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Week Ahead, 12.03.10 - 12.10.10

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS (SENT TO YOU FROM ABOARD THE TEAM CHARTER EN ROUTE TO TORONTO):


LEAFS SATURDAY, THREE-GAME HOMESTAND LOOMS: Fresh off back-to-back wins, the Bruins finish up their week with a visit to Toronto on Saturday, their third road game in the last six days (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). Following Saturday’s tilt, the Bruins will have a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday homestand next week with games against the Sabres, Islanders and Flyers. Thursday and Saturday’s games will be televised on NESN while Versus will carry Tuesday’s tilt with Buffalo. All games will be broadcast on the local radio airwaves on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

SLICE THE ICE: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the first annual ”Slice the Ice” holiday event throughout the afternoon of Sunday, December 12, 2010 at the TD Garden. Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase a “Slice the Ice” package for 30 people where fans can skate and meet various current players for $5,000 per session. Each session is two hours and includes an open skate on the TD Garden ice where Bruins fans will be able to take photos at the Bruins goal, on the players’ bench and in the penalty box. The open skate will be followed by a meet and greet with Bruins players and a tour of the Bruins locker room. For more information visit BostonBruins.com

CHIARELLI ON MARCO STURM: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement on Thursday regarding Marco Sturm.

"I am aware of the various media reports [Thursday] regarding Marco Sturm.  I can confirm that I spoke to Marco about waiving his no trade clause and have had discussions regarding Marco with other teams.  I can also confirm that there is no trade in place with Marco.  At this time, Marco is a member of the Boston Bruins and will continue to train with our team."

STURM SPEAKS: Marco Sturm addressed reporters following the team’s practice at Ristuccia Arena on Friday. Here is some of what he had to say:

“A couple days ago Peter asked me… He explained to me the situation and he asked me if I’d move my no trade clause and, yeah. I went to think about it overnight and I told him yesterday [Thursday] and he told me the teams that were interested. So we kind of went through it and you know, and I thought it would be done that day too, but that didn’t happen so I am just gonna workout again hard and we will see what happens. (full transcript available on the Bruins media site in the Bruins/Lightning Running Quote Sheet)

EIGHT IS ENOUGH: The Bruins tallied a season high eight goals against Tampa Bay on Thursday night with 12 different players on the scoresheet. It was the most goals scored by the club since an 8-5 win vs. Toronto on December 18, 2008.

400 FOR BERGY: Just 25-years-old, Patrice Bergeron played in his 400th career NHL/Bruins game Thursday night against Tampa Bay.

THOMAS LEADS THE WAY: Through games on Thursday, December 2, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is among the league leaders in all the major goaltending categories thus far. He ranks first in goals against average (1.44), save percentage (.956), shutouts (5), and is third in wins (17).

TOYS FOR TOTS: The Bruins will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children in need through the US Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" program during their home games throughout December. The first collection took place Thursday night. All Bruins fans choosing to donate will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia including a team autographed jersey, a team autographed stick, autographed photo or puck.

SCHEDULE NOTE: Please note that Friday’s practice on December 10 will be held at TD Garden. Time is subject to change.

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The next report will be sent out on December 15.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…
With his assist on Thursday, Mark Recchi tied Al MacInnis for 14th place on the NHL’s all-time assist list.

MEDIA INFO: Media and fans can call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

ON THIS DATE IN BRUINS HISTORY: December 3, 1987 – Phil Esposito’s number seven is honored and a banner is raised to the Boston Garden rafters in an emotional pre-game ceremony that saw Ray Bourque remove his number seven jersey, displaying a number 77 jersey that he would wear from that game on, and present it to Esposito. The Bruins defeat the New York Rangers, 4-3, in the game.

WEEK AHEAD RELATED LINKS:
Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard made his season debut last night in the club’s 8-1 win over Tampa Bay. Here are the top stories:

ESPNBoston’s Joe McDonald got Savard’s reaction as he came off the ice last night (http://tinyurl.com/2btglt7)

David Krejci had a great game last night, with two of the Bruins eight goals (http://tinyurl.com/29a74zy)

Miss any of the game? Douglas Flynn of NESN keeps a live blog minute-by-minute; catch a full game recap (http://tinyurl.com/2b4np5d)

Dennis Seidenberg netted his first goal of the season last night all the way from mid-ice and Matt Kalman took notice and liked what he saw  (http://tinyurl.com/26h8bjk)

The Boston Globe made sure to get all the excitement from the locker room after the big win (http://tinyurl.com/33c96nr)

A family all the way from Canada made their way to Boston to watch their favorite team play hockey and to take a special ride during intermission (http://tinyurl.com/2bwbfcw)

Check out some of the big hits the Bruins made in last night’s win (http://tinyurl.com/29efzdc)

Follow the Bruins on Twitter @NHLBruins
Become a Fan of the Bruins on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHLBruins


AROUND TOWN:

WHAT: MASCOT MUSICAL CHAIRS
The Bruins mascot Blades and his fellow New England area sports mascots will take part in 93.7 Mike FM's third annual "Mascot Musical Chairs.”  Blades and company will help raise money for the Franciscan Hospital for Children.
WHEN: Wednesday, December 8 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Franciscan Hospital for Children, 30 Warren Street Boston, MA 02135
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot Blades

WHAT: TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION DRIVE
The Boston Bruins will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children in need through the US Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program during their home games throughout December. Each of the collections will be held at the TD Garden entrance turnstiles beginning at 6 p.m. All Bruins fans choosing to donate will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia including a team autographed jersey, stick, photo or puck.
WHEN: All Bruins home games throughout December including: Tuesday, December 7, Thursday, December 9 and Saturday, December 11 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: The TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 at the entrance turnstiles

WHAT: P.A.S.S. IN PARTNER SHIP WITH TD BANK
P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) is a 10-clinic series conducted by the Boston Bruins and sponsored by TD Bank.  P.A.S.S. focuses on teaching youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12 basic hockey skills. All participants receive a P.A.S.S. jersey and a gift bag filled with an equipment bag tag, water bottle and two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game. TD Bank also presents each hosting youth hockey organization with a $1,000 donation.
WHEN: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 5:30-7 p.m.
WHERE: Pilgrim Arena, 75 Recreation Park Drive, Hingham, MA, 02043
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin and Bobby Miller

WHAT: SANTA’S POLAR EXPRESS RIDE
The Bruins mascot Blades will join guests on board Santa’s Polar Express where everyone on board will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the classic award-winning storybook tale, “The Polar Express.”  Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Snow Princess will accompany Blades and other characters on the train to greet the children. Children will also get their very own Polar Express bell.
WHEN: Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Anderson Commuter Rail Station. 100 Atlantic Ave., Woburn, MA 01867
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot Blades

WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION “SLICE THE ICE”
The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the first annual ”Slice the Ice” holiday event throughout the afternoon of December 12, 2010 at the TD Garden. Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase a “Slice the Ice” package for 30 people where fans can skate and meet the current players for $5,000 per session. Each session is two hours and includes an open skate on the TD Garden ice, where Bruins fans will be able to take photos at the Bruins goal, on the players’ bench and in the penalty box. The open skate will be followed by a meet and greet with Bruins players and a tour of the Bruins locker room. For additional information or to purchase a “Slice the Ice” package please contact Erin McEvoy at 617-624-1955 or emcevoy@bostonbruins.com.
WHEN: Sunday, December 12, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in two-hour blocks
WHERE: TD Garden 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: 2010-11 Bruins roster



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

Saturday, December 4 (Toronto, ON/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, Air Canada Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m. (40 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2X2 Canada) 

Sunday, December 5 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, December 6 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, December 7 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, TD Garden, 7:30 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Wednesday, December 8 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. 

Thursday, December 9 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Friday, December 10 (Boston, MA)
-Practice, TD Garden, 11:30 a.m.

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 6-7 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins.

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

Tuesdays
101.7 WFNX
9:10 a.m. Mark Stuart with “The FNX Breakfast Show”

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

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Marc Savard with “Karlson and McKenzie”

98.5 The Sports Hub
Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

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

107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

Fridays
107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)
4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”


BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, December 3)
Goals
1. M. Lucic, 12
2. N. Horton, 8
3. M. Ryder, 7
4. B. Wheeler, 6
5. 3 tied with 5

Assists
T1. D. Krejci, 12
T1. M. Recchi, 12
3. N. Horton, 11
T4. P. Bergeron, 10
T4. M. Lucic, 10

Points
1. M. Lucic, 22
2. N. Horton, 19
T3. M. Recchi, 17
T3. M. Ryder, 17
5. D. Krejci, 16

Plus/Minus
T1. A. Ference, +14
T1. N. Horton, +14
T3. M. Lucic, +13
T3. Z. Chara, +13
5. D. Krejci, +8

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 41
2. G. Campbell, 35
3. Z. Chara, 27
4. M. Lucic, 26
5. N. Horton, 25

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:

Tim Thomas is currently ranked 1st in the NHL in goals against average (1.44), save percentage at .956 and shutouts with 5. He is currently ranked 3rd in the NHL in wins with 13.

Milan Lucic is currently ranked 1st in the NHL in shooting percentage at 24.0%. He is currently tied for 8th in the NHL in goals (12). He is currently tied for 9th in the NHL in the plus/minus category at +13.

Andrew Ference and Nathan Horton are currently tied for 6th in the NHL in the plus/minus category at +14.

Dennis Seidenberg is currently ranked 7th in the NHL in blocked shots with 60.

Tyler Seguin is currently tied for 6th for rookies in the NHL in goals with 5. He is currently ranked 9th for rookies in the NHL in shooting percentage at 11.6%. He is currently tied for 15th for rookies in the NHL in scoring (9).
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