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Bruins back on ice Friday

April 7, 2005 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Providence Bruins News Release

The Providence Bruins begin a three-game weekend against Atlantic Division rivals on Friday, April 8 at 7:05 p.m., when they host the Lowell Lock Monsters. The Bruins, winners of six straight, are 38-26-3-7 this season, putting them in fourth place in the division. The Black and Gold, which has 86 points on the year, is currently four points behind the third place Lock Monsters. Providence has narrowed its “magic number” to clinch a spot in the 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs down to six. Any combination of Bruin points captured and Worcester IceCats points missed equaling six will put Providence in the playoffs for the 11th time in the 13-year history of the franchise. The Bruins also visit the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m., before returning home to host Hartford on Sunday, April 10 at 4:05 p.m.

Bruin left wing Andy Hilbert was named today an AHL Second-Team All-Star. The 24-year-old native of Howell, Michigan leads the team and ranks sixth in AHL scoring with 37-41-78 totals in 74 games. He is tied for second in the league in goals and tied for fourth with 16 power play goals. Hilbert has set new career-highs in goals, assists and points this season. His goal total is the third-highest in franchise history, behind Tim Sweeney (41; 1992-93) and Jim Vesey (38; 1992-93). His point total is the most since Randy Robitaille posted 102 points in 1998-99. Hilbert has shattered the franchise career record book this season, establishing new records in goals (101), assists (108), points (209) and power play goals (37).

NUTS 'N BOLTS
BRUINS vs. Lowell Lock Monsters; Friday, April 8, 2005
Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, 7:05 p.m.; Radio: WDDZ AM-550; Online: www.providencebruins.com

2004-05 records: Bruins: 38-26-3-7
Lowell: 42-25-1-5
2004-05 matchups: Bruins: 6-1-0-2
All-time matchups: Bruins: 34-18-7

BRUINS: C Brad Boyes has points (3-4-7) in four straight games, and ranks eighth in AHL scoring with 32-41-73 totals…LW Jay Henderson has 3-2-5 totals in his last five games…G Hannu Toivonen has won six straight starts, and ranks third in the AHL with a 1.97 GAA and fourth with a .934 save percentage…C Ben Guite has points (2-1-3) in three straight games.

LOWELL: RW Chuck Kobasew, who ranks 11th in AHL scoring with 37-34-71 totals, was today named an AHL First-Team All-Star…C Eric Staal is tied for ninth in the league with 24-48-71 totals…G Cam Ward was named yesterday to the AHL All-Rookie Team.

This weekend’s games will be “McDonald’s Family 4-Pack” nights. Fans can purchase four tickets and four McDonald’s Extra Value Meals for just $48. “McDonald’s Family 4-Packs” can only be purchased by calling the Bruins at (401) 273-5000, or by logging on to www.providencebruins.com. “McDonald’s Family 4-Packs” are not sold on game days.

Tickets for Friday and Sunday, as well as all remaining regular season Providence Bruins games, are available online at www.providencebruins.com, all TicketMaster outlets (401-331-2211 or 508/617-931-2000) and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence box office. Information on season ticket plans can be obtained by calling the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or by logging on to the team website.


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