THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
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BRUINS ISSUE STATEMENT: Bruins President Cam Neely issued the following statement: "The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday's game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization."
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.
B’S JACKET TALLY: After a Bruins win, the team has begun awarding a special 'Player of the Game Jacket' to the player who is most deserving. 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
BEHIND THE B: The first postseason episode of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani will air on Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NESN. The series' 14th installment will chronicle the Black & Gold's First Round defeat of the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The episode will then re-air on NESNplus on Tuesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET as part of NESN's pregame coverage before Game 3 in Montreal.
STREAKING THROUGH THE PLAYOFFS: In Game 1 against Montreal on Thursday, May 1, Patrice Bergeron tallied an assist which extends his playoff point streak to five games with 1-5=6 totals. This matches his previous career best postseason point streak (April 26 – May 7, 2010, 2-5=7 totals). Dougie Hamilton also continued his playoff point streak on Thursday by recording an assist, bringing his streak to four games (1-4=5 totals).
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.
CHARA A NORRIS FINALIST: Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has been named one of three finalists for the 2013-14 James Norris Trophy. The Norris Trophy is awarded annually awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.” The other finalists for the award are Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.
The B's Captain served as the backbone for the team's defensive structure on a squad that allowed the second fewest goals in the NHL (171), paving a path for Boston to earn a league-best +84 GF/GA. Chara finished the regular season with a plus-25 rating (seventh among NHL defensemen), despite being matched against the oppositions top players in both even-strength and shorthanded situations, while completing 57 of 77 games played with an even or positive rating.
The 37-year-old Chara finished ninth among NHL defensemen in shorthanded time on ice at 244:44. The 6'9'', 255-pound Bruin posted 17 goals, which is the second best mark of his career and ranked fourth among all blueliners. He also completed the 2013-14 campaign second in power play goals with 10 among D-men, which also tied his second best power play goal production of his career.
UPCOMING EVENTS & NOTES…
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins paid tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization honored each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani.
90 Years Celebration Games:
-Monday, October 14th vs. Detroit Red Wings (Milt Schmidt Puck Drop)
-Thursday, November 21st vs. St. Louis Blues (Bobby Orr Puck Drop)
-Tuesday, December 17th vs. Calgary Flames (Terry O'Reilly Puck Drop)
-Tuesday, January 14th vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (P.J. Axelsson Puck Drop)
-Thursday, January 30th vs. Montreal Canadiens (Weston Adams, Jr. Puck Drop)
-Saturday, March 1st vs. Washington Capitals (Eddie Shore, Jr. Puck Drop)
-Thursday, March 6th vs. Washington Capitals (Mark Recchi Puck Drop)
-Monday, March 24th vs. Montreal Canadiens (Ray Bourque Puck Drop)
-Thursday, March 27th vs. Chicago Blackhawks (John Bucyk Puck Drop)
-Saturday, April 5th vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Derek Sanderson Puck Drop)
PLAYOFF TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited tickets for Round 2, Game 2 (5/3) 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.
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.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES: The Bruins will continue Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a matinee game at 12:30 p.m. against the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Garden on Saturday, May 3. The B’s then travel to Montreal for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bell Centre.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Game 2 on Saturday, May 3 will be covered by NBC, CBC and RDS. NBC Sports Network, CBC and RDS will cover both Games 3 (5/6) and 4 (5/8). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
5/3 vs. Montreal Canadiens, 12:30 p.m. E.T. – NBC, CBC, RDS
5/6 at Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m. – NBCSN, CBC, RDS
5/8 at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. – NBCSN, CBC, RDS
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.
210 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, May 1, the Boston Bruins have reached 210 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 32nd week of the Boston Bruins Media Tweet of the Week, DJ Bean wins the top spot for his tweet referencing the questions media were receiving regarding the announcement of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 schedule
@DJ_Bean: This week is when the media gets it's comeuppance for asking players the same questions over and over. #STOPASKINGMEABOUTHESCHEDULE
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@RochieWBZ: Northeastern graduation may interrupt #BruinsVsHabs overtime!!!!
@AmalieBenjamin: Marchand banned from the rink by Carl Soderberg and Gregory Campbell for yesterday's coat foul.
@TheBruinsBlog: Questions about Seidenberg's magical powers were good today
@GlobeKPD: I've lost exact count, but it seems half the #RedWings team is at the orthopod's office, the other half at the maternity wing.
@DJ_Bean: I'm hearing the series is going to start in Boston. #Bruins #Habs
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
@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 March 19. 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.
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 3 (Boston, MA)
-Home Game 2 vs. Montreal Canadiens, 12:30 p.m. ET
-Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, NATIONAL TV: NBC, TSN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, May 4
Monday, May 5
Tuesday, May 6 (Montreal, QC)
-Game 3 at Bell Centre, 7:00 p.m. ET
Game Broadcast Info: NATIONAL TV: NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Wednesday, May 7 (Montreal, QC)
-Practice schedule and media availability TBD
Thursday, May 8 (Montreal, QC)
-Game 4 at Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m. ET
Game Broadcast Info: NATIONAL TV: NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Friday, May 9
-Practice schedule and media availability TBD
BRUINS PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS (As of Friday, May 2)
1. M. Lucic, 3
T2. J. Iginla, 2
T2. T. Krug, 2
T2. R. Smith, 2
T2. Z. Chara, 2
T3. P. Bergeron, 1
T3. D. Hamilton, 1
T3. J. Boychuk, 1
T3. J. Caron, 1
T3. J. Florek, 1
1. P. Bergeron, 5
T2. T. Krug, 4
T2. D. Hamilton, 4
T3. J. Iginla, 2
T3. L. Eriksson, 2
T3. D. Krejci, 2
T3. B. Marchand, 2
T3. M. Lucic, 2
T4. S. Thornton, 1
T4. C. Soderberg, 1
T4. R. Smith, 1
T4. K. Miller, 1
T1. P. Bergeron, 6
T1. T. Krug, 6
T2. M. Lucic, 5
T2. D. Hamilton, 5
3. J. Iginla, 4
T4. L. Eriksson, 3
T4. R. Smith, 3
T5. Z. Chara, 2
T5. D. Krejci, 2
T5. B. Marchand, 2
1. B. Marchand, 10
T2. K. Miller, 6
T2. D. Hamilton, 6
T3. J. Florek, 4
T3. M. Bartkowski, 4
T3. L. Eriksson, 4
T3. S. Thornton, 4
T3. Z. Chara, 4
T4. T. Krug, 2
T4. J. Caron, 2
T4. M. Lucic, 2
T4. D. Krejci, 2
T4. P. Bergeron, 2
T4. D. Paille, 2
T4. G. Campbell, 2
BRUINS FINAL REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, April 18)
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 HONORS 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