THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
CARON RECALLED, BOURQUE ASSIGNED: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced March 8, that forward Chris Bourque had cleared waivers and has been assigned to Providence and that the team has recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence. In 44 games with Providence, Caron has tallied 10-5=15 totals and was tied for third on the Providence squad with 10 goals. In 2011-12, Caron skated in 17 games with Boston, notching seven goals and eight assists and skated in two playoff games.
B’S AND MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION TEAM UP: The Boston Bruins are teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for an in-game charity night on Thursday, March 14. The Bruins and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will invite children with Muscular Dystrophy, along with their families to experience a home game and take part in fan experiences throughout the evening. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase mystery-autographed pucks and make a donation to fill the boot. More information can be found in the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BRUINS ICE SCHOOL TO VISIT BENTON ELEMENTARY: The Boston Bruins will be heading to Benton Elementary School in Benton, Maine to spread some Bruins Cheer. The Boston Bruins will be running a pep rally to get the children excited leading up to that night’s away game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Children in attendance will participate in street hockey stations, trivia, and Bruins cheers. More information can be found in the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BOSTON BRUINS AND MAKE-A-WISH: The Boston Bruins and Make-A-Wish have been in collaboration to make Tyler Smith’s wish come true. Smith has wished for an ice rink in his backyard and the Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Ice Girls will be present for the unveiling ceremony. In addition to his wish, Smith met with his two favorite Bruins players Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron earlier this week for a postgame meet and greet after the Bruins-Canadiens game. More information can be found in the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
BERGERON BURNING UP: Patrice Bergeron earned his sixth multi-point night of the season with the three points (1-2=3) he potted on Thursday against the Maple Leafs. Bergeron now has 3-7=10 totals in five of his last six games and 4-10=14 totals in seven of his last nine contests. On March 4, Bergeron earned the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week of Feb. 25 to March 1.
ORIGINAL SIX SUCCESS: Courtesy of the NHL’s midpoint March news release, all of the NHL’s original six teams – Boston Bruins (15-3-3), Chicago Blackhawks (21-0-3), Detroit Red Wings (12-8-4), Montreal Canadiens (15-5-4) New York Rangers (12-8-2), and the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-10-0) – currently hold playoff spots and have a combined record of 90-34-16. The last time all six teams have qualified for the playoffs in the same season was in 1995-96.
APPROACHING MILESTONES: Bruins Captain, Zdeno Chara, is expected to play in his 500th career game in a B’s uniform this week as he currently sitting at 498 games. For his NHL career, Chara has appeared in 1,028 regular season games and 107 playoff games between the Bruins, Senators and Islanders. Forward David Krejci is two games shy his 400th NHL game, all of which have been in a Bruins sweater… Head Coach Claude Julien needs just two wins to tie Milt Schmidt (who recently turned 95 years old on March 5) on the Boston Bruins all-time wins list.
BERGERON-MARCHAND-SEGUIN LINE: The Bruins trio producing the most combined points this season thus far is the line composed of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Over their last nine games, the three have combined for 37 points (14-23=37) providing leading the Bruins to a 7-1-1 record during that stretch. On the year, the three B’s have combined for a total of 59 points (25-34=59).
B’S BEST SELLERS: The Sports Business Journal announced March 6, that four Bruins are among the top 20 of the best selling jerseys in the NHL for the month of February. B’s Captain Zdeno Chara the led squad ranked 10th, followed by Seguin (13th), Lucic (14th) and Marchand (20th). The Bruins and Penguins (Crosby 3rd, Malkin 6th, Neal 7th, Letang 15th) combined for eight of the 20 players on the list.
95 YEARS YOUNG: On March 5, legendary Boston Bruin and Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt celebrated his 95th birthday and was honored by the B’s before Thursday’s game against the Maple Leafs. Throughout his historic NHL career, Schmidt appeared in 776 games racking up 229 goals and 346 assists for a total of 575 points. In 86 career playoff games, Schmidt tallied 24 goals and 25 assists for 49 points, leading the Bruins to two Stanley Cup victories in 1939 and 1941. Schmidt was also a part of two Stanley Cup championships as the General Manager of the Bruins in 1970 and 1972.
UPCOMING GAMES: After suffering back-to-back losses against the Montreal Canadiens and the Washington Capitals, the Bruins look carry their momentum from the win against the Maple Leafs on Thursday into Saturday’s contest against the Philadelphia Flyers at home, which will start at 1:00 p.m. ET. The B’s will then travel to Ottawa to take on the Senators on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Place. Following the game in Ottawa, the B’s will travel down to Pittsburgh to battle the Penguins on Tuesday, March 12 at Consol Energy Arena. The Bruins will finish off the week at home and will square off against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will cover Bruins vs. Flyers this Saturday, Bruins at Ottawa on Monday, and Bruins vs. Panthers on Thursday. Bruins vs. Flyers will also be broadcasted on the NHL Network with Bruins at Senators being broadcasted on RDS as well. NBC Sports Network, RDS and TSN will broadcast the Bruins vs. Penguins game. 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:
3/9 vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 1:00 p.m. ET – NESN, NHL Network
3/11 at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET – NESN, RDS
3/12 at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network, RDS, TSN
3/14 vs. Florida Panthers, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN
BRUINS THIRD JERSEY SCHEDULE: The Bruins will suit up in their third jerseys for four more games this season at the TD Garden – all against different opponents.
3/16 vs. Washington
4/8 vs. Carolina
4/19 vs. Pittsburgh
139 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 139 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 eighth week of the 2012-13 season. Taking home TOTW honors this week and keeping a point-per-month-pace is Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, with his assessment of the altercation between Marchand and Phaneuf during Thursday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs:
@GlobeFluto: “Marchand, Phaneuf off for roughing. Come on. Seen more rough stuff at kid's gymnastics class”
Here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:
@TheBruinsBlog: “Has anyone actually seen someone skate with a monkey on his back? I'd assume it would be difficult because the monkey would freak out.”
@GlobeKPD “Other than saving forests, the total benefit of new-age lightweight hockey sticks: ZERO. Or am I being too generous”
@TyAnderson: “Matt Hendricks just got surrounded by Milan Lucic, Adam McQuaid, and Zdeno Chara. I think that's how you lose in NHL13's Be-A-Pro mode.”
2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Weeks 1, 4, 8
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3, 7
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog), Week 5
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 6
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, March 7
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, March 28
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out their tenth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on March 7. 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 insight on both defenseman Matt Benning and forward Craig Cunningham. The development of both prospects is spotlighted in written features, as well as in the accompanying Prospect Report video found on BostonBruinsTV.com.
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.
BOSTON BRUINS AND MAKE-A-WISH BRING WISH TO TYLER SMITH
WHAT: The Boston Bruins and Make-A-Wish have been in collaboration to make Tyler Smith’s wish come true. Smith has wished for an ice rink in his backyard and the Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Ice Girls will be present for the unveiling ceremony.
WHEN: Sunday, March 10
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Boston Bruins Ice Girls
BOSTON BRUINS FUNDAMENTALS CROSS ICE TOURNAMENT
WHAT: The Bruins FUNdamentals Cross Ice Learn-To-Play Jamboree is open to all Learn-To-Play participants who are not enrolled in organized hockey. This unique, end of season tournament will incorporate all skills learned throughout the year and give players their first exposure into organized game play. Bruins mascot Blades and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team will be on hand to assist on ice and provide giveaways for all participants.
WHEN: Sunday, March 10 from 10:00am – 1:30pm
WHERE: Cronin Ice Rink, 850 Revere Beach Parkway, Revere, MA 02151
BOSTON BRUINS ICE SCHOOL VISIT TO BENTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WHAT: The Boston Bruins will be heading to Benton Elementary School in Benton, Maine to get the children excited leading up to that night’s away game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Children in attendance will participate in street hockey stations, trivia, and Bruins cheers.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12
WHERE: 68 School Drive, Benton, ME 04901
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team
BOSTON BRUINS PASS CLINIC SERIES
WHAT: The Boston Bruins selected 10 youth hockey organizations throughout New England to host a P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) clinic presented by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, this season. TD Bank and the Boston Bruins have teamed up for the seventh straight year to support New England youth hockey through the P.A.S.S. clinic series. P.A.S.S. features a free on-ice clinic conducted by Bruins alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The clinic includes instruction on hockey fundamentals such as skating, passing and shooting, as well as a $1000 donation from TD Bank to each hosting youth hockey organization. In addition, each individual participant will receive two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game as well as a TD Bank P.A.S.S. jersey and gift bag. P.A.S.S. clinics are open to youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Sukee Arena, 25 Verti Drive, Winslow, ME 04901
WHEN: Wedensday, March 13 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.
WHERE: Navin Arena, 451 Bolton Street, Marlborough, MA 01752
BOSTON BRUINS AND MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION
WHAT: The Boston Bruins are teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for an in-game charity night on March 14th. The Bruins and the Muscular Dystrophy Associated will invite children with Muscular Dystrophy, along with their families to experience a home game and take part in fan experiences throughout the evening. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase mystery-autographed pucks and make a donation to fill the boot.
WHEN: Thursday, March 14 during the Bruins/Panthers game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES…
BRUINS CONFIRMED RADIO SPOTS
Chris Kelly: 100.7 WZLX, Karlson and McKenzie at 8:20 a.m. (Call-in day dependent on B’s schedule)
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
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
-(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 the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Saturday, March 9 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD), NHL Network (Canada & US) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, March 10 (Wilmington, MA/Ottawa, ON)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Ottawa, ON
Monday, March 11 (Ottawa, ON/Pittsburgh, PA)
-Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators, Scotiabank Place, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD), RDS RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, March 12 (Pittsburgh, PA/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Consol Energy Center, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD), NBC Sports Network, RDS, TSN RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Wednesday, March 13
Thursday, March 14 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Florida Panthers, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Friday, March 15 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, March 8)
1. B. Marchand, 12
T2. N. Horton, 7
T2. T. Seguin, 7
T3. P. Bergeron, 6
T3. D. Krejci, 6
Note: Two Bruins have four goals: Z. Chara, M. Lucic
1. P. Bergeron, 15
2. D. Krejci, 12
3. T. Seguin, 11
Note: Two Bruins have nine assists: M. Lucic, D. Hamilton
1. P. Bergeron, 21 (6-15)
2. B. Marchand, 20 (12-8)
T3. T. Seguin, 18 (7-11)
T3. D. Krejci, 18 (6-12)
1. P. Bergeron, +17
2. T. Seguin, +16
3. B. Marchand, +15
4. Z. Chara, +11
5. M. Lucic, +7
1. M. Lucic, 57
2. Z. Chara, 39
3. S. Thornton, 34
4. A. McQuaid, 33
5. G. Campbell, 31
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.
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.