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Wednesday, 11.22.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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BOSTON BRUINS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Mellon Arena; Pittsburgh PA
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Penguins tonight in the first of four games between these teams this season and the first of two games of this season’s series at Mellon Arena. The Bruins are 8-8-2 thus far this season and are 2-5-1 thus far on the road. The Penguins are 10-7-2 thus far this season with a 5-4-1 record on home ice. The Bruins are 0-1-0 thus far this season vs. Atlantic Division teams and are 7-8-1 thus far this season against Eastern Conference opponents. The Penguins are 0-2-0 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 8-5-1 against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 93-47-21-1 lifetime vs. the Penguins with a 651-504 scoring edge in those 162 games. On the road, the Bruins are 35-31-15-1 lifetime vs. Pittsburgh with a 296-280 scoring advantage in those 82 contests. The Bruins have taken points out of their last eight games vs. Pittsburgh at 7-0-0-1 with their last regulation loss to Pittsburgh a 5-2 setback in Boston on Feb. 8, 2003. The Bruins have taken points out of their last 11 games in Pittsburgh at 8-0-2-1 with their last regulation loss in Pittsburgh a 4-2 loss on Dec. 14, 1999. The remaining games of this season’s series are Jan. 18 in Boston, Mar. 25 in Pittsburgh and Mar. 29 in Boston.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins had their four-game win streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to Florida on Nov. 20. That followed a 4-3 win over Ottawa on Nov. 11, a 3-2 shootout victory in Washington on Nov. 15, a 2-1 overtime win vs. Toronto on Nov. 16 and a 3-2 overtime victory vs. Washington on Nov. 18. That streak was the Bruins’ longest since a four-game stretch from Mar. 9-16, 2004. The Bruins are now 6-3-1 in their last ten games.

Recent Penguins Games
The Penguins are 3-1-0 in their last four games with a 3-2 win vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 13, a 4-2 loss at Buffalo on Nov. 17, a 3-1 win over NY Rangers on Nov. 18 and a 5-3 in Philadelphia on Nov. 20. They are 3-4-2 in their last nine games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next return home to host Carolina on Nov. 24 (12:00 noon). They will then face a two-game series in Toronto, playing at the Maple Leafs on Nov. 25 (7:00 p.m.) and Nov. 28 (7:30 p.m.). All games are broadcast on both NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Penguins Games
The Penguins next face the Islanders in New York on Nov. 24 before returning home to host NY Rangers on Nov. 25 and NY Islanders on Nov. 28.

Bruins Injuries
Jason York: Knee injury; out indefinitely.

Bruins November 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).
Nov. 14: Acquired Philippe Sauve from Phoenix Coyotes for Tyler Redenbach; Assigned Sauve to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 16: Recalled Yan Stastny from Providence/AHL and returned him to Providence following the game.
Nov. 20: Recalled Mark Stuart from Providence/AHL and returned him to Providence following the morning skate.
Nov. 21: Recalled Mark Stuart from Providence/AHL.

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
  • Nov. 15, 2006 – Boston 3 at Washington 2
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron; Wsh-Semin, Ovechkin, Pettinger

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Mark Mowers is playing his 200th NHL game tonight.
  • Wayne Primeau is two assists shy of his 100th NHL assist milestone.
  • Shean Donovan is one point shy of his 200th NHL point milestone.
  • Patrice Bergeron factored into the game-winning goals in all four games of Boston’s recent four-game win streak – Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa (regulation), Nov. 15 in Washington (shootout) and Nov. 16 vs. Toronto (overtime)…Glen Murray had the other game-winner with the overtime score Nov. 18 vs. Washington with Bergeron assisting on that goal.
  • Tim Thomas was named the NHL’s Number Three Star for the week of Nov. 12-18 with a 3-0-0 record and 1.60 GAA in three games.
  • 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 Players

    6—Brad Stuart—D
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in his last five games with an assist Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa, a goal Nov. 15 in Washington and an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida.
  • Has missed five games to injury (5-finger, Oct. 26-Nov. 6).
  • Lifetime vs. Pittsburgh: 5-2=7 totals with 4 PIM in 9 games.

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Has 5-5=10 totals in his last ten 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; two assists Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa; and a goal Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • 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. Pittsburgh: 2-8=10 totals with 8 PIM in 32 games.

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Nov. 15 in Washington and recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist in that game.
  • 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. Pittsburgh: 0-0=0 totals with 2 PIM in 2 games.

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in his last six games with a goal Nov. 9 vs. Toronto and an assist on the overtime score Nov. 16 vs. Toronto.
  • Has one multiple-point game.
  • Took an unsuccessful penalty shot on Washington’s Brent Johnson on Nov. 18…It was his third career penalty shot (no goals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 1/2.
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-leg, Oct. 19-28).
  • Lifetime vs. Pittsburgh: 0-5=5 totals with 4 PIM in 10 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. Pittsburgh: 0-0=0 totals with 2 PIM in 2 games.

    18—Mark Mowers—C
  • Is playing his 200th NHL game tonight.
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in his last nine 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. Pittsburgh: 0-0=0 totals with 4 PIM in 4 games.

    20—Wayne Primeau—C
  • Is two assists shy of his 100th NHL assists milestone.
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in his last eight games with an assist Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay and a goal Nov. 9 vs. Toronto.
  • Scored goals in each of his first two games, Oct. 6 in Florida and Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay.
  • Lifetime vs. Pittsburgh: 2-0=2 totals with 4 PIM in 20 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. Pittsburgh: 0-1=1 totals with 0 PIM in 6 games.

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • Is one point shy of his 200th NHL points milestone.
  • 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. Pittsburgh: 4-3=7 totals with 27 PIM in 18 games.

    23—Paul Mara—D
  • Has 0-7=7 totals in his last eight games…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, Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa and Nov. 16 vs. Toronto.
  • Has two multiple-point games.
  • Had a four-game assist streak from Nov. 4-11 (0-6=6 totals).
  • 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. Pittsburgh: 1-3=4 totals with 4 PIM in 8 games.

    25—Jason York—D
  • Has missed the last eight 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 seven games to injury (8-knee, Nov. 4-20).
  • Lifetime vs. Pittsburgh: 3-8=11 totals with 34 PIM in 30 games.

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • Has 1-6=7 totals in his last nine games with an assist Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo; a 1-1=2 effort including a shorthanded goal Nov. 6 in Atlanta; and two assists each Nov. 9 vs. Toronto and Nov. 16 vs. Toronto.
  • Has four multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 7-12 (1-3=4 totals).
  • Played his 100th NHL game Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Lifetime vs. Pittsburgh: 1-2=3 totals with 0 PIM in 4 games.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Has 3-2=5 totals in his last two straight games with 5-3=8 totals in four of his last five games…Scored two goals, including his 300th NHL goal, Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa; an assist Nov. 15 in Washington; a 1-2=3 effort, including the overtime goal, Nov. 18 vs. Washington; and two goals Nov. 20 vs. Florida.
  • Has 7-5=12 totals in his last nine games with 10-8=18 totals in his last 15 contests.
  • Has six multiple-point games with his season-highs 1-2=3 efforts each Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay and Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • 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. Pittsburgh: 15-15=30 totals with 25 PIM in 31 games…Has scored two of his five career hat tricks vs. Pittsburgh, on Apr. 13, 2002 and Feb. 1, 2004.

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Had his four-game win streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to Florida on Nov. 20…That followed a 4-3 win over Ottawa on Nov. 11, a 3-2 shootout victory in Washington on Nov. 15, a 2-1 overtime win Nov. 16 vs. Toronto and a 3-2 overtime victory vs. Washington on Nov. 18.
  • Is 6-2-1 in his last nine decisions.
  • Has played in the last 12 straight games.
  • Had a four-game win streak from Nov. 11-18, which is the longest such streak of his career.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 1-2 (4 goals/10 shots).
  • Was the NHL’s Number Three Star for the week of Nov. 12-18 with a 3-0-0 record and 1.60 GAA in three games.
  • Has dressed as backup for three games.
  • Lifetime vs. Pittsburgh: 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA in 1 game.

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in his last two straight games with a goal Nov. 18 vs. Washington and an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida.
  • Has 4-3=7 totals in his last 11 games.
  • 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. Pittsburgh: 7-8=15 totals with 80 PIM in 29 games.

    37—Patrice Bergeron—C
  • Has a three-game point streak in progress with 1-2=3 totals in that span…Scored the overtime goal Nov. 16 vs. Toronto, an assist on the overtime goal Nov. 18 vs. Washington and an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida.
  • Has 4-6=10 totals in seven of his last eight games…Also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win in Washington on Nov. 15, but shootout goals do not count toward a streak.
  • Has three multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game assist/point streak from Oct. 19-26 (0-4=4 totals).
  • Had a five-game point streak from Nov. 2-11 (3-4=7 totals).
  • Factored into four straight game-winning goals from Nov. 11-18, scoring two game-winners (one in overtime), the deciding goal in a shootout win and an overtime assist.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 2/3 (deciding goal Nov. 15 in Washington).
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Lifetime vs. Pittsburgh: 3-4=7 totals with 0 PIM in 8 games.

    41—Andrew Alberts—D
  • 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. Pittsburgh: 0-0=0 totals with 6 PIM in 3 games.

    45—Mark Stuart—D
  • ROOKIE.
  • Is expected to play his first Boston game of the season tonight…Began the season in Boston, but did not play in the first 12 games due to off-season knee surgery.
  • Recalled Nov. 21 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on Nov. 7…Had 1-3=4 totals in four AHL Bruins games.
  • Lifetime vs. Pittsburgh: Has not yet faced.

    60—Brian Finley—G
  • Has dressed as backup for the last five games.
  • 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 five games.
  • Lifetime vs. Pittsburgh: 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. Pittsburgh: 0-0=0 totals with 6 PIM in 3 games.

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
  • ROOKIE.
  • Has scored single goals in two of his last four games, Nov. 15 in Washington and Nov. 16 vs. Toronto.
  • Has 5-1=6 totals in his last 12 games.
  • 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. Pittsburgh: Has not yet faced.

    91—Marc Savard—C
  • Has 4-13=17 totals in nine of his last ten games…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; an assist Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa; two assists each Nov. 15 in Washington and Nov. 18 vs. Washington; and an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida.
  • Has 5-17=22 totals in his last 16 games.
  • Has five 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).
  • Had a seven-game point streak from Oct. 28-Nov. 15 (4-10=14 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. Pittsburgh: 8-21=29 totals with 4 PIM in 20 games.
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