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Bruins Week Ahead: April 1-8

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…


STAT OF THE WEEK: Patrice Bergeron has been strong on draws once again this season, as he leads the league in faceoff wins with 1,053. His status and reputation as the NHL’s top faceoff man is well earned, as he has led the league in faceoff wins every year since 2011-12, excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK: Patrice Bergeron on getting his head shaved by Ashlynn, a 12-year-old cancer patient at Floating Hospital For Children…
“Oh, very special. She’s so cute … She was all smiles and she did a great job.”

Torey Krug on the ninth annual Cuts for a Cause event…
 “I think it’s important to see the support that we’ve had here and to see guys carry on the tradition and it’s been a lot of fun.”

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 29):
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Only a few more days to enjoy Cadbury Mini Eggs. The Patrice Bergeron of seasonal treats.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Who's Canada rooting for to win the Cup?
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Goodell subpoenas Claude's texts
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): I write without a problem in sold-out rinks. Yet I'm ready to hurl my laptop when phones ding in the Acela quiet car. Life is weird.

2015-16 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com), Week 6, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 16, Week 18, Week 19, Week 26
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com), Week 2, Week 7, Week 13, Week 17, Week 27
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 1, Week 5, Week 29
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 3, Week 14, Week 24
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe): Week 20, Week 22
@ZackCoxNESN (Zack Cox, NESN), Week 21, Week 28
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 4
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz), Week 11
@MickColageo (Mick Colageo, New Bedford Standard Times), Week 12
@BobWCVB (Bob Halloran, WCVB): Week 15
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Week 23
@A_Merritt (Andy Merritt, NEHJ): Week 25

FANS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN MOTION PICTURE STRONGER ON TUESDAY 4/5:
Fans who are attending the 7:00 p.m. Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes game at TD Garden on Tuesday, April 5 are invited to remain in their seats immediately following the game to watch and participate in the motion picture STRONGER. Fans can stay as long as they wish. Filming is expected to continue for two hours following the conclusion of the game. STRONGER is the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, the young man severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombing who became a symbol of the city's strength and pride.  Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff, STRONGER is directed by David Gordon Green and distributed by Lionsgate.

BOSTON BRUINS TO HOST MIAA AWARDS:
On Tuesday, April 5, the Bruins and MIAA are partnering for the 14th year to honor a male and female from every hockey league in Massachusetts for best exemplifying a constant commitment to sportsmanship. These students must have an exceptional record both on and off the ice, looking at the player’s conduct, teamwork, spirit and respectfully accepting the rulings of game officials during the season. The awards will be handed out during the Bruins vs. Hurricanes game, which begins at 7:00 p.m.

GUSTAVSSON NOMINATED FOR BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY:
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and is given to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected in a poll of all chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. A grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner. The trophy was presented by the NHL Writers' Association in 1968 to commemorate the late William Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited, to a high degree, the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, after an injury sustained during a game. It was first awarded following the 1967–68 regular season. The Boston chapter of the PHWA (Professional Hockey Writers Association) voted for Jonas Gustavsson as the nominee for the Bruins, and three finalists from the 30 NHL nominees will be present at the NHL Awards this summer where a final winner for the Masterton Trophy will be recognized. Gustavsson, who battled a health scare earlier this season, has appeared in 22 games this year and is 11-7-1 with one shutout and a 2.63 GAA.

NESN 7th PLAYER AWARD:
NESN’s 7th Player Award will be announced before the Thursday, April 7 game against the Red Wings. The annual award, which is voted on by the fans at NESN.com, is given to the Boston Bruins player who has performed above and beyond expectations. The on-ice ceremony will be hosted by NESN’s Jack Edwards and will feature one lucky fan who will receive the keys to a 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport courtesy of Central Auto Team in Raynham and Norwood.

BOSTON BRUINS TO HOST CARLTON AWARDS:
The Bruins announced that Caitrin Lonergan of Noble and Greenough and Ty Amonte of Thayer Academy are the recipients of the 2016 John Carlton Award. Named after the late Bruins scout and administrator who passed away in 1982, the John Carlton Award is given annually by the Boston Bruins to an outstanding male and female senior student-athlete who combines exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence. The awards will be presented on Thursday, April 7, during the Bruins vs. Red Wings game.

SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS EVENT AND FOUNDATION RAFFLE:
In an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2015-2016 season, the Boston Bruins will host “Fan Appreciation Day” on Saturday, April 9 when the Bruins take on the Senators at 12:30 p.m. Immediately following the Bruins/Senators match-up, Bruins players will remain on the ice and hand the “Shirts off their Backs” to fans that were chosen at random throughout the game. Each of these lucky fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will receive the game-worn jersey from. Additionally, fans can enter a raffle on the Bruins website for a chance to receive two tickets to the game and take part in the “Shirts Off Our Backs” on-ice ceremony. All proceeds from the raffle, which will conclude on April 7 at 10 p.m., will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead.

BRUINS TO HONOR BOSTON PRIDE DURING GAME ON 4/7:
The Boston Bruins will host and honor the 2016 Isobel Cup Champion Boston Pride team during the Bruins vs. Red Wings game at TD Garden on Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. The Boston Pride won the first ever National Women’s Hockey League Championship on March 12 when they defeated the Buffalo Beauts 3-1 to earn a two-game sweep. The Boston Pride earned the NWHL Championship title during their inaugural season. The Pride are co-captained by two Team USA Olympians, Brianna Decker (Silver Medal 2014) and Hilary Knight (Silver Medals 2010 and 2014). The Pride finished the season 18-3-0 after winning 11 consecutive games to end the season, including sweeps in both playoff series. The Bruins will honor the Pride’s incredible achievement during their game on April 7 at TD Garden.

BOSTON BRUINS TO HOST TD BANK MINI 1 ON 1 WINNERS:
The Boston Bruins will be recognizing the winners of this season’s TD Bank Mini 1 on 1. Youth hockey players from across New England competed to win their way to the TD Garden ice to be crowned TD Bank Mini 1 on 1 Champions at the Squirt, PeeWee, Girls U10 and Girls U12 age classifications. The Boston Bruins will recognize the teams during the second intermission of the Bruins vs. Hurricanes game at TD Garden on April 5.
Winning Teams:
Squirt: Winchester Youth Hockey
Pee Wee: Winchester Youth Hockey
Girls U 10: Assabet Valley Girls Hockey
Girls U 12: Bay State Breakers

BRUINS SIGN DEFENSEMEN ROB O'GARA AND MATT GRZELCYK; AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD SEAN KURALY:
Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney has announced that the team has signed Yale University defenseman Rob O'Gara and Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to two-year entry-level contracts beginning with the 2016-17 season. Sweeney also announced the team has agreed to terms with Miami University (Ohio) forward Sean Kuraly on an entry-level contract beginning with the 2016-17 season. Grzelcyk, Kuraly and O'Gara will join the Providence Bruins on Amateur Tryout Agreements (ATO) for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

BRUINS ACADEMY:
Catch up on all four episodes of Bruins Academy! The series is a fast-paced, educational, Black & Gold-themed program created for youth who love the game of hockey. One 30-minute episode will air per month on NESN, and the first four episodes can be viewed on www.BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins mobile app. Stay tuned for Episode 5 to see Matt Beleskey answer questions from young fans, get to know prospect Colton Hargrove and new Bruin John-Michael Liles and go behind the scenes with the Northeastern hockey team.
Watch Episode 4: https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/bruins-academy-s1-episode-4/t-277463860/c-42480103

BEHIND THE B:
To catch up on Episodes 1–12 of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI, head to www.bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. There is just one final episode left in this season’s series, which is narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary. Go to the Bruins website to see the latest episode, in which Lee Stempniak and Loui Eriksson are mic’d up, Claude Julien receives a special gift and the rookies bond in L.A.
Watch Episode 12: https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/behind-the-b-season-3-episode-12/t-277437088/c-43096403

Remaining Behind the B Season 3 Air Dates on NESN:
Episode 13: Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
*Air dates and times are subject to change

BRUINS ALUMNI GAME:
On Saturday, April 2, the Freedom Fighters will host the Boston Bruins Alumni at the Stoneham Arena in Stoneham, MA in a benefit game for the New England Center for the Homeless.  Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Mike Mottau, Dan LaCouture and Kenny Hodge are expected in the lineup along with the rest of the Bruins Alumni team. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. They will be $15 for adults and $5 for children.

BOSTON BRUINS STREET HOCKEY PRESENTED BY FRIENDLY’S:
Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and the Youth Hockey Development team will visit the YMCA of Greater Providence (April 4), the Methuen YMCA (April 6) and the Burbank YMCA (April 8) to donate street hockey equipment and host a clinic for children from the community. The clinic will teach kids fundamentals such as stickhandling, passing, and shooting, and conclude with a scrimmage. Blades will be on hand to participate in the clinic, sign autographs, and take pictures. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead.

BOSTON BRUINS PROSPECT PAGE:
The Boston Bruins have created a page solely dedicated to prospects in the Bruins organization. Keep up with the latest news, read in-depth features and find all of their schedules and statistics at: www.BostonBruins.com/prospects.

BRUINS PROSPECT DEFAZIO NAMED AHL MAN OF THE YEAR:
The Providence Bruins announced that Brandon DeFazio has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Rhode Island community during the 2015-16 season. This is the fourth time in his career that he has been his team’s winner of this award. DeFazio is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2015-16 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The American Hockey League will announce the winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award at a later date.

BRUINS ON SOCIAL:
If you don’t already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:
Twitter: @NHLBruins
Facebook: Boston Bruins
Snapchat: bruinsnhl
Instagram: nhlbruins

ECHOSTOR GOALS FOR CHARITY:
For every goal the Bruins score during the 2015-16 season, EchoStor will donate $100 to the Boston Bruins Foundation. To date, EchoStor has raised $22,300 for the Bruins Foundation.

2016 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS ON SALE NOW:
Secure your seats for Round 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. Individual game tickets and single game suite rentals for home games one, two, three and four of Round 1 are on sale now. To purchase your Playoffs tickets now visit www.BostonBruins.com/Tickets.

SHOP THE PROSHOP POWERED BY REEBOK’S SPRING COLLECTION:
Welcome in spring by shopping the latest arrivals of Bruins apparel at the ProShop powered by Reebok. Check out the newest arrivals of B’s gear, including hats, t-shirts, hoodies and more, available at the ProShop powered by Reebok located on Level 2 of TD Garden and on www.BostonProShop.com.

BRUINS LAST MINUTE PASS:
The Bruins will be releasing select tickets starting at just $50 on game days. The only way to get immediate access to these seats is to sign up for Bruins Last Minute Pass, text back YES, and you’ll be the first to receive this special offer via text on game days. To get on the list, visit www.BostonBruins.com/pass. 

LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE:
Be part of the live action of Boston Bruins hockey during the final three-game homestretch of the 2015-16 regular season. Limited individual game tickets are available now. To purchase tickets for all other upcoming home games visit www.BostonBruins.com/tickets.

DENNA LAING & BOSTON BRUINS CHARITY KNIT HAT:
Show your support for Denna Laing with a Denna Laing & Boston Bruins Charity Knit Hat featuring the Bruins 2016 NHL Winter Classic logo and Denna’s number, 24.  All net proceeds will benefit the Denna Laing Fund.  To place your order, visit www.BostonProShop.com or stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden.

APRIL VACATION MINI CAMP:
The Boston Bruins and Pro Ambitions have teamed up to host the second annual Boston Bruins April Vacation Mini Camp, taking place at Phillips Academy’s Harrison Rink in Andover, MA from April 19-21. To register or to learn more, visit www.BostonBruins.com/YouthHockey.

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand (Zo and Bertrand), which airs weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adam McQuaid will be a regular guest on 100.7 WZLX with Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie (Karlson & McKenzie), which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule. Kevan Miller will be calling in to 98.5 The Sports Hub with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich). The show airs weekdays 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

BROADCAST INFORMATION…


UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
The Bruins at Blackhawks game on April 3 will be broadcast nationally on NBC, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Sarah Davis will be covering the Bruins’ upcoming matchups against the Carolina Hurricanes on April 5, Detroit Red Wings on April 7 and Ottawa Senators on April 9. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

4/3 at Chicago Blackhawks, 11:30 a.m. – NBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub
4/5 vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
4/7 vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
4/9 vs. Ottawa Senators, 12:30 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…


BOSTON BRUINS STREET HOCKEY PRESENTED BY FRIENDLY’S

WHAT: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and the Youth Hockey Development team will visit community centers to donate street hockey equipment and host a clinic for children from the community. The clinic will teach kids fundamentals such as stickhandling, passing, and shooting, and conclude with a scrimmage. Blades will be on hand to participate in the clinic, sign autographs, and take pictures.
WHEN: Monday, April 4 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: YMCA of Greater Providence – Bayside Branch, 70 West St, Barrington, RI


WHEN: Wednesday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Methuen YMCA, 129 Haverhill St, Methuen, MA

WHEN: Friday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Burbank YMCA, 36 Arthur B Lord Dr, Reading, MA

BRUINS ALUMNI GAME

WHAT: On Saturday, April 2 the Freedom Fighters will host the Boston Bruins Alumni at the Stoneham Arena in Stoneham, MA in a benefit game for the New England Center for the Homeless. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Mike Mottau, Dan LaCouture and Kenny Hodge are expected in the line-up along with the rest of the Bruins Alumni team. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. They will be $15 for adults and $5 for children.
WHERE: Stoneham Arena located (101 Montvale Ave, Stoneham, MA)
WHEN: Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m.

SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS

WHAT: In an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2015-2016 season, the Boston Bruins will host “Fan Appreciation Day” on Saturday, April 9 when the Bruins take on the Senators at 12:30 p.m.  Immediately following the Bruins/Senators match-up, Bruins players will remain on the ice and hand the “Shirts off their Backs” to fans that were chosen at random throughout the game.  Each of these lucky fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will receive the game-worn jersey from.
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2016 during the Bruins vs. Senators game.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY

-Schedule is subject to change
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public

Saturday, April 2 (Chicago, IL)

-Practice at Johnny’s IceHouse (2550 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612), 2:30 p.m. local

Sunday, April 3 (Chicago, IL / Boston, MA)

-Game at Chicago Blackhawks, United Center (1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612), 12:30 p.m. local
-Team travels to Boston, MA

Monday, April 4 (Wilmington, MA)

-Practice at TD Garden, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 5 (Boston, MA)

-Morning Skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Game vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6 (Wilmington, MA)

-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11 a.m.

Thursday, April 7 (Boston, MA)

-Morning Skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Game vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 8 (Wilmington, MA)

-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 9 (Boston, MA)

-Game vs. Ottawa Senators, 12:30 p.m.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Boston’s power play is ranked ninth in the NHL, going 45-for-218 (20.6%). The Bruins’ penalty kill is 82.0%, good for 12th best in the league. Currently, the Bruins are tied for first in the NHL in shorthanded goals against with only two in 77 games. They are ranked fourth in shorthanded goals for with nine in 77 games.

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS


Goals
1. B. Marchand, 35
2. P. Bergeron, 29
3. L. Eriksson, 27
4. L. Stempniak, 18
5. D. Krejci, 15

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 41
T2. P. Bergeron, 34
T2. R. Spooner, 34
T2. T. Krug, 34
5. L. Stempniak, 31

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 63
2. L. Eriksson, 57
T3. D. Krejci, 56
T3. B. Marchand, 56
5. L. Stempniak, 49

Plus/Minus
1. B. Marchand, +19
T2. L. Eriksson, +13
T2. K. Miller, +13
4. Z. Chara, +12
T5. P. Bergeron, +11
T5. T. Krug, +11

Penalty Minutes
1. B. Marchand, 90
T2. A. McQuaid, 83
T2. Z. Rinaldo, 83
4. Z. Chara, 69
5. M. Beleskey, 59

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron is ranked 19th in individual scoring with 29+34=63 totals and ninth in shots with 263.
-Brad Marchand is ranked seventh in the NHL in goals with 35, third in shorthanded goals with four and third in shorthanded points with six.
-David Krejci is tied for first in shorthanded assists with three.
-Ryan Spooner is tied for first in the NHL in shootout game-deciding goals with three.

2015-2016 Milestones

NHL Debuts
10/8 vs. WPG: Joonas Kemppainen
10/10 vs. MTL: Colin Miller
10/14 @ COL: Tommy Cross
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
11/7 @ MTL: Frank Vatrano
3/1 vs. CGY: Noel Acciari

First NHL Goal
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
10/23 @ NYI: Joonas Kemppainen
11/3 vs. DAL: Colin Miller
11/7 @ MTL: Frank Vatrano

First NHL Assist
10/14 @ COL: Colin Miller
11/23 @ TOR: Landon Ferraro
11/25 @ DET: Frank Vatrano
12/5 @ VAN: Joe Morrow

NHL Points
12/29 vs. OTT: Torey Krug 100th NHL point
2/20 at DAL: Patrice Bergeron 600th NHL point

NHL Goals:
2/13 at MIN: Loui Eriksson 200th NHL goal

Bruins Stars
-David Krejci named third star of the month for October
-Brad Marchand named first star of the week for the week ending November 1
-Brad Marchand named third star of the week for the week ending February 14

Games Played Milestone
-Zdeno Chara played in his 1,200th NHL game on 10/23 at NYI
-Kevan Miller played in his 100th NHL game on 11/5 at WSH
-Adam McQuaid played in his 300th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Dennis Seidenberg played in his 700th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Brad Marchand played in his 400th NHL game on 12/5 at VAN
-Jimmy Hayes played his 200th NHL game on 12/26 vs. BUF
-Torey Krug played in his 200th NHL game on 1/11 at NYR
-Ryan Spooner played in his 100th NHL game on 1/16 vs. TOR
-Tuukka Rask played in his 300th NHL game on 1/21 vs. VAN
-Loui Eriksson played in his 700th NHL game on 2/16 at COL
-David Krejci played in his 600th NHL game on 2/20 at DAL
-Patrice Bergeron played in his 800th NHL game on 2/26 at CAR
-Matt Beleskey played in his 400th NHL game on 3/19 at LAK

NHL All-Star Team
-Patrice Bergeron named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Team

Coaching Milestone
-Head Coach Claude Julien coached his 900th game on 1/8 at NJD
-Head Coach Claude Julien won his 500th NHL game on 2/13 at MIN
-Head Coach Claude Julien passed Art Ross for the most wins in Bruins history (388) on 3/7 at FLA

Franchise Record
-The Boston Bruins recorded their 3,000th win as a franchise on 1/8 at NJD
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