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Thursday, 12.15.2005 / 7:00 PM

Associated Press

Bruins-Wild Preview

GAME: Boston Bruins (10-15-6) at Minnesota Wild (12-14-4).

TIME: Thursday, 8 p.m. EST.

The Boston Bruins will try to end a three-game losing streak against a team they've never beaten when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild are 5-0 all-time against the Bruins, outscoring Boston 20-6 in the process, including a 2-0 victory on March 18, 2004 in the last meeting between the teams.

Wild goaltender Manny Fernandez has been spectacular against Boston, going 4-0 with one shutout, a 0.75 goals-against average and .975 save percentage.

Fernandez is one of the best goalies in the league this season, with a 2.01 GAA and .933 save percentage, but his team is struggling to provide him with support.

Minnesota has won just two of its last eight games, scoring two or fewer goals in all six defeats. The Wild are coming off a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday, improving to just 3-11 in one-goal games this season.

Marc Chouinard scored the eventual game-winner on a power play with 2.8 seconds left in the second period and Fernandez stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period. Chouinard's goal was his first since scoring the game-winner at St. Louis on Oct. 22.

Marion Gaborik scored twice and has at least two points in eight of his 13 games. Gaborik has a four-game points streak with three goals and four assists during that span.

Veteran Alexandre Daigle assisted on both of Gaborik's goals and recorded his first three-assist game since Dec. 6, 1999.

The Wild, who have the No. 1 penalty killing unit in the league, have allowed just one power-play goal in their last four home games.

Boston has scored just four goals during its current losing streak, and has managed two or fewer goals in 10 of its last 14 games.

The Bruins had a season-low 19 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday. Brian Leetch scored on the power play just 2:29 into the game, but the Bruins were unable to break through again.

Goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 30 saves against the Coyotes and has one shutout and a 2.70 GAA and in his last four starts.

"Hannu gave us a chance to win (Sunday)," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He made some key saves. He kept us in the game."

STANDINGS: Bruins - 26 points, 5th place, 20 PB, Northeast Division. Wild - 28 points, 5th place, 12 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Sergei Samsonov and Glen Murray, 12 goals; Samsonov and Brad Boyes, 13 assists; Samsonov, 25 points; Jiri Slegr, 48 PIM. Wild - Brian Rolston, 12 goals and 24 points; Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Daigle, 16 assists; Derek Boogaard, 62 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 14): Bruins - Power play: 17.8 percent (32 for 179), 14th in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.7 percent (163 for 197), 14th. Wild - Power play: 18.7 percent (31 for 165), 11th. Penalty killing: 88.7 percent (150 for 169), 1st.

GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Andrew Raycroft (4-12-2, 0, 3.46); Toivonen (6-3-4, 1 SO, 3.07 GAA). Wild - Fernandez (9-4-3, 1, 2.01); Dwayne Roloson (3-10-1, 1, 2.55).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Wild, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: March 18, 2004; Wild 2-0. At Boston, the Wild's Stephane Veilleux scored his first goal since 2002 and Fernandez stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the season.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 5-9-4 on the road; Wild - 7-5-1 at home.


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