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Monday, 01.15.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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BOSTON BRUINS vs. BUFFALO SABRES
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 1:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Today’s Game
The Bruins host the Sabres today in the third of eight games between these teams this season and the third of four games of this season’s series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 20-18-4 overall this season with a 12-8-2 record on home ice. The Sabres are 31-11-3 overall this season with a 17-4-1 record on the road. The Bruins are 9-7-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 17-17-2 overall against Eastern Conference opponents. The Sabres are 8-7-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 28-11-2 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 102-92-29-2 lifetime vs. Buffalo with a 748-738 scoring edge in those 225 games. On home ice, the Bruins are 62-36-14-1 lifetime vs. the Sabres with a 416-329 scoring advantage in those 113 contests. The Bruins are 0-1-1 vs. Buffalo in this season’s series thus far with a 6-2 loss in Boston on Oct. 21 and a 5-4 shootout loss in Boston on Nov. 2.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have lost their last three games at 0-2-1 with a 5-2 setback in Ottawa on Jan. 9, 5-4 shootout loss vs. NY Islanders on Jan. 11 and 3-1 loss at NY Rangers on Jan. 13. They are 1-5-1 in their last seven games, are 11-9-2 in their last 22 games and 16-11-2 over their last 29 contests.

Recent Sabres Games
The Sabres have lost their last two games with a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Jan. 11 and a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Jan. 13. It is just the third time this season that the Sabres have lost consecutive games. They are 2-4-0 in their last six games and are 7-4-1 in their last 12 contests.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins conclude this home-and-home series with the Sabres in Buffalo on Jan. 17. They will then return home to host Pittsburgh on Jan. 18 and Ottawa on Jan. 20 prior to the NHL’s All-Star break. All games are broadcast on NESN and WBZ Radio with a 7:00 p.m. start time.

Upcoming Sabres Games
The Sabres next return home to host Boston on Jan. 17 and Vancouver on Jan. 19. They will conclude their pre-All-Star break schedule in Montreal on Jan. 20.

Bruins Injuries
Jason York: Knee injury.

Bruins January Transactions
Jan. 2: Returned Hannu Toivonen to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 2: Recalled Philippe Sauve from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 5: Assigned Phil Kessel to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 6: Returned Philippe Sauve to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 6: Recalled Hannu Toivonen and Matt Lashoff from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 7: Returned Hannu Toivonen and Yan Stastny to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 7: Recalled Philippe Sauve and Phil Kessel from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 8: Returned Philippe Sauve to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 8: Recalled Hannu Toivonen and Jonathan Sigalet from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 10: Returned Jonathan Sigalet 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.
  • Jan. 11, 2007 – NY Islanders 5 at Boston 4
    Goalies: Bos-Toivonen; NYI-DiPietro
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron, Savard, Boyes; NYI-Satan, Kozlov, Hunter, Blake

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Brad Stuart is three points short of his 200th NHL point mark.
  • Shean Donovan is two goals shy of his 100th NHL goal mark.
  • Glen Murray is three assists shy of his 300th NHL assist milestone.
  • Brad Boyes is five points short of his 100th NHL point milestone.


    The Players

    6—Brad Stuart—D
  • Snapped a seven-game scoreless stretch with an assist Jan. 13 at NY Rangers.
  • Had a three-game goal/point streak from Dec. 2-7 (4-1=5 totals).
  • Did not dress for one game (Jan. 9, returned home for child’s birth).
  • Has missed five games to injury (5-finger, Oct. 26-Nov. 6).

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Has 1-5=6 totals in his last ten games played…Had a shorthanded goal Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay; two assists Dec. 29 in Chicago; an assist Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia; and two assists Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders.
  • Has six 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 11 games to injury (1-flu, Nov. 28; 10-foot, Dec. 2-23).

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • Has 2-1=3 totals in three of his last eight games with single goals each Dec. 23 vs. Montreal and Dec. 26 in Columbus; and an assist Dec. 29 in Chicago.
  • Had a three-game point streak from Dec. 23-29 (2-1=3 totals).
  • 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.
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-lower body, Jan. 11-13).

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Has 6-4=10 totals in his last 14 games…Had an assist Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey; a goal Dec. 16 vs. Florida; his second career hat trick with three goals Dec. 19 in Ottawa; an assist Dec. 21 vs. Vancouver; a goal Dec. 23 vs. Montreal; single assists each Dec. 29 in Chicago and Jan. 1 in Toronto; and a shorthanded penalty shot goal Jan. 9 in Ottawa.
  • Has two multiple-point games, including his second career hat trick scored Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • Had a five-game point streak from Dec. 14-23 (5-2=7 totals).
  • Has taken two penalty shots this season - unsuccessful on Washington’s Brent Johnson on Nov. 18 and scoring on Ottawa’s Ray Emery on Jan. 9…He has taken four career penalty shots, scoring once.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 2/5 (deciding goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh).
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-leg, Oct. 19-28).

    17—Petr Tenkrat—RW
  • Snapped a nine-game scoreless stretch with an assist Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia.
  • 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 Toronto.
  • 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 1-4=5 totals in his last nine games with two assists Dec. 26 in Columbus, which matched his previous career-high for assists and points in a game, a shorthanded goal Dec. 29 in Chicago; and single assists each Jan. 4 vs. Toronto and Jan. 9 in Ottawa.
  • Has one multiple-point game.
  • 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 2-2=4 totals in his last nine games with a goal Dec. 26 in Columbus, an assist Dec. 29 in Chicago and a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 4 vs. Toronto.
  • Has 4-7=11 totals in his last 20 games.
  • Has three 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 1-1=2 totals in his last nine games with an assist Dec. 26 in Columbus and a goal Jan. 4 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
  • Had his three-game point streak stopped Jan. 13 at NY Rangers with 2-2=4 totals in that span…Had two assists Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia and single goals each Jan. 9 in Ottawa and Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders.
  • Has four 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 missed two games with a knee injury suffered Jan. 9 in Ottawa.
  • His last point was an assist 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 13 games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24; 1-knee, Nov. 28; 2-knee, Jan. 11-13).

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • His last point was a goal Dec. 26 in Columbus.
  • Has 2-5=7 totals in his last 14 games.
  • Has five multiple-point games.
  • Has had three three-game point streaks--from Oct. 7-12 (1-3=4 totals), Nov. 25-30 (3-0=3 totals) and Dec. 14-19 (1-4=5 totals).
  • Played his 100th NHL game Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/3.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in his last four games with a goal Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia and an assist Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders.
  • Has 6-4=10 totals in his last 13 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.
  • Had a six-game point streak from Dec. 16-29 (5-3=8 totals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/2.
  • Has reached the 20-goal mark for the fifth straight season and the seventh time overall in his career.
  • 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 lost his last two starts with a 5-2 loss in Ottawa on Jan. 9 and a 3-1 setback at NY Rangers on Jan. 13…That followed a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 6.
  • Is 5-4-1 in his last ten starts, 11-7-1 in his last 19 starts and is 18-10-2 in his last 30 decisions.
  • Recorded his second career shutout with a 2-0 win vs. Vancouver on Dec. 21 (39 saves).
  • Has faced one penalty shot this season, allowing a goal to NY Rangers’ Jed Ortmeyer on Jan. 13…He has now faced three career penalty shots (one goal allowed).
  • 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.
  • Was the NHL’s Number One Star for the week of Dec. 18-24 with a 3-0-0 record and 1.33 GAA in three games.
  • Has dressed as backup for seven games.

    32—Jeff Hoggan—LW
  • Has played the last two games after missing four games with an injury and not dressing for one game.
  • Had played the previous ten 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.
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-upper body, Dec. 30-Jan. 6).

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in his last two straight games with a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders and an assist Jan. 13 at NY Rangers.
  • Has 3-6=9 totals in eight of his last 11 games.
  • Has four multiple-point games.
  • Had a five-game point streak from Dec. 16-26 (1-4=5 totals).
  • 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.
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-middle body, Jan. 6-9).

    37—Patrice Bergeron—C
  • Has 2-1=3 totals in his last four games with a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia and a goal Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders.
  • Has 8-12=20 totals in his last 17 games with 10-22=32 totals in his last 27 games and 13-26=38 totals in his last 33 contests…Also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win in Washington on Nov. 15 during that span.
  • Has 11 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 five-game point streak from Nov. 2-11 (3-4=7 totals).
  • Had a nine-game point streak from Nov. 16-Dec. 2 (2-10=12 totals).
  • Had a ten-game point streak from Dec. 7-29 (6-11=17 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: 2/6 (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 Dec. 23 vs. Montreal, Dec. 26 in Columbus and Jan. 4 vs. Toronto.
  • Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28).

    49—Matt Lashoff—D
  • ROOKIE.
  • Has played in the last four games, with an assist Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Was recalled on Jan. 6 from Providence/AHL for his second stint of the season in Boston…Had 6-11=17 totals with 30 PIM and 4 power play goals in 28 AHL Bruins games.
  • Had one assist in seven games during his first Boston stint from Oct. 25-Nov. 13.
  • Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo.

    54—Hannu Toivonen—G
  • Took the 5-4 shootout loss Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders in his last start.
  • Has had four stints in Providence/AHL this season, from Nov. 7-26, Dec. 9-11, Jan. 2-6 and Jan. 7-8…Is 3-6-0 with a 2.82 GAA in nine AHL Bruins games this year.
  • His last Boston win was a 3-2 victory over Calgary on Oct. 19.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0-1 (2 goals/4 shots).
  • Has dressed as backup for 21 games.

    68—Milan Jurcina—D
  • His last point was a goal Dec. 29 in Chicago.
  • 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 played the last three games, returning to the Boston lineup after missing 11 games following Dec. 11 cancer surgery and a Jan. 5-7 stint in Providence/AHL for conditioning purposes.
  • Recalled Jan. 7 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on Jan. 5 for conditioning purposes…Had one goal and two PIM in two AHL Bruins games.
  • His last Boston point was 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 11 games to illness (11-cancer surgery, Dec. 12-Jan. 4).

    91—Marc Savard—C
  • Has 5-6=11 totals in his last eight games…Had a 1-1=2 effort Dec. 29 in Chicago; an assist Jan. 1 in Toronto; a 2-2=4 effort Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia; a 1-2=3 night Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders; and a goal Jan. 13 at NY Rangers.
  • Has 10-15=25 totals in his last 16 games with 11-25=36 totals in his last 26 games and 15-35=50 totals in his last 34 contests.
  • Has 14 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).
  • Has had two seven-game point streaks - from Oct. 28-Nov. 15 (4-10=14 totals) and Dec. 9-23 (5-9=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: 1/3.
  • 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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