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Game Notes: Boston Bruins @ Dallas Stars

Friday, 10.05.2007 / 10:15 AM / News
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Game Notes: Boston Bruins @ Dallas Stars
BOSTON BRUINS vs. DALLAS STARS
Friday, October 5, 2007
American Airlines Center; Dallas TX
Game Time:  8:30 p.m. ET
NESN and WBZ Radio

Tonight’s Game:
The Bruins visit the Stars tonight in the only game between these teams this season and the Bruins first visit to American Airlines Center since Oct. 15, 2003. The Bruins are playing their first game of the 2007-08 season tonight. The Stars are 0-1-0 overall this season and are playing their first home game of the season tonight. The Stars are also playing their first Eastern Conference opponent of the season tonight.

The Bruins are 34-32-16-0 lifetime in season openers and are 6-19-5-0 lifetime when those openers are in road arenas. This is the second straight year that the Bruins are opening the season on the road and it is the first time they have opened consecutive seasons on the road since 1958, 1959 and 1960 (3-2 loss in Montreal on Oct. 9, 1958; 4-1 loss in Montreal on Oct. 8, 1959; and 2-1 loss at NY Rangers on Oct. 5, 1960). The Bruins are winless in their last four season openers at 0-3-1 with their last opening night win a 4-2 victory over Anaheim on Oct. 4, 2001. The Bruins are 1-4-3 in their last eight season opening games following a 12-game unbeaten streak from 1987-1998, which stands as the third-longest such streak in NHL history (Montreal, 13-0-4 from 1963-1979; Detroit, 14-0-1 from 1940-1954).

The Bruins have played their season-opening game on Oct. 5 six times in their history with a 2-2-2 record in those games:  2-1 loss at NY Rangers in 1960, 5-4 win over Pittsburgh in 1989, 4-3 win at NY Rangers in 1993, 4-4 tie vs. NY Rangers in 1996, 4-4 tie with Ottawa in 2000 and 2-1 loss to Montreal in 2005.

Lifetime Series:
The Bruins are 71-26-23-2 lifetime vs. Dallas (includes games as Minnesota North Stars) with a 479-324 scoring advantage in those 122 games. The Bruins are 30-17-13-1 lifetime vs. the Stars in Dallas/Minnesota with a 220-175 scoring edge in those 61 contests. The Bruins have taken points out of their last four games vs. the Stars at 2-0-1-1 with their last win over Dallas with a 4-1 victory in Boston on Nov. 8, 2003 and their last road win vs. the Stars a 2-0 victory in Dallas on Oct. 15, 2003. The Stars last defeated the Bruins with a 2-1 shootout win on Jan. 14, 2006.

Quick Trivia:
The Bruins have never won an overtime game vs. Dallas/Minnesota with an 0-2-8 overall record in overtime vs. the franchise.

Recent Bruins Games:
The Bruins finished their 2007 pre-season with a 1-4-1 record with a 3-1 win over NY Islanders on Sept. 18, a 3-0 loss to New Jersey on Sept. 20, a 4-3 shootout loss to Toronto on Sept. 22, a 4-3 setback to Montreal on Sept. 23, a 3-2 loss in Montreal on Sept. 27 and a 4-2 loss to NY Islanders on Sept. 30.

The Bruins finished the 2006-07 season with a 35-41-6 record, 18-19-4 at home and 17-22-2 on the road.
 
Recent Stars Games:
The Stars opened their 2007-08 regular season with a 4-3 loss in Colorado on Oct. 3.

The Stars finished their 2007 pre-season with a 4-2-1 record with a 6-5 win over St. Louis on Sept. 18, a 4-3 overtime loss in Tampa Bay on Sept. 19, a 6-3 loss to Colorado on Sept. 20, a 6-5 loss in Phoenix on Sept. 22, a 5-4 overtime victory in Colorado on Sept. 25, a 3-2 shootout win over Phoenix on Sept. 27 and a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Sept. 29.

Upcoming Bruins Games:
The Bruins open their 2007-08 season with a five-game road trip, beginning tonight in Dallas. They will continue the trip in Phoenix on Oct. 6 (10:00 p.m. ET), in Anaheim on Oct. 10 (10:00 p.m. ET), in Los Angeles on Oct. 12 (10:30 p.m. ET) and in San Jose on Oct. 13 (10:30 p.m. ET). They will return to Boston for their home opener on Oct. 18 (7:00 p.m.). All of these games are broadcast on NESN and WBZ Radio.
 
Upcoming Stars Games:
The Stars next travel to Nashville to face the Predators on Oct. 6. They will then return home to host Los Angeles on Oct. 10 and Calgary on Oct. 12.

Injuries:
None reported.

Bruins Recent Transactions:
Sept. 11: Petteri Nokelainen acquired from NY Islanders for Ben Walter and 2009 conditional second round draft pick.
Sept. 17: Chris Collins and Mike Brown assigned to Providence/AHL. Jordan Knackstedt (Moose Jaw), Denis Reul (Lewiston), Radim Ostrcil (Ottawa) and Adam Courchaine (Ottawa) returned to their junior teams. Boyle, Reid Jorgensen and Jamison Orr invited to Providence/AHL training camp.
Sept. 21: Nate DiCasmirro, Pascal Pelletier, Sean Curry, Adam McQuaid, Matt Hendricks, Jordan Sigalet, Wacey Rabbit, T. J. Trevelyan and Byron Bitz assigned to Providence/AHL. Zach Hamill (Everett), Brad Marchand (Val d’Or) and Andrew Bodnarchuk (Halifax) returned to their junior teams.
Sept. 23: Mikko Lehtonen (Espoo) returned to his team in Finland. Vladimir Sobotka and Jonathan Sigalet assigned to Providence/AHL.
Sept. 24: Brett Skinner and Nathan Saunders acquired from Anaheim for Mark Mowers and assigned to Providence/AHL.
Sept. 25: Martins Karsums and Tuukka Rask assigned to Providence/AHL. Cam Neely named Vice President of the team.
Sept. 26: Matt Lashoff assigned to Providence/AHL.
Sept. 30: Adam Courchaine signed as a free agent.
Oct. 1: Nate Thompson, Petteri Nokelainen and Matt Hunwick assigned to Providence/AHL.
Oct. 2: Jeff Hoggan assigned to Providence/AHL).
Oct. 3: Glen Metropolit signed as a free agent.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts:
The Bruins participated in one shootout during the 2007 pre-season, dropping a 4-3 decision to Toronto. That shootout went seven rounds with Toronto’s Pavel Kubina scoring the only goal of the shootout session on Boston’s Tim Thomas.

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots:
The Bruins faced one penalty shot during the 2007 pre-season with Manny Fernandez stopping Montreal’s Chris Higgins at 18:55 of the second period on Sept. 23.

Bruins Fun Facts:
• October Birthdays:  Phil Kessel turned 20 on Oct. 2.
Milan Lucic is looking to play in his first NHL game.
Marc Savard is three points short of his 500th NHL point milestone.
• Peter Schaefer is seven games away from his 500th NHL game milestone.
• Manny Fernandez is seven games shy of his 300th NHL game milestone.
• The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games this season. They are playing the first such set of the season tonight in Dallas and tomorrow night in Phoenix.
• The Bruins have two rookies on their 23-man roster this season – David Krejci and Milan Lucic.
• The Bruins have five players on their roster this season who are new to the team – Manny Fernandez (trade with Minnesota), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa) and Shawn Thornton (free agent). That is in addition to new coach Claude Julien and new assistant coaches Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward.
• The Bruins open this season with a five-game trip visiting those teams in the Pacific Division.
• The Bruins will not play a game outside of the Eastern Time zone following this road trip.
• The Bruins will host the Central Division teams this season and will not play teams in the Northwest Division.

Hockey Fights Cancer:
The NHL is celebrating the 10th Anniversary this season of the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. All NHL players will wear pink Hockey Fights Cancer decals on the back of their helmets for all games throughout the entire month of October.

The Players
6—Dennis Wideman—D
• Had 0-1-1 totals in 4 pre-season games.

10—Brandon Bochenski—RW
• Had 0-0-0 totals in 2 pre-season games.

11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
• Had 0-2-2 totals in 4 pre-season games.

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
• Had 2-0-2 totals in 4 pre-season games.

13—Glen Metropolit—C
• Is looking to play his first game as a Bruin tonight.
• Had 0-0-0 totals in 4 pre-season games.
• Signed as a free agent on Oct. 3…Had been invited to training camp on a pro try-out agreement.

16—Marco Sturm—LW
• Had 1-1-2 totals in 4 pre-season games.

21—Andrew Ference--D
• Led team defensemen in pre-season scoring with 1-2-3 totals in 5 pre-season games.

22—Shawn Thornton—RW
• Is expected to play his first game as a Bruin tonight.
• Had 0-0-0 totals in 3 pre-season games.

27—Glen Murray—RW
• Had 2-0-2 totals in 4 pre-season games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
• Went 1-1-1 with a 2.75 goals against average in 3 pre-season games…Played in one shootout in the pre-season, losing a 4-3 decision on a Pavel Kubina score in the seventh round of the shootout session.

33—Zdeno Chara—D
• Had 0-0-0 totals in 1 pre-season game.

35—Manny Fernandez—G
• Went 0-3-0 with a 3.58 goals against average in 3 pre-season games…Stopped Montreal’s Chris Higgins on a pre-season penalty shot on Sept. 23.

37—Patrice Bergeron—C
• Had 0-1-1 totals in 4 pre-season games.

38—Bobby Allen—D
• Had 1-1-2 totals in 4 pre-season games.

41—Andrew Alberts—D
• Had 0-0-0 totals in 5 pre-season games.

44—Aaron Ward—D
• Had 0-0-0 totals in 4 pre-season games.

45—Mark Stuart—D
• Had 0-0-0 totals in 5 pre-season games.

46—David Krejci—C
• Rookie.
• Tied for the team lead in pre-season scoring with 1-3-4 totals in 5 pre-season games.

53—Jeremy Reich—LW
• Had 0-0-0 totals in 3 pre-season games.

62—Milan Lucic—LW
• Rookie.
• Is looking to play his first NHL game.
• Had 0-0-0 totals in 4 pre-season games.

72—Peter Schaefer—LW
• Is expected to play his first game as a Bruin tonight.
• Had 0-2-2 totals in 5 pre-season games.

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
• Tied for the team lead in pre-season scoring with 2-2-4 totals in 5 pre-season games.

91—Marc Savard—C
• Is three points shy of his 500th NHL point.
• Tied for the team lead in pre-season scoring with 0-4-4 totals in 5 pre-season games.
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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 7 6 1 0 22 21 12
2 TBL 8 5 2 1 25 16 11
3 DET 7 4 1 2 16 13 10
4 OTT 5 4 1 0 14 10 8
5 BOS 9 4 5 0 22 23 8
6 TOR 7 3 3 1 20 21 7
7 FLA 6 2 2 2 9 14 6
8 BUF 9 2 7 0 11 29 4

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 6 2 5 4 7
C. Kelly 9 2 5 4 7
C. Soderberg 9 2 4 0 6
M. Lucic 9 1 5 1 6
L. Eriksson 9 2 3 2 5
T. Krug 9 2 3 3 5
P. Bergeron 9 1 3 -3 4
R. Smith 9 2 1 -3 3
Z. Chara 9 2 1 -2 3
B. Marchand 9 1 2 -2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
N. Svedberg 1 2 0 .951 1.57
T. Rask 3 3 0 .880 2.91
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