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Next Stop Ottawa, Ontario

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins Week Ahead 10/18 - 10/24

John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room.
B's Close Road Swing North of the Border
The Bruins close out their four game, season opening road trip Saturday night in Ottawa against the Senators. The B's have compiled a 1-1-1 record through their first three away games, with a victory over the Avalanche, a loss to the Wild and a shootout loss to the Canadiens. Puck drop on Saturday is at 700 p.m. ET (TV NESN, RADIO WBZ 1030 AM).

The Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets are the only two clubs who have yet to play a home game in the 2008-2009 regular season, although the Blue Jackets host the Predators Friday night. The Bruins will play the defending Eastern Conference Champion Pittsburgh Penguins in their home opener on Monday night, October 20 at 700 p.m. ET at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Pens are off to a 2-2-1 start to their 2008-2009 campaign (TV NESN, RADIO WBZ 1030AM).

Busy B's
The Bruins will play four games in six nights starting with their home opener against the Penguins on Monday night. They will travel to Buffalo immediately after and face the Sabres Tuesday night, October 21. They have a home date with the Maple Leafs on Thursday, October 23 and will host the Thrashers on Saturday, October 25. All four games start at 700 p.m. ET.

Bruins Upcoming Game and Practice Schedule
Before leaving for any practice, please call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice schedule. All practices are subject to closure, change and/or cancellation.

Saturday, October 18 (Ottawa, ON)
-Pregame skate at Scotiabank Place, 1130 a.m. ET- 1230 p.m. ET
-Game at Ottawa Senators, 700 p.m. ET (TV NESN, FSN-P, RADIO WBZ 1030)
-Travel to Boston, MA

Sunday, October 19 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 1130 a.m. ET- 1230 p.m. ET

Monday, October 20 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 1030 a.m. ET- 1130 a.m. ET
Please note: Pregame skates at the TD Banknorth Garden are not open to the public.
-Game vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 700 p.m. ET (TV NESN, RADIO WBZ 1030)
-Travel to Buffalo, NY

Tuesday, October 21 (Buffalo, NY)
-Pregame skate at HSBC Arena, 1130 a.m. ET- 1230 p.m. ET
-Game at Buffalo Sabres, 700 p.m. ET (TV VERSUS, RADIO WBZ 1030)
-Travel to Boston, MA

Wednesday, October 22 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 1130 a.m. ET- 100 p.m. ET

Thursday, October 23 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 1030 a.m. ET- 1130 a.m. ET
Please note: Pregame skates at the TD Banknorth Garden are not open to the public.
-Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 700 p.m. ET (TV TSN, NESN, RADIO WBZ 1030)

Friday, October 24 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 1130 a.m. ET- 100 p.m. ET

Naoko and NESN
Naoko Funayama recently joined NESN's broadcast team as the Bruins Rinkside Reporter. She joins Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Kathryn Tappen on the network's Boston Bruins coverage. Funayama reports in-game and offers news, updates and interviews for the network's pregame, intermission, and postgame coverage. She also serves as a reporter for NESN SportsDesk, as a contributor to and the host of the Bruins weekly countdown show on NESN, The Buzz.

The Buzz is Back
Check out this week's episode of The Buzz. Highlights of this week's show include a behind the scenes look at the 2008-2009 Bruins Ice Girls Tryouts, an exclusive interview with Bruins Vice President Cam Neely, a sit-down at the University of Minnesota with former Golden Gopher teammates Blake Wheeler and Phil Kessel, and a look at the return of Patrice Bergeron. The Buzz airs Saturday, October 18 at 500 p.m. ET.

On Point
Visit for Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli's Blog, "On Point with Peter." Chiarelli regularly checks in with insights on a variety of topics. His most recent entry discussed the trade of Andrew Alberts and the recalls of Matt Hunwick and Vladimir Sobotka.

Beyond the Blueline
Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward will also have his own interactive feature on, "Beyond the Blueline." Like Chiarelli, Ward will check in throughout the season and offer his thoughts and opinions on the latest happenings with the team and around the league.

Courtesy of the Bruins Week Ahead Stat Machine…
Bruins center Marc Savard has tallied five goals in his first three games this year. During the 2007-2008 season, Savard didn't tally his fifth goal until his 21st game (November 26 at Philadelphia).

NHL Leaderboard
-Marc Savard is tied for first in the NHL in goals scored with 5 (tied with T. Vanek BUF, K. Tkachuk STL, A. Miettinen MIN).
-Savard ranks tied for seventh in the NHL in points with 6 (leader, M. Koivu MIN, 9)
-Dennis Wideman ranks tied for third in the NHL in plus/minus with a +5 (leader, M. Vlasic SJS, +7).

Bruins Leaders as of 10/17
1. M. Savard  5
t2. P. Kessel  2
t2. D. Krejci  2

t1. P. Axelsson  3
t1. P. Bergeron  3
t1. M. Ryder  3

1. M. Savard  6
t2. D. Krejci  4
t3. M. Ryder  4

1. D. Wideman  +5
t2. A. Ference  +3
t2. D. Krejci  +3

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic  14
t2. Z. Chara  6
t2. M. Stuart  6

Ice Girls Night Out!

The Ice Girls recently had a team bonding night at Thursday night's Madonna concert at the TD Banknorth Garden. [Gallery}

Morning update...
The Bruins looked focused during their intense, fast-paced practice on Thursday.

Most interesting was a quick stick drill, which positioned a defenseman and a forward at the top of the crease.

The D worked to stop a pass from a coach, who was stationed in the corner feeding pucks to the front of the net. While the defenseman worked on his positioning and defensive stick work, the forward in the slot attempted to take a position that would allow him to accept the pass, beat the D-man and quickly send a shot by the goalie.

As such, it was a pretty interesting session to watch, especially since the Bruins became very competitive with each other during the drills.

After practice Julien spoke to the progress his team has shown, and implied that he has chosen to focus on that, rather than the one that they failed to gather. Clearly, coach Julien wanted the club to focus on something a bit smaller than the big picture (of a 1-1-1 record), and a simple drill, rife with contact and shots, was a great way to prepare to face Ottawa.

“We had to give our guys credit (Wednesday) night for the way we battled back and got ourselves into the game and managed to get a point out of it,” said Julien after practice. "I’m still disappointed (because) we were going in there with a win in mind...but the fact that we dug ourselves a hole and got ourselves no less out of it, was something that was encouraging.

“That we were able to shut them out for 62 minutes of the 65-minute game was also something positive, (and) hopefully we can get even better defensively and get some of those, again I repeated, those good habits that we had last year back."

In the light of day, the Bruins having taken a point out of Montreal was a definite plus.

“I think so, because if you take away that three-or three-and-a-half minute span, the rest was pretty good,” said the coach. “We looked at our scoring chances against, and this is a highly skilled team. I think even strength we probably gave up about nine quality chances, and we had as many, obviously, but we were a little better, believe it or not, with scoring chances on the power play.

“We kind of dominated in the scoring chance department (on Wednesday), but (we) ended up losing obviously in the shootout.”

Krejci’s Killer Instinct
The name David Krejci was on many media members' minds on Thursday, and much was made of the young forward’s strong effort in Montreal and the cannon-shot goal that started the Bruins comeback.

“Well I think that’s where everybody is going to discover a guy like Krejci more and more,” said Julien. “We felt he was the right guy to put down there because he sees the ice well, he’s very creative and he makes good, solid plays.

“So we put him down there (on the power play) and he served a purpose.”

Julien was asked if it were experience or instinct that was allowing Krejci to be in the right place at the right time, so often.

“I think a lot of it has to do with instincts and hockey sense,” said the head coach. “I always tell everybody that the one thing that you can’t teach a player is hockey sense. You have it or you don’t.

“We’re in a situation here where we have a guy that has good hockey sense and has been showcasing it more and more, starting probably with the last month of last year and into this season.”

Come to FAN FEST on Monday!
Kick off the season the right way, join us for Fan Fest prior to our Home Opener on Monday, October 20! Fan Fest will be held in the West Garden Lot from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Boston Bruins Alumni will be in attendance, as well as the Bruins Ice Girls and Blades! Get here early and enjoy live music, interactive games and giveaways, the first 1,000 fans will walk away with a limited edition Bruins T-shirt.

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