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Bruins Week Ahead: Savard to Speak

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

SAVARD TO SPEAK ON SATURDAY:  Bruins center Marc Savard will address the media on Saturday, March 27 at Noon ET in the Hard Walls Area on level three of the TD Garden.  This will be the first time that Savard has addressed the media since suffering a grade two concussion in the Bruins game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 7, 2010. Savard, along with Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli, will be available for a period of 15 minutes. The press conference will be broadcast live on NESN, streamed live on www.bostonbruins.com and the full video archive will be available for download for broadcast purposes on www.bostonbruins.com/media on Saturday afternoon.

CUTS FOR A CAUSE ROSTER FINALIZED: On Wednesday, March 31, Shawn Thornton and other members of the Boston Bruins are teaming up with 98.5 the Sports Hub to host the third annual "Cuts for a Cause" to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Oncology Unit. The event will take place from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Ned Devine's (1 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA 02109). The event is sold out, but fans can visit 985thesportshub.com to bid on the chance to shave the Bruins heads. Joining Thornton will be Steve Begin, Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Tuukka Rask, Mark Recchi, Dennis Seidenberg and Mark Stuart.

STEP UP FOR PREVENTION: The Boston Bruins Foundation has partnered with the Children's Trust Fund (CTF) to raise awareness of child abuse throughout the state of Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins Foundation will donate 700 pairs of new children’s shoes to CTF, which represents the average number of children abused and neglected per week statewide. The shoes will go to benefit the CTF’s sixth annual "Step Up For Prevention" campaign. The shoes purchased will be on display, lining the steps of the Massachusetts State House Grand Staircase (Beacon Street at Park Street) on April 1, 2010. The shoes will then be donated to families who participate in CTF-funded programs across the state.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
The Bruins currently occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 78 points. Eight points separate fifth to tenth place teams heading in to Friday night’s games. Here’s a glimpse at teams five through 10 and their remaining schedules:

Ottawa Senators, 5th in East, 83 points, 8 games remaining (3 at home, 5 on the road, 3 vs. teams in playoffs, 5 vs. teams out of playoffs)
Montreal Canadiens, 6th in East, 82 points, 7 games remaining (4 at home, 3 on road, 3 vs. teams in playoffs, 4 vs. teams out of playoffs)
Philadelphia Flyers, 7th in East, 80 points, 8 games remaining (4 at home, 4 on road, 4 vs. teams in playoffs, 4 vs. teams out of playoffs)
Boston Bruins, 8th in East, 78 points, 9 games remaining (5 at home, 4 on road, 5 vs. teams in playoffs, 4 vs. teams out of playoffs)
Atlanta Thrashers, 9th in East, 76 points, 8 games remaining (3 at home, 5 on road, 5 vs. teams in playoffs, 3 vs. teams out of playoffs
New York Rangers, 10th in East, 75 points, 8 games remaining (2 at home, 6 on road, 4 vs. teams in playoffs, 4 vs. teams out of playoffs

THEY SAID IT…
Andrew Ference, on signing his extension with the team...
“On top of the honor of playing in the NHL, with Mr. Chiarelli and the Jacobs family giving me the opportunity to stay here in a city that I have grown to love and call home. My family and I are absolutely thrilled. I look forward to being the absolute best representation of the Bruins both on and off the ice and to prove my worth to them.”

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE: Please call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Please note the schedule is subject to change, call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the schedule.

Ristuccia Arena (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Saturday, March 27 (Boston, MA)
-Players available in hallway outside Bruins locker room, 10:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien available, 11:50 a.m.
-Marc Savard and Peter Chiarelli Press Conference, Hard Walls, Level 3, TD Garden, 12:00 noon
-Game vs. Calgary Flames, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 28 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Bruins players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

Monday, March 29 (Boston, MA/Newark, NJ)
-Bruins pre-game skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Bruins players available inside locker room after pre-game skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Depart for Newark, NJ

Tuesday, March 30 (Newark, NJ/Boston, MA)
-Bruins pre-game skate at Prudential Center, 11:30 a.m.
-Bruins players available inside locker room after pre-game skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game vs. New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center, 7:00 p.m.
-Depart for Boston, MA

Wednesday, March 31 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:30 p.m.
-Bruins players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

Thursday, April 1 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins pre-game skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Bruins players available inside locker room after pre-game skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game vs. Florida Panthers, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 2 (TBD)
-Practice TBD

AROUND TOWN:

WHAT: Bruins Ice Girls and Heineken Seat Upgrade Giveaway
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be at McGann's Pub (197 Portland St, Boston, MA 02114) to give away two tickets to sit front row at that night's game versus the Sabres. The Ice Girls will also be available to take photos with fans.
WHEN: Monday, March 29 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: McGann's Pub, 197 Portland St, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: Boston Bruins Viewing Party at the Hard Rock Cafe
Bruins fans are invited to the Hard Rock Café in Faneuil Hall to cheer on the Bruins as they take the ice against the New Jersey Devils. The viewing party will have giveaways, raffles and a chance to meet the Bruins Ice Girls and Blades.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 30 (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with puck drop at 7:00 p.m.)
WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe, 22-24 Clinton St., Boston, MA 02109
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls, Blades and Street Team members

WHAT: Third Annual “Cuts for a Cause”
On Wednesday, March 31, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and other members of the Boston Bruins are teaming up with 98.5 the Sports Hub to host the third annual "Cuts for a Cause" to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Oncology Unit from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Ned Devine's (1 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA 02109). Thornton and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners on stage, in front of fans to show their support and raise money for children battling cancer.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 31, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ned Devine’s; 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA 02114
Bruins Participating: Shawn Thornton, Steve Begin, Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Tuukka Rask, Mark Recchi, Dennis Seidenberg and Mark Stuart

WHAT: Sixth Annual “Step Up For Prevention”
The Boston Bruins Foundation has partnered with the Children's Trust Fund (CTF) to raise awareness of child abuse throughout the state of Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins Foundation will donate 700 pairs of new children’s shoes to CTF, which represents the average number of children abused and neglected per week statewide. The shoes will go to benefit the CTF’s sixth annual "Step Up For Prevention" campaign. The shoes purchased will be on display, lining the steps of the Massachusetts State House Grand Staircase (Beacon Street at Park Street) on April 1, 2010. The shoes will then be donated to families who participate in CTF-funded programs across the state.
WHEN: Thursday, April 1 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Massachusetts State House Grand Staircase, at the corner of Beacon Street at Park Street
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins wives and girlfriends

WHAT: Samuel Adams Bru Fest
Bruins fans will enjoy live music, giveaways, games and concessions prior to the Bruins game at the Samuel Adams Bru Fest held on the front parking lot of the TD Garden. Samuel Adams will be featuring a selection of their most popular products including Sam Seasonal and lager. The 21+ event is free and open to all fans with a ticket to that night's game.
WHEN: Thursday, April 1 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden front parking lot, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls, Blades and Street Team members



BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:

THE BUZZ: NESN’s Naoko Funayama will take you through the latest Bruins news on and off the ice on NESN’s weekly countdown show, The Buzz. Check your local listings for the Buzz’ airtimes.

THE HOCKEY SHOW ON 98.5: Bruins play-by-play man Dave Goucher and color analyst Bob Beers will team up with Sports Hub host Damon Amendolara every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. for “The Hockey Show”- an hour long program on 98.5 FM devoted to news, notes and phone calls on everything going on with the Bruins and around the NHL.

WEEKLY SPOTS:
Tune in to the following stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Mondays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Milan Lucic with “Toucher and Rich”

Tuesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
12:40 p.m. Blake Wheeler with “Tanguay and Zolak”

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Marc Savard with “Karlson and McKenzie”

107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Felger and Massarotti”

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (As of Friday, March 26):

Goals
1. M. Sturm, 21
2. B. Wheeler, 17
T3. M. Ryder, 16
T3. P. Bergeron, 16
T3. M. Recchi, 16

Assists
T1. Z. Chara, 31
T1. P. Bergeron, 31
3. D. Krejci, 29
4. D. Seidenberg, 28
5. M. Savard, 23

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 47
2. D. Krejci, 44
3. M. Recchi, 38
4. Z. Chara, 37
5. B. Wheeler, 36

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +13
2. M. Sturm, +12
3. D. Seidenberg, +8
T4. P. Bergeron, +5
T4. M. Satan, +5

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 134
2. Z. Chara, 85
3. M. Stuart, 80
T4. B. Wheeler, 51
T4. S. Begin, 51

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Patrice Bergeron currently ranks 6th in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 57.6% (S. Nichol, 60.8%).

-Tuukka Rask currently ranks 1st in the NHL in goals against average with a 2.11 average and is 3rd in the NHL in save percentage at .927 (R. Miller, .929).

-The Bruins as a team are tied for 2nd in the NHL in shutouts (8) with 2 other teams (Chicago Blackhawks, 10).

-The Bruins as a team rank 3rd in the NHL in the penalty kill category at 85.7% (St. Louis Blues, 86.1%).

-The Bruins as a team rank 5th in the NHL in goals against per game at 2.42 goals (New Jersey Devils, 2.36).

BOSTON BRUINS 2009-10 TIMELINE
PLAYER MILESTONES AND TRANSACTIONS

July 1: 
* Byron Bitz re-signed to a multi-year contract.
* Steve Begin signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Johnny Boychuk re-signed to a one-year contract.
July 7:
* Drew Fata and Dany Sabourin signed to one-year contracts as free agents.
July 13:
* Rob Kwiet, Drew Larman, Zach McKelvie and Trent Whitfield signed as free agents.
July 20:
* Matt Hunwick re-signed to a two-year contract.
July 24:
* Patrick Eaves and 2010 fourth round draft pick acquired from Carolina Hurricanes for Aaron
 Ward.
* Derek Morris signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
August 4:
* Bruins enter agreement for ECHL affiliation with Reading Royals.
September 4:
* Claude Julien signed to a multi-year contract extension.
September 9:
* Andy Wozniewski signed to a one-year contract as a free agent.
September 18:
* 2010 first and second round and 2011 first round draft picks acquired from Toronto for Phil
 Kessel.
September 20:
* Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Jordan Knackstedt, and Matt Marquardt assigned to
 Providence/AHL.
* Scott Fletcher and Rob Kwiet returned to Providence/AHL.
* Alain Goulet and Lane MacDermid released from Boston training camp and reporting to
 Providence/AHL training camp.
* Ryan Button (Prince Albert/WHL), Jordan Caron (Rimouski/QMJHL), Michael Hutchinson
 (London/OHL) and Tyler Randell (Kitchener/OHL) returned to their junior teams.
September 21:
* Max Sauve returned to his junior team in Val d’Or/QMJHL.
September 23:
* Jamie Arniel, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jeff Penner and Kevin Regan assigned to
 Providence (AHL).
September 26:
* Don Sweeney promoted to Assistant General Manager.
* Guillaume Lefebvre signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio and Adam McQuaid assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Kirk MacDonald released from Boston tryout agreement and returned to Providence (AHL).
* Zack McKelvie, Levi Nelson and Yannick Riendeau termed injured, non-roster players.
September 28:
* Drew Fata, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre, Dany Sabourin, Trent Whitfield, Andy
 Wozniewski, Brad Marchand and Zach Hamill assigned to Providence (AHL).
September 30:
* Vladimir Sobotka assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Jim Benning signed to a multi-year contract extension.
October 2:
* Adam Courchaine assigned to Sarnia (OHL).
* Lane MacDermid signed to an entry-level contract.


October 6:
* Milan Lucic signed to a three-year contract extension.
October 8:
* Kevin Regan reassigned from Providence (AHL) to Reading (ECHL).
October 10:
* Mark Stuart played his 200th NHL / Bruins game vs. New York Islanders.
October 17:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL) and played his first NHL game at Phoenix
 Coyotes.
* Derek Morris played his 800th NHL game at Phoenix Coyotes.
October 18:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
* 2011 second round draft pick, Craig Weller and rights to Alexander Fallstrom acquired from
 Minnesota Wild for Chuck Kobasew.
* Guillaume Lefebvre, Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 19:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 20:
* Daniel Paille acquired from Buffalo Sabres for third round and conditional fourth round draft
 picks in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
October 21:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 22:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 24:
* Mark Recchi played in his 1,500th NHL game at Ottawa Senators.
October 25:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 31:
* Michael Ryder played in his 400th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Daniel Paille played in his 200th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Coach Claude Julien reached his 100th win behind the Boston bench.
November 4:
* Mikko Lehtonen recalled from Providence (AHL).
November 5:
* Tuukka Rask signed to a two-year contract extension.
November 6:
* Mikko Lehtonen returned to Providence (AHL).
November 10:
* Mark Recchi recorded his 900th career NHL assist vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 14:
* Blake Wheeler played his 100th NHL game at Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 19:
* Marco Sturm played his 800th NHL game at Atlanta Thrashers.
* Dennis Wideman recorded his 100th NHL assist at Atlanta Thrashers.
November 20:
* Brad Marchand returned to Providence (AHL).
November 21:
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
November 29:
* Doug Houda, Craig Ramsay, Geoff Ward, Bob Essensa and Brant Berglund signed to
 multi-year contract extensions.
December 1:
* Marc Savard signed to seven-year contract extension.
December 2:
* Johnny Boychuk assigned to Providence (AHL) for conditioning purposes.
* Max Sauve signed to an entry-level contract.
* Marc Savard scored his 200th NHL goal vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.
December 5:
* Johnny Boychuk recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 15:
* Andy Wozniewski and Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 18:
* Zdeno Chara played his 800th NHL game at Chicago Blackhawks.
December 19:
* Adam McQuaid played his first NHL game at Toronto Maple Leafs.
December 22:
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
December 23:
* Claude Julien coached his 200th game behind the Boston bench vs. Atlanta Thrashers
 (6-4 win).
* Vladimir Sobotka played his 100th NHL & Bruins game vs. Atlanta Thrashers.
December 27:
* Matt Hunwick played his 100th NHL & Bruins game at Florida Panthers.
January 3:
* Miroslav Satan signed as a free agent for the remainder of the season.
January 8:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 14
* Andy Wozniewski recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 17
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman and Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL) and Drew Larman recalled from Providence.
January 23
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 25
* Drew Larman returned to Providence (AHL).
January 27
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
January 31
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
February 1
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
February 14
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
February 24
* Matt Dalton recalled from Reading (ECHL).
March 1
* Matt Dalton returned to Reading (ECHL).
March 2
* Cody Wild acquired from Edmonton Oilers for Matthew Marquadt.
March 2
* Steve Kampfer acquired from Anaheim Ducks for conditional fourth round pick in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
March 3
* Conditional draft pick in 2010 NHL Entry Draft acquired for Derek Morris.
March 3
* Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski acquired from Florida Panthers for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller, and a second round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
March 4
* Matt Dalton recalled from Reading (ECHL).
March 5
* Matt Dalton returned to Providence (AHL).
March 5
* Dany Sabourin recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 5
* Brad Marchand recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 8
* Jeff Penner recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 8
* Dany Sabourin returned to Providence (AHL).
March 11
* Jeff Penner returned to Providence (AHL).
March 18
* Jeff Penner and Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 19
* Jeff Penner and Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
March 24
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
March 24
* Andrew Ference singed to three-year contract extension.
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