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Bruins Week Ahead: March 25 - April 1

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


CUTS FOR A CAUSE:
Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub and 24 members of the 2015-16 Bruins roster for the ninth annual "Cuts for a Cause" event to raise money to fight pediatric cancer on Wednesday, March 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (VIP session: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) at the Westin Boston Waterfront (425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210). Patrice Bergeron along with teammates Noel Acciari, Matt Beleskey, Zdeno Chara, Brett Connolly, Landon Ferraro, Jonas Gustavsson, Jimmy Hayes, Kevan Miller, Chris Kelly, John-Michael Liles, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell, Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Spooner, Lee Stempniak and Zach Trotman will be available to have their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Also for the first time ever, fans can bid on the opportunity to have their own heads shaved by a Bruins player. Loui Eriksson, David Krejci, Torey Krug, David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask will be the Bruins barbers available for bid. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead.

STAT OF THE WEEK:
The Bruins will have an NHL-best nine prospects participating in the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey Championship beginning this weekend, including Matt Benning (Northeastern, 2012 6th round), Anders Bjork (Notre Dame, 2014 5th round), Ryan Donato (Harvard, 2014 2nd round), Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston College, 2013 4th round), Matt Grzelcyk (Boston University, 2012 3rd round), Danton Heinen (Denver, 2014 4th round), Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (Boston University, 2015 2nd round), Rob O’Gara (Yale, 2011 5th round), and Wiley Sherman (Harvard, 2013 5th round). The nine prospects are the most of any NHL team. Minnesota, Chicago, and Buffalo are second with seven prospects each.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Patrice Bergeron on the pregame ceremony for Head Coach Claude Julien congratulating him on becoming the Bruins all-time coaching wins leader…
“He’s… the best coach I’ve had and made me the player I am today. So I’m grateful for everything that he’s done and it’s well deserved.”

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 28): @@ZackCoxNESN (Zack Cox, NESN): There’s a podium out on the ice for Claude Julien’s pregame ceremony. A Clodium, if you will.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz): Worth noting that one of Claude Julien’s biggest rivals, Video Review, did not give him a shout out in that pregame video.
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Can’t wait to ask Claude what time it is. #NiceWatch
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Spooner than later, Bruins finally on the board. 1-0.

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
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 3, Week 14, Week 24
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 1, Week 5
@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

DEFENSEMAN BRANDON CARLO JOINS PROVIDENCE BRUINS:
Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced on March 24 that with the conclusion of his Western Hockey League season with the Tri-City Americans, defenseman Brandon Carlo has been reassigned to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. Carlo began practicing with the P-Bruins on Thursday, March 24. He was originally drafted by the Bruins in the second round (37th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and then signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins on September 25, 2015. BostonBruins.com caught up with Carlo this week to discuss his move to Providence – Read: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=875314&navid=DL|BOS|home

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.

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 begin on March 29 at 10 a.m. and 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. Detroit 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 STREET HOCKEY PRESENTED BY FRIENDLY’S:
Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and the Youth Hockey Development team will visit the Torigian Family YMCA Peabody on March 28 and the Lynn YMCA on March 29 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.

NESN 7th PLAYER:
Now’s your chance to vote for the Boston Bruin who has performed above and beyond expectations. Previous winners include David Pastrnak (2015), Brad Marchand (2011), Tuukka Rask (2010) and David Krejci (2009). Cast your vote and enter for a chance to win a three-year lease on a 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport, courtesy of Central Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and Central Auto Team. Vote here: http://nesn.com/2016/02/2016-7th-player-award-sweepstakes/.

BOSTON BRUINS AND VELCRO PRESENT BATTLE OF THE BOOKS:
The Boston Bruins are teaming up with Velcro Companies to introduce the “Battle of the Books” competition. Classrooms in schools across New England will compete in a playoff-style bracket competition to see which book will reign supreme. The Boston Bruins and Velcro Companies hope to encourage reading amongst kids of all ages through this fun and engaging competition featuring Bruins-themed and VELCRO® Brand prizes. Each participating classroom will select sixteen books to start their bracket then select their favorite books to advance to the next round and eventually name a “Battle of the Books” winner. Boston Bruins players nominated their favorite books to give classrooms a few ideas to start their bracket. A full list of the Bruins recommended books can be found at BostonBruins.com/battleofthebooks.

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 1–11 of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI, head to www.bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. There will be a total of 13 episodes that are slated to air throughout the 2015-16 season and will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary. Tune in to Episode 12, airing on Wednesday, March 30 at 8 p.m., to see Lee Stempniak and Loui Eriksson mic’d up, Claude Julien receive a special gift and the rookies bond in L.A.
Watch Episode 11: https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/behind-the-b-season-3-episode-11/t-277463846/c-42547703

Remaining Behind the B Season 3 Air Dates on NESN:
Episode 12: Wednesday, March 30 at 8 p.m.
Episode 13: Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
*Air dates and times are subject to change

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 $21,900 for the Bruins Foundation.

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:
New this season, 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:
NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Sarah Davis will be covering the Bruins’ upcoming matchups against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 29, the New Jersey Devils on March 29 and the St. Louis Blues on April 1. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
 
3/26 at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
3/29 at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
4/1 at St. Louis Blues, 8 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 the Torigian Family YMCA Peabody and the Lynn YMCA 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, March 28 at 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Torigian Family YMCA, 259 Lynnfield St, Peabody, MA


WHEN: Tuesday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lynn YMCA, 20 Neptune Blvd, Lynn, MA

CUTS FOR A CAUSE

WHAT: The ninth annual "Cuts for a Cause" to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Bruins fans can bid on the opportunity to shave the head of their favorite participating Bruins player or to have their own head shaved by the participating Bruins barbers by visiting BostonBruins.com/cutsforacause. The bidding begins on Thursday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m. Auction winners will also receive admission to the VIP session from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. where they will meet and greet the players on the event floor. Fans can purchase tickets to the event, hosted by Patrice Bergeron along with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb of the Toucher & Rich show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, at BostonBruins.com/cutsforacause. Limited VIP tickets are available for $200 and General Admission tickets are available for $30. Ticket prices do not include processing fees. Since inception, the Cuts for a Cause event has raised over $500,000 for charity.
WHERE: Westin Boston Waterfront (425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210).
WHEN: Wednesday, March 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (VIP session: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Patrice Bergeron and teammates Noel Acciari, Matt Beleskey, Zdeno Chara, Brett Connolly, Loui Eriksson, Landon Ferraro, Jonas Gustavsson, Jimmy Hayes, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, John-Michael Liles, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Joe Morrow, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Spooner, Lee Stempniak and Zach Trotman

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, March 26 (Toronto, ON / Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate at Air Canada Centre (40 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2X2), 11:30 a.m. local
-Game at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. local
-Team travels home

Sunday, March 27
-TBD

Monday, March 28 (Wilmington, MA / Newark, NJ)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11 a.m.
-Team travels to Newark, NJ

Tuesday, March 29 (Newark, NJ / Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate at Prudential Center (25 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ 07102), 11:30 a.m.
-Game at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m.
-Team travels to Boston, MA

Wednesday, March 30 (Wilmington, MA / Boston, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11 a.m.
-Cuts for a Cause

Thursday, March 31 (Boston, MA / St. Louis, MO)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11 a.m.
-Team travels to St. Louis, MO

Friday, April 1 (St. Louis, MO / Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate at Scottrade Center (1401 Clark Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103), 11:30 a.m.
-Game at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
-Team travels to Boston, MA

Saturday, April 2
-TBD

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Boston’s power play is ranked ninth in the NHL, going 43-for-212 (20.3%). The Bruins’ penalty kill is 82.3%, good for ninth best in the league. Currently, the Bruins are ranked first in the NHL in shorthanded goals against with only two in 75 games. They are ranked fourth in shorthanded goals for with nine in 75 games.

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS


Goals
1. B. Marchand, 34
2. P. Bergeron, 28
3. L. Eriksson, 27
4. L. Stempniak, 18
5. D. Krejci, 15

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 39
T2. R. Spooner, 34
T2. P. Bergeron, 34
4. T. Krug, 33
5. L. Stempniak, 30

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 62
2. L. Eriksson, 56
3. B. Marchand, 55
4. D. Krejci, 54
5. L. Stempniak, 48

Plus/Minus
1. B. Marchand, +18
T2. L. Eriksson, +13
T2. K. Miller, +13
T4. P. Bergeron, +10
T4. T. Krug, +10
T4. Z. Chara, +10

Penalty Minutes
1. B. Marchand, 88
2. Z. Rinaldo, 83
3. A. McQuaid, 79
4. Z. Chara, 67
5. M. Beleskey, 57

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron is ranked 17th in individual scoring with 28+34=62 totals and ninth in shots with 256.
-Brad Marchand is ranked fifth in the NHL in goals with 34, third in shorthanded goals with four and second in shorthanded points with six.
-David Krejci is ranked first in shorthanded assists with three.
-Ryan Spooner is tied for first in the NHL in shootout game-deciding goals with three.
-Loui Eriksson is ranked 16th in shooting percentage with 27 goals on 168 shots (16.1%).

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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