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BOSTON BRUINS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS

Monday, 12.04.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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BOSTON BRUINS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Bell Centre; Montreal QBC
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
VERSUS and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Canadiens tonight in the second of eight games between these teams this season and the first of four games of this season’s series at Bell Centre. The Bruins are 12-10-2 overall this season and with a 5-5-1 record on the road. The Canadiens are 15-7-3 overall this season with an 8-3-2 record on home ice. The Bruins are 5-3-1 thus far this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 11-10-1 thus far this season against Eastern Conference opponents. The Canadiens are 6-2-3 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 11-6-3 against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 254-319-103-2 lifetime vs. Montreal with the Canadiens holding a 2050-1795 scoring edge in those 678 games. On the road, the Bruins are 98-193-47-0 lifetime vs. Montreal with the Canadiens having a 1133-796 scoring advantage in those 338 contests. The Canadiens won the first game of this season’s series with a 3-2 win in Boston on Oct. 26 with Andrei Markov scoring the game-winning goal with 1.2 seconds remaining in the third period. The remaining games of this season’s series are Dec. 12 in Montreal, Dec. 23 in Boston, Mar. 3 in Boston, Mar. 20 in Montreal, Mar. 22 in Boston and Apr. 3 in Montreal. Glen Murray is the Bruins’ leading active scorer vs. Montreal with 15-18=33 totals in 50 career games vs. the Canadiens.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins had their three-game win streak snapped with a 5-2 loss in Carolina on Dec. 2. That followed 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. The Bruins are 4-2-0 in their last six games, 8-3-0 in their last 11 contests and are 10-5-1 in their last 16 games overall. The Dec. 2 loss in Carolina also snapped a four-game road win streak.

Recent Canadiens Games
The Canadiens have split their last four games at 2-2-0 with a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 25, a 1-0 win over Florida on Nov. 28, a 4-2 loss in Carolina on Nov. 30 and a 4-3 shootout win vs. Toronto on Dec. 2. They are 7-3-0 in their last ten games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next return home to host Toronto on Dec. 7 and New Jersey on Dec. 9. Both games have a 7:00 p.m. start time and are broadcast on NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Canadiens Games
The Canadiens next face a two-game road trip, traveling to New Jersey on Dec. 6 and at NY Islanders on Dec. 7.

Bruins Injuries
P. J. Axelsson: Foot injury.
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.
Dec. 3: Recalled Jeff Hoggan 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
  • 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
  • Glen Murray is three points short of his 600th NHL point milestone.
  • Patrice Bergeron has a career-best nine-game point streak in progress with 2-10=12 totals in that span.
  • Tim Thomas has played in the last 18 straight games, matching his career-best consecutive games played 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…Fans can vote for their favorite Bruins through nhl.com.

    The Players

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

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Missed the Dec. 2 game in Carolina with a foot injury…Had returned to the lineup Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay after missing one game with the flu, scoring 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 two games to injury (1-flu, Nov. 28; 1-foot, Dec. 2).

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in his ten 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 2-2=4 totals in his last six games with a goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh, an assist Nov. 25 in Toronto, a goal Nov. 28 in Toronto and an assist Dec. 2 in Carolina…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 four 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
  • Has single assists each in two of his last three games, recorded Nov. 28 in Toronto and Dec. 2 in Carolina.
  • 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
  • Has single assists each in two of his last three games, recorded Nov. 28 in Toronto and Dec. 2 in Carolina…The assist vs. Carolina was his 100th NHL assist.
  • Scored goals in each of his first two games, Oct. 6 in Florida and Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay.
  • Recorded his 100th NHL assist Dec. 2 in Carolina.

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • Has single goals each in two of his last three games, scored Nov. 28 in Toronto and Dec. 2 in Carolina…The goal in Toronto was his 200th NHL point.
  • Played his 700th NHL game Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay…Recorded his 200th NHL point with a goal Nov. 28 in Toronto.
  • 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 two games to injury (2-lower body, Nov. 30-Dec. 2).

    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
  • Had his three-game goal streak stopped Dec. 2 in Carolina 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 13 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 eight games…Had 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 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
  • Had his three-game win streak snapped Dec. 2 in Carolina with a 5-2 loss…That followed 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 10-4-1 in his last 15 decisions.
  • Has played in the last 18 straight games…That matches his longest career consecutive games played stretch set 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.

    32—Jeff Hoggan—LW
  • Recalled Dec. 3 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on Nov. 11…Had three assists with 5 PIM and a +4 rating in four AHL Bruins games.
  • Began the season in Boston with one assist in 13 games…Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 at Florida…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo.

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Had his three-game assist streak stopped Dec. 2 in Carolina (0-4=4 totals) and has 2-5=7 totals in six of his last eight 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 nine-game point streak in progress with 2-10=12 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; two assists Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay; and an assist Dec. 2 in Carolina.
  • Has 5-14=19 totals in 14 of his last 15 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 two of his last three 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 three 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 eight 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 five games to injury (5-groin, Nov. 24-Dec. 2).

    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 ten 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 eight 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 16 games with 6-21=27 totals in his last 21 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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