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BOSTON BRUINS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Air Canada Centre; Toronto ONT
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Maple Leafs tonight in the third of eight games between these teams this season and the first of four games of this season’s series at Air Canada Centre. The Bruins are 9-9-2 thus far this season and are 3-5-1 thus far on the road. The Maple Leafs are 12-7-4 thus far this season with a 6-4-2 record on home ice. The Bruins are 3-3-1 thus far this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 7-9-1 thus far this season against Eastern Conference opponents. The Maple Leafs are 5-4-2 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 10-6-4 against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 258-248-98-3 lifetime vs. the Maple Leafs with Toronto holding a 1819-1766 scoring edge in those 606 games. On the road, the Bruins are 93-157-51-2 lifetime in Toronto with the Maple Leafs having a 1018-783 scoring advantage in those 303 contests. These teams have split the first two games of this season’s series with Toronto winning a 6-4 decision in Boston on Nov. 9 and the Bruins taking the rematch by a 2-1 overtime score in Boston on Nov. 16. This is the third of four games between these teams in a 20-day span. The remaining games of this season’s series are Nov. 28 in Toronto, Dec. 7 in Boston, Jan. 1 in Toronto, Jan. 4 in Boston and Feb. 20 in Toronto.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won five of their last seven games with 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, a 3-2 overtime victory vs. Washington on Nov. 18, a 3-2 loss to Florida on Nov. 20, a 4-3 shootout win in Pittsburgh on Nov. 22 and a 5-1 loss to Carolina on Nov. 24. The Bruins are 7-4-1 in their last 12 games overall.

Recent Maple Leafs Games
The Maple Leafs have lost three of their last four games at 1-2-1 with a 2-1 overtime loss in Boston on Nov. 16, a 2-1 loss to New Jersey on Nov. 18, a 4-2 win vs. NY Islanders on Nov. 20 and a 7-4 setback in Buffalo on Nov. 22 They are 8-3-1 in their last 12 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will conclude this two-game series in Toronto on Nov. 28 (7:30 p.m.). They will then return home to host Tampa Bay on Nov. 30 (7:00 p.m.). Both games are broadcast on both NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Maple Leafs Games
The Maple Leafs will host the Bruins on Nov. 28 and then face the Thrashers in Atlanta on Nov. 30.

Bruins Injuries
Brian Finley: Groin injury; out indefinitely.
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.
Nov. 22: Recalled Yan Stastny from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 23: Returned Yan Stastny to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 24: Recalled Philippe Sauve 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
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; Wsh-Kolzig
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron; Wsh-Semin, Ovechkin, Pettinger
  • Nov. 22, 2006 – Boston 4 at Pittsburgh 3
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; Pit-Fleury
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron; Pit-Ouellet, Malkin, Gonchar

    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.
  • 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 seven 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. Toronto: 1-2=3 totals with 8 PIM in 11 games.

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Has 5-5=10 totals in his last 12 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. Toronto: 3-12=15 totals with 6 PIM in 38 games.

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in his five games as a Bruin with the assist Nov. 15 in Washington and the goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh.
  • 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…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh.
  • 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. Toronto.
  • 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. Toronto: 0-2=2 totals with 0 PIM in 3 games.

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in his last five games with an assist on the overtime score Nov. 16 vs. Toronto and a goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh…Also scored the deciding goal in the 4-3 shootout win in Pittsburgh on Nov. 22.
  • 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: 2/3 (deciding goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh).
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-leg, Oct. 19-28).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 4-5=9 totals with 14 PIM in 15 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. Toronto: 0-1=1 totals with 2 PIM in 5 games.

    18—Mark Mowers—C
  • His last point was an assist Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa.
  • Played his 200th NHL game Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh.
  • 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. Toronto: 0-0=0 totals with 0 PIM in 4 games.

    20—Wayne Primeau—C
  • Is two assists shy of his 100th NHL assists milestone.
  • His last point was 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. Toronto: 3-4=7 totals with 28 PIM in 26 games.

    21—Nathan Dempsey—D
  • Did not dress Nov. 24 vs. Carolina.
  • 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 three games (coach’s decision).
  • Changed his sweater number from 29 to 21 on November 2.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 1-0=1 totals with 2 PIM in 3 games…Was drafted by Toronto as their 12th pick, 245th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and played his first eight pro seasons in the Maple Leafs organization from 1994-2002.

    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. Toronto: 4-1=5 totals with 15 PIM in 31 games.

    23—Paul Mara—D
  • Has 0-8=8 totals in his last ten 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, Nov. 16 vs. Toronto and Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh.
  • 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. Toronto: 3-6=9 totals with 8 PIM in 11 games.

    25—Jason York—D
  • Has missed the last ten 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 ten games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 0-8=8 totals with 24 PIM in 29 games.

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • Has 1-6=7 totals in his last nine games with a 1-1=2 effort including a shorthanded goal Nov. 6 in Atlanta; two assists each Nov. 9 vs. Toronto and Nov. 16 vs. Toronto; and an assist Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh.
  • 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. Toronto: 1-7=8 totals with 4 PIM in 10 games…Was drafted by Toronto as their first pick, 24th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and played his first pro season in the Maple Leafs organization.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Has 3-2=5 totals in two of his last four games with 5-3=8 totals in four of his last seven 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 11 games with 10-8=18 totals in his last 17 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. Toronto: 11-9=20 totals with 22 PIM in 38 games.

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Lost his last start with a 5-1 setback to Carolina on Nov. 24 as he yielded three goals in 30 minutes before being relieved by Philippe Sauve.
  • Won his second shootout game of the season with a 4-3 victory in Pittsburgh on Nov. 22…Allowed two goals in 45 minutes in relief of an injured Brian Finley before stopping all three Pittsburgh shootout shots.
  • Is 7-2-1 in his last 11 decisions.
  • Has played in the last 14 straight games…His longest career consecutive games played stretch is 18 from Jan. 10-Mar. 1, 2006.
  • Had a four-game win streak from Nov. 11-18, which is the longest such streak of his career.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 2-2 (4 goals/13 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 four games.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 2-0-1 with a 2.86 GAA in 4 games.

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Had his three-game point streak stopped Nov. 24 vs. Carolina with 2-1=3 totals in that span…Had a goal Nov. 18 vs. Washington; an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida; and a goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh.
  • Has 5-3=8 totals in his last 13 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. Toronto: 3-4=7 totals with 47 PIM in 36 games.

  • Did not earn a decision Nov. 24 vs. Carolina, allowing two goals in 29 minutes in relief of Tim Thomas in the 5-1 loss…It was his first NHL game since a 6-4 loss in Colorado on Apr. 11, 2006 with Phoenix.
  • Recalled that morning from Providence/AHL where he was 1-1-0 with a 3.53 GAA in two games…Had been assigned to Providence on Nov. 14 after being acquired from Phoenix for Tyler Redenbach.
  • Had played ten games in San Antonio/AHL with a 4-5-0 record and 3.80 GAA at the start of the season.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: Has not yet faced.

    37—Patrice Bergeron—C
  • Has a five-game point streak in progress with 2-4=5 totals in that span…Scored the overtime goal Nov. 16 vs. Toronto; an assist on the overtime goal Nov. 18 vs. Washington; an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida; two assists Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh; and a goal Nov. 24 vs. Carolina.
  • Has 5-8=13 totals in ten of his last 11 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 four 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: 2/4 (deciding goal Nov. 15 in Washington).
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 3-8=11 totals with 2 PIM in 13 games.

    41—Andrew Alberts—D
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 0-1=1 totals with 11 PIM in 10 games.

    45—Mark Stuart—D
  • ROOKIE.
  • Played his first Boston game of the season Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh…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. Toronto: 0-0=0 totals with 4 PIM in 2 games.

    60—Brian Finley—G
  • Is out indefinitely with a groin strain suffered Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh.
  • Made his first start of the season Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh after dressing as backup for the previous five games…Allowed one goal in 20 minutes before suffering the injury and did not earn a decision.
  • 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.
  • Has missed one game to injury (1-groin, Nov. 24).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 0-1-0 with a 3.08 GAA in 1 game.

    68—Milan Jurcina—D
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-elbow, Oct. 6-11).
  • Has not dressed for five games (coach’s decision).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 0-0=0 totals with 10 PIM in 7 games.

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
  • ROOKIE.
  • Has scored single goals in two of his last six games, Nov. 15 in Washington and Nov. 16 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. Toronto: 1-1=2 totals with 0 PIM in two games.

    91—Marc Savard—C
  • Has a four-game assist streak in progress with 0-6=6 totals in that span…Had two assists Nov. 18 vs. Washington; an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida; two assists Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh; and an assist Nov. 24 vs. Carolina.
  • Has 4-16=20 totals in 11 of his last 12 games with 5-20=25 totals in his last 18 contests.
  • Has six 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. Toronto: 5-9=14 totals with 40 PIM in 22 games.
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