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BOSTON BRUINS vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES
RBC Center; Raleigh NC
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Hurricanes tonight in the second of four games between these teams this season and the first of two games of this season’s series at RBC Center. The Bruins are 12-9-2 thus far this season and are 5-4-1 thus far on the road. The Hurricanes are 14-10-3 thus far this season with a 7-4-1 record on home ice. The Bruins are 5-5-0 thus far this season vs. Southeast Division teams and are 11-9-1 thus far this season against Eastern Conference opponents. The Hurricanes are 3-4-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 13-10-3 against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 83-58-16-2 lifetime vs. the Hurricanes franchise (includes Hartford) with a 551-478 scoring edge in those 159 games. On the road, the Bruins are 36-32-9-1 lifetime vs. the Carolina franchise with a 269-260 scoring advantage in those 78 contests. The Hurricanes won the first game of this season’s series with a 5-1 win in Boston on Nov. 24. The remaining games of this season’s series are Feb. 3 in Carolina and Feb. 8 in Boston.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won their last three games and four of their last five with a 4-3 shootout win in Pittsburgh on Nov. 22, a 5-1 loss to Carolina on Nov. 24, a 3-1 victory in Toronto on Nov. 25, a 4-1 win in Toronto on Nov. 28 and a 4-3 shootout victory over Tampa Bay on Nov. 30. They have won eight of their last ten games and are 10-4-1 in their last 15 games overall. The Bruins have won their last four road games with their last road loss a 5-3 setback in Atlanta on Nov. 6.

Recent Hurricanes Games
The Hurricanes are 2-3-0 in their last five games with a 4-0 loss at NY Rangers on Nov. 21, a 4-2 loss at NY Islanders on Nov. 22, a 5-1 win in Boston on Nov. 24, a 4-1 loss to Ottawa on Nov. 28 and a 4-2 victory vs. Montreal on Nov. 30. They are 8-4-1- in their last 13 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will conclude their current two-game road trip in Montreal on Dec. 4 (VERSUS). They will then return home to host Toronto on Dec. 7 (NESN) and New Jersey on Dec. 9 (NESN). All games have a 7:00 p.m. start time and are also broadcast on WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Hurricanes Games
The Hurricanes next face a four-game road trip, traveling to Calgary on Dec. 5, Edmonton on Dec. 6, Vancouver on Dec. 8 and Colorado on Dec. 11.

Bruins Injuries
Brian Finley: Groin injury.
Paul Mara: Lower body injury.

Bruins Recent Transactions
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.
Nov. 26: Recalled Hannu Toivonen from Providence/AHL and returned Philippe Sauve to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 28: Recalled Nate Thompson from Providence/AHL and returned him to Providence after the game.
Nov. 28: Assigned Nathan Dempsey to 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
  • Nov. 30, 2006 – Tampa Bay 3 at Boston 4
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; TB-Denis
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron, Murray, Savard, Boyes, Tenkrat, Kessel; TB-Lecavalier, Richards, St. Louis, Perrin, Prospal, Afanasenkov, Fedotenko.

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Wayne Primeau is one assist shy of his 100th NHL assist milestone.
  • Glen Murray is three points short of his 600th NHL point milestone.
  • 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…Fans can vote for their favorite Bruins through nhl.com.

    The Players

    6—Brad Stuart—D
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in his last ten 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).

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Returned to the lineup Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay after missing one game with the flu…Scored a shorthanded goal in that game.
  • Has 6-5=11 totals in his last 14 games.
  • 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.
  • Has missed one game to injury (1-flu, Nov. 28).

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in his nine games as a Bruin with an assist Nov. 15 in Washington, a goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh and an assist Nov. 25 in Tampa Bay.
  • 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.

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Has 2-1=3 totals in his last five games with a goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh, an assist Nov. 25 in Toronto and a goal Nov. 28 in Toronto…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: 2/4 (deciding goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh).
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-leg, Oct. 19-28).

    17—Petr Tenkrat—RW
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in two of his last three games with a goal Nov. 25 in Toronto and an assist on the game-winning goal Nov. 28 in Toronto.
  • 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.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Has not dressed for two games (coach’s decision).

    18—Mark Mowers—C
  • Snapped a seven-game scoreless stretch with an assist Nov. 28 in Toronto.
  • 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).

    20—Wayne Primeau—C
  • Is one assist shy of his 100th NHL assists milestone.
  • Snapped an eight-game scoreless stretch with an assist Nov. 28 in Toronto.
  • Scored goals in each of his first two games, Oct. 6 in Florida and Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay.

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • Scored his first goal as a Bruin Nov. 28 in Toronto which was his 200th NHL point.
  • 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.

    23—Paul Mara—D
  • Is on a day-to-day basis with a lower body injury.
  • Has 0-8=8 totals in his last 12 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.
  • Has missed one game to injury (1-lower body, Nov. 30).

    25—Jason York—D
  • Recorded his second point of the season with an assist Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • 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 11 games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24; 1-knee, Nov. 28).

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • Has a three-game goal streak in progress with single goals each scored Nov. 25 in Toronto; Nov. 28 in Toronto; and Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Has 4-6=10 totals in his last 12 games.
  • 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: 0/2.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Is three points shy of his 600th NHL point milestone.
  • Has 5-2=7 totals in his last seven games with 7-3=10 totals in his last ten contests…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; two goals Nov. 20 vs. Florida; the game-winning goal Nov. 28 in Toronto; and a goal Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay that sent the game into overtime.
  • Has 9-5=14 totals in his last 14 games with 12-8=20 totals in his last 20 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: 0/2.
  • 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.

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Has won his last three starts with a 1.62 GAA and .954 save percentage in that span…Earned a 3-1 victory in Toronto on Nov. 25 (28 shots); a 4-1 win in Toronto on Nov. 28 (46 shots); and a 4-3 shootout victory vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 30 (34 shots).
  • Is 10-3-1 in his last 14 decisions.
  • Has played in the last 17 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: 3-2 (4 goals/20 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.

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Has a three-game assist streak in progress (0-4=4 totals) with 2-5=7 totals in six of his last seven games…Had a goal Nov. 18 vs. Washington; an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida; a goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh; two assists Nov. 25 in Toronto; and single assists each Nov. 28 in Toronto and Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Has three multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-11 (0-5=5 totals).
  • Had a three-game point streak from Nov. 18-22 (2-1=3 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.

    37—Patrice Bergeron—C
  • Has a career-best eight-game point streak in progress with 2-9=11 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; a goal Nov. 24 vs. Carolina; two assists Nov. 25 in Toronto; an assist Nov. 28 in Toronto; and two assists Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Has 5-13=18 totals in 13 of his last 14 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 six 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: 2/5 (deciding goal Nov. 15 in Washington).
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.

    41—Andrew Alberts—D
  • Has single assists in each of his last two games, recorded Nov. 28 in Toronto and Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28).

    45—Mark Stuart—D
  • ROOKIE.
  • Recorded his first point of the season with an assist on the game-winning goal Nov. 28 in Toronto.
  • 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.

    54—Hannu Toivonen—G
  • Has dressed as backup for the last two games.
  • Recalled Nov. 26 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on Nov. 7…Went 1-4-0 with a 3.33 GAA in five AHL Bruins games.
  • His last Boston game was Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay with no decision as he allowed five goals in 40 minutes before being relieved by Tim Thomas in a 6-5 overtime win.
  • His last Boston win was a 3-2 victory over Calgary on Oct. 19.
  • Has dressed as backup for seven 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 four games to injury (4-groin, Nov. 24-30).

    68—Milan Jurcina—D
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-elbow, Oct. 6-11).
  • Has not dressed for six games (coach’s decision).

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
  • ROOKIE.
  • Scored the deciding shootout goal in the 4-3 win vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 30…It was the lone goal in 14 shootout attempts by both teams.
  • Has scored single goals in two of his last nine games, Nov. 15 in Washington and Nov. 16 vs. Toronto.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 1/1.
  • 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.

    91—Marc Savard—C
  • Has 1-7=8 totals in six of his last seven games…Had two assists Nov. 18 vs. Washington; an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida; two assists Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh; an assist Nov. 24 vs. Carolina; a goal Nov. 25 in Toronto; and an assist Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Has 5-17=22 totals in 13 of his last 15 games with 6-21=27 totals in his last 20 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 five-game point streak from Nov. 18-25 (1-6=7 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: 0/2.
  • 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.
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