NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 2
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
HOME AND HOME: Now with points in their last 12 games at 11-0-1, the Bruins will face Northeast Division rival Toronto in both of their games next week. The first will take place north of the border on Wednesday, November 30 at the Air Canada Centre and the second will be played on TD Garden ice on Saturday, December 3. Both games start at 7 p.m. and will be televised locally on NESN and heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Paced by NHL scoring leader Phil Kessel – who leads the NHL in goals (16) and points (30) – the Leafs have compiled a 13-8-2 record though their first 23 games. Toronto has won three of their last four (not including Sunday night’s game against Anaheim) and have scored 18 goals in those three wins.
The Bruins have defeated the Leafs in both meetings this season however (one at home and one in Toronto) by a combined score of 13-2.
CLOSING IN ON 100: After the Bruins/Jets game on Saturday, the Bruins have now sold out their last 99 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).
B’S GIVE BACK ON MONDAY: Four Bruins players will make appearances in the Greater Boston community on Monday afternoon for a variety of causes. Finnish goaltender Tuukka Rask
will lead a geography lesson with fifth graders at the Brooks Elementary School in Medford on Monday, November 28 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. while Patrice Bergeron
and Benoit Pouliot
– and their Mo-Vember mustaches – will meet with prostate cancer patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston from 2:30-3:30 as part of the Mo-Vember campaign. Daniel Paille
and his wife Dana will help Marines organize and sort through toys at the Toys for Tots Warehouse in South Boston from 4:30 – 5:30. The visit will kick off the Toys for Tots in-game collections that will take place during all home games in the month of December.
For more information on all the appearances, see the Around Town section below.
BOSTON BRUINS ICE GIRLS: BostonBruins.com launched a revamped version of their Ice Girl homepage that now includes animated bios and video. Fans can check out the new features and this year’s Ice Girl squad on BostonBruins.com.
BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: An extended week brought an expanded pool of tweets this week, and along with it, a slew of TOTW newcomers who made a strong impact on the voting. Congrats to HockeyBuzz.com’s Ty Anderson for capturing his first TOTW for his #morepointsthanLeino series leading up to the Bruins/Buffalo game on Wednesday and the various replies the subject sparked. Difficult to pick just one of them, so the panel awarded the TOTW honors to the whole group. Here are some of the tweets that stood out:
@_TyAnderson: “Tim Tebow touchdown passes #morepointsthanLeino.” “Tyler Seguin
’s goals against Northeast Division opponents #morepointsthanLeino” “4.5? #almostmorepointsthanLeino”
And here are this week’s runners up in no particular order:
@ToucherandRich (Fred Toucher, 98.5 The Sports Hub) after the second period of the Bruins/Jets game in which Chris Kelly
scored two goals: “Good period. Best performance by a guy in a Bruins jersey – Chris Kelly
. Runner up- the Jordan’s Furniture guy.”
@bizjacobs (Biz Jacobs, InsideHockey.com) commenting on the Bruins/Jets trade history: “I wonder if fans will chant “thank you wheeler and stuart” tonight if Peverley scores.”
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com) during the Bruins/Red Wings game on Black Friday: “Pavel Datsyuk is unequivocally winning the battle of people who are/have been compared to Pavel Datsyuk. Krejci off for hooking.”
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe) during Buffalo’s practice at the First Niagara Center the day before the much anticipated B’s/Sabres game: “Sabres take ice at FNC. Large slabs of red meat marked w/17 strewn all over ice. B's here tomorrow night. Red rain keeps fallin down.”
@Kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal) after Adam McQuaid
’s leaping defensive play in the crease during the B’s/Jets game:: “Adam McQuaid
showed off his excitement for the end of the NBA lockout with the aerial block. Warming up Garden for KG, Paul, Ray + the Celtics”
2011-12 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 2 (Week 4, Week 5)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 1 (Week 1)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 1 (Week 2)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 1 (Week 3)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN), 1 (Week 6)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), 1 (Week 7)
THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS STAT MACHINE:
The Bruins have 23 points in the month of November at 11-0-1 which is their best month since a 24-point December in 2008 when they had a 12-1-0 mark.
BOSTON BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT UPCOMING SCHEDULE: The next Bruins Prospect Report will be sent out on Thursday, December 1.
PREVIOUS 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 BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes on all players in the Bruins system and features on Zach Hamill
and Dougie Hamilton
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 schedule can always be confirmed on BostonBruins.com.
OFF THE ICE:
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 nhl.com 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 www.bostonbruins.com/movember page and learn how to donate to Bergeron and Thornton’s efforts or how to start their own Mo-vember fundraising page. BostonBruins.com 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 BostonBruins.com.
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 BostonBruins.com/full60. 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 www.bruinsraffles.org for $5.00 per ticket, with the net proceeds benefiting the Boston Bruins Foundation.
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.
Practices at the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Sunday, November 27
-No practice, no media availability
Monday, November 28 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, November 29 (Wilmington, MA/Toronto, ON)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Travel to Toronto, ON
Wednesday, November 30 (Toronto, ON/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, Air Canada Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m. (40 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2X2)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN(HD), RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Thursday, December 1 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 12 p.m.
Friday, December 2 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS I.C.E. SCHOOL VISIT PRESENTED BY AT&TTuukka Rask
will be visiting with fifth graders at the Brooks Elementary School in Medford on Monday, November 28 from 1:30 p.m. – 2: 30 p.m. During the visit, Rask will lead a geography lesson plan from the Bruins I.C.E. (I Can Excel) School curriculum presented by AT&T.
WHEN: Monday, November 28 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Brooks Elementary School, 388 High Street, Medford, MA 02155
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Tuukka Rask
WHAT: MOVEMBER VISIT TO THE DANA FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE
In an effort to support Movember, Bruins Patrice Bergeron
and Beniot Pouliot will be visiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to meet with various prostate cancer patients. The visit will wrap up a successful 2011 Movember season.
WHEN: Monday, November 28 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dana Farber, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02115
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Patrice Bergeron
and Beniot Pouliot
WHAT: TOYS FOR TOTS WAREHOUSE VISIT
On Monday, November 28 Daniel Paille
and his wife Dana will visit the Toys for Tots Warehouse where they will be helping Marines organize and sort through toys to be distributed by the Toys for Tots program. The visit will kick-off the Toys For Tots in-game collection occurring at all Bruins home games throughout the month of December.
WHEN: Monday, November 28 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Toys For Tots Warehouse, 21 Drydock Ave Boston, MA 02115
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Daniel and Dana Paille
WHAT: P.A.S.S. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TD BANK
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: Monday, November 28 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Blackstone Valley Sports Center, 25 Andrew Ferland Way, Pawtucket, RI 02860
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Providence Bruins Andrew Bodnarchuk
and Matt Bartkowski
WHAT: SEGUIN MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT JERSEY AND STICK RAFFLE
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 www.bruinsraffles.org 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.
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Saturday, November 26)
1. T. Seguin, 12
2. C. Kelly, 9
T3. M. Lucic, 8
T3. B. Marchand, 8
5. N. Horton, 6
T1. P. Bergeron, 12
T1. Z. Chara, 12
3. T. Seguin, 11
4. R. Peverley, 10
T5. B. Marchand, 9
T5. J. Corvo, 9
1. T. Seguin, 23
T2. P. Bergeron, 17
T2. B. Marchand, 17
T4. M. Lucic, 16
T4. Z. Chara, 16
T4. Kelly, 16
1. T. Seguin, +19
2. C. Kelly +15
3. B. Marchand, +14
T4. P. Bergeron, +13
T4. Z. Chara, +13
1. S. Thornton, 39
2. B. Marchand, 37
3. Z. Chara, 36
4. M. Lucic, 31
T5. G. Campbell, 30
T5. N. Horton, 30
BRUINS 2011-12 STARS:Tyler Seguin
, First Star of the Week (Week ending November 13)
The 2011-2012 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.