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Bruins Week Ahead

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins


LUCKY 7: Winners of seven in a row, the Bruins embark on a three-game, pre-Thanksgiving road trip with visits to Long Island (Saturday, November 19), Montreal (Monday, November 21) and Buffalo (Wednesday, November 23). The seven consecutive wins is the longest such streak since the B’s won seven straight last season from February 17 – March 3, 2011.

As of Friday, the Bruins rank ninth in the Eastern Conference with 20 points, however they are just two points back of Northeast Division leader Buffalo with a game in hand. First to last in the Northeast Division is separated by a mere three points.

After starting the season 3-1-0, the Islanders have lost 10 of 12 games and have the fewest points in the East, although they are coming off a 4-3 victory over Montreal on Thursday night. The Bruins defeated the Isles 6-2 on Monday, November 7 in Boston in their lone meeting this season.

The visit to Montreal will be Boston’s second of the season, as the two teams met at the Bell Centre on October 29 with the Habs claiming a 4-2 victory. The Canadiens are 4-4 in the month of November.

Wednesday’s tilt with Buffalo will be the first matchup since the Milan Lucic/Ryan Miller collision on November 12. Miller was injured in that game and has been sidelined with a concussion since. Forward Thomas Vanek is tied for the second most points in the league with 23 points on 11 goals and 12 assists.

All of these games can be viewed on NESN and heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Saturday and Wednesday’s game start at 7, while the puck drops in Montreal at 7:30 on Monday. Please note that Monday’s game is a non-VERSUS exclusive broadcast, meaning it can be seen on VERSUS nationally but will be on NESN in the New England market.

NEELY, BRUINS EXECS, ALUMNI HELP THOSE IN NEED: Bruins President Cam Neely will join Bruins executives and alumni at the Garden Neighborhood Charities 16th annual “Table of Friends” event on Tuesday, November 22 at the TD Garden from 1 – 3 p.m. The Bruins will help serve a traditional Thanksgiving style meal to more than 700 guests from local shelters in the Greater Boston area.

Table of Friends By the Numbers:
600 pounds of turkey are served, 700 pounds of stuffing, 25 gallons of gravy, 400 pounds of mashed potatoes, 200 pounds of carrots, 75 pounds of green beans, 106 dozen rolls and 8 gallons of cranberry sauce

THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN: The Bruins annual Black Friday matinee will put the B’s against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, November 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the first ever Thanksgiving Showdown. This game will be televised nationally on NBC. The broadcast launches NBC’s coverage of the NHL for the season, making it the earliest NHL regular season broadcast on national U.S. network television in more than 20 years.

The Black Friday matinee has been a Bruins tradition since 1990.

CAMPBELL TO DONATE PIES ON THANKSGIVING MORNING: For the second straight year, Bruins forward Gregory Campbell will donate pies to local shelters and food banks on Thanksgiving morning, November 24. The Bruins will release more details on timings and locations later in the week.

SEGUIN SHOW: Bruins soph Tyler Seguin was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending November 13, after tallying four goals and two assists in three games last week. The 19-year-old has registered the third most goals in the league with 11, ranks tied for tenth in points with 20 and second in plus/minus (+15).

B’S RATINGS UP: Thursday night’s 2-1 shootout win over Columbus received a 6.1 HH rating on NESN, the third time in the last five games that NESN has set a new season high game rating (11/7 vs. Islanders – 5.2, 11/15 vs. Devils – 5.3). The three games now stand as the 3rd, 4th and 5th highest rated regular season games in NESN history. In addition to the 6.1 HH rating, Thursday’s game earned a 9.9 share in the Boston DMA and peaked at an 8.8 HH rating during the 9:30 quarter hour. Entering Thursday’s game NESN’s season average was at 3.9, which is up 46% over last year after the same number of games. (Source: NESN)

CLOSING IN ON 100: After the Bruins/Blue Jackets game on Thursday, the Bruins have now sold out their last 97 consecutive games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This streak began 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: A flurry of solid tweets from @TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog) wasn’t enough to top @douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, this week, who captures his first TOTW of the 2011-12 season.

@douglasflynn: “Amazing thing is even without further discipline, Shanahan still had more response to Lucic hit than the Sabres did.”

And here are this week’s runners up in no particular order:
@TheBruinsBlog after Brad Marchand’s goalie interference penalty vs. NJ: “Can’t wait until Marchand’s hearing tomorrow. Maybe he can call #RyanMiller as a character witness.”

@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, on the same subject: “Lindy Ruff & Ryan Miller just high-fived each other in Buffalo after Brad Marchand was called for a soft goaltender interference infraction.”

@TheBruinsBlog after the Quebec prosecutors announced there would be no charges filed against Zdeno Chara: “Hope Dave Stubbs can sleep tonight knowing Zdeno Chara will be walking the streets and coming to town next week.”

Also, honorable mention goes to the Content Manager over at SonicBids Jeff Israel (@jeffisrael25) who sent out a number of Lucic/Miller related tweets that while clever and humorous, were unable to be considered due to language.

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 2 (Week 4, Week 5)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 1 (Week 1)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean,, 1 (Week 2)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 1 (Week 3)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN), 1 (Week 6)

The Bruins swept a five game homestand for the first time since 1986, when they won five continuous games on home ice from November 29 – December 11, 1986.

BOSTON BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their first edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on November 16th. It can be viewed online at and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes on all players in the Bruins system and features on Zach Hamill and Dougie ere are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights:

WHO’S HOT: After four successful seasons with the Miami RedHawks, forward Carter Camper signed an entry-level contract with Boston on Apr. 7, 2011. He made his professional debut on Apr. 8 vs. Portland, recorded his first professional point on Apr. 9 at Springfield and scored his first professional goal on Apr. 10 vs. Manchester. Continuing his success into this season, Camper has had a career high four multi-point games already and currently leads the P-Bruins in assists (8) and points (12).

SPOONER SPOTLIGHT: Ryan Spooner was named both the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week and the Ontario Hockey League Player of the Week for the week ending 11/13, after tallying four goals and six assists and a plus 8 rating in three straight wins. He matched a career high 5 points in a single game (1-4=5) on Sunday, November 13 against Saginaw, which he has not done since November 6, 2008 in a 10-2 win against Oshawa while playing for Peterborough, also going 1-4=5 totals. Currently, he has tallied 6-9=15 totals in the past 8 games and is 2nd on the team in points (19), tied for 1st in assists (11), and 2nd in goals (8).

GAME TO WATCH: Ryan Spooner and the Kingston Frontenacs take on Dougie Hamilton and the Niagara IceDogs on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.

DOUGIE OUTSHINES OHL: Boston Bruins 2011 first round draft pick Dougie Hamilton was named OHL Defenseman of the Month for October. The Niagra IceDogs blueliner led all OHL defenseman in scoring for October with 7-13=20 totals over 12 games. Hamilton also had a career high nine-game point streak that lasted from October 6-26.

MEDIA AND FAN INFO LINE: The Boston Bruins Media and Fan Information Line (617.624.1910) has been experiencing intermittent problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. The practice and availability schedules can always be confirmed on the Media Website.


ALL STAR VOTING ON NHL.COM: Six B’s made the NHL all-star ballot: Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Tim Thomas. Voting began on on Monday, Nov. 14.

MO-VEMBER: Bruins Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton will be leading the Mo-Vember fundraising for the Bruins this year, by maintaining mustaches throughout the month. Fans can visit the page and learn how to donate to Bergeron and Thornton’s efforts or how to start their own Mo-vember fundraising page. will track the player’s progress throughout the month by adding photos regularly. All money collected will benefit prostate-cancer related research and funding.

THOMAS STARS IN DISCOVER COMMERCIAL: Discover launched two new national television ads Tuesday, November 1 featuring the popular Peggy character along with Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. Both 30-second spots showcase each player’s frustration as they face some of the challenges consumers face when calling their card’s customer service departments. To see the ad, visit

FULL 60 TO HISTORY: The Bruins official championship season commemorative book Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins is on presale now on Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Beginning with the team “picking up the pieces” after their 2010 playoff exit against Philadelphia, continuing through Belfast, Prague, across North America and to Vancouver for the unforgettable locker room celebration on June 15, Full 60 to History provides content that has never been seen or heard before. Exclusive insight into the trades that Peter Chiarelli made (and didn’t make), intermission speeches from Head Coach Claude Julien, postgame talks that only those inside the locker room were privy to, the meaning behind the title of the book, and countless memorable conversations and moments of the 2010-11 season are all explained in full detail.

CROSS INSURANCE BECOMES FIRST PRACTICE PARTNER: The Boston Bruins announced on October 4 that Cross Insurance will be the first partner of the Bruins practice jerseys. In addition to the practice jerseys Cross Insurance will have a visible presence at the Bruins primary practice facility at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA.

WIN A STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RING: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host a raffle where a lucky Bruins fan will win his or her own official Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Championship ring. The winner will also have the opportunity to have the ring personalized with his or her name. Raffle tickets are on sale now at for $5.00 per ticket, with the net proceeds benefiting the Boston Bruins Foundation.

- (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, November 19 (Uniondale, NY)
-Morning Skate, Nassau Coliseum, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
- Bruins vs. New York Islanders, Nassau Coliseum, 7:00 p.m. (1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN(HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, November 20 (Uniondale, NY/Montreal, QC)
-Practice, Nassau Coliseum, 9:00 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players
-Travel to Montreal, QC

Monday, November 21 (Montreal, QC/Buffalo, NY)
-Morning Skate, Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
- Bruins vs. Canadiens, Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m. (1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, MTL, QC H4B 5G0)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN(HD), RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Buffalo, NY

Tuesday, November 22 (Buffalo, NY)
-Practice, First Niagara Center, 1:15 p.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players

Wednesday, November 23 (Buffalo, NY/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, First Niagara Center, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
- Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, First Niagara Center, 7:00 p.m. (One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN(HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Thursday, November 24 (Boston, MA)
-Practice, TD Garden, 11:00 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players

Friday, November 25 (Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, player/coach media availability TBD
-Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL/NATIONAL TV: NBC, TSN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub


TD Garden’s philanthropic arm, Garden Neighborhood Charities, will be hosting its 16th Annual Table of Friends on Tuesday, November 22nd. Over 700 guests from St. Francis House, Woods Mullen, Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, Long Island Shelter and the Shattuck Shelter are invited onto the event floor and served a turkey dinner with all the trimmings - 600 pounds of turkey, 700 pounds of stuffing, 25 gallons of gravy, 400 pounds of mashed potatoes, 200 pounds of carrots, 75 pounds of green beans, 106 dozen rolls and 8 gallons of cranberry sauce - by TD Garden, Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics executives, coaches and alumni, as well as elected officials and media personalities. Guests will enjoy a hearty meal, music and the opportunity to mingle with our guest servers. Financial donations will also be presented to various organizations on behalf of TD Garden.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 22 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Event Floor, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins President Cam Neely, Bruins Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney, Director of Development for the Boston Bruins Foundation Bob Sweeney, and Boston Bruins Alumni Ken Hodge Sr., Frank Simonetti, Tommy Songin, and Rick Middleton.

P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) is a 10 clinic series conducted by the Boston Bruins and sponsored by TD Bank. P.A.S.S. focuses on teaching youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12 basic hockey skills. All participants receive a P.A.S.S. jersey and a gift bag filled with an equipment bag tag, water bottle and two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game. TD Bank also presents each hosting youth hockey organization with a $1,000 donation.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 pm.
WHERE: New England Sports Center, 121 Donald Lynch Blvd, Marlboro, MA 01752
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni, Tommy Songin

For the second straight year, Bruins forward Gregory Campbell will deliver pies to local shelters and food banks on Thanksgiving morning. The Bruins will confirm details the week of the 21st.
WHEN: Thanksgiving morning, November 24, exact timings will be confirmed the week of the 21st
WHERE: Locations will be announced the week of the 21st

The Boston Bruins Foundation is raffling off an autographed Tyler Seguin camouflage jersey. The winner will also receive the autographed, camouflage tape wrapped stick Seguin used during pregame warm-ups during Military Appreciation night on Tuesday, November 15. Tickets will be on sale until Tuesday, November 29. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online at for $5.00 per ticket, with the net proceeds benefiting the Boston Bruins Foundation.
WHEN: The winner will be chosen at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29.

During November each year, Mo-vember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton will lead the Bruins efforts online at
WHEN: Throughout the month of November
BRUINS PARTCIPATING: Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, November 18)

1. T. Seguin, 11 
2. M. Lucic, 8
3. B. Marchand, 6
T4. N. Horton, 5
T4. C. Kelly, 5

1. Z. Chara, 12
2. P. Bergeron, 10
3. T. Seguin, 9
4. J. Corvo, 8
5. B. Marchand, 7

1. T. Seguin, 20
2. M. Lucic, 14
T3. P. Bergeron, 13
T3. Z. Chara, 13
T3. B. Marchand, 13

1. T. Seguin, +15
2. Z. Chara, +11
T3. P. Bergeron, +10
T3. C. Kelly, +10
T3. B. Marchand, +10

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 39
2. B. Marchand, 35
3. Z. Chara, 31
4. G. Campbell, 30
5. N. Horton, 28

Tyler Seguin is tied for 10th in the NHL in points (20), 4th in goals (11), tied for 3rd in game winning goals (3), and tied for 2nd in plus/minus (+15).

Zdeno Chara is tied for 6th among all defensemen in points (13) and tied for 6th in the league in plus/minus (+11).

Tyler Seguin, First Star of the Week (Week ending November 13)

The 2011-2012 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.
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