From the NHL Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com.
The Boston Bruins have a busy week ahead of them, with three straight home games before hitting the road on Sunday night to face the Pittsburgh Penguins. Before that, the B’s get a tough out at home in the Carolina Hurricanes, then a great opportunity to grab four points in games against the floundering Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators.
Boston went 3-0 last week, and two of them came against the No. 1 and No. 4 teams in the league. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have kept rolling offensively with 8 and 11 points, respectively, in 9 games without top right winger David Pastrnak. Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, meanwhile, combined to stop 59 of 61 shots in three games last week, a .967 save percentage. The B’s have rocketed to the third-best record in the NHL, behind only Tampa and Calgary, over the course of their 16-game streak with at least one point.
Here’s a quick recap of last week, plus a look ahead to what expect over the next seven days. You can listen to all four games on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pregame coverage beginning 30 minutes before game time.
Previously on Bruins Hockey…
— The Bruins won all three of their games last week, mostly in convincing fashion. They hammered the San Jose Sharks 4-1 last Tuesday, then sent a message to the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning in another 4-1 win, and finished off the week with a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.
— Marchand tied Rick Middleton for sixth in franchise history with his 25th career shorthanded goal on Tuesday against the Sharks.
— Notable Quotable: Bruce Cassidy on Noel Acciari losing teeth…”Noel took a puck in the face … Our team’s getting uglier every game with these plays.”
Last Week’s Links
Looking Ahead: Game Schedule
— Tuesday, March 5: Home game vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m
— Thursday, March 7: Home game vs. Florida Panthers, 7 p.m.
— Saturday, March 9: Home game vs. Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m.
— Sunday, March 10: Away game @ Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m.
* All game broadcasts begin with pregame coverage 30 minutes before puck drop on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
TD Garden Special Events
— TD BANK P.A.S.S. CLINIC: The Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team will be traveling to Quincy, MA on Wednesday, March 6 to award Quincy Youth Hockey a TD Bank P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) Clinic. Each P.A.S.S. Clinic is one-hour long and is conducted by Bruins alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. Each clinic is open to 50 youth hockey players in the Squirt/U10 or Pee Wee/U12 age classifications. Each participant will receive a P.A.S.S. jersey, gift bag, and two tickets to an upcoming Boston Bruins home game. Additionally, TD Bank will present a $1,000 donation to the hosting youth hockey organization.
— BBF GUARANTEED 50/50 JACKPOT: The Boston Bruins Foundation is holding a 50/50 raffle in conjunction with the Corey C. Griffin NHL Alumni Pro-Am Tournament with a $200,000 guaranteed jackpot. One lucky winner will win a prize of $100,000 or more, with the other proceeds of the guaranteed $200,000 jackpot benefitting MCMC, which funds free baseline head-trauma testing and awareness education to all Massachusetts high schools. Funds raised enable the Pediatric Head Trauma Unit to launch a formal local and regional baseline testing program, expand research efforts by supporting pilot grants in all areas of brain injury research and create opportunities for new, multidisciplinary research projects to create transformative models of care. The raffle is already underway, and you can buy tickets online at ProAm5050.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase until the start of the third period at the Bruins vs. Panthers games at TD Garden on March 7 when a winner will be drawn.
— MIAA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD NIGHT: On Thursday, March 7, the Boston Bruins will honor the 2019 Boston Bruins/Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Ice Hockey Sportsmanship Award winners. For the 17th consecutive year, the MIAA and Boston Bruins have partnered to honor one worthy student-athlete from each boys and girls ice hockey league in the state. These student-athletes were selected by representatives of their league for best exemplifying the highest standards of fair play and sportsmanship in high school ice hockey.
* All event information via press release from the Bruins.
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