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Game Notes: Boston Bruins @ Phoenix Coyotes

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Game Notes: Boston Bruins @ Phoenix Coyotes
BOSTON BRUINS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Jobing.com Arena; Glendale AZ
Game Time:  10:00 p.m. ET
NESN and WBZ Radio

Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Coyotes tonight in the only game between these teams this season and the Bruins first visit to Phoenix since Mar. 18, 2003. The Bruins are 0-1-0 thus far this season with a 0-1-0 record on the road. The Coyotes are 1-0-0 overall this season and are 1-0-0 on home ice. The Bruins are 0-1-0 thus far this season vs. both Pacific Division and Western Conference teams. The Coyotes are facing their first game of the season against both a Northeast Division and Eastern Conference opponent tonight.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 36-17-7-1 lifetime vs. Phoenix (includes games as Winnipeg Jets) with a 239-195 scoring advantage in those 61 games. The Bruins are 14-13-3-0 lifetime vs. the Coyotes in Phoenix/Winnipeg with a 102-101 scoring edge in those 30 contests. The Bruins are winless in their last three games vs. the Coyotes at 0-1-1-1 with their last win over Phoenix a 4-2 victory in Boston on Mar. 19, 2002 and their last road win vs. the Coyotes a 3-2 victory in Phoenix on Oct. 8, 1997. The Coyotes last defeated the Bruins with a 2-1 overtime win in Boston on Dec. 11, 2005.

Trivia
Neither of these teams has ever recorded a shutout in the other team's building. Boston has shutout the Coyotes twice in Boston, while the Coyotes earned one shutout over the Bruins while the franchise was in Winnipeg. Current Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa was the Winnipeg goaltender for that 6-0 shutout over Boston on Dec. 28, 1990.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins opened their 2007-08 regular season schedule with a 4-1 loss in Dallas on Oct. 5.

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.

Recent Coyotes Games
The Coyotes opened their 2007-08 regular season schedule with a 3-2 win over St. Louis on Oct. 4.

The Coyotes finished their 2007 pre-season with a 3-2-3 record with a 2-1 shootout win over Anaheim on Sept. 16, a 4-3 overtime loss in Colorado on Sept. 17, a 3-2 loss to Toronto on Sept. 19, a 3-2 win in Toronto on Sept. 20, a 6-5 victory over Dallas on Sept. 22, a 2-1 shootout loss to Edmonton on Sept. 25, a 3-2 shootout loss to Dallas on Sept. 27 and a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Sept. 29.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins continue their season-opening five-game road trip 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 Coyotes Games
The Coyotes next face a two-game road trip to Columbus on Oct. 10 and Nashville on Oct. 11.

Bruins 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; Daryl 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 have not yet participated in a 2007-08 regular season shootout.

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 have not yet faced or taken a 2007-08 regular season penalty shot.

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.
- Marc Savard is two 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 last night in Dallas and tonight night in Phoenix.
- They are 0-1-0 thus far this season in the first game of these series.
- The Bruins have two rookies on their 23-man roster this season
- David Krejci and Milan Lucic…Krejci played six NHL games last season while Lucic played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas in this season's opener.
- 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
- Did not dress Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Had 0-1-1 totals in 4 pre-season games.

10—Brandon Bochenski—RW
- Did not dress Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Had 0-0-0 totals in 2 pre-season games.

11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Had 0-2-2 totals in 4 pre-season games.

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Had 2-0-2 totals in 4 pre-season games.

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- 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
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Had 1-1-2 totals in 4 pre-season games.

21—Andrew Ference—D
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Led team defensemen in pre-season scoring with 1-2-3 totals in 5 pre-season games.

22—Shawn Thornton—RW
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Had 0-0-0 totals in 3 pre-season games.

27—Glen Murray—RW
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Had 2-0-2 totals in 4 pre-season games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Dressed as backup Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- 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
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Had 0-0-0 totals in 1 pre-season game.

35—Manny Fernandez—G
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas with a 4-1 loss.
- 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
- Scored Boston's first goal of the 2007-08 season with a power play tally Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Had 0-1-1 totals in 4 pre-season games.

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Had 1-1-2 totals in 4 pre-season games.

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Had 0-0-0 totals in 5 pre-season games.

44—Aaron Ward—D
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Had 0-0-0 totals in 4 pre-season games.

45—Mark Stuart—D
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Had 0-0-0 totals in 5 pre-season games.

46—David Krejci—C
- Rookie.
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Tied for the team lead in pre-season scoring with 1-3-4 totals in 5 pre-season games.

53—Jeremy Reich—LW
- Did not dress Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Had 0-0-0 totals in 3 pre-season games.

62—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- Played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Had 0-0-0 totals in 4 pre-season games.

72—Peter Schaefer—LW
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas and recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist in that game.
- Had 0-2-2 totals in 5 pre-season games.

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
- Scoreless in one game thus far this season.
- Tied for the team lead in pre-season scoring with 2-2-4 totals in 5 pre-season games.

91—Marc Savard—C
- Is two points shy of his 500th NHL point.
- Had an assist Oct. 5 in Dallas in the season opener.
- Tied for the team lead in pre-season scoring with 0-4-4 totals in 5 pre-season games.

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