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BOSTON BRUINS vs. NEW YORK RANGERS

Monday, 01.29.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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BOSTON BRUINS vs. NEW YORK RANGERS
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
VERSUS and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Rangers tonight in the second of four games between these teams this season and the first of two games of this season’s series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 22-21-4 overall this season with a 14-9-2 record on home ice. The Rangers are 24-21-4 overall this season with a 14-11-1 record on the road. The Bruins are 4-3-1 this season vs. Atlantic Division teams and are 19-20-2 overall against Eastern Conference opponents. The Rangers are 4-4-3 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 20-19-4 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 276-229-97-3 lifetime vs. New York with a 1939-1763 scoring edge in those 605 games. On home ice, the Bruins are 160-95-42-3 lifetime vs. the Rangers with a 1081-841 scoring advantage in those 300 contests. The Rangers won the first game of this season’s series with a 3-1 victory in New York on Jan. 13.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins are 2-3-0 in their last five games, with both wins coming in the shootout, with a 3-2 win over Buffalo on Jan. 15, a 6-3 setback in Buffalo on Jan. 17, a 5-4 victory vs. Pittsburgh on Jan. 18, a 3-0 loss to Ottawa on Jan. 20 and a 3-1 loss in Ottawa on Jan. 27. They are 3-8-1 in their last 12 games, are 13-12-2 in their last 27 games and 18-14-2 over their last 34 contests.

Recent Rangers Games
The Rangers are 2-4-0 in their last six games with a 5-3 loss to NY Islanders on Jan. 9, a 6-4 loss to Ottawa on Jan. 11, a 3-1 win over Boston on Jan. 13, a 1-0 setback in New Jersey on Jan. 16, a 3-1 loss to Atlanta on Jan. 20 and a 2-1 win in Philadelphia on Jan. 27. They are 6-11-0 in their last 17 games.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next face a home-and-home series with the Sabres, playing in Buffalo on Jan. 30 (7:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio) and hosting the Sabres on Feb. 1 (7:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Rangers Games
The Rangers will next face the Canadiens in Montreal on Jan. 29 and return home to host Washington on Jan. 30.

Bruins Injuries
Jason York: Knee injury.

Bruins January Transactions
Jan. 2: Hannu Toivonen returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 2: Philippe Sauve recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 5: Phil Kessel assigned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 6: Philippe Sauve returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 6: Hannu Toivonen and Matt Lashoff recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 7: Hannu Toivonen and Yan Stastny returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 7: Philippe Sauve and Phil Kessel recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 8: Philippe Sauve returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 8: Hannu Toivonen and Jonathan Sigalet recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 10: Jonathan Sigalet returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 16: Matt Lashoff returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 16: Bobby Allen recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 16: Yan Stastny traded to St. Louis for 2007 fifth round draft pick.

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
  • Jan. 15, 2007 – Buffalo 2 at Boston 3
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; Buf-Miller
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Murray; Buf-Briere, Kotalik, Vanek
  • Jan. 18, 2007 – Pittsburgh 4 at Boston 5
    Goalies: Bos-Toivonen; Pit-Fleury
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron, Savard, Kessel; Pit-Christensen, Malkin, Crosby, Gonchar

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Bruins Athletic Trainer Don DelNegro is working his 1,000th NHL/Bruins game tonight.
  • Patrice Bergeron is playing his 200th NHL game tonight.
  • Glen Murray is one assist shy of his 300th NHL assist milestone.
  • Shean Donovan is two goals shy of his 100th NHL goal mark.
  • Patrice Bergeron is three assists short of his 100th NHL assist.
  • Brad Boyes is five points short of his 100th NHL point milestone.


    The Players

    6—Brad Stuart—D
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in his last six games with single assists each Jan. 13 at NY Rangers and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo and a goal Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh which was his 200th NHL point.
  • Had a three-game goal/point streak from Dec. 2-7 (4-1=5 totals).
  • Recorded his 200th NHL point with a goal Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • 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 1-4=5 totals in his last nine games…Had an assist Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia; two assists Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders; a goal Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo; and an assist Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • 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
  • His last point was 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-knee, Jan. 11-13).

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win over Buffalo on Jan. 15 and had a goal Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Has 7-4=11 totals in his last 19 games.
  • 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: 4/7 (deciding goals Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo).
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-leg, Oct. 19-28).

    17—Petr Tenkrat—RW
  • Did not dress Jan. 27 in Ottawa.
  • 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
  • His last point was an assist 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
  • Returned to the lineup Jan. 27 in Ottawa after missing three games with an injury suffered Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has 2-2=4 totals in his last 11 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 three multiple-point games.
  • Recorded his 100th NHL assist Dec. 2 in Carolina… Played his 600th NHL game Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Jan. 15-20).

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • Snapped a six-game scoreless stretch with an assist Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • 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-thigh, Nov. 30-Dec. 4).

    25—Jason York—D
  • Has missed seven 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 18 games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24; 1-knee, Nov. 28; 7-knee, Jan. 11-27).

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • His last point was a goal Dec. 26 in Columbus.
  • 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 3-2=5 totals in four of his last five games…Had an assist Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo; a goal Jan. 17 in Buffalo; a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh; and a goal Jan. 27 in Ottawa.
  • Has 4-3=7 totals in his last nine games with 9-6=15 totals in his last 18 games.
  • Has nine 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: 0/3.
  • 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
  • Took the 3-1 loss in Ottawa on Jan. 27 after dressing as backup for the previous two games…It was just the third time this season he had not played in consecutive games and the first since he dressed as backup on both Oct. 14 and Oct. 19.
  • Is 6-6-1 in his last 13 starts, 12-9-1 in his last 22 starts and is 19-12-2 in his last 33 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: 4-2 (4 goals/23 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 nine games.

    32—Jeff Hoggan—LW
  • Has played in six of the last eight games after missing four games with an injury.
  • 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.
  • Did not dress for two games (coach’s decision).
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-shoulder, Dec. 30-Jan. 6).

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Has 1-6=7 totals in five of his last seven games…Had a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders; single assists each Jan. 13 at NY Rangers and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo; two assists Jan. 17 in Buffalo; and an assist Jan. 27 in Ottawa.
  • Has 3-10=13 totals in his last 16 games.
  • Has five multiple-point games.
  • Had a five-game point streak from Dec. 16-26 (1-4=5 totals).
  • Had a four-game point streak from Jan. 11-17 (1-5=6 totals).
  • Has had three three-game point streaks as well.
  • 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.
  • Played for the Eastern Conference team at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game and scored two goals in that contest…Won the NHL’s Hardest Shot competition during the All-Star Super Skills events with a 100.4 mph blast.
  • 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 2-3=5 totals in his last nine games with a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia, a goal Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders and single assists each Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo and Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Has 8-14=22 totals in his last 22 games.
  • 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: 2/7 (deciding goal Nov. 15 in Washington).
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.

    38—Bobby Allen—D
  • Has played the last four games, including his first game as a Bruin Jan. 17 in Buffalo.
  • Recalled Jan. 16 from Providence/AHL where he had 5-12=17 totals with 14 PIM and a +4 rating in 31 AHL Bruins games.

    41—Andrew Alberts—D
  • Snapped a six-game scoreless stretch with an assist Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28).

    54—Hannu Toivonen—G
  • Dressed as backup Jan. 27 in Ottawa after starting the previous two games…Had a 1-0-1 record, earning the 5-4 shootout win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 18 and taking the 3-0 loss to Ottawa on Jan. 20…It was the first time he has started consecutive games since starting three straight contests Oct. 14, Oct. 19 and Oct. 21.
  • 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.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 1-1 (3 goals/8 shots).
  • Has dressed as backup for 23 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 2-1=3 totals in his last four games, recording his first NHL two-goal game Jan. 17 in Buffalo and adding an assist Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh…Also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 5-4 win over the Penguins on Jan. 18.
  • Has played the last eight games, returning to the Boston lineup on Jan. 9 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.
  • Has scored the deciding goal in each of the two shootouts in which he has participated, including the lone goal in 14 attempts by both teams in the 4-3 win vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 30.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 2/2.
  • 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.
  • Played in the YoungStars Game at the 2007 NHL All-Star festivities and scored 3-1=4 totals in that game.
  • Has missed 11 games to illness (11-cancer surgery, Dec. 12-Jan. 4).

    91—Marc Savard—C
  • Had his five-game point streak stopped Jan. 20 vs. Ottawa with 4-6=10 totals in that span…Had a 1-2=3 effort Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders; single goals each Jan. 13 at NY Rangers and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo; two assists Jan. 17 in Buffalo; and a 1-2=3 night Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Has 7-10=17 totals in his last 13 games with 12-19=31 totals in his last 21 contests.
  • Has 16 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).
  • Has had two five-game point streaks - from Nov. 18-25 (1-6=7 totals) and Jan. 11-18 (4-6=10 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: 1/4.
  • 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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