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BOSTON BRUINS vs. BUFFALO SABRES

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA

Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Sabres tonight in the first of eight games between these teams this season and the first of four games of this season’s series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 2-3-1 thus far this season and are 1-0-0 thus far on home ice. The Sabres are 7-0-0 thus far this season with a 3-0-0 record on the road. The Bruins are playing their first game of the season against a Northeast Division team tonight and are 1-3-0 thus far this season against Eastern Conference opponents. The Sabres are 2-0-0 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 6-0-0 against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 102-91-29-1 lifetime vs. the Sabres with a 742-728 scoring advantage in those 223 games. On home ice, the Bruins are 62-35-14-0 lifetime vs. Buffalo with a 412-325 scoring edge in those 111 contests. Wayne Primeau was drafted by Buffalo as their first pick, 17th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and played five-plus seasons in the Sabres organization from 1995-2000.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins opened their home schedule with a 3-2 win over Calgary on Oct. 19. That followed a season-opening five-game road trip that they finished at 1-3-1.

Recent Sabres Games
The Sabres are a perfect 7-0-0 this season with wins over Carolina (3-2 Oct. 4), Montreal (5-4 Oct. 6), Ottawa (4-3 Oct. 7), Detroit (3-2 Oct. 13), NY Rangers (7-4 Oct. 14), Philadelphia (9-1 Oct. 17) and Carolina again (5-4 Oct. 20).

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins continue their current six-game home stand hosting the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 26, Ottawa Senators on Oct. 28, Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 2 and Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 4. Tickets remain available for all games, which will all begin at 7:00 p.m. and are broadcast on both NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Sabres Games
The Sabres open a three-game road trip tonight, continuing at Montreal on Oct. 23 and at NY Islanders on Oct. 26.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Alberts: Separated shoulder; out indefinitely.
Mark Stuart: Off-season knee surgery; out indefinitely.
Marco Sturm: Knee contusion; day-to-day.

Bruins Recent Transactions
Oct. 3: Zdeno Chara named 18th Captain in team history. Patrice Bergeron and Glen Murray named Assistant Captains.
Oct. 4: Petr Kalus assigned to Providence/AHL.
Oct. 9: Petr Tenkrat assigned to Providence/AHL.

Bruins 2006-07 Shootout Results
(Underline indicates goal scored)
  • Oct. 12, 2006 – Boston 2 at St. Louis 3
    Goalies: B-Thomas; S-Legace
    Shooters: B-Bergeron, Boyes, Sturm, Savard; S-Wideman, Weight, Tkachuk, Stempniak

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Wayne Primeau is three assists shy of his 100th NHL assist milestone.
  • Shean Donovan is two points shy of his 200th NHL point milestone.
  • Glen Murray is four goals shy of his 300th NHL goal milestone.
  • The Bruins have three rookies on their active roster – Phil Kessel, Yan Stastny and Hannu Toivonen.
  • The Bruins play just three games out of the Eastern time zone this season. They played in St. Louis on Oct. 12 and will play in Chicago on Dec. 29 and at Nashville on Dec. 30.
  • Glen Murray (3-1=4 totals) and Marc Savard (1-3=4 totals) each have three-game point streaks in progress.

    The Players

    6—Brad Stuart—D
  • Has assists in two of his last three games, recorded Oct. 12 in St. Louis and Oct. 14 at NY Islanders.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 1-2=3 totals with 6 PIM in 10 games.

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Scored his first point of the season with a goal Oct. 11 in Atlanta.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 8-8=16 totals with 24 PIM in 36 games.

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Is on a day-to-day basis with a knee contusion.
  • Had 1-1=2 totals Oct. 6 in Florida and scored the Bruins’ first goal of the season.
  • Has one multiple-point game.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 1/1.
  • Has missed one game to injury (1-thigh, Oct. 19).
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 5-3=8 totals with 4 PIM in 14 games.

    18—Mark Mowers—C
  • Scoreless in six games thus far this season.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 0-1=1 totals with 0 PIM in 3 games.

    20—Wayne Primeau—C
  • Is three assists shy of his 100th NHL assists milestone.
  • Scored goals in his first two games, Oct. 6 in Florida and Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 1-3=4 totals with 32 PIM in 13 games…Was Buffalo’s first pick, 17th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and played his first five-plus pro seasons in the Sabres organization from 1999-2000.

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • Is two points shy of his 200th NHL points milestone.
  • Recorded his first point of the season Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay while playing in his 700th NHL game.
  • 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.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 2-4=6 totals with 10 PIM in 16 games.

    23—Paul Mara—D
  • Recorded his first point of the season and first as a Bruin with an assist on the game-winning goal Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • 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.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 0-1=1 totals with 0 PIM in 8 games.

    25—Jason York—D
  • Recorded his first point of the season and first as a Bruin with an assist Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • 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.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 1-5=6 totals with 26 PIM in 27 games.

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • Has 2-3=5 totals in his last four games with a 1-1=2 effort Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay, single assists each Oct. 11 in Atlanta and Oct. 12 in St. Louis and a goal Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • Has one multiple-point game.
  • Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 7-12 (1-3=4 totals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 2-5=7 totals with 4 PIM in 8 games.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Is four goals shy of the 300th NHL goal milestone.
  • Has a three-game point streak in progress with 3-1=4 totals in that span…Had an assist Oct. 12 in St. Louis, a goal Oct. 14 at NY Islanders and two goals, including the game-winning score, Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • Has one multiple-point game.
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 17-11=28 totals with 45 PIM in 53 games.

    28—Wade Brookbank—F/D
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 11 in Atlanta.
  • Has not dressed for four games (coach’s decision).
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: Has not yet faced.

    29—Nathan Dempsey—D
  • Scoreless in five games thus far this season.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida.
  • Has not dressed for one game (coach’s decision).
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 0-1=1 totals with 2 PIM in 3 games.

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Has lost his first two starts of the season at 0-1-1…Took the 8-3 loss Oct. 6 in Florida, allowing 7 goals on 34 shots in 48 minutes before being relieved by Hannu Toivonen and recorded the 3-2 shootout loss Oct. 12 in St. Louis.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0-1 (2 goals/4 shots).
  • Has dressed as backup for four games.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 2-2-0 with a 3.85 GAA in 4 games.

    32—Jeff Hoggan—LW
  • Scoreless in six games thus far this season.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: Has not yet faced.

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Factored in five of Boston’s first seven goals.
  • Has two multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-11 (0-5=5 totals).
  • 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.
  • Was named the 18th Captain in team history on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 2-10=12 totals with 24 PIM in 32 games.

    37—Patrice Bergeron—C
  • Has 2-1=3 totals on the season with the game-winning goal Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay, a tally Oct. 12 in St. Louis and an assist Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 4-3=7 totals with 6 PIM in 12 games.

    41—Andrew Alberts—D
  • Is out indefinitely with a shoulder separation suffered Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • Recorded his first point of the season with an assist Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 1-1=2 totals with 8 PIM in 6 games…Scored his first NHL goal vs. the Sabres on Mar. 12, 2006.

    43—Yan Stastny—C
  • ROOKIE.
  • Scoreless in five games thus far this season.
  • Has not dressed for one game (coach’s decision).
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 0-1=1 totals with 2 PIM in 2 games.

    45—Mark Stuart—D
  • ROOKIE.
  • Remains out indefinitely due to off-season knee surgery.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 0-0=0 totals with 0 PIM in 2 games.

    54—Hannu Toivonen—G
  • Earned his second win of the season with a 3-2 victory over Calgary on Oct. 19 in his last start.
  • Has dressed as backup for one game.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 0-1-0 totals with a 4.07 GAA in 1 game.

    68—Milan Jurcina—D
  • Played his first game of the season Oct. 12 in St. Louis after missing the first three games with an elbow injury.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-elbow).
  • Has not dressed for two games (coach’s decision).
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 1-0=1 totals with 0 PIM in 3 games.

    71—Marc Savard—C
  • Has a three-game point streak in progress with 1-3=4 totals in that span…Had a goal Oct. 12 in St. Loui, an assist Oct. 14 at NY Islanders and two assists Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • Has one multiple-point game.
  • 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: 0/1.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: 3-9=12 totals with 22 PIM in 17 games.

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
  • ROOKIE.
  • Has two assists on the season, recorded Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay and Oct. 12 in St. Louis.
  • Played his first NHL game Oct. 6 in Florida…Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay.
  • Lifetime vs. Buffalo: Has not yet faced.
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