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

1000: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will play his 1,000th NHL game in Los Angeles on Saturday, becoming the 277th player overall and 91st defenseman in NHL history to reach that milestone. Chara will be the 11th player to do so while wearing a Bruins jersey. Chara played his first NHL game on Nov. 19, 1997 at Detroit while with the Islanders and he has played 231 games with the Islanders, 299 games as an Ottawa Senator and 470 games as a Boston Bruin (includes Saturday night).

“CUTS FOR A CAUSE”: On Wednesday, March 28, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and members of the Boston Bruins are teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub to host the fifth annual “Cuts for a Cause” to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The event will take place from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Royale (279 Tremont, Boston, MA 02116). Thornton and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners on stage to show their support and raise money for children battling cancer.

UPCOMING GAMES: Next up on the Bruins’ California road-trip is a matchup against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, March 24 set to begin at 9:00 p.m. ET. The Kings rank at the top of the Pacific Division with 86 points and are 8-2-0 in their last ten games, putting them at third place in the NHL.

To finish off their California road stretch, the B’s will head to Anaheim for an 8:00 p.m. ET contest against the Ducks, who currently sit in the bottom of the Pacific Division with 75 points. All start times listed for the California matchups are local.

After returning from their road trip, the B’s will face Tampa Bay at home on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Lightning are 4-5-1 in their last ten games and are in last place in the Southeast Division with 73 points.

To round out their week at home, the team will play former teammate Dennis Wideman and the Washington Capitals two days later at the TD Garden on Thursday, March 29. The Caps are looking to secure a spot in the playoffs, as they currently rank eighth in the Eastern Conference with 81 points.

Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will call all four games next week on NESN while the tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the upcoming games are as follows:

3/24 @ LA, 9:00 p.m. ET
3/25 @ ANA, 8:00 p.m. ET
3/27 vs. TB, 7:30 p.m. ET
3/29 vs. WSH, 7:00 p.m. ET

Please note that the 3/27 game will also be televised on NBC Sports Network outside of the Boston market.

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF RACES:
The Bruins have nine games remaining, four against teams currently in playoff position as of Friday, March 23. Five of the games are on the road while four will be played at home (at LA, at ANA, vs. TB, vs. WSH, at NYI, at NYR, vs. PIT, at OTT, vs. BUF).

The Buffalo Sabres have eight games remaining, six of which are against teams in playoff position. Five games are on the road, while three are at home (at NYR, vs. NSH, at WSH, vs. PIT, at TOR, vs. TOR, at PHI, at BOS)

The Ottawa Senators have eight games remaining, four of which are against teams in playoff position. Five games are on the road, while three are at home (at MTL, vs. PIT, at WPG, at PHI, at NYI, vs. CAR, vs. BOS, at NJD)

BRUINS/RANGERS ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK: The Bruins/Rangers game on Sunday, April 1 has been flexed to the NBC Sports Network and will be played at 7:00 p.m. ET (original time was 3:00 p.m. ET).

121 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins latest home game the Bruins have now sold out their last 121 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than two 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): The New England Hockey Journal’s Kirk Luedeke picks up his first TOTW of the 2011-12 season this week, putting forth the best tweet in the aftermath of the Milan Lucic/Mike Komisarek bout, which prompted a number of TOTW contenders.

@kluedeke29: “Komisarek should have read more Einstein: definition of insanity – doing same thing over & over again expecting different result”

And here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com): Transcribing, and in the background there's a Bruins player singing the wrong lyrics to Party Rock Anthem. The song has like 8 words.

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Supervising daughter's B-day party. House full of agitators. Issuing PIMs like M&Ms.

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog.net): In about 15 years Lucic’s kids are going to beat the heck out of Komisarek’s kids.

2011-12 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 4 (Week 4, Week 5, Week 10, Week 20)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 4 (Week 3, Week 8, Week 11, Week 22)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN.com), 3 (Week 6, Week 14, Week 15)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 3 (Week 2, Week 13, Week 23)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 2 (Week 1, Week 16)
@Brian Zechello (Brian Zechello, NESN), 2 (Week 17, Week 21)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), 1 (Week 7)
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 9)
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), 1 (Week 12)
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), 1 (Week 18)
@RearAdBsBlog (Brian McGonagle, Barstool Sports), 1 (Week 19)
@Kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 24)

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Monday, April 2, 2012

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their seventh edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on March 14. 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 Michael Hutchinson and Jared Knight, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 3/14/12):

WARSOFSKY WITH TWO: P-Bruins defenseman David Warsofsky scored his first career two-goal game on March 4 in a 6-3 losing effort against Bridgeport. As of March 14, Warsofsky leads the P-Bruins defensemen in total points with 24 and second on the team in assists with 20.

A FIRST FOR SAUVE: P-Bruins forward Max Sauve appeared in his first career NHL game on March 11 against the Pittsburgh Penguins after being recalled by Boston on March 10. Sauve sustained a lower body injury and was forced to leave the game in the second period.

KOKO OUT FOR THE SEASON: Alexander Khokhlachev suffered a lacerated kidney on March 3 in the Windsor Spitfires’ contest against Plymouth and will remain sidelined for the rest of the season. He sustained the injury after a collision in the first period, however, Koko will not require surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. He left the season with 25-44=69 totals.

FERLIN ON FIRE: Brian Ferlin of Cornell University was named Ivy League Men’s Hockey Rookie of the Year.  He is the seventh Big Red player to earn the award since it was first bestowed in 1980.  In addition he was named to the All-Ivy second team and was named one of the three finalists for ECAC Hockey Men's Rookie of Year Award.  He led the league in rookie scoring for most of the regular season until an injury kept him sidelined for the final three games and forced him to give up the top spot. Ferlin had seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 19 ECAC Hockey games, which is tied for second in rookie scoring.  Ferlin is tied for second on the team in overall assists (13) and points (21), while also ranking second with a +15 rating.

THREE POINT KNIGHT: Jared Knight recorded three points on March 8 in the London Knights contest against the Guelph Storm. He tallied two goals and one assist on the night to bring his team to a 4-1 victory. Knight now has 25 goals and 26 assists in 49 games this season.

SPOONER SUSTAINS STREAK: As of March 14, Ryan Spooner of the Sarnia Sting is currently on a four game point streak that began on March 4, recording two goals and four assists so far on the streak. He had multi-point nights on March 4 and March 11, recording one goal and one assist on the 4th and two assists on the 11th.

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 and availability schedules can always be confirmed on the Media Website.

OFF THE ICE:

SAVVY’S SUITE: Since Thursday, January 12 through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season, B’s forward Marc Savard will host a luxury suite at the TD Garden for pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Boston with a focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint.

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.

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 sale now in the Bruins Proshop, select AT&T retail stores throughout New England and on BostonBruins.com/full60. Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Check out a preview on bostonbruins.com/full60.

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.
 
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.

Saturday, March 24 (Los Angeles, CA)
-Bruins Morning Skate, Toyota Sports Center, 10:30 a.m. local (555 North Nash St, El Segundo, CA 90245)
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Bruins vs. Los Angeles Kings, Staples Center, 6:00 p.m. local (111 South Figueroa St. Los Angeles CA, 90015)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, March 25 (Los Angeles, CA)
-Select Bruins players available TBD
-Claude Julien available TBD
-Bruins vs. Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center, 5:00 p.m. (2695 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim CA 92806)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Monday, March 26 (Los Angeles, CA/Bedford, MA)
-Travel to Bedford, MA

Tuesday, March 27 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins Morning Skate, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, TD Garden, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Wednesday, March 28 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players

Thursday, March 29 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins Morning Skate, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Bruins vs. Washington Capitals, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, March 30 (Wilmington, MA/Long Island, NY)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players
-Travel to Long Island, NY
 
AROUND TOWN:
WHAT: FIFTH ANNUAL CUTS FOR A CAUSE
On Wednesday, March 28, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and members of the Boston Bruins are teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub to host the fifth annual “Cuts for a Cause” to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The event will take place from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Royale (279 Tremont, Boston, MA 02116). Thornton and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners on stage to show their support and raise money for children battling cancer.

The bidding begins on Monday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. Bruins fans can bid on the opportunity to shave the head of their favorite participating Bruins player by visiting www.bostonbruins.com/cutsforacause. Auction winners will also receive admission to the VIP session from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. where they can mingle with team in a private viewing area and a special Bruins gift bag that includes autographed Bruins memorabilia. Bidding concludes on Monday, March 26 at 12:00 p.m.

Fans can support the event, which will be hosted by Fred "Toucher" Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb of the Toucher & Rich show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, by purchasing a ticket to the event. VIP tickets are currently sold out, however fans can still purchase $25 general admission tickets, which includes entrance into the event and raffle tickets to win autographed Boston Bruins memorabilia. Ticket prices include processing fees. Tickets to the event can be purchased by visiting www.bostonbruins.com/cutsforacause. Depending on availability, $30 tickets will be available at the door the day of the event. Door tickets must be paid in cash.
WHEN: Bidding: Monday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. through Monday, March 26 at 12:00 p.m.; Event: Wednesday, March 28; VIP Session from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and General Admission from 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Royale, 279 Tremont, Boston, MA 02116
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Shawn Thornton, Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Caron, Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Mike Mottau, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Dennis Seidenberg

WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION CUTS FOR A CAUSE RAFFLE
The Boston Bruins Foundation is raffling off the chance for a lucky fan to shave Tyler Seguin’s head and two VIP tickets to the event where they will have the opportunity to meet the Bruins in attendance. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online at  www.bruinsraffles.org for $5.00 per ticket. The raffle will run from Monday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. through Monday, March 26 at 5:00 p.m.
WHEN: Monday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. through Monday, March 26 at 5:00 p.m.
WHERE:  www.bruinsraffles.org
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Tyler Seguin

WHAT: “STEP UP FOR PREVENTION” PRESENTATION
The Bruins have partnered with the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) for their "Step Up For Prevention" campaign to raise awareness about child abuse throughout Massachusetts. The Bruins will donate 700 pairs of new children's shoes to the CTF, which represents the average number of children abused and neglected per week statewide. The shoes purchased will be on display, lining the steps of the Massachusetts State House Grand Staircase on Monday, March 26.
WHEN: Monday, March 26, 2012 beginning at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Massachusetts State House, Grand Staircase, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Dana Paille (Wife of Daniel Paille) and Naomi Starr (Girlfriend of David Krejci)

WHAT: SAMUEL ADAMS “BRU FEST” 
On Tuesday, March 27, the Boston Bruins will hold the third “Bru Fest” of the 2011-12 season presented by Boston’s own Samuel Adams Brewery. The outdoor festivities will run from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to Bruins fans ages 21 and over with a ticket to the Bruins/Lightning game. Samuel Adams will be featuring a selection of their most popular products including Samuel Adams Seasonal and Boston Lager. Space for the event will be limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: East Lot of the TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Blades and Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: CARLTON AWARD RECIPIENTS
Jimmy Vesey of North Reading High School and Mary Parker of the Noble and Greenough School are the recipients of the 2012 John Carlton Award. Named after the late Bruins scout and administrator who passed away in 1982, the John Carlton Award is given annually by the Boston Bruins to an outstanding male and female student-athlete in an Eastern Massachusetts High School or Junior hockey. The award is given to the high school seniors who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence.

This year’s recipients have excelled both in the classroom and on the ice. Jimmy Vesey of North Reading, MA, has scored 48 goals and had 43 assists in 45 games this season for the South Shore Kings. At the conclusion of the 2012 season, Vesey was named the 2012 Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) All-Star, the 2012 EJHL league MVP and league Offensive Player of the Year. He is an honor roll student and plans to attend Harvard University in the fall.

Mary Parker of Milton, MA, has scored 61 goals and had 48 assists in 61 games played this season for Noble and Greenough. During the 2012 season, Parker was named All Scholastic Division 1 Player of the Year, New England Prep School Tournament MVP and the Independent School League (ISL) Co-MVP. Parker plans to attend Harvard University in the fall.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 27 during the second intermission of the Bruins/Lightning game beginning at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 (on the Bruins ice)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney

WHAT: MIAA AWARD RECIPIENTS
The Boston Bruins organization is proud to announce the 2012 recipients of the Boston Bruins Ice Hockey Sportsmanship Medal. These student-athletes were selected for best exemplifying a commitment to the ideals of sportsmanship throughout the season. These young men and women demonstrated a tremendous commitment to teamwork and exhibited respect both on and off the ice. For 10 years, the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) and the Boston Bruins have partnered to honor one worthy student-athlete from every boys and girls ice hockey league statewide. A complete list the 2012 recipients can be found below. Boston Bruins Hall of Famer and hockey legend John Bucyk will present each of these deserving athletes with their awards.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 27 during the second intermission of the Bruins/Lightning game beginning at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 (on the Bruins bench)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Hall of Famer and hockey legend John Bucyk

WHAT: “SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS” RAFFLE
Beginning Wednesday, March 28, the Boston Bruins Foundation is raffling off one of the “Shirts off our Backs.” Immediately following the Bruins/Sabres game on Saturday, April 7, a lucky Bruins fan will be escorted to the ice to receive the game-worn jersey of a randomly selected Bruins player. The player will personalize the jersey and pose for a photo. The winner will also receive two tickets to the “Fan Appreciation Night” game on Saturday, April 7. Tickets cost $5 each and can be purchased at www.bruinsraffles.org All of the proceeds will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
WHEN Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28 through 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 6
WHERE: www.bruinsraffles.org

WHAT: SAMUEL ADAMS “BRU FEST” 
On Thursday, March 29, the Boston Bruins will hold the fourth “Bru Fest” of the 2011-12 season presented by Boston’s own Samuel Adams Brewery. The outdoor festivities will run from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to Bruins fans ages 21 and over with a ticket to the Bruins/Capitals game. Samuel Adams will be featuring a selection of their most popular products including Samuel Adams Seasonal and Boston Lager. Space for the event will be limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early.
WHEN: Thursday, March 29 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: East Lot of the TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Blades and Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: BELLE OF THE BALL COLLECTION
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be at the Jordan’s Furniture store in Reading, MA collecting gently used dresses on Friday, March 30 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. to help benefit the Belle of the Ball. At the event, fans will be able to meet the Ice Girls and take photographs with them. All fans who donate a dress at Jordan’s will be eligible to win Bruins autographed memorabilia. Sponsored by Anton's Cleaners, a family-owned chain of 42 stores in Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, Belle of the Ball cleans and distributes prom dresses to high school junior and senior girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend their school's prom. Since the program began in 2005, over 1,900 girls have received beautiful dresses.
WHEN: Friday, March 30 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Jordan’s Furniture, 50 Walkers Brook, Reading, MA 01867
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Ice Girls



 
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, March 23)

Goals
1. T. Seguin, 26
2. B. Marchand, 24
3. M. Lucic, 23
4. D. Krejci, 20
5. P. Bergeron, 19

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 37
2. T. Seguin, 34
3. Z. Chara, 33
4. D. Krejci, 32
5. M. Lucic, 31

Points
1. T. Seguin, 60
2. P. Bergeron, 56
3. M. Lucic, 54
4. D. Krejci, 52
5. B. Marchand, 47

Plus/Minus
1. P. Bergeron, +31
T2. T. Seguin, +28
T2. C. Kelly, +28
4. Z. Chara, +25
5. J. Boychuk, +24

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 145
2. M. Lucic, 131
3. A. McQuaid, 97
4. B. Marchand, 85
5. Z. Chara, 80

BRUINS 2011-12 STARS:
Zdeno Chara, Hardest Shot Champion, 108.8 MPH
Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, NHL All-Stars
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star Captain
Claude Julien, Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis, Geoff Ward, NHL All-Star Coaching Staff of Team Chara
Brad Marchand, First Star of the Week (Week ending December 25)
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Month (November)
Tyler Seguin, First Star of the Week (Week ending November 13)

The 2011-2012 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.
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