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BOSTON BRUINS vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Canucks tonight in the only game between these teams this season and the first game between these teams in Boston since Nov. 15, 2003. The Bruins are 16-13-2 overall this season with a 9-7-1 record on home ice. The Canucks are 17-16-1 overall this season with a 6-9-1 record on the road. The Bruins are 1-0-0 this season vs. Northwest Division teams and are 1-0-1 overall against Western Conference opponents. The Canucks are playing their first game of the season against a Northeast Division team and are 2-0-0 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 65-24-15-0 lifetime vs. Vancouver with a 428-295 scoring edge in those 104 games. On home ice, the Bruins are 38-7-7-0 lifetime vs. the Canucks with a 217-124 scoring advantage in those 52 contests. The Canucks won the last game between these teams with a 5-2 win in Vancouver on Dec. 4, 2005. The Bruins won the last game between these teams in Boston with a 2-1 overtime victory on Nov. 15, 2003.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won two of their last three games with a 5-3 victory over New Jersey on Dec. 14, a 6-3 loss to Florida on Dec. 16 and a 7-2 win in Ottawa on Dec. 19. They are 4-3-0 in their last seven games overall with a 7-4-0 record in their last 11 games and a 12-6-0 mark over their last 18 contests.

Recent Canucks Games
The Canucks had their three-game win streak snapped with a 5-2 loss in Minnesota on Dec. 19. That followed a 5-2 win over Phoenix on Dec. 12, a 3-1 win vs. Calgary on Dec. 14 and a 2-1 victory vs. Minnesota on Dec. 16. They are 5-3-0 in their last eight games and are 10-12-0 in their last 22 contests.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will conclude their pre-holiday schedule hosting Montreal on Dec. 23 (7:00 p.m., NESN). They will then face a four-game road trip, traveling to Columbus on Dec. 26 (7:00 p.m.; VERSUS), Chicago on Dec. 29 (8:30 p.m. ET, NESN), Nashville on Dec. 30 (8:00 p.m. ET, NESN) and Toronto on Jan. 1 (7:00 p.m.; VERSUS). All games are also broadcast on WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Canucks Games
The Canucks conclude their pre-holiday schedule in Columbus on Dec. 22. They will conclude their four-game road stretch in Calgary on Dec. 26 before returning home to host the Flames on Dec. 27.

Bruins Injuries
P. J. Axelsson: Foot injury.
Phil Kessel: Dec. 11 cancer surgery.

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.
Dec. 19: Traded Wade Brookbank to Pittsburgh for future considerations.

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
  • Marc Savard is two assists shy of his 300th NHL assist 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.
  • Zdeno Chara is five points shy of his 200th NHL point 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 his last eight 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.
  • 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 eight 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 nine games to injury (1-flu, Nov. 28; 8-foot, Dec. 2-19).

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • Snapped a nine-game scoreless stretch with an assist Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • 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 a three-game point streak in progress with 4-1=5 totals in that span…Had an assist Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey, a goal Dec. 16 vs. Florida and his second career hat trick with three goals Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • Has 7-4=11 totals in his last 13 games and also scored the deciding goal in the 4-3 shootout win in Pittsburgh on Nov. 22 in that span.
  • Has two multiple-point games.
  • 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 each in two of his last four games with 3-2=5 totals in his last ten 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 ten 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
  • Has 2-5=7 totals in five of his last ten games…Had single assists each Nov. 28 in Toronto and Dec. 2 in Carolina; 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… Played his 600th NHL game Dec. 16 vs. Florida.

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • Has 3-3=6 totals in four of his last ten games with single goals each Nov. 28 in Toronto 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 1-2=3 totals in two of his last three games with an assist Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey and a 1-1=2 effort, including his first goal as a Bruin, Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • Has three 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…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-lower body, Nov. 30-Dec. 4).

    25—Jason York—D
  • Has single assists each in four of his last nine games, recorded Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 4 in Montreal (game-winning goal), Dec. 12 in Montreal and Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • 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 assist/point streak in progress with 1-4=5 totals in that span…Had a 1-2=3 effort Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey, which matched his career-high for points in a game; and single assists each Dec. 16 vs. Florida and Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • Has 4-6=10 totals in his last 11 games.
  • 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
  • Has 3-2=5 totals in three of his last four games with an assist Dec. 12 in Montreal; two goals Dec. 16 vs. Florida which included his 600th NHL point; and a 1-1=2 effort Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • Has 9-4=13 totals in his last 15 games.
  • Has eight 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…Recorded his 600th NHL point with the first of two goals Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Has won two of his last three starts with a 5-3 win vs. New Jersey on Dec. 14, a 6-3 loss to Florida on Dec. 16 and a 7-2 victory in Ottawa on Dec. 19.
  • Is 7-3-0 in his last ten starts and is 14-6-1 in his last 21 decisions.
  • 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.
  • 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 six Boston games in two recalls from Providence/AHL (Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 6-present)…Had an assist Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • 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 seven assists in his last 11 games with two assists Nov. 25 in Toronto; and single assists each Nov. 28 in Toronto, Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 12 in Montreal, Dec. 16 vs. Florida and Dec. 19 in Ottawa (game-winning goal).
  • Has 2-8=10 totals in his last 15 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 six-game point streak in progress with 3-9=12 totals in that span…Had a goal Dec. 7 vs. Toronto; single assists each Dec. 9 vs. New Jersey and Dec. 12 in Montreal; two goals Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey; two assists Dec. 16 vs. Florida; and a career-high for assists and points in a game with five assists Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • Has 5-19=24 totals in 15 of his last 16 games with 8-23=31 totals in 20 of his last 22 games…Also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win in Washington on Nov. 15 during that span.
  • Has nine multiple-point games with his season-high a five-assist effort Dec. 19 in Ottawa which was a career-high for assists and points in a game.
  • 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
  • Has single assists each in three of his last ten games, recorded Nov. 28 in Toronto, Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay and Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey.
  • Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28).

    43—Yan Stastny—C
  • ROOKIE.
  • Has played in the last four games since his Dec. 11 recall 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
  • Has dressed as backup for the last three games 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 13 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.
  • Has missed the last four games following Dec. 11 cancer surgery.
  • 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 four games to illness (4-cancer surgery, Dec. 12-19).

    91—Marc Savard—C
  • Has a five-game point streak in progress with 5-5=10 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; single assists each Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey and Dec. 16 vs. Florida; and a 2-2=4 effort, including the game-winning goal, Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • Has 6-15=21 totals in 12 of his last 15 games with 10-25=35 totals in his last 23 games.
  • Has nine 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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