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


BRUINS LOOK TO CLOSE OUT FLYERS: The Bruins will host the Flyers in Game 4 Friday night at the TD Garden at 8 p.m. With a 3-0 series lead, the Bruins will look to advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1992. The Tampa Bay Lightning await, as their four-game sweep of the Caps places them in their second Conference Finals in club history.

TODAY’S PREGAME AVAILABILITY SCHEDULE:
-Bruins SVP Sales and Marketing Amy Latimer available in TD Garden Press Conference Area (Gray Walls), 4:30 p.m.
-Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien available in TD Garden Press Conference Area (Gray Walls), 5:00 p.m.
-Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette available in TD Garden Press Conference Area (Gray Walls), 5:15 p.m.
-Select Bruins players available in TD Garden Press Conference Area (Gray Walls), approx. 5:30 p.m.

BEST SELLER: Since the playoffs started, the following five players are tied for the second highest amount of Bruins name/number t-shirt orders in the Boston Bruins Pro Shop, according to Retail Director of the Pro Shop, Lauma Cerlins:

Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic, Tim Thomas, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara

What may be surprising to some is that the best seller thus far is Brad Marchand’s #63, as the Pro Shop has had to order three-times as many tees (compared to the group of five players above) to meet the demand for the popular B’s rookie.

SEASON TICKETS FOR NEXT YEAR SOLD OUT: Bruins Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Amy Latimer announced today that all Loge and Balcony season tickets are sold out for the upcoming 2011 - 2012 season.

Due to the increased demand for 2011 - 2012 Bruins season tickets, the Boston Bruins will launch the Season Ticket Holder Waiting List beginning Friday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m. ET.  Fans interested in joining the list should visit the Boston Bruins website at http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=68253. The cost of joining the list is a $100 non-refundable per seat deposit with a maximum of four seats. If not used, the non-refundable deposit can be applied to future Bruins ticket purchases.

For more information, visit BostonBruins.com.

ENJOYING THE EXTRA WORK: In Tim Thomas’ seven wins this postseason, he has faced 34 or more shots. In his three losses, he has faced 27 or less.

KRECH IS CLUTCH: With his goal 1:03 into Game 3 on Wednesday night, David Krejci scored his third game-winning goal of the Conference Semifinals. He became just the third player in team history to have three game-winners in one playoff series, joining Mel Hill, who netted three overtime game winners in the 1939 Semifinals against the New York Rangers, and Roy Conacher, who scored three game-winning goals in the very next series, the 1939 Stanley Cup Finals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. After recording just 1-0=1 totals in the seven game series against Montreal, Krejci has rebounded to post 4-4=8 totals in the first three games of the series against the Flyers.

MARCHING ON: Brad Marchand leads all rookies in playoff scoring with 4-6=10 totals, and the 22-year-old is also tied for the league lead (with Zdeno Chara and Steve Downie) in playoff plus/minus, with a mark of plus-9. He has 3-2=5 totals in the first three games against Philadelphia. During the regular season, Marchand posted 21-20=41 totals, as well as a plus/minus rating of plus-25. He has also seen a significant increase in his average time on ice during the postseason. In the regular season, Marchand averaged 13:59 per game, and he is getting 18:10 per game in the playoffs.

THOMAS AGAINST THE FLYERS: In the first three games of the Conference Semifinals, Tim Thomas has stopped 120 of 126 shots for a save percentage of .952, and his GAA in the series is 1.86. He is now 8-0 all-time (regular season and postseason) in Philadelphia.

FIRST ROUND CAPSULE:
- The Bruins advanced to the CSF with a 7-game CQF series win over the Canadiens … It was the first series victory in their history in which they won after losing the first two games as they entered this post-season with an 0-26 series mark in that situation.
- Three of their four wins came in overtime with Michael Ryder ending Game 4 and Nathan Horton settling games 5 and 7 … It was the first series in which they have played three overtime games since their 1998 CQF vs. Washington and was their first with three overtime wins since their 1943 SF vs. Montreal.
- It was their 20th lifetime Game 7 and they are now 10-10 in those games ... It was their fifth Game 7 decided in overtime and they now have a 3-2 mark in those contests.

71 STRAIGHT: The Bruins ended the 2010-11 regular season having sold out 71 consecutive home games at the TD Garden. The Bruins sold out every regular and postseason game during the 2010 calendar year, the first time the organization has done so since the 1972 calendar year.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE: If David Krejci scores another game-winning goal this series, he will be only the second player in NHL history to score four-game winning goals in one playoff series. (Mike Bossy, NYI vs. Bruins in the 1983 Eastern Conference Finals).

1ST GOAL POOL ON TWITTER: Congrats to the following followers of @NHLBruins who correctly guessed Zdeno Chara as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Flyers game on Wednesday, May 4: @BIG_DAWG2433, @CAshworth70, @dan_lawson21, @jpayant70, @DenDorr, @anthonyamico, @beantowndleelee, @gansettcrooks, @witt0713, @vicvalles.

Chara scored the first Bruins goal at 0:30 of the first period.

The Bruins first goal pool takes place on Twitter just before the puck drop every Bruins home game.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: The Bruins Blog’s Matt Kalman makes it a three-way tie for first after this tweet, commenting on the suddenly popular Twitter tradition of guessing which player will score the overtime goal in a playoff game that goes to OT: @TheBruinsBlog “This whole picking a guy from each [team] for OT is a cop out. It's like bowling with the bumpers or playing NHL for Sega with offsides off”

TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD: Here are the current standings on the Tweet of the Week Leaderboard through tweets on May 6:
@HackswithHaggs: 3
@DJ_Bean: 3
@TheBruinsBlog: 3
@ESPNJoeyMac: 2
@GlobeFluto: 2
@douglasflynn: 1
@kluedeke29: 1
@MurphysLaw74: 1
@NaokoFunayama: 1
@MikeGiardi: 1
@RearAdBsBlog: 1

B’S JACKET TALLY: After a Bruins win, the team has begun awarding what can best be characterized as a late 80s Bruins jacket to the player who has the best game. 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 win. After the next win, he will select a different teammate to pass it along to. Here is the tally thus far:
3/22 vs. NJ: Milan Lucic
3/24 vs. MTL: Zdeno Chara
3/27 at PHI: Tim Thomas
3/29 vs. CHI: Mark Recchi
4/2 vs. ATL: Tuukka Rask
4/6 vs. NYI: Daniel Paille
4/9 vs. OTT: Rich Peverley
4/18 at MTL, Game 3: Patrice Bergeron
4/21 at MTL, Game 4: Michael Ryder
4/23 vs. MTL, Game 5: Tim Thomas
4/27 vs. MTL, Game 7: Nathan Horton
4/30 vs. PHI, Game 1: David Krejci
5/2 vs. PHI, Game 2: Tim Thomas
5/4 vs. PHI, Game 3: Dennis Seidenberg

Worth mention is that the windbreaker was purchased on eBay by defenseman Andrew Ference for $35.

BRUINS HONORARY FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: Before each Bruins home game this playoff season, the team has had a prominent alumni serve as the honorary fan banner captain. The captain helps get the Bruins banner pass started.

MTL, Game 1: Rick Middleton
MTL, Game 2: Ken Linseman
MTL: Game 5: Lyndon Byers
MTL, Game 7: Reggie Lemelin
PHI, Game 3: Terry O’Reilly

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The final Prospect Report of the 2010-11 season was sent April 15.

MEDIA INFO: The Bruins have a media-only section of their website, www.BostonBruins.com/media that is the online home for Bruins media information. Media and fans can also call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

Follow the Bruins on Twitter @NHLBruins
Become a Fan of the Bruins on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHLBruins
 
AROUND TOWN

WHAT: BEARD-A-THON
Boston Bruins fans are invited to show their support for the B’s by growing their own playoff beards and participating in the “Bruins Beard-A-Thon.” The 2011 “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” gives Bruins fans the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the team and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and One Mission. The hockey playoff beard is an age-old tradition for players participating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans can create their “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” profile by uploading their photo at www.bostonbruins.com. 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. 

Beard growers may pledge themselves by making a donation, and their friends and family may also pledge their efforts.  Donations can be made in two ways: a one-time pledge (minimum $10) or a daily pledge (minimum $0.50/day).  Throughout the playoffs, fans will have the opportunity to win tickets if their beard is voted the best on BostonBruins.com.  At the end of the contest there will be various prizes for the best and worst beards, as well as a prize for most money raised.
WHEN: Throughout the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff run
WHERE: www.bostonbruins.com

WHAT: G.O.A.L! (Get Out And Learn) YOUTH HOCKEY CLINICS
The Boston Bruins and FMC Ice Sports have partnered to host G.O.A.L! (Get Out And Learn) clinics throughout the 2010-11 season. G.O.A.L! provides children ages 4-7, new to the sport of hockey, with free skating and hockey instruction. All of the hockey equipment including skates and helmets are provided so the children can fully experience the sport of hockey safely and free of charge. Bruins fans can sign up to participate in any of the G.O.A.L! clinics at www.bostonbruins.com. Blades and the Bruins youth hockey development team will be on-hand to assist the new skaters and help create a fun atmosphere for everyone involved.
WHEN: Monday, May 9 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.
WHERE: Burlington Ice Palace, 36 Ray Ave., Burlington, MA 01803
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni, Tommy Songin

WHAT: SBLI FAN FEST
The Boston Bruins will host “SBLI Fan Fest” featuring the Bud Light Beer Garden to celebrate every Bruins home game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The free outdoor festivities will take place prior to Game 6 of the Bruins/Flyers series at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m. in the East Plaza outside of the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114). The event is free and open to Bruins fans of all ages with a ticket to that night’s game. The Bud Light Beer Garden will feature a selection of the most popular Budweiser products including Bud Light, Bud Light Wheat and Bud Light Lime. Space for the event will be limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early. In addition, Bruins fans will enjoy interactive games, giveaways and a live performance from Boston band Hypercane. Throughout the evening, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, will be mingling and taking photographs with fans.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: East Plaza outside of the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Boston Bruins Ice Girls

 
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
-Media should arrive by the scheduled start time of practice as media availability may begin sooner than scheduled
-Media must have press identification with them and visible at all times when covering Bruins practices and games

Saturday, May 7
-Practice/media availability TBD
-Travel to Philadelphia *If necessary

Sunday, May 8 (Philadelphia, PA)
-No pregame skate
-Players available starting at approximately 12:45 p.m. ET
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
-Game 5 at Wells Fargo Center, 3:00 p.m. ET *If necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NONE, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, CBC

Monday, May 9
-Practice/media availability TBD

Tuesday, May 10 (Boston, MA)
-Game 6 at TD Garden, TBD *If necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, CBC

Wednesday, May 11
-Practice/media availability TBD

Thursday, May 12 (Philadelphia, PA)
-Game 7 at Wells Fargo Center, TBD *If necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: VERSUS, CBC

Friday, May 13
-TBD
 

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 7-8 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins.

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

Tuesdays
101.7 FM WFNX
9:10 a.m. Shane Hnidy with the FNX Breakfast Show

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

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”

98.5 The Sports Hub
Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

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

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Brad Marchand with “Karlson and McKenzie”

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

Fridays
107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)
4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, May 6)

PLAYOFFS

Goals
T1. D. Krejci, 5
T1. N. Horton, 5
T3. B. Marchand, 4
T3. C. Kelly, 4
Four players are tied with 2

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 10
2. B. Marchand, 6
3. D. Seidenberg, 5
Four players are tied with 4

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 12
2. B. Marchand, 10
3. D. Krejci, 9
4. N. Horton, 8
5. C. Kelly, 7

Plus/Minus
T1. B. Marchand, +9
T1. Z. Chara, +9
T3. M. Recchi, +8
T3. P. Bergeron, +8
5. D. Seidenberg, +7

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 29
2. P. Bergeron, 12
3. B. Marchand, 10
4. N. Horton, 9
5. A. Ference, 9
 

FINAL REGULAR SEASON

Goals
1. M. Lucic, 30
2. N. Horton, 26
3. P. Bergeron, 22
4. B. Marchand, 21
5. M. Ryder, 18

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 49
3. P. Bergeron, 35
2. M. Recchi, 34
5. M. Lucic, 32
4. Z. Chara, 30

Points
T1. M. Lucic, 62
T1. D. Krejci, 62
3. P. Bergeron, 57
4. N. Horton, 53
5. M. Recchi, 48

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +33
2. A. McQuaid, +30
3. N. Horton, +29
4. M. Lucic, +28
5. B. Marchand, +25

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 122
2. M. Lucic, 121
3. A. McQuaid, 96
4. G. Campbell, 93
5. Z. Chara, 88

2010-11 Bruins “Stars”
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending October 31
Tim Thomas, Second Star of the Month, October
Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, Week ending January 16
Tim Thomas, NHL All-Star
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star, Hardest Shot record 105.9 MPH in 2011 NHL SuperSkills Competition
Tyler Seguin, One of 12 NHL rookies selected to participate in All-Star festivities
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending January 23
Patrice Bergeron, First Star of the Month, January
Tim Thomas, Vezina Trophy Finalist
Zdeno Chara, Norris Trophy Finalist
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