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Week Ahead: 1/23 - 1/29

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD


January 23 - January 29

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
BACK TO BACKS THEN FOUR DAY BREAK: The Bruins will host the Ottawa Senators for the second time in six days on Saturday afternoon in a 1:00 p.m. matinee at the TD Garden. Following the game against the Sens, the Bruins will head south to Carolina for the first time in 2009-10 and play the ‘Canes at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the RBC Center. Both games can be seen on NESN and heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub. After the game in Carolina, the Bruins won’t be back in action again until Friday when they visit the Northeast Division leading Sabres in Buffalo at 7:30 p.m.

CLOSING OUT THE SERIES WITH THE SENS: The Bruins will play their sixth and final game of the regular season against the Senators on Saturday. This makes Ottawa the first Eastern Conference opponent the Bruins will close out their regular season series with. Through the first five games, the Bruins own a 4-1-0 advantage, however Ottawa claimed the most recent decision on Monday, 5-1, in Boston.

SLED HOCKEY IN THE NORTH END: On Saturday, January 23 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., the Boston Bruins will host a Sled Hockey Clinic for 50 children with disabilities between the ages of 6 - 16 at the North End’s Steriti Memorial Rink (561 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109). Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will attend the clinic and be available to sign autographs and take pictures throughout the program, while Bruins alumni Gary Doak, Rick Middleton, Bobby Miller, Tommy Songin, and current Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney will be on hand to assist and lead on-ice instruction.

WHITFIELD’S FIRST: Veteran centerman Trent Whitfield earned his first point as a Bruin during Thursday night’s game against Columbus, after picking up a helper on Michael Ryder’s first period goal.

“I think when you look at him compete, I think his teammates like the way he’s come in and competed hard and make things happen,” said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien after Friday’s practice. “He’s been good for us and we’ve been fortunate to have him through these tough times.”

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
After their 3-2 loss to the Jackets on Thursday, the Bruins have dropped their last four games in regulation at home. The last time the team lost five straight games in regulation at home was during the 1999-2000 season.

THEY SAID IT…
Milan Lucic, after being called for a double minor high sticking penalty late in the third period of Thursday’s loss…
“We can complain about it all we want but he went by what he felt like he saw on the ice and he went with his decision.  You can never complain with the referees... they go by what they see on the ice and you got to respect what they call.”

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE: Please call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Please note the schedule is subject to change, call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the schedule.

Ristuccia Arena (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Saturday, January 23 (Boston, MA/Raleigh, NC)
-Game vs. Ottawa Senators, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m. local
-Depart for Raleigh, NC

Sunday, January 24 (Raleigh, NC/ Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Carolina Hurricanes, RBC Center, 5:00 p.m., local
-Depart for Boston, MA

Monday, January 25 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. local

Tuesday, January 26 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. local

Wednesday, January 27 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. local

Thursday, January 28 (Wilmington, MA/Buffalo, NY)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. local
-Depart for Buffalo, NY

Friday, January 29 (Buffalo, NY/Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, HSBC Arena, 7:30 p.m., local
-Depart for Boston, MA

AROUND TOWN...

WHAT: Sled Hockey Clinic
On Saturday, January 23 the Boston Bruins will host a Sled Hockey Clinic for 50 children with disabilities between the ages of 6 - 16 at the North End’s Steriti Memorial Rink (561 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109). Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will attend the clinic and be available to sign autographs and take pictures throughout the program, while Bruins alumni Gary Doak, Rick Middleton, Bobby Miller, Tommy Songin, and current Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney will be on hand to assist and lead on-ice instruction. The Sled Hockey Clinic is part of the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative. Each of the children will participate in a 45-minute ice hockey clinic, led by members of the U.S. National Sled Hockey team, followed by a 45-minute hockey game. Following the game, the skaters will participate in a raffle for Bruins autographed memorabilia.
WHEN: Saturday, January 23 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.,
WHERE: North End’s Steriti Memorial Rink, 561 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109.
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Andrew Ference, Bruins alumni Gary Doak, Rick Middleton, Bobby Miller, Tommy Songin, and current Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney

WHAT: Skate with the Ice Girls
The Boston Bruins “Skate with the Ice Girls” program is heading to the Wallace Civic Center this Sunday (Wallace Civic Center Skating Arena, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg MA 01420). Bruins fans will have the opportunity to skate with the Bruins Ice Girls and have a chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and great prizes.
WHEN: Sunday, January 24 from 2:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Wallace Civic Center Skating Arena, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg MA 01420
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT:  ReadBoston Visit
Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart will be visiting the Franklin Roosevelt School (95 Needham Road, Hyde Park, MA 02136) to read a book to a classroom as a part of the ReadBoston program. 
WHEN:  Monday, January 25 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Franklin Roosevelt School, 95 Needham Road, Hyde Park, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Mark Stuart

WHAT: “Neely SK8 Challenge” Media Day presented by Liberty Mutual
To kick off the “Neely SK8 Challenge” Bruins great and current Vice President, Cam Neely will address media, while Tommy Songin and current Bruins lead an on-ice clinic for a youth hockey organization.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Cronin Memorial Skating Rink, 850 Revere Beach Parkway, Revere, MA 02151
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Vice President Cam Neely, Director of Development, Boston Bruins Foundation Bob Sweeney and Bruins alumni Tommy Songin

“COMMUNITY CAPTAIN” PRESENTED BY THE LOTTERY:
During each Boston Bruins home game, a member of the local community is acknowledged for their contributions
as the “Community Captain” of the game. The Community Captain receives four complimentary game tickets to a
Bruins home game where they will be recognized on the TD Garden HDX (video scoreboard).

Saturday, January 23: Chris Mader, Woburn, MA

On Saturday, January 23 during the Bruins/Senators game beginning at 1:00 p.m., Chris Mader of Woburn, MA will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain. Inspired by the NHL Winter Classic and a documentary called the “Pond Hockey Movie”, Chris Mader spearheaded an effort to build an outdoor community ice rink in his town of Pelham, NH in November, 2008. This was quite an undertaking as a similar project was rejected a few years prior, and an outdoor rink hadn’t been built in Pelham in over 40 years. Chris wrote a business plan and proposed it to the town’s Board of Selectman. Even in a recession, the “Pelham Ice Garden” (named after the Boston Garden) volunteers raised over $6,000 in December 2008, which was enough money to build a 100’ x 50’ ice rink in the center of town on January 3, 2009.

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:

THE BUZZ: NESN’s Naoko Funayama will take you through the latest Bruins news on and off the ice on NESN’s weekly countdown show, The Buzz. This week Funayama tags along with Byron Bitz and Daniel Paille during their visit to Tufts Medical Center, recaps all of the game action from the past week, and takes you behind the scenes at the AHL All-Star Game festivities.

THE HOCKEY SHOW ON 98.5: Bruins play-by-play man Dave Goucher and color analyst Bob Beers will team up with Sports Hub host Damon Amendolara every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. for “The Hockey Show”- an hour long program on 98.5 FM devoted to news, notes and phone calls on everything going on with the Bruins
and around the NHL.

WEEKLY SPOTS:
Tune in to the following stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Mondays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Milan Lucic with “Toucher and Rich”

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
12:40 p.m. Blake Wheeler with “Tanguay and Zolak”

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Marc Savard with “Karlson and McKenzie”
1
07.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Felger and Massarotti”

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (As of Friday, Jan. 22):

Goals
1. M. Sturm, 15
T2. P. Bergeron, 12
T2. B. Wheeler, 12
T2. M. Ryder, 12
T5. M. Savard, 9
T5. M. Recchi, 9

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 24
2. P. Bergeron, 20
T3. M. Recchi, 18
T3. D. Krejci, 18
5. D. Morris, 17

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 32
T2. Z. Chara, 28
T2. B. Wheeler, 28
4. M. Recchi, 27
5. D. Krejci, 26

Plus/Minus
1. M. Sturm, +8
2. Z. Chara, +6
T3. P. Bergeron, +3
T3. J. Boychuk, +3
T5. M. Satan, +2
T5. T. Whitfield, +2

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 85
2. Z. Chara, 62
3. S. Begin, 38
4. M. Stuart, 38
5. B. Wheeler, 32

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Patrice Bergeron is 8th in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 58% (S. Nichol, 61.8%).

-Tim Thomas is currently tied for 3rd in the NHL for shutouts (4) with 3 other players (M. Brodeur, 7).

-Tuukka Rask ranks 5th in the NHL in save percentage with .926 (R. Miller, .935) and 3rd in goals against average with 2.14 (A. Niemi, 1.85).

-The Bruins as a team rank 2nd in the penalty kill category at 87.6%.

BOSTON BRUINS 2009-10 TIMELINE
PLAYER MILESTONES AND TRANSACTIONS

July 1: 
* Byron Bitz re-signed to a multi-year contract.
* Steve Begin signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Johnny Boychuk re-signed to a one-year contract.
July 7:
* Drew Fata and Dany Sabourin signed to one-year contracts as free agents.
July 13:
* Rob Kwiet, Drew Larman, Zach McKelvie and Trent Whitfield signed as free agents.
July 20:
* Matt Hunwick re-signed to a two-year contract.
July 24:
* Patrick Eaves and 2010 fourth round draft pick acquired from Carolina Hurricanes for Aaron
  Ward.
* Derek Morris signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.

August 4:
* Bruins enter agreement for ECHL affiliation with Reading Royals.

September 4:
* Claude Julien signed to a multi-year contract extension.
September 9:
* Andy Wozniewski signed to a one-year contract as a free agent.
September 18:
* 2010 first and second round and 2011 first round draft picks acquired from Toronto for Phil
  Kessel.
September 20:
* Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Jordan Knackstedt, and Matt Marquardt assigned to
  Providence/AHL.
* Scott Fletcher and Rob Kwiet returned to Providence/AHL.
* Alain Goulet and Lane MacDermid released from Boston training camp and reporting to
  Providence/AHL training camp.
* Ryan Button (Prince Albert/WHL), Jordan Caron (Rimouski/QMJHL), Michael Hutchinson
  (London/OHL) and Tyler Randell (Kitchener/OHL) returned to their junior teams.
September 21:
* Max Sauve returned to his junior team in Val d’Or/QMJHL.
September 23:
* Jamie Arniel, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jeff Penner and Kevin Regan assigned to
  Providence (AHL).
September 26:
* Don Sweeney promoted to Assistant General Manager.
* Guillaume Lefebvre signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio and Adam McQuaid assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Kirk MacDonald released from Boston tryout agreement and returned to Providence (AHL).
* Zack McKelvie, Levi Nelson and Yannick Riendeau termed injured, non-roster players.
September 28:
* Drew Fata, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre, Dany Sabourin, Trent Whitfield, Andy
  Wozniewski, Brad Marchand and Zach Hamill assigned to Providence (AHL).
September 30:
* Vladimir Sobotka assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Jim Benning signed to a multi-year contract extension.

October 2:
* Adam Courchaine assigned to Sarnia (OHL).
* Lane MacDermid signed to an entry-level contract.
October 6:
* Milan Lucic signed to a three-year contract extension.
October 8:
* Kevin Regan reassigned from Providence (AHL) to Reading (ECHL).
October 10:
* Mark Stuart played his 200th NHL / Bruins game vs. New York Islanders.
October 17:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL) and played his first NHL game at Phoenix
  Coyotes.
* Derek Morris played his 800th NHL game at Phoenix Coyotes.
October 18:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
* 2011 second round draft pick, Craig Weller and rights to Alexander Fallstrom acquired from
  Minnesota Wild for Chuck Kobasew.
* Guillaume Lefebvre, Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 19:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 20:
* Daniel Paille acquired from Buffalo Sabres for third round and conditional fourth round draft
  picks in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
October 21:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 22:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 24:
* Mark Recchi played in his 1,500th NHL game at Ottawa Senators.
October 25:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 31:
* Michael Ryder played in his 400th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Daniel Paille played in his 200th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Coach Claude Julien reached his 100th win behind the Boston bench.

November 4:
* Mikko Lehtonen recalled from Providence (AHL).
November 5:
* Tuukka Rask signed to a two-year contract extension.
November 6:
* Mikko Lehtonen returned to Providence (AHL).
November 10:
* Mark Recchi recorded his 900th career NHL assist vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 14:
* Blake Wheeler played his 100th NHL game at Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 19:
* Marco Sturm played his 800th NHL game at Atlanta Thrashers.
* Dennis Wideman recorded his 100th NHL assist at Atlanta Thrashers.
November 20:
* Brad Marchand returned to Providence (AHL).
November 21:
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
November 29:
* Doug Houda, Craig Ramsay, Geoff Ward, Bob Essensa and Brant Berglund signed to
  multi-year contract extensions.

December 1:
* Marc Savard signed to seven-year contract extension.
December 2:
* Johnny Boychuk assigned to Providence (AHL) for conditioning purposes.
* Max Sauve signed to an entry-level contract.
* Marc Savard scored his 200th NHL goal vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.
December 5:
* Johnny Boychuk recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 15:
* Andy Wozniewski and Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 18:
* Zdeno Chara played his 800th NHL game at Chicago Blackhawks.
December 19:
* Adam McQuaid played his first NHL game at Toronto Maple Leafs.
December 22:
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
December 23:
* Claude Julien coached his 200th game behind the Boston bench vs. Atlanta Thrashers
  (6-4 win).
* Vladimir Sobotka played his 100th NHL & Bruins game vs. Atlanta Thrashers.
December 27:
* Matt Hunwick played his 100th NHL & Bruins game at Florida Panthers.

January 3:
* Miroslav Satan signed as a free agent for the remainder of the season.
January 8:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 14
* Andy Wozniewski recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 17
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman and Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL) and Drew Larman recalled from Providence.

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