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BOSTON BRUINS vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS

Saturday, 12.16.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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BOSTON BRUINS vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio

Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Panthers tonight in the third of four games between these teams this season and the second of two games of this season’s series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 15-12-2 overall this season with a 9-6-1 record on home ice. The Panthers are 10-18-6 overall this season with a 3-10-5 record on the road. The Bruins are 5-5-0 this season vs. Southeast Division teams and are 14-12-1 overall against Eastern Conference opponents. The Panthers are 5-3-3 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 10-16-6 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 20-21-6-2 lifetime vs. Florida with the Panthers holding a 138-135 scoring edge in those 49 games. On home ice, the Bruins are 9-11-4-1 lifetime vs. the Panthers with each team scoring 65 goals over those 25 contests. The Panthers have won the first two games of this season’s series with an 8-3 victory in Florida on Oct. 6 and a 3-2 win in Boston on Nov. 20. The remaining game of this season’s series is Feb. 24 in Florida.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins snapped their two-game losing stretch with a 5-3 victory over New Jersey on Dec. 14. That followed a 5-1 loss to New Jersey on Dec. 9 and a 4-3 setback in Montreal on Dec. 12. They are 3-2-0 in their last five games overall with a 6-3-0 record in their last nine games and an 11-5-0 mark over their last 16 contests.

Recent Panthers Games
The Panthers have lost their last four games at 0-3-1 with a 5-4 overtime loss at NY Islanders on Dec. 9, a 2-1 loss at NY Rangers on Dec. 10, a 5-4 setback to Anaheim on Dec. 12 and a 2-1 loss in Buffalo on Dec. 14. They are 2-8-2 over their last 12 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next travel to Ottawa to face the Senators on Dec. 19 (7:30 p.m.). They will conclude their pre-holiday schedule hosting Vancouver on Dec. 21 (7:00 p.m.) and Montreal on Dec. 23 (7:00 p.m.) All games will be broadcast on NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Panthers Games
The Panthers conclude their current three-game road trip in Toronto on Dec. 19. They will then return home to host NY Rangers on Dec. 21 and Carolina on Dec. 23.

Bruins Injuries
P. J. Axelsson: Foot injury.
Phil Kessel: Non-hockey related medical issue.

Bruins December Transactions
Dec. 3: Recalled Jeff Hoggan from Providence/AHL.
Dec. 5: Returned Jeff Hoggan to Providence/AHL.
Dec. 6: Recalled Jeff Hoggan from Providence/AHL.
Dec. 9: Returned Hannu Toivonen and Mark Stuart to Providence/AHL.
Dec. 11: Recalled Hannu Toivonen and Yan Stastny from Providence/AHL.
Dec. 12: Returned Brian Finley 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
  • Andrew Alberts is playing his 100th NHL game tonight.
  • Wayne Primeau is playing his 600th NHL game tonight.
  • Glen Murray is one point short of his 600th NHL point milestone.
  • Shean Donovan is three goals shy of his 100th NHL goal mark.
  • Brad Stuart is four points short of his 200th NHL point mark.
  • Marc Savard is five assists shy of his 300th NHL assist milestone.
  • 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 5-2=7 totals in four of his last six games with a goal Dec. 2 in Carolina; a 2-1=3 effort Dec. 4 in Montreal, which included the game-winning goal and matched his previous career-high for goals and points in a game; a goal Dec. 7 vs. Toronto; and a 1-1=2 effort Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey.
  • Has 6-4=10 totals in his last 16 games.
  • Had a three-game goal/point streak from Dec. 2-7 (4-1=5 totals).
  • Has missed five games to injury (5-finger, Oct. 26-Nov. 6).

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Has missed the last six games 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 seven games to injury (1-flu, Nov. 28; 6-foot, Dec. 2-14).

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • His last point was 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 3-4=7 totals in his last 11 games with a goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh; an assist Nov. 25 in Toronto; a goal Nov. 28 in Toronto; an assist Dec. 2 in Carolina; a goal Dec. 4 in Montreal; and single assists each Dec. 7 vs. Toronto and Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey…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 single goals in each of his last two games with 3-2=5 totals in his last nine contests…Had a goal Nov. 25 in Toronto; single assists each Nov. 28 in Toronto (game-winning goal) and Dec. 4 in Montreal; and single goals each Dec. 12 in Montreal and Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey.
  • 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 three of his last eight games, recorded Nov. 28 in Toronto, Dec. 2 in Carolina and Dec. 7 vs. Toronto (game-winning goal).
  • 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 playing his 600th NHL game tonight.
  • Has 2-5=7 totals in five of his last eight games…Had single assists each Nov. 28 in Toronto and Dec. 2 in Carolina (his 100th NHL assist); a shorthanded goal Dec. 4 in Montreal; a 1-1=2 effort, including the game-winning goal, Dec. 7 vs. Toronto; and two assists Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey.
  • Has two multiple-point games.
  • Recorded his 100th NHL assist Dec. 2 in Carolina.

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • Has 3-3=6 totals in four of his last eight games with single goals each Nov. 28 in Toronto (his 200th NHL point) and Dec. 2 in Carolina; a 1-1=2 effort Dec. 4 in Montreal; and two assists, including one on the game-winning goal, Dec. 7 vs. Toronto.
  • Has two multiple-point games.
  • 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
  • Has 0-9=9 totals in his last 16 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, Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh and Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey.
  • 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 three games to injury (3-lower body, Nov. 30-Dec. 4).

    25—Jason York—D
  • Has single assists each in three of his last seven games, recorded Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 4 in Montreal (game-winning goal) and Dec. 12 in Montreal.
  • 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 4-4=8 totals in his last nine games with single goals each scored Nov. 25 in Toronto; Nov. 28 in Toronto; and Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay; single assists each Dec. 4 in Montreal and Dec. 7 vs. Toronto; and a 1-2=3 effort Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey which matched his career-high for points in a game.
  • Has five multiple-point games.
  • Has had two three-game point streaks, from Oct. 7-12 (1-3=4 totals) and Nov. 25-30 (3-0=3 totals).
  • Played his 100th NHL game Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/2.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Is one point shy of his 600th NHL point milestone.
  • Has 6-3=9 totals in his last 13 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; a goal Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay that sent the game into overtime; a goal Dec. 4 in Montreal; and an assist Dec. 12 in Montreal.
  • 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
  • Is 6-2-0 in his last eight starts with a 3-1 victory in Toronto on Nov. 25; a 4-1 win in Toronto on Nov. 28; a 4-3 shootout victory vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 30; a 5-2 loss in Carolina on Dec. 2; a 6-5 victory in Montreal on Dec. 4; a 3-1 win vs. Toronto on Dec. 7; a 5-1 loss to New Jersey on Dec. 9 as he allowed two goals in 20 minutes before being relieved by Hannu Toivonen; and a 5-3 win vs. New Jersey on Dec. 14.
  • Dressed as backup Dec. 12 in Montreal, snapping his career-best consecutive games played stretch at 21…His previous career-high in that category was 18 games from Jan. 10-Mar. 1, 2006.
  • Is 13-5-1 in his last 19 decisions.
  • 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 five games.

    32—Jeff Hoggan—LW
  • Has played the last four Boston games in two recalls from Providence/AHL (Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 6-present).
  • Had been assigned to Providence 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
  • Has five assists in his last nine games with two assists Nov. 25 in Toronto; and single assists each Nov. 28 in Toronto, Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay and Dec. 12 in Montreal.
  • Has 2-6=8 totals in his last 13 contests.
  • Has three multiple-point games.
  • Has had three three-game point streaks - from Oct. 6-11 (0-5=5 totals), Nov. 18-22 (2-1=3 totals) and Nov. 25-30 (0-4=4 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 four-game point streak in progress with 3-2=5 totals in that span…Had a goal Dec. 7 vs. Toronto; single assists each Dec. 9 vs. New Jersey and Dec. 12 in Montreal; and two goals Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey.
  • Has 5-12=17 totals in 13 of his last 14 games with 8-16=24 totals in 18 of his last 20 games…Also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win in Washington on Nov. 15 during that span.
  • Has seven 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).
  • Had a career-high nine-game point streak from Nov. 16-Dec. 2 (2-10=12 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
  • Is playing his 100th NHL game tonight.
  • Has single assists each in three of his last eight games, recorded Nov. 28 in Toronto, Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay and Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28).

    43—Yan Stastny—C
  • ROOKIE.
  • Recalled Dec. 11 from Providence/AHL for the fourth time this season…Had five assists in seven AHL Bruins games.
  • Began the season in Boston with an assist Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa while playing in 11 games before his Nov. 13 assignment to Providence…Was also recalled on Nov. 16 and Nov. 22-23, but did not dress for two games during those recalls.
  • Has not dressed for five games (coach’s decision).

    54—Hannu Toivonen—G
  • Dressed as backup Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey after playing in two straight games for the first time since he played in three straight from Oct. 14-21.
  • Did not earn a decision in the 5-1 loss to New Jersey on Dec. 9, allowing three goals in 40 minutes in relief of Tim Thomas, in his first NHL action since Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay…Took the 4-3 loss in Montreal on Dec. 12.
  • Has had two stints in Providence/AHL this season, from Nov. 7-26 and Dec. 9-11…Is 2-4-0 with a 3.05 GAA in six AHL Bruins games this year.
  • His last Boston win was a 3-2 victory over Calgary on Oct. 19.
  • Has dressed as backup for 11 games.

    68—Milan Jurcina—D
  • Recorded his first point of the season with an assist Dec. 9 vs. New Jersey.
  • 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.
  • Is out of the lineup with a non-hockey medical issue.
  • Snapped an eight-game scoreless stretch with an assist Dec. 4 in Montreal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Has missed two games to illness (2-non-hockey related medical issue, Dec. 12-14).

    91—Marc Savard—C
  • Has a three-game point streak in progress with 3-2=5 totals in that span…Scored a goal Dec. 9 vs. New Jersey; a 2-1=3 effort Dec. 12 in Montreal with both goals in that game coming on the power play; and an assist Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey.
  • Has 4-12=16 totals in ten of his last 13 games with 8-22=30 totals in his last 21 games and 9-26=35 totals in his last 26 contests.
  • Has eight 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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