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The Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 4/11 - 4/17

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


CLINCHING SCENARIOS: Entering the weekend, the Bruins trail the Ottawa Senators by two points and the Pittsburgh Penguins by one point. Here is what needs to happen for the Bruins to secure a spot in the 2014-15 playoffs: 1. Ottawa loses in regulation and the Bruins win in any fashion; 2. Pittsburgh loses both of their remaining games in regulation and the Bruins win in any fashion; 3. Pittsburgh earns just one point in their final two games and the Bruins win in regulation or overtime.  The Bruins have not missed the playoffs since 2007.

MCINTYRE NOMINATED FOR HOBEY BAKER, WINS RICHTER: Bruins’ prospect and University of North Dakota goaltender Zane McIntyre has been selected as one of three finalist for the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Award, which is given out annually to the top collegiate men’s ice hockey player. The selection ceremony will take place on Friday, April 11 at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena at 5:00 p.m. ET. The other two finalists for the award are Boston University’s Jack Eichel and Harvard University’s Jimmy Vesey. 

On April 10 McIntyre was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Mike Richter Award, which is presented to the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey as voted on by all 59 NCAA Division I men’s hockey head coaches. McIntyre’s 42 games played and 29 wins led the nation, while posting a 2.05 GAA (16th in the nation), .929 save percentage (11th in the nation), making 1,111 saves (second in the nation).  The 22-year-old goaltender was also named First Team All-NCHC, the NCHC’s conference goaltender of the year and a finalist for NCHC’s Player of the Year. McIntyre is North Dakota’s all-time leader in GAA (2.10) and save % (.925).

GRZELCYK ADVANCES TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: With Boston University’s 5-3 win over North Dakota University in the Semifinals of the Frozen Four, B’s prospect Matt Grzelcyk and the BU Terriers advance to the National Championship game and will battle for their first national championship since winning in 2009, when the Terriers beat the Miami University (Ohio) Redhawks 4-3 in overtime at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  The Championship game will take place on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden with the Terriers going head-to-head with the Providence College Friars.

BRUINS STREET BRIGADE TO VISIT SIX COMMUNITY CENTERS:  Bruins Street Brigade brings the sport of hockey to schools, community centers and other places where children can play hockey in a safe and structured environment. On Tuesday, April 14, complete sets of street hockey equipment, valued at over $500, will be dropped off at the following community centers: Boys & Girls Club of Arlington (60 Pond Lane, Arlington, MA), Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley (212 Great Road, Maynard, MA), Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County (119 Windsor Street #8, Cambridge, MA), Cambridge YMCA (820 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA), Waltham YMCA (725 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA), and West Suburban YMCA (276 Church Street, Newton, MA).

BRUINS ALUMNI IN THE COMMUNITY: The Bruins Alumni will be playing The Freedom Fighters in a benefit game for the NE Center for the Homeless on Saturday, April 11th at 4:00 p.m. at the Salem Ice Center (60 Lowell Rd. Salem, NH). Tickets can be purchased at the door and will be $15 for adults and $5 for children. Tim Sweeney, Dave Shaw and Guy Larose are a few of the alumni who will be participating along with Bruins Alumni president, Rick Middleton.

On Sunday, April 12th at 3:30 p.m. the Bruins Alumni will face off against Team Natick Service Council at the Chase Arena, 35 Windsor Ave. Natick in a benefit game for the Natick Service Council. Bruins Alumni members including Bob Sweeney, Andy Brickley and Bob Beers are expected to be in the line up.  Tickets may be purchased at the door; Adults $10, Children $5. Children wearing their hockey jersey will be admitted free. Participating alumni are subject to change.

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming game at Tampa Bay (4/11). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

4/11 at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. – NESN, NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

SEASON 2 OF BEHIND THE B: The air date and time of the final regular season episode of Behind the B presented by Alex and Ani is TBD. All episodes are 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 13 - TBD

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:
4/4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: 03401179 (Total: $28,205, Beneficiary: Autism Speaks)
3/31 vs. Florida Panthers: 05701731 (Total: $14,800, Beneficiary: March of Dimes)
3/28 vs. New York Rangers: 04101742 (Total: $23,925, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation Marathon Team)
3/26 vs. Anaheim Ducks 02101160 (Total: $14,750, Beneficiary: Federation for Children with Special Needs)
3/17 vs. Buffalo Sabres: 013011567 (Total: $21,305, Beneficiary: Disabled and Limbless Veterans)

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.

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.

AROUND TOWN…

BRUINS STREET BRIGADE TO VISIT SIX COMMUNITY CENTERS
WHAT: Bruins Street Brigade brings the sport of hockey to schools, community centers and other places where children can play hockey in a safe and structured environment. On Tuesday, April 14, complete sets of street hockey equipment, valued at over $500, will be dropped off at the following community centers: Boys & Girls Club of Arlington (60 Pond Lane, Arlington, MA), Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley (212 Great Road, Maynard, MA), Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County (119 Windsor Street #8, Cambridge, MA), Cambridge YMCA (820 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA), Waltham YMCA (725 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA), and West Suburban YMCA (276 Church Street, Newton, MA).
WHEN: Tuesday, April 14 throughout the day
WHERE: Community Centers across Massachusetts

UPCOMING GAMES…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): With his first win of the season, Kevin Paul Dupont draws comparisons to the increasing skill of NHL goaltenders and MLB pitchers.

@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe): Today's NHL goalies equivalent of MLB pitchers who throw high-90s mph, from 45 feet, on a mound 4 feet high.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog):  OK I'm gonna do a noon chat. Show up with whatever. Dress code is must-win casual. #Bruins
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com): This is why you play 80 games. To give your chance to play meaningful games. Hockey players want to compete. This is why they play.

2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
5: @GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Week 8, Week 10, Week 12, Week 15, Week 20
4: @DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog): Week 2, Week 4, Week 11, Week 26
4: @RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN): Week 1, Week 14, Week 16, Week 24
3: @AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Week 6, Week 22, Week 27
3: @TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com): Week 3, Week 13, Week 25
2: @kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal): Week 18, Week 23
2: @ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com): Week 17, Week 21,
2: @HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): Week 7, Week 9
1: @GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe): Week 27
1: @jtchockey (Jesse Cobbolly, Along The Boards): Week 28
1: @DanCagen (Dan Cagen, MetroWest Daily News): Week 19
1: @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, April 11 (Tampa, FL/Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Amalie Arena (401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602), 11:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after session
-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien
-Away Game at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, NBCSN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Sunday, April 12
-TBD

Monday, April 13
-TBD

Tuesday, April 14
-TBD

Wednesday, April 15
-TBD

Thursday, April 16
-TBD

Friday, April 17
-TBD

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
T1. P. Bergeron, 23
T1. B. Marchand, 23
3. L. Eriksson, 21
4. M. Lucic, 18
T5. R. Smith, 13
T5. C. Soderberg, 13

Assists
T1. P. Bergeron, 32
T1. D. Hamilton, 32
3. C. Soderberg, 31
4. R. Smith, 27
T-5. M. Lucic, 26
T-5. T. Krug, 26


Points
1. P. Bergeron, 55
2. L. Eriksson, 46
T3. M. Lucic, 44
T3. C. Soderberg, 44
5. D. Hamilton, 42

Plus/Minus
1.K. Miller, 20
2. M. Lucic, 14
4. D. Pastrnak, 13
3. T. Krug, 12
5. C. Soderberg, 9

Penalty Minutes
1. B. Marchand, 95
2. A. McQuaid, 83
2. M. Lucic, 79
4. C. Kelly, 48
5. G. Campbell, 45

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.
-Patrice Bergeron was selected as the Bruins Masterton nominee by the PHWA.

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron ranks first in the league in faceoff wins with 1,158 and first in faceoff percentage at 60.0%.
-Patrice Bergeron ranks ninth in the league in SAT* at 313.
-Milan Lucic is tied for ninth in the league in hits with 256.

*Shot attempts (SAT), also known as Corsi, and unblocked shot attempts (USAT), also known as Fenwick, are used to measure puck possession for a player or team. When a shot is attempted during 5-on-5 play, all of the skaters on the ice for the team that attempted the shot receive a +1 in shot attempts (SAT) and the players on the opposing team receive a -1. If the attempt is not blocked, the players on the shooting team also receive a +1 in unblocked shot attempts (USAT) and the players on the opposing team receive a -1. (Source: NHL.com/stats/enhanced)

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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