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BOSTON BRUINS vs. BUFFALO SABRES

Tuesday, 01.30.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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BOSTON BRUINS vs. BUFFALO SABRES
HSBC Arena; Buffalo NY
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Sabres tonight in the fifth of eight games between these teams this season and the second of four games of this season’s series at HSBC Arena. The Bruins are 22-22-4 overall this season with an 8-12-2 record on the road. The Sabres are 33-14-4 overall this season with a 16-7-2 record on home ice. The Bruins are 10-10-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 19-21-2 overall against Eastern Conference opponents. The Sabres are 9-8-2 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 29-13-3 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 103-94-29-2 lifetime vs. Buffalo with a 753-746 scoring edge in those 227 games. On the road, the Bruins are 40-57-15-1 lifetime vs. the Sabres with Buffalo holding a 409-333 scoring advantage in those 113 contests. The Bruins are 1-2-1 vs. Buffalo in this season’s series thus far with a 6-2 loss in Boston on Oct. 21, a 5-4 shootout loss in Boston on Nov. 2, a 3-2 shootout win in Boston on Jan. 15 and a 6-3 setback in Buffalo on Jan. 17. The Bruins have lost their last five games in Buffalo at 0-5-0 with their last road win over the Sabres a 3-2 overtime victory on Mar. 11, 2004.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have lost their last three games with a 3-0 loss to Ottawa on Jan. 20, a 3-1 loss in Ottawa on Jan. 27 and a 6-1 setback to NY Rangers on Jan. 29. They are 2-4-0 in their last six games, with both wins coming in the shootout, are 3-9-1 in their last 13 games and are 13-13-2 in their last 28 games.

Recent Sabres Games
The Sabres have lost their last three games with a 4-3 loss in Montreal on Jan. 20, a 3-2 setback in Columbus on Jan. 26 and a 5-3 loss at NY Islanders on Jan. 27. They are 2-5-1 in their last eight games and are 8-9-2 in their last 19 games. Their last win was a 4-3 victory over Vancouver on Jan. 19.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will conclude their home-and-home series with the Sabres in Boston on Feb. 1 (7:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio). They will then face two road contests, playing in Carolina on Feb. 3 (8:30 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio) and at Washington on Feb. 6 (7:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Sabres Games
The Sabres will next face a three-game road trip, playing in Boston on Feb. 1, at New Jersey on Feb. 3 and in Atlanta on Feb. 6 before returning to Buffalo for a six-game home stand from Feb. 7-22.

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.
Jan. 30: David Krejci recalled 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
  • 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
  • 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 seven 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 ten 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
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in his last four games with a goal Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh and an assist Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers…Also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win over Buffalo on Jan. 15.
  • Has 7-5=12 totals in his last 20 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
  • Has not dressed for the last two games.
  • 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 four 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
  • Has played the last two games after missing three games with an injury suffered Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has 2-2=4 totals in his last 12 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 eight 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 19 games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24; 1-knee, Nov. 28; 8-knee, Jan. 11-29).

    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 3-3=6 totals in five of his last six games…Had an assist Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo; a goal Jan. 17 in Buffalo; a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh; a goal Jan. 27 in Ottawa; and his 300th NHL assist Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers.
  • Has 4-4=8 totals in his last ten games with 9-7=16 totals in his last 19 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…Recorded his 300th NHL assist Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers.
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Has played the last two games after dressing as backup for the previous two contests…Took the 3-1 loss in Ottawa on Jan. 27 and the 6-1 loss vs. NY Rangers on Jan. 29 as he yielded three goals in 27 minutes before being relieved by Hannu Toivonen.
  • Is 6-7-1 in his last 14 starts, 12-10-1 in his last 23 starts and is 19-13-2 in his last 34 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 seven of the last nine 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 eight 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 17 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 3-3=6 totals in his last ten games…Had a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia; a goal Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders; single assists each Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo and Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh; and a goal Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers while playing in his 200th NHL game.
  • Has 9-14=23 totals in his last 23 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).
  • Played his 200th NHL game Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers.
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.

    38—Bobby Allen—D
  • Has played the last five 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).

    46--David Krejci--C
  • Is expected to play his first NHL game tonight.
  • Recalled this morning from Providence/AHL where he was second in the team's scoring race with 15-29=44 totals and 28 PIM in 44 games.
  • Was named AHL Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21 with 4-4=8 totals and a +5 rating in four games that week.

    54—Hannu Toivonen—G
  • Did not earn a decision in his last appearance, allowing three goals in 33 minutes of a 6-1 loss to NY Rangers on Jan. 29 in relief of Tim Thomas…One of the goals came on his first career penalty shot faced (Brendan Shanahan).
  • Had 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.
  • Faced his first career penalty shot Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers, allowing a Brendan Shanahan goal.
  • 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 24 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 five 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 nine 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
  • Has 4-6=10 totals in five of his last eight games…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 14 games with 12-19=31 totals in his last 22 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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