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Hey, welcome back to Our Boys in Beantown. Hope everyone stayed nice and cozy during the storm but now it’s time to wake up! In this week’s issue we’ll be overviewing the past week on the Bruins part, on the ice and off. Also, find out who our player of the week is and grasp a chance to answer our new question of the week!

On Tuesday of this week, the wives and girlfriends of the players participated in the annual Fashion Power Play. This event was held to benefit the Bruins Foundation and Dana-Farber. While we can’t give you the update yet, we can give you the event details. It will take place at 7:00pm in Copley Place. Featured models for the event will include many partners of the players as well as professionals. The Bruins Foundation will host two-hundred and fifty guests along a 110-foot runway.

Over the past week, the Bruins have played only three games, two of which were played against the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins brought home a total of 5 out of the possible 6 points this week. On Tuesday February 2, the Bruins took a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston had an early lead with a goal from Brad Marchand in the first. The Leafs tied the game in the second with the only goal in the period. In the third, Marchand again pushed the B’s ahead of Toronto, followed by another goal by Krejci. The Bruins quickly blew this two goal lead, but pushed through until overtime, where Parenteau scored the power play goal to end the game.

Thursday February 4 brought the beginning of a two game series against the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres took the first two goals, resulting in a 2-0 lead within the first minute of the second period. The B’s quickly bounced back from the second goal with a goal 58 seconds after the Sabres goal, scored by Ryan Spooner. Early in the third period, Marchand scored to tie the game which was then sent to an uneventful overtime, which brought on a shootout. In the first round of the shootout, Ryan Spooner scored the only shootout goal by getting one past ex-Bruin Chad Johnson. Saturday the sixth was another game against the Buffalo Sabres. Loui Eriksson broke the ice just over twelve minutes into gameplay, giving the Bruins an early lead. Halfway through the second period, Buffalo tied things up, where they would remain until overtime. At 2:32 on the overtime clock, a call, deemed questionable by Sabres fans, gave Brad Marchand the opportunity to shoot a penalty shot. Designed like a shootout, Brad Marchand was given a 1-on-1 opportunity to end the game. Marchand made his penalty shot, resulting in a victory, and a two-game sweep for the Bruins against the Sabres.

 

This week’s player of the week is a left wing for Boston, Brad Marchand. Brad acts as a fireball for the team, continuously rallying them up, and inspiring fans to never lose hope. He is known for his comeback goals, and spunky attitude. This mindset earned him the nickname “ the Little Ball of Hate.” He also has uncountable nicknames referring to his prominent hockey nose. Some of these include; “Nose Face Killah, Pinocchio, Ratface, and Carrot Nose.” Why is Brad this week’s player of the week? He scored a goal in every game this week, played really well, and won the game for us with his penalty shot in overtime against the Sabres.

Some more facts about #63:

  • Brad was selected 71st overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by Boston
  • he scored 21 goals in his first year of play
  • he scored his first hat trick against the Florida Panthers in an 8-0 win
  • that penalty shot we were talking about above, Marchy was the first Bruin’s player to successfully take one in a regular season overtime game
  • he won the 7th player award in 2011 after the Stanley Cup was won
  • he was born in Hammonds Plains, Canada

Now moving ahead, this weeks schedule for our boys. Tuesday is probably the biggest game for us this week. Facing off against the Los Angeles Kings at home, the boys will be put up against former player Milan Lucic. Lucic was traded last year, and was pretty much the definition of a “big bad Bruin.” He was certainly a fan favorite, is missed, and will be a tough competitor. However, the players need to remain focused on the win because they have the opportunity to earn themselves another two points. These points would pull them back up to .500 at home before heading out on their next road trip. Next, on Thursday, they match-up against the Winnipeg Jets away at MTS Centre, and finally they play the Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The main thing to focus on would be the home game before the road trip so the B’s can grasp the two points they desperately need. Tune in next week to see what happens.

Now for our question of the week! Please tweet your answer to @bergalicious63, the first person with the correct answer will get a follow and a shoutout. We ask you to please refrain from looking up the answer, that does not show your fan knowledge! Here’s some initial background on this week’s question:

On October 23, 2008, a 4-2 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs, this Bruins strongman hit Toronto’s Mike Van Ryn so hard that the plexiglass wall broke, resulting in no injuries. This player played for the Bruins for approximately 7 seasons, and was a left winger who did not hesitate to defend the safety and morale of his teammates by throwing a few punches. Who is he?

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