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KREJCI CLOSES OUT 2013 WITH HIS 100TH: Forward David Krejci closed out 2013 with his 100th career NHL goal in the New Year’s Eve game against the New York Islanders at TD Garden. Krejci enters the weekend riding a six-game point streak, registering three goals and four assists during that span.
NHL DEBUTS APLENTY: Goaltender Niklas Svedberg appeared in his first NHL game on Thursday night against the Predators becoming the fifth Bruin to do so this season, joining Craig Cunningham, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky. Svedberg, the first Swedish goaltender to play for the Bruins, earned his first NHL win in his first career start in the 3-2 overtime victory against Nashville in Boston at TD Garden.
B’S STREAKING: The B’s line composed of Jarome Iginla, David Krejci and Milan Lucic is currently riding a six-game point streak, combining for nine goals and 11 assists during that span. During that streak, Iginla has accumulated 5-2=7 totals, Krejci has contributed 3-4=7 totals and Lucic has tallied 1-5=6 totals.
SPOONER DISHING IT OUT: Rookie centerman Ryan Spooner has made the most of his time with Boston, dishing out nine assists in 14 appearances this season with the Bruins. Spooner has registered six assists over the course of his last six games, including four assists against in two games versus Predators this season. The 21-year-old enters the weekend tied for third among NHL rookies in NHL power play assists with five and tied sixth in power play points with five as well.
CHECK OUT EPISODE 7 OF BEHIND THE B BEFORE THE B’S/DUCKS GAME: The seventh installment of Behind the B presented by Alex and Ani is set to air January 7 at 8:00 p.m. on NESN before the Bruins take on the Ducks in Anaheim at 10:00 p.m. ET (also on NESN). All episodes of Behind the B will air on NESN and can be streamed online at bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. Other exclusive Behind the B related content will be available on bostonbruins.com and the Boston Bruins Digital Entertainment Network (Bruins DEN) throughout the season.
Behind the B episode air schedule on NESN:
Episode 7: Tuesday, January 7, 8:00 p.m. ET (re-airing at 9:00 p.m. ET)
Episode 8: Tuesday, January 21, 8:00 p.m. ET (re-airing at 9:00 p.m. ET)
Episode 9: Thursday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. ET
Episode 10: Wednesday, February 19, 8:00 p.m. ET
Episode 11: Tuesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m. ET
Episode 12: Tuesday, April 1, 8:00 p.m. ET
Episode 13: Monday, April 14, 8:00 p.m. ET
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. The next celebration game will take place on Tuesday, January 14 vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs, where Bruins legend P.J. Axelsson will drop the ceremonial first puck to begin that night's tribute to the Bruins of the 2000's.
90 Years Celebration Games:
-Monday, October 14 vs. Detroit Red Wings (Milt Schmidt Puck Drop)
-Thursday, November 21st vs. St. Louis Blues (Bobby Orr Puck Drop)
-Tuesday, December 17th vs. Calgary Flames (Terry O'Reilly Puck Drop)
-Tuesday, January 14th vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
-Thursday, January 30th vs. Montreal Canadiens
-Tuesday, February 4th vs. Vancouver Canucks
-Saturday, March 1st vs. Washington Capitals
-Monday, March 24th vs. Montreal Canadiens
-Thursday, March 27th vs. Chicago Blackhawks
-Saturday, April 5th vs. Philadelphia Flyers
B’S TO HOST CASINO NIGHT: On Saturday, February 1, the B’s will host their annual “Casino Night” at the Westin Boston Waterfront, which will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (VIP Cocktail Reception 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) and will give fans the opportunity to play at casino tables alongside current and former Bruins players. For ticket options and more information please visit BostonBruins.com/foundation.
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUAL GAMES: Limited individual game tickets are available for upcoming Bruins home games at TD Garden, the Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, January 4th (1:00 p.m. game).
BOSTON BRUINS #40 LICENSE PLATE RAFFLE: One lucky winner will have the opportunity to show off their Boston Bruins pride by cruising the roads of New England with Boston Bruins license plate #40, the same number worn by star goaltender Tuukka Rask. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased through www.bruinsraffles.org and can be attained until February 8, 2014. This raffle will be supporting the Boston Bruins license plate program and by now, you've probably seen a Boston Bruins license plate on the road in Massachusetts. But beyond the fact that the plate looks good, it is also serving a very important purpose - all proceeds from the sale of the "Invest in Youth Hockey" plate go directly to Massachusetts Youth Hockey. In the time that the plates have been on the road, the program has raised over $1 million for grassroots youth hockey efforts throughout the state. Money raised through the "Invest in Youth Hockey" initiative has helped pay for the Border Patrol Program, which directly benefits the youngest skaters.
PUCKS & PUPS 2014 CALENDAR: The Bruins announced the Pucks & Pups 2014 Bruins calendar, which will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and MSPCA Angell. Pucks & Pups is a unique 2014 calendar featuring Bruins players and management photographed with their pets or with adoptable dogs from the MSPCA. Players featured in the calendar include Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, and Shawn Thornton. Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs, President Cam Neely, General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Head Coach Claude Julien also participated in the project. The calendar features the B’s with their family pets or new friends waiting for homes at the MSPCA. Calendars can be purchased the Boston Bruins Pro Shop in TD Garden as well as on BostonBruins.com by visiting the following link: www.bostonbruins.com/pucksandpups.
GOLDEN STATE ROAD SWING: The Bruins will play the Winnipeg Jets for the first time this season on January 4, at 1:00 p.m. on home ice. The Black and Gold will then travel to the west coast to play their first of a three-game series in California, starting off against the Anaheim Ducks on January 7, at 10:00 p.m. ET. The Los Angeles Kings will then host the B’s next on January 9, at 10:30 p.m. ET at the Staples Center.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: The NESN broadcast team of Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will be covering all of this week’s upcoming Bruins games. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
1/4 vs. Winnipeg Jets, 1:00 p.m. – NESN
1/7 at Anaheim Ducks, 10:00 p.m. – NESN
1/9 at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. – NESN
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak (Gresh and Zo), which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Johnny Boychuk are expected to be regular guests on 98.5 as well with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.
188 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators, the Boston Bruins have sold out 188 straight regular season and playoff games. 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): Boston Globe veteran Fluto Shinzawa continues to lead the Tweet of the Week standings with his tweet regarding Zdeno Chara and his encounter with a puck earlier this week:
@GlobeFluto: Puck to Zdeno Chara's face. Puck is in worse shape.
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@DJ_Bean: So at what point do Nick Johnson and friends get sponsored by @emergenc? #basis
@AmalieBenjamin: Bruins recall forward Nick Johnson - again. He better be getting frequent flier miles on this.
@ShawnHutcheon: Girl in @tdgarden crowd has sign that reads "I'd rather see a puck drop than the ball." I like it!
2013-14 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 6, Week 8, Week 11, Week 17
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog), Week 4, Week 5
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger), Week 3, Week 7
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com), Week 1, Week 13
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 2, Week 15
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com) Week 10
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 9
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Jaggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 12
@JamieErdahl (Jamie Erdahl, NESN), Week 14
@KirkLuedeke29 (KirkLuedeke, New England Hockey Journal), Week 16
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, December 18
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, January 15
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out the third edition of the 2013-14 Boston Bruins Prospect Report on December 18. 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 stories on the depth of the Bruins organization.
BRUINS MEDIA WEBSITE: Throughout the 2013-14 season, members of the media can log on to the Boston Bruins Media Website for all relevant information regarding the team, including a downloadable version of the new 2013-14 media guide; practice schedule and media availability updates; official news, statements and press releases; player transactions; Bruins’ player and staff appearances; gameday audio and transcripts for use; and an archives section for previous seasons. The current practice and media availability schedule can be found at the end of this release and via the media site.
Media can log on to BostonBruins.com/media using the following information:
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 2013-14 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 2013-14 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 2013-14 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.
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 Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Saturday, January 4 (Boston, MA)
-Home Game vs. Winnipeg Jets, 1:00 p.m. local
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, January 5
Monday, January 6 (Boston, MA / Anaheim, CA)
-Travel to Anaheim, CA
-Practice at Honda Center, 2:00 p.m. local
Tuesday, January 7 (Anaheim, CA)
-Pregame skate at Honda Center, 11:30 a.m. local
-Away Game at Anaheim Ducks, 7:00 p.m. local
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Wednesday, January 8 (El Segundo, CA)
-Practice at Toyota Sports Center, 2:00 p.m. local
Thursday, January 9 (Los Angeles, CA)
-Pregame skate at Staples Center, 11:30 a.m. local
-Away Game at Los Angeles Kings, 7:30 p.m. local
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Friday, January 10 (Los Angeles, CA / San Jose, CA)
-Travel to San Jose, CA
-Practice at SAP Center, 12:00 p.m. local
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, January 3)
1. R. Smith, 14
2. J. Iginla, 13
3. M. Lucic, 12
T5. P. Bergeron, 10
T5. B. Marchand, 10
1. D. Krejci, 27
2. M. Lucic, 18
3. R. Smith, 17
4. J. Iginla, 15
1. D. Krejci, 36 (9-27)
2. R. Smith, 31 (14-17)
3. M. Lucic, 30 (12-18)
4. J. Iginla, 28 (13-15)
1. M. Lucic, 53
2. A. McQuaid, 46
3. B. Marchand, 42
4. S. Thornton, 41