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BOSTON BRUINS vs. BUFFALO SABRES

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
HSBC Arena; Buffalo NY

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


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Sabres Wednesday in the fourth of eight games between these teams this season and the first of four games of this season’s series at HSBC Arena. The Bruins are 21-18-4 overall this season with an 8-10-2 record on the road. The Sabres are 31-11-4 overall this season with a 14-7-2 record on home ice. The Bruins are 10-7-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 18-17-2 overall against Eastern Conference opponents. The Sabres are 8-7-2 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 28-11-3 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 103-92-29-2 lifetime vs. Buffalo with a 750-740 scoring edge in those 226 games. On the road, the Bruins are 40-56-15-1 lifetime vs. the Sabres with Buffalo holding a 403-330 scoring advantage in those 112 contests. The Bruins are 1-1-1 vs. Buffalo in this season’s series thus far with a 6-2 loss in Boston on Oct. 21, a 5-4 shootout loss in Boston on Nov. 2 and a 3-2 shootout win in Boston on Jan. 15.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins snapped their three-game losing streak at 0-2-1 with a 3-2 shootout win over Buffalo on Jan. 15. That followed a 5-2 setback in Ottawa on Jan. 9, 5-4 shootout loss vs. NY Islanders on Jan. 11 and 3-1 loss at NY Rangers on Jan. 13. They are 2-5-1 in their last eight games, are 12-9-2 in their last 23 games and 17-11-2 over their last 30 contests.

Recent Sabres Games
The Sabres have lost their last three games at 0-2-1 with a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Jan. 11, a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Jan. 13 and a 3-2 shootout loss in Boston on Jan. 15. It is first time this season that the Sabres have lost three consecutive games. They are 2-4-1 in their last seven games and are 7-4-2 in their last 13 contests.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins next return home to host Pittsburgh on Jan. 18 and Ottawa on Jan. 20 prior to the NHL’s All-Star break. All games are broadcast on NESN and WBZ Radio with a 7:00 p.m. start time.

Upcoming Sabres Games
The Sabres next host Vancouver on Jan. 19. They will conclude their pre-All-Star break schedule in Montreal on Jan. 20.

Bruins Injuries
Wayne Primeau: Shoulder injury.
Jason York: Knee injury.

Bruins January Transactions
Jan. 2: Returned Hannu Toivonen to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 2: Recalled Philippe Sauve from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 5: Assigned Phil Kessel to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 6: Returned Philippe Sauve to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 6: Recalled Hannu Toivonen and Matt Lashoff from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 7: Returned Hannu Toivonen and Yan Stastny to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 7: Recalled Philippe Sauve and Phil Kessel from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 8: Returned Philippe Sauve to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 8: Recalled Hannu Toivonen and Jonathan Sigalet from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 10: Returned Jonathan Sigalet to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 16: Returned Matt Lashoff to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 16: Recalled Bobby Allen from Providence/AHL.

Bruins 2006-07 Shootout Results
(Underline indicates goal scored)
  • Oct. 12, 2006 – Boston 2 at St. Louis 3
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; StL-Legace
    Shooters: Bos-Bergeron, Boyes, Sturm, Savard; StL-Wideman, Weight, Tkachuk, Stempniak
  • Nov. 2, 2006 – Buffalo 5 at Boston 4
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; Buf-Miller
    Shooters: Bos-Murray, Axelsson, Bergeron; Buf-Briere, Afinogenov, Kotalik
  • Nov. 15, 2006 – Boston 3 at Washington 2
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; Wsh-Kolzig
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron; Wsh-Semin, Ovechkin, Pettinger
  • Nov. 22, 2006 – Boston 4 at Pittsburgh 3
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; Pit-Fleury
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron; Pit-Ouellet, Malkin, Gonchar
  • Nov. 30, 2006 – Tampa Bay 3 at Boston 4
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; TB-Denis
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron, Murray, Savard, Boyes, Tenkrat, Kessel; TB-Lecavalier, Richards, St. Louis, Perrin, Prospal, Afanasenkov, Fedotenko.
  • Jan. 11, 2007 – NY Islanders 5 at Boston 4
    Goalies: Bos-Toivonen; NYI-DiPietro
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron, Savard, Boyes; NYI-Satan, Kozlov, Hunter, Blake
  • Jan. 15, 2007 – Buffalo 2 at Boston 3
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; Buf-Miller
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Murray; Buf-Briere, Kotalik, Vanek

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Brad Stuart is two points short of his 200th NHL point mark.
  • Shean Donovan is two goals shy of his 100th NHL goal mark.
  • Glen Murray is two assists shy of his 300th NHL assist milestone.
  • Brad Boyes is five points short of his 100th NHL point milestone.


    The Players

    6—Brad Stuart—D
  • Has assists in each of his last two games with single assists each Jan. 13 at NY Rangers and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • Had a three-game goal/point streak from Dec. 2-7 (4-1=5 totals).
  • Did not dress for one game (Jan. 9, returned home for child’s birth).
  • Has missed five games to injury (5-finger, Oct. 26-Nov. 6).

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Has 1-3=4 totals in his last five games with an assist Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia, two assists Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders and a goal Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has 2-5=7 totals in his last 11 games played.
  • Has six multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 28-Nov. 4 (3-3=6 totals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Played his 600th NHL game Oct. 26 vs. Montreal.
  • Has missed 11 games to injury (1-flu, Nov. 28; 10-foot, Dec. 2-23).

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • His last point was an assist Dec. 29 in Chicago.
  • Had a three-game point streak from Dec. 23-29 (2-1=3 totals).
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Nov. 15 in Washington and recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist in that game…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh.
  • Acquired Nov. 13 from Anaheim where he was scoreless in one game this season…Played his first NHL game of the season Nov. 6 vs. Toronto.
  • Had a three-game conditioning assignment in Portland/AHL from Oct. 31-Nov. 5 (1-0=1 totals).
  • Was Anaheim’s first pick, fifth overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft…Returns to the NHL this season after playing the 2005-06 season in Russia…Has played two NHL seasons with Anaheim.
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-lower body, Jan. 11-13).

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win over Buffalo on Jan. 15.
  • Has 6-4=10 totals in his last 15 games with his last point a shorthanded penalty shot goal Jan. 9 in Ottawa.
  • Has two multiple-point games, including his second career hat trick scored Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • Had a five-game point streak from Dec. 14-23 (5-2=7 totals).
  • Has taken two penalty shots this season - unsuccessful on Washington’s Brent Johnson on Nov. 18 and scoring on Ottawa’s Ray Emery on Jan. 9…He has taken four career penalty shots, scoring once.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 3/6 (deciding goals Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo).
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-leg, Oct. 19-28).

    17—Petr Tenkrat—RW
  • Snapped a nine-game scoreless stretch with an assist Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Scored his first goal as a Bruin in his first game as a Bruin Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa…It was his first NHL game since Apr. 14, 2002 with Toronto.
  • Recalled Nov. 11 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on Oct. 9…Had 2-7=9 totals with 6 PIM in seven AHL Bruins games.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Has not dressed for two games (coach’s decision).

    18—Mark Mowers—C
  • Has 1-4=5 totals in his last ten games with two assists Dec. 26 in Columbus, which matched his previous career-high for assists and points in a game, a shorthanded goal Dec. 29 in Chicago; and single assists each Jan. 4 vs. Toronto and Jan. 9 in Ottawa.
  • Has one multiple-point game.
  • Played his 200th NHL game Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-shoulder, Oct. 21-26).

    20—Wayne Primeau—C
  • Has 2-2=4 totals in his last ten games with a goal Dec. 26 in Columbus, an assist Dec. 29 in Chicago and a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 4 vs. Toronto.
  • Has three multiple-point games.
  • Recorded his 100th NHL assist Dec. 2 in Carolina… Played his 600th NHL game Dec. 16 vs. Florida.

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in his last ten games with an assist Dec. 26 in Columbus and a goal Jan. 4 vs. Toronto.
  • Has two multiple-point games.
  • Played his 700th NHL game Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay…Recorded his 200th NHL point with a goal Nov. 28 in Toronto.
  • 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.

    23—Paul Mara—D
  • Had his three-game point streak stopped Jan. 13 at NY Rangers with 2-2=4 totals in that span…Had two assists Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia and single goals each Jan. 9 in Ottawa and Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders.
  • Has four multiple-point games.
  • Had a four-game assist streak from Nov. 4-11 (0-6=6 totals).
  • 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…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-lower body, Nov. 30-Dec. 4).

    25—Jason York—D
  • Has missed three games with a knee injury suffered Jan. 9 in Ottawa.
  • His last point was an assist Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • 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.
  • Has missed 14 games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24; 1-knee, Nov. 28; 3-knee, Jan. 11-15).

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • His last point was a goal Dec. 26 in Columbus.
  • Has five multiple-point games.
  • Has had three three-game point streaks--from Oct. 7-12 (1-3=4 totals), Nov. 25-30 (3-0=3 totals) and Dec. 14-19 (1-4=5 totals).
  • Played his 100th NHL game Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/3.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in his last five games with a goal Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia and single assists each Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has 6-5=11 totals in his last 14 games.
  • Has eight multiple-point games with his season-highs 1-2=3 efforts each Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay and Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • Had a six-game point streak from Dec. 16-29 (5-3=8 totals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/3.
  • Has reached the 20-goal mark for the fifth straight season and the seventh time overall in his career.
  • Played his 900th NHL game Nov. 9 vs. Toronto…Scored his 300th NHL goal with the second of two goals Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa…Recorded his 600th NHL point with the first of two goals Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Won his last start with a 3-2 shootout win over Buffalo on Jan. 15, stopping all three Buffalo shooters in the final showdown.
  • Is 6-4-1 in his last 11 starts, 12-7-1 in his last 20 starts and is 19-10-2 in his last 31 decisions.
  • Recorded his second career shutout with a 2-0 win vs. Vancouver on Dec. 21 (39 saves).
  • Has faced one penalty shot this season, allowing a goal to NY Rangers’ Jed Ortmeyer on Jan. 13…He has now faced three career penalty shots (one goal allowed).
  • Dressed as backup Dec. 12 in Montreal, snapping his career-best consecutive games played stretch at 21…His previous career-high in that category was 18 games from Jan. 10-Mar. 1, 2006.
  • Had a four-game win streak from Nov. 11-18, which is the longest such streak of his career.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 4-2 (4 goals/23 shots).
  • Was the NHL’s Number Three Star for the week of Nov. 12-18 with a 3-0-0 record and 1.60 GAA in three games.
  • Was the NHL’s Number One Star for the week of Dec. 18-24 with a 3-0-0 record and 1.33 GAA in three games.
  • Has dressed as backup for seven games.

    32—Jeff Hoggan—LW
  • Has played in two of the last eight games, dressing Jan. 11 vs. Ottawa and Jan. 13 at NY Rangers.
  • Had played the previous ten Boston games in two recalls from Providence/AHL (Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 6-present)…Had an assist Dec. 19 in Ottawa.
  • Had been assigned to Providence on Nov. 11…Had three assists with 5 PIM and a +4 rating in four AHL Bruins games.
  • Began the season in Boston with one assist in 13 games…Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 at Florida…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo.
  • Did not dress for two games (coach’s decision).
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-upper body, Dec. 30-Jan. 6).

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Has a three-game point streak in progress with 1-3=4 totals in that span…Had a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders and single assists each Jan. 13 at NY Rangers and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has 3-7=10 totals in his last 12 games.
  • Has four multiple-point games.
  • Had a five-game point streak from Dec. 16-26 (1-4=5 totals).
  • Has had three three-game point streaks - from Oct. 6-11 (0-5=5 totals), Nov. 18-22 (2-1=3 totals) and Nov. 25-30 (0-4=4 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…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 26 vs. Montreal.
  • Was named the 18th Captain in team history on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-middle body, Jan. 6-9).

    37—Patrice Bergeron—C
  • Has 2-2=4 totals in his last five games with a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia, a goal Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders and an assist Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has 8-13=21 totals in his last 18 games with 10-23=33 totals in his last 28 games and 13-27=39 totals in his last 34 contests…Also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win in Washington on Nov. 15 during that span.
  • Has 11 multiple-point games with his season-high a five-assist effort Dec. 19 in Ottawa which was a career-high for assists and points in a game.
  • Had a five-game point streak from Nov. 2-11 (3-4=7 totals).
  • Had a nine-game point streak from Nov. 16-Dec. 2 (2-10=12 totals).
  • Had a ten-game point streak from Dec. 7-29 (6-11=17 totals).
  • Factored into four straight game-winning goals from Nov. 11-18, scoring two game-winners (one in overtime), the deciding goal in a shootout win and an overtime assist.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 2/6 (deciding goal Nov. 15 in Washington).
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.

    38—Bobby Allen—D
  • Is expected to play his first Boston game of the season tonight.
  • Recalled Jan. 16 from Providence/AHL where he had 5-12=17 totals with 14 PIM and a +4 rating in 31 AHL Bruins games.

    41—Andrew Alberts—D
  • His last point was an assist Jan. 4 vs. Toronto.
  • Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28).

    54—Hannu Toivonen—G
  • Has dressed as backup for the last two games.
  • Took the 5-4 shootout loss Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders in his last start.
  • Has had four stints in Providence/AHL this season, from Nov. 7-26, Dec. 9-11, Jan. 2-6 and Jan. 7-8…Is 3-6-0 with a 2.82 GAA in nine AHL Bruins games this year.
  • His last Boston win was a 3-2 victory over Calgary on Oct. 19.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0-1 (2 goals/4 shots).
  • Has dressed as backup for 22 games.

    68—Milan Jurcina—D
  • His last point was a goal Dec. 29 in Chicago.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-elbow, Oct. 6-11).
  • Has not dressed for six games (coach’s decision).

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
  • ROOKIE.
  • Has played the last four games, returning to the Boston lineup on Jan. 9 after missing 11 games following Dec. 11 cancer surgery and a Jan. 5-7 stint in Providence/AHL for conditioning purposes.
  • Recalled Jan. 7 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on Jan. 5 for conditioning purposes…Had one goal and two PIM in two AHL Bruins games.
  • His last Boston point was an assist Dec. 4 in Montreal.
  • Scored the deciding shootout goal in the 4-3 win vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 30…It was the lone goal in 14 shootout attempts by both teams.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 1/1.
  • Played his first NHL game Oct. 6 in Florida…Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay…Scored his first NHL goal Oct. 21 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has missed 11 games to illness (11-cancer surgery, Dec. 12-Jan. 4).

    91—Marc Savard—C
  • Has a three-game goal/point streak in progress with 3-2=5 totals in that span…Had a 1-2=3 effort Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders and single goals each Jan. 13 at NY Rangers and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has 6-6=12 totals in his last nine games with 11-15=26 totals in his last 17 contests and 12-25=37 totals in his last 27 games.
  • Has 14 multiple-point games with his season-high a 2-3=5 effort Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay which matched his previous career-high for points in a game.
  • Had a four-game point streak from Oct. 12-21 (1-4=5 totals).
  • Had a five-game point streak from Nov. 18-25 (1-6=7 totals).
  • Has had two seven-game point streaks - from Oct. 28-Nov. 15 (4-10=14 totals) and Dec. 9-23 (5-9=14 totals).
  • 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: 1/3.
  • Was the NHL’s Number One Star for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4 with 3-5=8 totals in two games.
  • Changed his sweater number from 71 to 91 on November 2.
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