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BOSTON BRUINS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Tuesday, 02.06.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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BOSTON BRUINS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS\r\n
Verizon Center; Washington DC
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Capitals tonight in the third of four games between these teams this season and the second and final game of this season’s series at Verizon Center. The Bruins are 23-24-4 overall this season with a 9-13-2 record on the road. The Capitals are 22-25-7 overall this season with a 13-11-3 record on home ice. The Bruins are 6-7-0 this season vs. Southeast Division teams and are 20-23-2 overall against Eastern Conference opponents. The Capitals are 5-5-2 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 19-22-5 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 63-31-21-2 lifetime vs. Washington with a 416-319 scoring advantage in those 117 games. On the road, the Bruins are 29-16-12-1 lifetime vs. the Capitals with a 200-162 scoring edge in those 58 contests. The Bruins have won the first two games of this season’s series thus far with a 3-2 shootout win in Washington on Nov. 15 and a 3-2 overtime victory in Boston on Nov. 18.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins snapped their five-game overall losing streak and a seven-game road losing stretch with a 4-3 overtime win in Carolina on Feb. 3. That followed a 3-0 loss to Ottawa on Jan. 20, a 3-1 loss in Ottawa on Jan. 27, a 6-1 setback to NY Rangers on Jan. 29, a 7-1 loss in Buffalo on Jan. 30 and a 3-1 loss to the Sabres on Feb. 1. The Bruins are 3-6-0 in their last nine games, with all three wins coming in overtime or shootout and are 4-11-1 in their last 16 contests.

Recent Capitals Games
The Capitals snapped a three-game losing stretch with a 2-1 shootout win vs. NY Islanders on Feb. 4. That followed a 3-2 loss in Ottawa on Jan. 30, a 6-3 loss in Florida on Feb. 1 and a 2-0 setback in Pittsburgh on Feb. 3. They are 2-5-0 in their last seven games and are 3-8-0 in their last 11 contests.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins next return home for a three-game home stand, hosting Carolina on Feb. 8 (7:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio), NY Islanders on Feb. 10 (7:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio) and Edmonton on Feb. 13 (7:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio – ‘HAIL TO THE CHIEF’ NIGHT honoring John Bucyk’s 50 years with the team).

Upcoming Capitals Games
The Capitals continue their current three-game home stand hosting Los Angeles on Feb. 8 and NY Rangers on Feb. 10.

Bruins Injuries
David Krejci: Concussion.
Marco Sturm: Facial injuries.

Bruins February Transactions
Feb. 1: Milan Jurcina traded to Washington for 2008 fourth round draft pick.
Feb. 3: Jeremy Reich recalled from Providence/AHL.
Feb. 3: Brandon Bochenski acquired from Chicago for Kris Versteeg and a conditional draft pick.
Feb. 4: Jeremy Reich returned 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
  • 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 four points short of his 100th NHL point milestone.


    The Players

    6—Brad Stuart—D
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in his last ten 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).

    10—Brandon Bochenski—RW
  • Is expected to play his first game as a Bruin tonight.
  • Acquired Feb. 3 from Chicago for Kris Versteeg and a conditional draft pick…Had played ten games with the Blackhawks this season, scoring two goals.
  • Has spent most of this season with Norfolk/AHL and ranked fourth in the AHL scoring race at the time of the trade with 33-33=66 totals in 35 Admirals games.
  • Was Ottawa’s ninth pick (seventh round), 223rd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and played one-plus seasons in the Senators organization with Ottawa and Binghamton/AHL…Traded to Chicago with a 2006 second round draft pick for Tyler Arnason on Mar. 9, 2005…Played three seasons of college hockey at the University of North Dakota…Has one career NHL hat trick, scored in a 3-1=4 effort in Florida on Dec. 5, 2005 while with Ottawa…Scored his first NHL goal vs. the Bruins on Oct. 15, 2005.

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Has 1-4=5 totals in his last 11 games…Had two assists Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders; a goal Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo; and single assists each Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh and Feb. 3 at Carolina.
  • 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 not dressed for one game (coach’s decision).
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-knee, Jan. 11-13).

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Has missed one game with facial injuries suffered Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has 2-1=3 totals in his last six games with a goal Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh, an assist Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers and a goal Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo…Also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win over Buffalo on Jan. 15.
  • 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 five games to injury (4-leg, Oct. 19-28; 1-facial injuries, Feb. 3).

    17—Petr Tenkrat—RW
  • Has played the last three games after not dressing for the previous two contests.
  • 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 five games after missing three games with an injury suffered Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • His last points came in 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
  • Snapped a nine-game scoreless stretch with an assist Feb. 3 in Carolina.
  • Has four multiple-point games.
  • Had a four-game assist streak from Nov. 4-11 (0-6=6 totals).
  • Had a three-game point streak from Jan. 6-11 (2-2=4 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 played the last two games after missing nine 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 20 games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24; 1-knee, Nov. 28; 9-knee, Jan. 11-30).

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • Snapped a 16-game scoreless stretch with a goal Feb. 3 in Carolina.
  • 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).
  • Took the first major penalty of his career with a five-minute fighting call (Toni Lydman) Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo.
  • Played his 100th NHL game Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/3.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Has a five-game point streak in progress with 4-2=6 totals in that span… Had a goal Jan. 27 in Ottawa; his 300th NHL assist Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers; a goal Jan. 30 in Buffalo; an assist Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo; and two goals Feb. 3 in Carolina.
  • Has 6-4=10 totals in eight of his last nine games with 7-5=12 totals in his last 13 contests.
  • Has ten 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…Is looking to break the 30-goal mark for the fourth time 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
  • Snapped a three-game losing stretch with a 4-3 overtime win in Carolina on Feb. 3…Has played in the last five straight games (1-3-0, one no decision in a relief appearance).
  • Is 7-8-1 in his last 16 starts.
  • 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.

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Has 2-9=11 totals in his last 11 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; single assists each Jan. 27 in Ottawa and Jan. 30 in Buffalo; and a 1-2=3 effort, including the overtime goal, Feb. 3 in Carolina.
  • Has 4-12=17 totals in his last 20 games.
  • Has six multiple-point games with his season-high a 1-2=3 night Feb. 3 in Carolina which included the game-winning goal in overtime.
  • 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 13 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 26 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 eight 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
  • Has missed two games with a concussion suffered Jan. 30 at Buffalo in his first NHL game.
  • Was recalled Jan. 30 from Providence/AHL wehre he was second in the AHL Bruins’ scoring race at the time of the recall with 15-29=44 totals and 28 PIM in 44 games.
  • Was named AHL Player of the Week for the January 15-21 period with 4-4=8 totals and a +5 rating in four games that week.
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-concussion, Feb. 1-3).

    54—Hannu Toivonen—G
  • Has dressed as backup for the last two games after playing in the previous two games…Did not earn a decision in the 6-1 loss to NY Rangers on Jan. 29, as he allowed three goals in 33 minutes in relief of Tim Thomas…One of the goals came on his first career penalty shot faced (Brendan Shanahan)…Took the 7-1 loss in Buffalo on Jan. 30 in his last start, allowing six goals in 40 minutes before being relieved by Thomas.
  • Has played in four of the last seven games (1-2-0 record with one no decision, with his last win a 5-4 shootout victory over Pittsburgh on Jan. 18.
  • 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 26 games.

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
  • ROOKIE.
  • Has 2-1=3 totals in his last eight 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 12 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 a three-game assist/point streak in progress with four assists in that span…Recorded single assists each Jan. 30 in Buffalo and Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo; and had two assists Feb. 3 in Carolina, including one on the overtime score.
  • Has 4-10=14 totals in eight of his last 11 games with 7-14=21 totals in his last 17 games and 12-23=35 totals in his last 25 contests.
  • Has 17 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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