchand
1. D. Krejci, 12
2. Z. Chara, 9
3. M. Lucic, 7
Note: Two Bruins have six assists: N. Horton, B. Marchand
1. D. Krejci, 17 (5-12)
T2. Z. Chara, 11 (2-9)
T2. N. Horton, 11 (5-6)
3. M. Lucic, 10 (3-7)
4. B. Marchand, 8 (2-6)
1. N. Horton, +13
2. D. Krejci, +9
3. M. Lucic, +8
4. Z. Chara +6
1. Z. Chara, 14
T2. C. Kelly, 11
T2. G. Campbell, 11
3. R. Peverley, 10
4. S. Thornton, 9
Note: Four Bruins have six penalty minutes: J. Jagr, P. Bergeron, B. Marchand, M. Lucic
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
T5. Z. Chara, 7
T5. M. Lucic, 7
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.
-Patrice Bergeron named a 2013 Selke Trophy finalist
-Adam McQuaid named a 2013 Masterton Trophy finalist.
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.