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Pregame Notes: Montreal vs. Boston
The Bruins host the Canadiens tonight in the fifth of eight games between these teams this season and the third of four games of this season\'s series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 21-17-4 thus far and are 11-7-2 this season on home ice
BOSTON BRUINS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Thursday, January 10, 2008
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time:  7:30 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Canadiens tonight in the fifth of eight games between these teams this season and the third of four games of this season's series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 21-17-4 thus far this season and are 11-7-2 this season on home ice. The Canadiens are 21-13-8 overall this season with a 13-6-3 record on the road. The Bruins are 6-6-2 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 16-14-4 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Canadiens are 9-7-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 20-11-7 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 257-327-103-2 all-time vs. Montreal with the Canadiens holding a 2090-1822 scoring edge in those 689 games. The Bruins are 158-129-56-2 all-time vs, the Canadiens in Boston with a 1012-932 scoring advantage in those 345 contests. The Canadiens have won the first four games of this season's series with a 6-1 win in Montreal on Oct. 22, a 2-1 win in Boston on Nov. 8, a 7-4 victory in Montreal on Nov. 17 and a 4-2 win in Boston on Dec. 6. The Bruins have lost their last seven straight games to the Canadiens with their last win over Montreal a 3-1 victory in Boston on Mar. 3, 2007.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins had their three-game win streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to Carolina on Jan. 8. That followed a 5-2 victory over Atlanta on Dec. 31, a 2-0 win over Washington on Jan. 3 and a 4-3 win vs. New Jersey on Jan. 5. They are 7-7-1 in their last 15 games overall. They have not scored in their last 81:00 of play dating back to a Marc Savard goal at 19:00 of the second period Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey.

Recent Canadiens Games
The Canadiens have taken points out of their last six straight games at 4-0-2 with a 5-2 win in Tampa Bay on Dec. 27, a 5-1 victory in Florida on Dec. 28, a 4-3 overtime loss at NY Rangers on Dec. 30, a 6-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Jan. 3, a 5-4 overtime loss to Washington on Jan. 5 and a 4-3 overtime win over Chicago on Jan. 8. They are 7-3-4 in their last 14 games overall with their last regulation loss a 4-1 setback in Dallas on Dec. 23.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins conclude their five-game home stand tonight and will next face the Flyers in Philadelphia on Jan. 12 (1:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio). They will then return home to host Toronto on Jan. 17 (7:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio) and the NY Rangers on Jan. 19 (1:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Canadiens Games
The Canadiens open a four-game road trip tonight, continuing iat NY Rangers on Jan. 12, at NY Islanders on Jan. 15 and in Atlanta on Jan. 17 before returning home to host Pittsburgh on Jan. 19.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Alberts: Post-concussion syndrome.
Bobby Allen: Back spasms.
Patrice Bergeron: Concussion and broken nose.
Manny Fernandez: Dec. 12 left knee surgery.
Glen Murray: Hip flexor strain.
Aaron Ward: Broken foot.

Bruins Recent Transactions
Dec. 15: Tuukka Rask returned to Providence/AHL.
Dec. 21: Matt Lashoff recalled from Providence/AHL.
Dec. 22: Matt Hunwick recalled from Providence/AHL.
Dec. 30: Vladimir Sobotka returned to Providence/AHL.
Dec. 30: David Krejci recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 2: Shane Hnidy acquired from Anaheim for Brandon Bochenski and 2008 sixth round draft pick.
Jan. 3: Matt Hunwick returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 5: Tuukka Rask recalled from Providence/AHL and returned to Providence/AHL after the game.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (1-2)
1.  Oct. 10 … NY Rangers 0 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Manny Fernandez (W) … NY Rangers Goal:  Henrik Lundqvist (L). Boston Shooters: Bergeron (N), Sturm (N), Kessel (Y) … NY Rangers Shooters:  Shanahan (N), Drury (N), Jagr (N)
2.  Nov. 4 … Ottawa 2 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Tim Thomas (L) … Ottawa Goal: Martin Gerber (W). Boston Shooters: Kobasew (N), Kessel (N) … Ottawa Shooters: Alfredsson (Y), Vermette (Y)
3.  Dec. 20 … Pittsburgh 5 at Boston 4 … Boston Goal: Tim Thomas (L) … Pittsburgh Goal: Ty Conklin (W). Boston Shooters: Kessel (N), Sturm (N) … Pittsburgh Shooters:  Christensen (Y), Letang (Y)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots For and Against:
1F.  Oct. 27 …Phil Kessel unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron (15:09 second period).
1A.  Dec. 28 …Carolina's Chad Larose successful shorthanded vs. Tim Thomas (15:28 second period).
    
Bruins Fun Facts
- Shawn Thornton is one game shy of his 100th NHL game tonight.
- Glen Metropolit is two points shy of his 100th NHL point milestone.
- Marco Sturm is four assists short of his 200th NHL assist milestone.
- Peter Schaefer is five goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.
- Chuck Kobasew is six points short of his 100th NHL point milestone.

January Birthdays:
- Alex Auld turned 27 years old on January 7.
- Petteri Nokelainen will turn 22 years old on January 16.
- Aaron Ward will turn 35 years old on January 17.

- The Bruins have recorded three shutouts this season, all by different goaltenders. Manny Fernandez recorded a 1-0 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Oct. 20, Alex Auld notched a 2-0 win vs. Columbus on Dec. 15 and Tim Thomas won a 2-0 decision over Washington on Jan. 3.
- It is the first time the Bruins have had three goaltenders record complete-game shutouts since 1997-98 (Jim Carey, Byron Dafoe, Robbie Tallas).

- The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games this season and have completed nine of these series.
- They are 3-4-2 this season in the first game of these series and are 2-6-1 in the second game of these sets thus far this season.

- The Bruins have four rookies on their current roster – David Krejci, Matt Lashoff, Milan Lucic and Petteri Nokelainen.
- The Bruins have nine players on their active roster who are new to the Bruins this season – Alex Auld (trade with Phoenix), Shane Hnidy (trade), Matt Hunwick (draft), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Petteri Nokelainen (trade with NY Islanders), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa) and Shawn Thornton (free agent).

- The Bruins have completed eight of their 24 season series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 1-0-0 vs. Chicago, 1-0-0 vs. Columbus, 0-1-0 vs. Dallas, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix, 0-1-0 vs. St. Louis and 1-0-0 vs. San Jose.
- The Bruins opened this season with a five-game trip against Pacific Division teams, which concluded Oct. 13 in San Jose … That was the last game of the season scheduled for the Bruins outside of the Eastern Time zone.
- The Bruins will host the Central Division teams this season and will not play teams in the Northwest Division.


The Players
6—Dennis Wideman—D

- Has 3-3-6 totals in his last 11 games…Had single assists each Dec. 13 vs. New Jersey and Dec. 18 vs. Ottawa; a goal Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh; an assist Dec. 22 vs. St. Louis; and single goals each Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, which was the 18,000th goal in Bruins franchise history, and Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey.
- Has 5-8-13 totals in his last 20 games.
- Had a seven-game point streak from Nov. 29-Dec. 10 (2-5-7 totals), the longest point streak by a Bruins defenseman since Ray Bourque had an eight-game streak (4-6-10 totals) from Oct. 12-Nov. 2, 1995.
- Has not dressed for one game this season (coach's decision).

11—P.J. Axelsson—LW
- Has 5-2-7 totals in his last nine games…Had single tallies each Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh, Dec. 28 in Carolina and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta; and a 1-2-3 effort Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey, which matched his career-high for points in a game.
- Has 7-4-11 totals in his last 17 games.
- Has one multiple-point game.

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
- Has 2-3-5 totals in his last 11 games…Had an assist Dec. 15 vs. Columbus; a goal Dec. 18 vs. Ottawa; an assist Dec. 22 vs. St. Louis; his second shorthanded goal of the season Dec. 28 in Carolina; and an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta.
- Has three multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0-3 totals).
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Has three assists in two of his last four games with an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and two assists Jan. 3 vs. Washington.
- Has six assists in his last ten games.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Played his 200th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist Oct. 10 in Anaheim…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
- Signed as a free agent on Oct. 3…Had been invited to training camp on a pro try-out agreement.

16—Marco Sturm—LW
- Has 1-2-3 totals in two of his last three games with an assist Jan. 3 vs. Washington and a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey with the goal coming shorthanded at 19:59 of the first period.
- Has six multiple-point games.
- Had a six-game point streak from Nov. 8-23 (4-3-7 totals).
- Had a four-game point streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 4 (2-3-5 totals).
- Played his 700th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).
- Has missed one game to injury (1-eye, Dec. 12).

17—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- His last point was an assist Dec. 28 in Carolina.
- Recorded his first NHL assist/point and goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner…Completed his 'Gordie Howe hat trick' with a fight in that game as well.
- Has three multiple-point games.
- Played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first NHL assist/point and his first NHL goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).
- Has missed four games to injury (4-head, Nov. 24-Dec. 1).
- Changed his number from 62 to 17 on October 30.

21—Andrew Ference—D
- Has seven assists in his last 13 games with two-assist efforts each Dec. 12 in Atlanta, Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and a single assist Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Has missed 16 games to injury (4-upper core, Nov. 4-10; 12-knee, Nov. 17-Dec. 10).

22—Shawn Thornton—RW
- Has played in seven of the last eight games.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).
- Has missed 20 games to injury (19-foot, Nov. 7-Dec. 18).

27—Glen Murray—RW
- Has missed eight games with a hip flexor strain.
- Has 4-1-5 totals in five of his last 11 games…Had single goals each Dec. 1 in Tampa Bay, Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and Dec. 5 in New Jersey; an assist Dec. 6 vs. Montreal; and a goal Dec. 12 in Atlanta.
- Has 9-4-13 totals in ten of his last 18 games.
- Has three multiple-point games with his season-high a 2-1-3 effort Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 12-18 (1-3-4 totals).
- Has had two four-game point streaks,  from Nov. 15-23 (3-3-6 totals) and Dec. 1-6 (3-1-4 totals).
- Has missed eight games to injury (8-hip, Dec. 22-Jan. 8).

29—Alex Auld—G
- Has dressed as backup for three of the last four games and missed one game to be with his wife for the birth of son Sam Alexander.
- Has lost his last three starts with a 3-2 loss to Ottawa on Dec. 18, a 4-2 setback (one empty net goal against) Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh, and a 5-0 loss in Atlanta on Dec. 29 as he allowed three goals in 20 minutes before being relieved by Tim Thomas.
- His last win was a 2-0 win over Columbus which was the fourth shutout of his NHL career, his second of the season and his first as a Bruin.
- Acquired Dec. 6 from Phoenix for Nate DiCasmirro and a 2009 fifth round draft pick.
- Was playing in San Antonio/AHL at the time of the trade, where he was assigned Nov. 20 from Phoenix…Had a 3-6-0 record in nine Coyotes games this season with one shutout, a 1-0 win in Anaheim on Oct. 25…Had a 1-1-0 record with San Antonio, with the win a 7-0 victory over Milwaukee on Nov. 24…Is in his seventh professional season and Boston is his fourth NHL organization (Vancouver, Florida, Phoenix).
- Has not dressed for one game (at home following son's birth).
- Has dressed as backup for seven Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Had his three-game win streak stopped with a 1-0 loss to Carolina on Jan. 8…That followed a 5-2 victory over Atlanta on Dec. 31; a 2-0 win over Washington on Jan. 3, his fifth career shutout; and a 4-3 victory over New Jersey on Jan. 5.
- Is 6-5-1 in his last 12 decisions.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 16 of his 26 complete games with a 10-5-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 17 of his 26 complete games this season (10-5-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in ten of those contests (8-1-1).
- Has had two three-game win streaks -- from Oct. 13-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 5.
- Allowed a shorthanded penalty shot goal by Carolina's Chad Larose on Dec. 28 and has now faced four career penalty shots, allowing two goals.
- Has dressed as backup for eight games.
- Has missed six games to injury (6-groin, Dec. 6-15).

33—Zdeno Chara—D
- Had his three-game point streak stopped Jan. 8 vs. Carolina with 1-4-5 totals in that span and has 2-5-7 totals in his last eight contests…Had a goal Dec. 22 vs. St. Louis; an assist Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh; two assists Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta; a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 3 vs. Washington and an assist Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey.
- Has 6-14-20 totals in his last 27 contests.
- Has six multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with (0-4-4 totals).
- Had a four-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-20 (1-4-5 totals).

34—Shane Hnidy—D
- Has played the last three games, including his first game as a Bruin Jan. 3 vs. Washington.
- Acquired Jan. 2 from Anaheim for Brandon Bochenski and a 2008 sixth round draft pick.
- Had 1-2-3 totals in 33 games with Anaheim at the time of the trade…Originally drafted by Buffalo as their seventh pick, 173rd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and Boston becomes his fifth NHL team (Ottawa, Nashville, Atlanta, Anaheim).

35—Manny Fernandez—G
- Is out of the lineup following Dec. 12 knee surgery.
- Had his two-game win streak stopped with a 6-1 loss in Montreal on Oct. 22…That followed an 8-6 victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 12 and a 1-0 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Oct. 20, his 14th career shutout.
- Recorded his 14th NHL shutout and first as a Bruin with a 1-0 shootout win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20.
- Has played in one shootout this season (1-0, 0 goals/3 shots).
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas with a 4-1 loss…Earned his first win as a Bruin with an 8-6 victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 12.
- Has dressed as backup for six games.
- Has missed 31 games to injury (31-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-Jan. 8).

37—Patrice Bergeron—C
- Is out of the lineup with a concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
- Had his three-game point streak stopped Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers with 1-4-5 totals in that span…Had an assist Oct. 12 in Los Angeles, a 1-1-2 effort Oct. 13 in San Jose and two assists Oct. 18 vs. Montreal.
- Has 3-4-7 totals in five of his ten games played this season.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).
- Has missed 32 games to injury (32-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Jan. 8).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has missed the last seven games with recurring back spasms after playing in the previous three games…Had missed the previous five games with the back spasms.
- Has not dressed for 15 games (coach's decision).
- Has missed 13 games to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10; 12-back, Dec. 8-15; Dec. 23-Jan. 8).

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Has missed the last ten games with post-concussion syndrome.
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has missed ten games to injury (10-post-concussion syndrome, Dec. 18-Jan. 8).

44—Aaron Ward—D
- Has missed eight games with a broken foot.
- Has two assists in his last nine games played, recorded Nov. 29 in Florida and Dec. 8 in Toronto.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed 13 games to injury (2-concussion, Nov. 10-15; 3-ankle, Dec. 3-6; 8-foot, Dec. 22-Jan. 8).

45—Mark Stuart—D
- Scored his second goal of the season with the game-winning effort Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta…His older brother Colin scored for the Thrashers in that game as they became just the second siblings to tally in the same game this season (Marian and Marcel Hossa on Dec. 7, NY Rangers at Atlanta).

46—David Krejci—C
- Rookie.
- Has two assists, recorded Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey, in the four games since his Dec. 30 recall from Providence/AHL.
- Had 7-21-28 totals with 19 PIM in 25 AHL Bruins games with a +14 rating.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Began the season in Boston and had three assists in 12 games before his Nov. 4 assignment to Providence/AHL…Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Oct. 6 at Phoenix.

49—Matt Lashoff—D
- Rookie.
- Scored his first NHL goal Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and now has 1-1-2 totals in his last seven games as he recorded an assist Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh.
- Has played the last eight games after being recalled on Dec. 21 from Providence/AHL for his second stint in Boston this season…Played one scoreless game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo during his first recall from Nov. 9-11.
- Had 4-16-20 totals with 35 PIM and a +9 rating in 28 AHL Bruins games at the time of the recall.

53—Jeremy Reich—LW
- Has 1-1-2 totals in his last 11 games, scoring his first NHL goal Dec. 15 vs. Columbus in his 61st NHL game and his eighth professional season and adding a shorthanded assist Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh.
- Has not dressed for 12 games this season (coach's decision).

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
- Rookie.
- His last point was a goal Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa…That was his first NHL game since April 2, 2006 vs. Philadelphia while with the NY Islanders…Scored his first goal/point as a Bruin with the game-winning tally Dec. 3 at NY Islanders (his first NHL goal/point since Oct. 13, 2005 in New Jersey while with the NY Islanders).
- Recalled Nov. 4 from Providence/AHL where he was third in that team's scoring race with 3-5-8 totals and 4 PIM in eight AHL Bruins games.

72—Peter Schaefer—LW
- His last point was an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta.
- Has two multiple-point games, including a season-high 2-1-3 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, which matched his previous career-high for goals in a game.
- Played his 500th NHL game Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers.
- 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…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 18 vs. Montreal.

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
- Has 2-2-4 totals in three of his last six games with single goals each Dec. 28 in Carolina and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and a two-assist effort Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Scored his first career hat trick and recorded a career-high for points in a game with a 3-1-4 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
- Scored the deciding shootout goal in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20…It was his fifth career shootout deciding goal.
- Took his first career penalty shot on Oct. 27, unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron.
- Has taken two shootout shots this season (one deciding goal).
- Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 12 in Atlanta.

91—Marc Savard—C
- Had his three-game point streak stopped Jan. 8 vs. Carolina with 2-1-3 totals in that span…Had an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and has scored the game-winning goals in each of Boston's last two victories, Jan. 3 vs. Washington and Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey.
- Has 2-5-7 totals in his last nine games with 5-6-11 totals in his last 13 contests.
- Has eight multiple-point games.
- Had a career-best 12-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-Dec. 6 (2-17-19 totals).
- Recorded his 500th NHL point with the first assist of a 1-4-5 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles…Played his 600th NHL game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo.
- Has missed one game to injury (1-groin, Oct. 10)…Missed the Oct. 10 game in Anaheim with the injury, snapping his consecutive games-played stretch at 166 games dating back to his previous game missed (April 3, 2004 at Ottawa while with New Jersey).
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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 11 8 2 1 29 29 17
2 TBL 11 7 3 1 38 29 15
3 DET 10 6 2 2 27 21 14
4 OTT 9 5 2 2 26 22 12
5 BOS 12 6 6 0 32 30 12
6 TOR 10 5 4 1 29 26 11
7 FLA 8 3 2 3 12 17 9
8 BUF 11 2 8 1 13 36 5

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 9 3 6 3 9
C. Soderberg 12 3 5 0 8
M. Lucic 12 2 6 1 8
C. Kelly 12 2 5 3 7
B. Marchand 12 3 3 2 6
D. Hamilton 12 2 4 1 6
L. Eriksson 12 2 4 3 6
T. Krug 11 2 4 2 6
P. Bergeron 12 1 5 -1 6
S. Griffith 8 3 2 -1 5
 
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N. Svedberg 2 2 0 .940 1.67
T. Rask 4 4 0 .899 2.81
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