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Wednesday, 11.15.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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BOSTON BRUINS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Verizon Center; Washington DC
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Capitals tonight in the first of four games between these teams this season and the first of two games of this season’s series at Verizon Center. The Bruins are 5-7-2 thus far this season and are 1-4-1 thus far on the road. The Capitals are 8-5-4 thus far this season with a 4-2-1 record on home ice. The Bruins are 2-3-0 thus far this season vs. Southeast Division teams and are 4-7-1 thus far this season against Eastern Conference opponents. The Capitals are 1-0-0 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 6-4-2 against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 61-31-21-2 lifetime vs. the Capitals with a 411-315 scoring edge in those 115 games. On the road, the Bruins are 28-16-12-1 lifetime vs. Washington with a 198-160 scoring advantage in those 57 contests. The Bruins have taken points out of their last six games vs. Washington at 4-0-1-1 with their last regulation loss to the Capitals a 6-5 setback in Washington on Dec. 11, 2003. The remaining games of this season’s series are Nov. 18 in Boston, Feb. 6 in Washington and Mar. 15 in Boston.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins snapped their two-game losing stretch with a 4-3 win over Ottawa on Nov. 11. That followed a 5-3 loss in Atlanta on Nov. 6 and a 6-4 setback to Toronto on Nov. 9. They are 3-2-1 in their last six games overall.

Recent Capitals Games
The Capitals have won four of their last five games with a 5-3 win in Philadelphia on Nov. 4, a 4-3 win vs. Ottawa on Nov. 6, a 5-0 loss in Carolina on Nov. 9, a 3-1 win vs. NY Rangers on Nov. 11 and a 4-1 win in Florida on Nov. 13. They are 6-3-1 in their last ten games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next return to Boston for a three-game home stand, hosting Toronto on Nov. 16, Washington on Nov. 18 and Florida on Nov. 20. All games are at 7:00 p.m. and all are broadcast on both NESN and WBZ Radio. Tickets are available for all games.

Upcoming Capitals Games
The Capitals next host Carolina on Nov. 17 before traveling to Boston on Nov. 18.

Bruins Injuries
Jason York: Knee injury; out indefinitely.

Bruins Recent Transactions
Nov. 7: Hannu Toivonen and Mark Stuart assigned to Providence/AHL; Brian Finley recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 11: Petr Tenkrat recalled from Providence/AHL; Jeff Hoggan and Wade Brookbank assigned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 12: Brian Finley returned to Providence/AHL; Mike Brown recalled from Long Beach/ECHL.
Nov. 13: Brian Finley recalled from Providence/AHL; Matt Lashoff returned to Providence/AHL; Yan Stastny and Mike Brown assigned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 13: Acquired Stanislav Chistov from Anaheim Ducks for the conditional draft pick received from Phoenix in the June 26, 2006 Paul Mara-Nick Boynton trade (Phoenix’s third round pick in either the 2007 or 2008 NHL Entry Draft).

Bruins 2006-07 Shootout Results
(Underline indicates goal scored)
  • Oct. 12, 2006 – Boston 2 at St. Louis 3
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; StL-Legace
    Shooters: Bos-Bergeron, Boyes, Sturm, Savard; StL-Wideman, Weight, Tkachuk, Stempniak
  • Nov. 2, 2006 – Buffalo 5 at Boston 4
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; Buf-Miller
    Shooters: Bos-Murray, Axelsson, Bergeron; Buf-Briere, Afinogenov, Kotalik

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Wayne Primeau is two assists shy of his 100th NHL assist milestone.
  • Shean Donovan is one point shy of his 200th NHL point milestone.
  • Marc Savard has a six-game point streak in progress with 4-8=12 totals in that span, including a 2-3=5 night Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Patrice Bergeron has a five-game point streak in progress with 3-4=6 totals in that span, including the game-winning goal Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa.
  • Paul Mara has a four-game assist streak in progress with 0-6=6 totals in that stretch.
  • The Bruins have two players on the NHL All-Star ballot for the game to be played Jan. 24 in Dallas – Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron.
  • The Bruins have two rookies on their active roster – Phil Kessel and Yan Stastny.
  • The Bruins play just three games out of the Eastern time zone this season. They played in St. Louis on Oct. 12 and will play in Chicago on Dec. 29 and at Nashville on Dec. 30.

    The Players

    6—Brad Stuart—D
  • Has played the last two games, with an assist Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa, after missing five games with an injury.
  • Has assists in three of his last six games.
  • Has missed five games to injury (5-finger, Oct. 26-Nov. 6).
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 2-4=6 totals with 4 PIM in 12 games.

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Has 4-5=9 totals in five of his last six games…Recorded 1-1=2 totals each Oct. 28 vs. Ottawa, Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo and Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay; a goal Nov. 9 vs. Toronto; and two assists Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa.
  • Has four multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 28-Nov. 4 (3-3=6 totals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Played his 600th NHL game Oct. 26 vs. Montreal.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 4-3=7 totals with 8 PIM in 30 games.

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • Is expected to play his first game as a Bruin tonight.
  • Acquired Nov. 13 from Anaheim where he was scoreless in one game this season…Played his first NHL game of the season Nov. 6 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Had a three-game conditioning assignment in Portland/AHL from Oct. 31-Nov. 5 (1-0=1 totals).
  • Was Anaheim’s first pick, fifth overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft…Returns to the NHL this season after playing the 2005-06 season in Russia…Has played two NHL seasons with Anaheim.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 0-1=1 totals with 4 PIM in 2 games.

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Scored his first goal since opening night on Nov. 9 vs. Toronto.
  • Had 1-1=2 totals Oct. 6 in Florida and scored the Bruins’ first goal of the season.
  • Has one multiple-point game.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 1/1.
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-leg, Oct. 19-28).
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 4-6=10 totals with 22 PIM in 16 games.

    17—Petr Tenkrat—RW
  • Scored his first goal as a Bruin in his first game as a Bruin Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa…It was his first NHL game since Apr. 14, 2002 with Nashville.
  • Recalled Nov. 11 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on Oct. 9…Had 2-7=9 totals with 6 PIM in seven AHL Bruins games.
  • Has not dressed for two games (coach’s decision).
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 0-1=1 totals with 0 PIM in 4 games.

    18—Mark Mowers—C
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in two of his last five games, scoring his first goal/point of the season Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo and adding an assist Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-shoulder, Oct. 21-26).
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 0-1=1 totals with 0 PIM in 4 games.

    20—Wayne Primeau—C
  • Is two assists shy of his 100th NHL assists milestone.
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in two of his last four games with an assist Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay and a goal Nov. 9 vs. Toronto.
  • Scored goals in his first two games, Oct. 6 in Florida and Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 5-7=12 totals with 36 PIM in 29 games.

    21—Nathan Dempsey—D
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Has not dressed for two games (coach’s decision).
  • Changed his sweater number from 29 to 21 on November 2.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 0-4=4 totals with 0 PIM in 6 games.

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • Is one point shy of his 200th NHL points milestone.
  • Had an assist Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Played his 700th NHL game Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 2-3=5 totals with 17 PIM in 22 games.

    23—Paul Mara—D
  • Has a four-game assist streak in progress with 0-6=6 totals in that span…Had two-assist efforts each Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay, including one on the overtime goal, and Nov. 6 in Atlanta; and single assists each Nov. 9 vs. Toronto and Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa.
  • Has two multiple-point games.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist on the game-winning goal Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 2-3=5 totals with 12 PIM in 13 games.

    25—Jason York—D
  • Has missed the last four games with a knee injury.
  • Recorded his first point of the season and first as a Bruin with an assist Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-knee, Nov. 4-11).
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 1-2=3 totals with 20 PIM in 25 games.

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • Has 1-4=5 totals in three of his last five games with an assist Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo; a 1-1=2 effort including a shorthanded goal Nov. 6 in Atlanta; and two assists Nov. 9 vs. Toronto.
  • Has 2-5=7 totals in his last nine games.
  • Has three multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 7-12 (1-3=4 totals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 2-1=3 totals with 0 PIM in 4 games.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Has 4-2=6 totals in three of his last five games…Scored a goal Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo; a 1-2=3 effort Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay, including the overtime goal; and two goals Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa, including his 300th NHL goal.
  • Has 7-5=12 totals in his last 11 games.
  • Has four multiple-point games with his season-high a 1-2=3 effort Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Played his 900th NHL game Nov. 9 vs. Toronto…Scored his 300th NHL goal with the second of two goals Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa.
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 12-14=26 totals with 20 PIM in 34 games.

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Earned the 4-3 win over Ottawa on Nov. 11 in his last start.
  • Is 3-1-1 in his last five decisions.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0-2 (4 goals/7 shots).
  • Has dressed as backup for three games.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 3-0-1 with a 1.98 GAA in 4 games.

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Has 3-2=5 totals in five of his last seven games…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 26 vs. Montreal; the game-winning goal Oct. 28 vs. Ottawa; the game-tying goal at 19:13 of the third period Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay; and single assists each Nov. 9 vs. Toronto and Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa.
  • Has two multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-11 (0-5=5 totals).
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida and recorded his first points as a Bruin with two assists in that game…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 26 vs. Montreal.
  • Was named the 18th Captain in team history on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 1-8=9 totals with 43 PIM in 29 games.

    37—Patrice Bergeron—C
  • Has a five-game point streak in progress with 3-4=7 totals in that span…Had single assists each Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo and Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay; a two-goal effort Nov. 6 in Atlanta; two assists Nov. 9 vs. Toronto; and the game-winning goal Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa.
  • Has 3-8=11 totals in eight of his last nine games.
  • Has three multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game assist/point streak from Oct. 19-26 (0-4=4 totals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 1/2.
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 1-7=8 totals with 0 PIM in 8 games.

    41—Andrew Alberts—D
  • Has played the last five games after missing three games to injury.
  • Recorded his first point of the season with an assist Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28).
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 0-0=0 totals with 0 PIM in 4 games.

    60—Brian Finley—G
  • Recalled from Providence/AHL on Nov. 13 where he had been re-assigned on Nov. 12…Was 6-3-0 with a 3.06 GAA in nine AHL Bruins games…This is his second recall to Boston (Nov. 7-12).
  • Took the 6-4 loss to Toronto on Nov. 9, allowing two goals (one empty net) in 39 minutes in relief of Tim Thomas…It was his first game as a Bruin.
  • Has dressed as backup for one game.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: Has not yet faced.

    68—Milan Jurcina—D
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-elbow, Oct. 6-11).
  • Has not dressed for four games (coach’s decision).
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 0-1=1 totals with 2 PIM in 4 games.

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
  • ROOKIE.
  • Has 3-1=4 totals in his last eight games…Scored his first NHL goal Oct. 21 vs. Buffalo; added tallies Oct. 26 vs. Montreal and Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay; and an assist Nov. 9 vs. Toronto.
  • Played his first NHL game Oct. 6 in Florida…Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay…Scored his first NHL goal Oct. 21 vs. Buffalo.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: Has not yet faced.

    91—Marc Savard—C
  • Has a six-game point streak in progress with 4-8=12 totals in that span…Had an assist Oct. 28 vs. Ottawa; a 1-2=3 effort Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo; matched his career-high for points in a game with a 2-3=5 effort Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay; an assist Nov. 6 in Atlanta; a goal Nov. 9 vs. Toronto; and an assist Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa.
  • Has 5-12=17 totals in ten of his last 11 games.
  • Has three multiple-point games with his season-high a 2-3=5 effort Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay which matched his previous career-high for points in a game.
  • Had a four-game point streak from Oct. 12-21 (1-4=5 totals).
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida with his first point as a Bruin an assist in that game…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 12 in St. Louis.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Was the NHL’s Number One Star for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4 with 3-5=8 totals in two games.
  • Changed his sweater number from 71 to 91 on November 2.
  • Lifetime vs. Washington: 6-23=29 totals with 20 PIM in 23 games.
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