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The Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 2/28 - 3/6

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


EIGHTH ANNUAL “CUTS FOR A CAUSE”: Patrice Bergeron is teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub and members of the 2014-15 Bruins roster for the eighth annual "Cuts for a Cause" event on Tuesday, March 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (VIP session: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (50 Park Plaza at Arlington, Boston, MA). Bergeron and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The full roster of participating Bruins will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets are on sale now and beginning on March 16 Bruins fans can bid on the opportunity to shave the head of their favorite participating Bruins player by visiting bostonbruins.com/cutsforacause. Auction winners will also receive admission to the VIP session from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. where they will meet and greet the players on the event floor. Fans can purchase tickets to the event, hosted by Patrice Bergeron along with Fred "Toucher" Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb of the Toucher & Rich show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, at bostonbruins.com/cutsforacause starting Friday, February 27 at 10:00 a.m. Limited VIP tickets are available for $200 and General Admission tickets are available for $30. Ticket prices do not include processing fees.  Over the past seven years the Cuts for a Cause event has raised over $360,000 for charity.

JEREMY SMITH RECALLED: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced February 27, that the club had recalled goaltender Jeremy Smith from Providence on an emergency basis. Smith joined the club on Friday in New Jersey and will be eligible for their game against the Devils on Friday night. Although he has dressed as an NHL backup for both Nashville and Columbus in previous emergency recalls for both teams, Smith is looking to play his first NHL game. Smith has played in 26 games for Providence this season accruing a 14-8-4 record, 2.08 goals against average (sixth in the AHL) and a .931 save percentage (fourth in the AHL). At the American Hockey League level, Smith has a record of 101-68-15 in 184 games, recording a career 2.32 goals against average and .915 save percentage. Smith, 25, is in his first season in the Bruins organization after signing with the team as a free agent on July 2, 2014.

BRUINS FOUNDATION TO HOST “FASHION POWER PLAY”: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host “Fashion Power Play” a fundraiser fashion show to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation on Tuesday, March 3, at Copley Place. Featured models for the event will include many of the wives and girlfriends of current Boston Bruins Players as well as professional models. Neiman Marcus will provide all runway fashion and Kathy Benharris will be styling and producing the event. The Bruins Foundation will host guests seated along a spectacular 110-foot runway. Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails and culinary delights. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on unique silent auction items including Boston Bruins autographed memorabilia, the latest fashion trends and accessories, and more. Fans interested in purchasing tickets to Fashion Power Play should visit www.bostonbruins.com/fashionshow. VIP seating (first two rows) tickets will cost $100 per ticket and general admission seating will cost $75 per ticket. Media interested in attending the Fashion Power Play show should contact Erika Wentzell (ewentzell@bostonbruins.com) for more information.

B’S TO VISIT HALLMARK HEALTH VISIT TO CARDIO REHAB OUTPATIENT CLINIC: Ryan Spooner and Craig Cunningham will be paying a special visit to Hallmark Hospital’s cardio rehab outpatient clinic (Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 170 Governors Avenue) on Tuesday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m.  During the visit, the players will be doing cardio exercises with adult patients.  For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead. Players are subject to change.

HAMILTON & PASTRNAK TO PLAY “GOAL BALL” AT PERKINS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND: On Tuesday, March 3, Dougie Hamilton and David Pastrnak will be visiting Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to play a game of “goal ball” with students at 3:30 p.m.  Goal Ball is a team sport geared toward blind athletes in which players roll a bell-embedded ball into the opposing team’s goal.  Players will wear colored goggles to prevent them from seeing and will use the sound of the bell to determine where the ball is.  They will have to use their bodies, often by lying on their sides on the floor, to prevent the ball from passing them.  For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead. Players are subject to change.

ALEX & ANI GIRLS LOVE HOCKEY CLINIC: The Boston Bruins and Alex & Ani have randomly selected female youth hockey players from across New England to participate in the Alex & Ani Girls Love Hockey clinic on Tuesday, March 3 at Larz Anderson Outdoor Rink to celebrate the game of female hockey while adding opportunities for female players. The girls selected will be run through an hour-long clinic hosted by Chris Kelly and members of the Bruins youth hockey development team.  For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead. Players are subject to change.

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games vs. Arizona (2/27) and vs. Calgary (3/5). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. For an opponent breakdown and preview of the B’s upcoming opponents, check out the Week Ahead Preview with The Sports Hub’s Bob Beers at BostonBruins.com

2/27 vs. Arizona Coyotes, 5:30 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
3/5 vs. Calgary Flames, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

BRUINS ALUMNI IN THE COMMUNITY: The Bruins Alumni are heading north this weekend to take on the Union Arena Bears at Union Arena in Woodstock, VT (80 Amsden Way, Woodstock, VT) on Saturday, February 28th at 4:30 p.m. The game will benefit the Union Arena. Tickets will be available at the door and are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 14 and under. A roster of former Bruins including Rick Middleton, Cleon Daskalakis and Glen Featherstone are expected to skate (players subject to change).

SUITES AVAILABLE FOR BRUINS VS. RED WINGS & MORE: Limited suite rentals are available now for upcoming games, including match-ups against the Flyers on March 7, Red Wings on March 8, Ducks on March 26 and more. Suites accommodate 18 to 60 fans and feature a living room area, private restroom and many other great amenities. To book your suite now visit BostonBruins.com/SuiteRental or call 617.624.1VIP (1847).

LIMITED BRUINS TICKETS AVAILABLE AT TD GARDEN: Limited tickets are available for Bruins vs. the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, February 28 and Thursday, March 5 vs. the Calgary Flames at TD Garden. For tickets and more information please visit www.bostonbruins.com/tickets.

SEASON 2 OF BEHIND THE B: Season Two of the Black & Gold’s all-access television series “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani has begun, with 13 episodes slated to air during the 2014-15 season. All episodes will again be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary.

“Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani Episode air dates (all televised on NESN):
Episode 11 - Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 12 - Sunday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. immediately following Bruins-Hurricanes postgame coverage
Episode 13 - Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.

BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION 50/50 RAFFLE:  During each Boston Bruins home game, the Boston Bruins Foundation conducts the 50/50 raffle presented by Health Services Administrators. Fifty percent of the proceeds go towards the beneficiary hosted by the Bruins Foundation that night, while the other fifty percent of the proceeds go to one lucky winner. The 50/50 program comprises one third of the annual fundraising for the Boston Bruins Foundation. After the winning ticket is selected, the number will be announced in-game giving the winner the opportunity to claim their prize at Guest Services on the Loge Level, Section 4 or by checking the numbers posted on the Bruins Foundation Website within 30 days of the winning game, which can be found at the following link: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=101168.

Last five winning 50/50 numbers:
2/24 vs. Vancouver Canucks: 01601562 (Total: $15,785, Beneficiary: Read to a Child)
2/10 vs. Dallas Stars: 03201375 (Total: $8,510, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundations)
2/7 vs. New York Islanders: 06601331 (Total: $16,895, Beneficiary: Garden Neighborhood Charities)
2/8 vs. Montreal Canadiens: 01602420 (Total: $23,495, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)
1/31 vs. Los Angeles Kings: 03402603 (Total: $19,750, Beneficiary: Shriners Hospital)

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak and Marc Betrand, which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., while forward Reilly Smith is expected to be regular a guest with 98.5's Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and Bruins President Cam Neely will also be a guest with Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti  (Felger and Mazz) on their show, which airs weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Chris Kelly will be a regular guest on 100.7 WZLX with Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie (Karlson & McKenzie), which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.

AROUND TOWN…

HALLMARK HEALTH VISIT TO CARDIO REHAB OUTPATIENT CLINIC
WHAT: Ryan Spooner and Craig Cunningham will be paying a special visit to Hallmark Hospital’s cardio rehab outpatient clinic (Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 170 Governors Avenue) on Tuesday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m.  During the visit, the players will be doing cardio exercises with adult patients.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 170 Governors Avenue, Medford, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Ryan Spooner and Craig Cunningham (subject to change)

BRUINS TO PLAY “GOAL BALL” WITH PERKINS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
WHAT: On Tuesday, March 3, Dougie Hamilton and David Pastrnak will be visiting Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to play a game of “goal ball” with students at 3:30 p.m.  Goal Ball is a team sport geared toward blind athletes in which players roll a bell-embedded ball into the opposing team’s goal.  Players will wear colored goggles to prevent them from seeing and will use the sound of the bell to determine where the ball is.  They will have to use their bodies, often by lying on their sides on the floor, to prevent the ball from passing them.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Perkins School for the Blind, 175 N. Beacon Street, Watertown, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Dougie Hamilton and David Pastrnak (subject to change)

ALEX & ANI GIRLS LOVE HOCKEY CLINIC
WHAT: The Boston Bruins and Alex & Ani have randomly selected female youth hockey players from across New England to participate in the Alex & Ani Girls Love Hockey clinic on Tuesday, March 3 at Larz Anderson Outdoor Rink to celebrate the game of female hockey while adding opportunities for female players.  The girls selected will be run through an hour-long clinic hosted by Chris Kelly and members of the Bruins youth hockey development team.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Larz Anderson Rink, 25 Newton Street, Brookline, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Chris Kelly and Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin (subject to change)

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.

COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2014-15 regular season, Bruins Chief Executive Officer 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.

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

SETTING RECORDS: Patrice Bergeron went 31-7 in the faceoff circle vs. Vancouver on Feb. 24, the most faceoff wins by any NHL player this season and the most by a Bruin since the stat became available through the NHL scoring system in 1998. Bergeron's previous game-high was 27 vs. Chicago on 6/12/13 and his previous regular season game-high was 24 on 11/15/11 vs. NY Islanders. Only 5 Bruins other than Bergeron have even won 20-or-more faceoffs in a game since 1998 (Joe Thornton, Dave Scatchard, Jason Allison, Jozef Stumpel, Tim Taylor). The Bruins have had less than 31 faceoff wins as a team in 25 games this season and have tied that mark in 2 other games.

NO REST FOR THE WEARY: Entering Friday's game in New Jersey, Tuukka Rask has played in 18 straight games dating back to Jan. 10, which is the longest regular season stretch of his career (he played 22 straight in the 2013 post-season). It is the most consecutive regular season games played by a Boston goaltender since Tim Thomas played 18 straight from Jan. 27-Mar. 3, 2007 (Thomas played all 25 games of the 2011 post-season) and Thomas also played in 21 straight earlier in the 2006-07 season from Oct. 21-Dec. 9, 2006.

244 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s home game against the Vancouver Canucks, the Boston Bruins have sold out 244 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than five 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).

UPCOMING GAMES…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): Despite a slight typo (we knew what you meant), New England Hockey Journal’s Kirk Luedeke will take home this week’s Tweet of the Week for his #InZane hashtag:

@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal): Congratulations to B's prospect Zane McIntyre- named NCHC Goaltender of the Week&stopped 67 of 70 shots in sweep of WMU #InZaneintgeMembrane

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@DanCagen (Dan Cagen, MetroWest Daily News): Matt Grzelcyk grew up in Charlestown. I'm sure his father will still be beaming in the morning as he gets the ice ready for the Bruins.
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN): Bergeron was 12-1 on faceoffs in the 2nd period. And someone suggested, last week, that we overrate him. #WatchTheGamesPlease

2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Week 8, Week 10, Week 12, Week 15, Week 20
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN): Week 1, Week 14, Week 16
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog): Week 2, Week 4, Week 11
@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal): Week 18, Week 23
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Week 6, Week 22
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com): Week 17, Week 21
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com): Week 3, Week 13
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): Week 7, Week 9
@DanCagen (Dan Cagen, MetroWest Daily News): Week 19
@GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe): Week 5

MEDIA INFORMATION: Throughout the 2014-15 season, the Bruins Communications staff will provide schedule updates, releases and transcripts on the Boston Bruins Media Site, which can be accessed at www.bostonbruins.com/media using the follow combination: E-mail: media@bostonbruins.com, Password: media.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-Schedule is subject to change.
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.

Saturday, February 28 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame schedule and media availability TBD
-Home Game vs. Arizona Coyotes, 5:30 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, March 1
-TBD

Monday, March 2 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players

Tuesday, March 3 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players

Wednesday, March 4 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players

Thursday, March 5 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after session
-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien
-Home Game vs. Calgary Flames, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, March 6 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 11:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after practice
-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
T1. P. Bergeron, 17
T1. B. Marchand, 17
3. L. Eriksson, 14
T4. M. Lucic, 12
T4. R. Smith, 12

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 25
T2. D. Hamilton, 24
T2. C. Soderberg, 24
T4. L. Eriksson, 20
T4. M. Lucic, 20
T4. D. Krejci, 20

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 42
T2. L. Eriksson, 34
T2. D. Hamilton, 34
T2. C. Soderberg, 34
T5. M. Lucic, 32
T5. B. Marchand, 32
T5. R. Smith, 32

Plus/Minus
1.K. Miller, 20
2. M. Lucic, 10
T3. C. Kelly, 8
T3. D. Pastrnak, 8
T3. R. Smith, 8

Penalty Minutes
1. B. Marchand, 82
2. M. Lucic, 75
3. A. McQuiad, 66
4. G. Campbell, 41
5. D. Hamilton, 39

NHL Honors:
-Patrice Bergeron selected to the 2015 NHL All-Star game.
-Tuukka Rask named The Third Star of the Month for the month of January.

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron ranks second in the league in faceoff wins with 810 and second in faceoff percentage with 59.7%.
-Zdeno Chara is tied for first in the league in shorthanded assists with three.

Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR. The 2014-15 season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.
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