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BOSTON BRUINS vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE

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

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


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Avalanche tonight in the only game between these teams this season and the Avalanches’ first visit to TD Banknorth Garden since Feb. 4, 2003. The Bruins are 32-28-5 overall this season with a 17-13-3 record on home ice. The Avalanche are 32-29-5 overall this season with a 14-15-2 record on the road. The Bruins are 3-0-0 this season vs. Northwest Division teams and are 4-1-2 overall against Western Conference opponents. The Avalanche are 2-1-0 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 5-3-0 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 67-46-15-1 lifetime vs. the Colorado franchise (includes Quebec) with a 512-430 scoring advantage in those 129 games. On home ice, the Bruins are 31-21-9-1 lifetime vs. the Avalanche franchise with a 240-192 scoring advantage in those 62 contests. These teams played last season in Colorado with the Avalanche taking a 4-1 win on Dec. 7, 2005. These teams last met in Boston on Feb. 4, 2003 when Colorado won a 3-2 decision in overtime.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have taken points out of their last three games at 2-0-1 with a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia on Mar. 1, a 3-1 win over Montreal on Mar. 3 and a 4-1 win in New Jersey on Mar. 4. The Bruins are 6-2-1 in their last nine games and are 10-4-1 in their last 15 contests.

Recent Avalanche Games
The Avalanche have won their last three games with a 3-2 win over Columbus on Feb. 27, a 6-1 win in Chicago on Mar. 1 and a 4-3 overtime win in Detroit on Mar. 4. They are 4-5-0 in their last nine games and are 8-10-1 in their last 19 contests.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins next host Minnesota on Mar. 8 (7:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio). They will then face a two-game road trip, playing in Philadelphia on Mar. 10 (1:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio) and at Detroit on Mar. 11 (12:30 p.m.; NBC & WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Avalanche Games
The Avalanche conclude their current five-game road trip (2-0-0 thus far) in Buffalo on Mar. 7 and at Minnesota on Mar. 11. They will then return home to host Calgary on Mar. 14.

Bruins Injuries
Chuck Kobasew: Day-to-day, elbow injury.

Bruins Recent Transactions
Feb. 10: Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew acquired from Calgary for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.
Feb. 13: Mark Stuart recalled from Providence/AHL.
Feb. 20: David Krejci recalled from Providence/AHL.
Feb. 24: Marco Sturm re-signed to multi-year contract.
Feb. 24: Joey MacDonald claimed off waivers from Detroit.
Feb. 25: Mark Stuart and Hannu Toivonen returned to Providence/AHL.
Feb. 27: David Krejci returned to Providence/AHL.
Feb. 27: Aaron Ward acquired from NY Rangers for Paul Mara.
Feb. 27: Dennis Wideman acquired from St. Louis for Brad Boyes.

Bruins 2006-07 Shootouts
The Bruins are 8-3 this season in shootouts:
  • Oct. 12, 2006 – Boston 2 at St. Louis 3 – Deciding Goal: Stempniak
  • Nov. 2, 2006 – Buffalo 5 at Boston 4 – Deciding Goal: Kotalik
  • Nov. 15, 2006 – Boston 3 at Washington 2 – Deciding Goal: Bergeron
  • Nov. 22, 2006 – Boston 4 at Pittsburgh 3 – Deciding Goal: Sturm
  • Nov. 30, 2006 – Tampa Bay 3 at Boston 4 – Deciding Goal: Kessel
  • Jan. 11, 2007 – NY Islanders 5 at Boston 4 – Deciding Goal: Blake
  • Jan. 15, 2007 – Buffalo 2 at Boston 3 – Deciding Goal: Sturm
  • Jan. 18, 2007 – Pittsburgh 4 at Boston 5 – Deciding Goal: Kessel
  • Feb. 6, 2007 – Boston 3 at Washington 2 – Deciding Goal: Kessel
  • Feb. 10, 2007 – NY Islanders 3 at Boston 4 – Deciding Goal: Chara
  • Feb. 17, 2007 – Boston 4 at Buffalo 3 – Deciding Goal: Tenkrat

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Andrew Ference is one point short of his 100th NHL point milestone.

    The Players

    6—Dennis Wideman—D
  • Has played the last three games, including his first game as a Bruin Mar. 1 vs. Philadelphia…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist in that contest.
  • Acquired Feb. 27 from St. Louis for Brad Boyes…Led Blues defensemen in scoring with 5-17=22 totals with 44 PIM in 55 games at the time of the trade.
  • Was Buffalo’s eighth pick, 241st overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft but never played for the Sabres…Signed by St. Louis as a free agent in June, 2004 and split his first two pro seasons between St. Louis and their AHL affiliates in Worcester and Peoria…Played five seasons of junior hockey in Sudbury and London/OHL.

    10—Brandon Bochenski—RW
  • Has 4-4=8 totals in his last eight games…Had a goal Feb. 19 in Philadelphia; an assist Feb. 20 in Toronto; a 1-2=3 effort Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay; the game-winning goal Mar. 3 vs. Montreal; and a 1-1=2 effort Mar. 4 in New Jersey.
  • Has 8-6=14 totals in eight of his 14 games as a Bruin.
  • Has four multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game point streak from Feb. 19-23 (2-3=5 totals).
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Feb. 6 in Washington, scoring his first goal as a Bruin in that game.
  • Acquired Feb. 3 from Chicago for Kris Versteeg and a conditional draft pick…Had played ten games with the Blackhawks this season, scoring two goals…Spent most of this season with Norfolk/AHL prior to coming to Boston and ranked fourth in the AHL scoring race at the time of the trade with 33-33=66 totals in 35 Admirals games.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/4 (0/1 with Chicago; 0/3 with Boston).
  • Was Ottawa’s ninth pick (seventh round), 223rd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and played one-plus seasons in the Senators organization with Ottawa and Binghamton/AHL…Traded to Chicago with a 2006 second round draft pick for Tyler Arnason on Mar. 9, 2005…Played three seasons of college hockey at the University of North Dakota…Has one career NHL hat trick, scored in a 3-1=4 effort in Florida on Dec. 5, 2005 while with Ottawa…Scored his first NHL goal vs. the Bruins on Oct. 15, 2005.

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Has 3-2=5 totals in four of his last eight games…Had a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 19 in Philadelphia, a shorthanded goal Feb. 20 in Toronto; two assists Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay; and a goal Mar. 4 in New Jersey.
  • Has eight multiple-point games.
  • Has had two three-game point streaks - from Oct. 28-Nov. 4 (3-3=6 totals) and Feb. 19-23 (2-2=4 totals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/2.
  • Played his 600th NHL game Oct. 26 vs. Montreal.
  • Has missed 11 games to injury (1-flu, Nov. 28; 10-foot, Dec. 2-23).

    12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
  • Is on a day-to-day basis with a dislocated elbow suffered while with Calgary.
  • Acquired from Calgary with Andrew Ference for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau on Feb. 10…Had 4-13=17 totals in 40 Flames games at the time of the trade.
  • Drafted by Calgary as their first pick, 14th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft…Played one season of college hockey at Boston College, winning an NCAA championship with the Eagles in 2001.

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • Has 2-2=4 totals in four of his last eight games…Had an assist Feb. 19 in Philadelphia; single goals each Feb. 20 in Toronto (game-winning goal) and Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay; and an assist Mar. 4 in New Jersey.
  • Has had two three-game point streaks - from Dec. 23-29 (2-1=3 totals) and Feb. 19-23 (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 not dressed for two games (coach’s decision).
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-knee, Jan. 11-13).

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Has a six-game point streak in progress with 2-5=7 totals in that span…Had a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay; single assists each Feb. 24 in Florida, Feb. 26 vs. Atlanta, Mar. 1 vs. Philadelphia and Mar. 3 vs. Montreal; and the shorthanded, game-winning goal Mar. 4 in New Jersey.
  • Has 8-5=13 totals in his last 12 games.
  • Has four 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: 4/9 (deciding goals Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo).
  • Re-signed to a multi-year contract on Feb. 24.
  • Has missed six games to injury (4-leg, Oct. 19-28; 2-facial injuries, Feb. 3-6).

    17—Petr Tenkrat—RW
  • Has three goals in his last six games played with a two-goal effort, including the game-winning goal, Feb. 19 in Philadelphia and a goal Mar. 3 vs. Montreal…Also scored shootout goals Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders and Feb. 17 vs. Buffalo with the Buffalo goal the deciding tally.
  • 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: 2/3.
  • Has not dressed for five games (coach’s decision).
  • Has missed one game to injury (1-ankle, Feb. 24).

    18—Mark Mowers—C
  • Has 2-2=4 totals in three of his last six games…Had single assists each Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay and Feb. 26 vs. Atlanta; and his first career two-goal game Mar. 1 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Has two multiple-point games.
  • 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).

    21—Andrew Ference—D
  • Has played 11 games with Boston since he was acquired on Feb. 10 from Calgary with Chuck Kobasew for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Feb. 13 vs. Edmonton.
  • Had 2-10=12 totals with 66 PIM in 54 Flames games at the time of the trade.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh in the eighth round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and played three-plus seasons in the Penguins organization before going to Calgary in Feb., 2003 for a draft choice…Has played the last three seasons with Calgary.

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • Has 2-1=3 totals in two of his last nine games with a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 17 in Buffalo and his 100th NHL goal scored Feb. 26 vs. Atlanta.
  • Has three 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.
  • Has missed one game to injury (1-lower body, Feb. 24).

    25—Jason York—D
  • Returned to the lineup Mar. 4 in New Jersey after not dressing for two games.
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in three of his last seven games played, snapping a 17-games played scoreless stretch (missed nine games in that span with a knee injury) with an assist Feb. 17 in Buffalo; scoring his first NHL goal since Jan. 8, 2004 on Feb. 20 in Toronto; and adding an assist Feb. 26 vs. Atlanta.
  • 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 not dressed for three games (coach’s decision).
  • Has missed 20 games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24; 1-knee, Nov. 28; 9-knee, Jan. 11-30).

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Has 6-2=8 totals in his last 12 games played …Had a goal Jan. 27 in Ottawa; his 300th NHL assist Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers; a goal Jan. 30 in Buffalo; an assist Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo; two goals Feb. 3 in Carolina; and single goals each Feb. 15 at NY Islanders and Mar. 3 vs. Montreal.
  • Has ten 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).
  • Had a five-game point streak from Jan. 27-Feb. 3 (4-2=6 totals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/4.
  • Has reached the 20-goal mark for the fifth straight season and the seventh time overall in his career…Is looking to break the 30-goal mark for the fourth time 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…Recorded his 300th NHL assist Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers.
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Has missed seven games to injury (3-groin, Feb. 6; Feb. 10-13; 4-lower body, Feb. 20-24).

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Dressed as backup Mar. 4 in New Jersey after playing in the previous 18 straight games.
  • Has taken points out of his last two games at 1-0-1 with a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia on Mar. 1 as he faced a career-high 55 shots and a 3-1 victory over Montreal on Mar. 3.
  • Is 5-2-1 in his last eight games and 7-3-1 in his last 11 contests.
  • Has three shutouts on the season, numbers two-four career - a 2-0 win vs. Vancouver on Dec. 21 (39 saves), a 3-0 win vs. Edmonton on Feb. 13 (32 saves) and a 3-0 victory in Toronto on Feb. 20 (44 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.
  • Has had two four-game win streaks, the longest of his career - from Nov. 11-18 and Feb. 17-23.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 7-2 (7 goals/43 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 ten games.

    31—Joey MacDonald—G
  • Started his first game as a Bruin Mar. 4 in New Jersey with a 4-1 victory after dressing as backup for his first three games with the team.
  • Claimed off waivers from Detroit on Feb. 24…Had a 1-5-1 record and 3.46 GAA in eight Red Wings games.
  • Not drafted by an NHL team, but signed with Detroit as a free agent in December, 2001…Is in his first NHL season after playing the previous five years in the Red Wings system with Toledo/ECHL and Grand Rapids/AHL.
  • Has dressed as backup for three Boston games.

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in three of his last nine games with single assists each Feb. 17 in Buffalo and Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay and a goal Mar. 1 vs. Philadelphia..
  • Scored the deciding goal in the ninth round of the shootout in a 4-3 win over NY Islanders on Feb. 10.
  • Has six multiple-point games with his season-high a 1-2=3 night Feb. 3 in Carolina which included the game-winning goal in overtime.
  • Had a five-game point streak from Dec. 16-26 (1-4=5 totals).
  • Had a four-game point streak from Jan. 11-17 (1-5=6 totals).
  • Has had three three-game point streaks as well.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 1/2 (Deciding goal Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders).
  • 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.
  • Played for the Eastern Conference team at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game and scored two goals in that contest…Won the NHL’s Hardest Shot competition during the All-Star Super Skills events with a 100.4 mph blast.
  • Was named the 18th Captain in team history on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-hip, Jan. 6-9).

    37—Patrice Bergeron—C
  • Has 2-8=10 totals in seven of his last nine games played…Scored a goal Feb. 6 in Washington; an assist Feb. 8 vs. Carolina; a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders; two assists Feb. 13 vs. Edmonton; single assists each Feb. 24 in Florida and Feb. 26 vs. Atlanta; and two assists, including one on the shorthanded game-winning goal, Mar. 4 in New Jersey…Also scored shootout goals Feb. 6 in Washington and Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders during that span.
  • Has 14 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: 4/9 (deciding goal Nov. 15 in Washington).
  • Played his 200th NHL game Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers.
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Has missed five games to injury (5-lower body, Feb. 15-23).

    38—Bobby Allen—D
  • Did not dress Mar. 4 in New Jersey.
  • Has single assists each in three of his last eight games, recording his first NHL point with an assist Feb. 17 in Buffalo and adding assists Feb. 20 in Toronto and Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Jan. 17 in Buffalo.
  • 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.
  • Did not dress for one game (coach’s decision).

    41—Andrew Alberts—D
  • Has played the last four games after missing three games with a lower body injury.
  • His last point was an assist Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • Has missed six games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28; 3-lower body, Feb. 20-24).

    44—Aaron Ward—D
  • Scored his first goal/point as a Bruin Mar. 4 in New Jersey.
  • Has played the last three games, including his first game as a Bruin Mar. 1 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Acquired Feb. 27 from NY Rangers for Paul Mara…Had 3-10=13 totals with 57 PIM in 60 Rangers games at the time of the trade.
  • Is in his 12th NHL season and Boston becomes his fourth NHL team (Detroit, Carolina, NY Rangers)…Was Winnipeg’s first pick, fifth overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft but never played for the Jets…Played three seasons of college hockey at the University of Michigan…Has been a member of three Stanley Cup-winning teams – with Detroit in 1997 and 1998 and with Carolina in 2006.

    53—Jeremy Reich—LW
  • Recorded his first point of the season and first as a Bruin with an assist Mar. 1 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Has played the last 14 games on two recalls from Providence/AHL, including his first game as a Bruin Feb. 3 in Carolina.
  • Had 4-7=11 totals in 46 AHL Bruins games.

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
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  • Has four assists in his last two straight games with two-assist efforts each Mar. 3 vs. Montreal and Mar. 4 in New Jersey.
  • Has 1-9=10 totals in his last 12 games.
  • Has five multiple-point games, all two-point efforts.
  • Returned 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.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 3/5…Scored the deciding goal in each of his first three shootouts this season.
  • 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.
  • Played in the YoungStars Game at the 2007 NHL All-Star festivities and scored 3-1=4 totals in that game.
  • Has missed 11 games to illness (11-cancer surgery, Dec. 12-Jan. 4).

    91—Marc Savard—C
  • Has 3-10=13 totals in ten of his last 12 games…Had single assists each Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders, Feb. 13 vs. Edmonton and Feb. 15 at NY Islanders; a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 17 in Buffalo, with the goal coming shorthanded; a 1-2=3 night Feb. 19 in Philadelphia; an assist Feb. 20 in Toronto; three assists Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay; a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 24 in Florida; and single assists each Mar. 1 vs. Philadelphia and Mar. 3 vs. Montreal.
  • Has 3-19=22 totals in his last 17 games with 7-24=31 totals in his last 26 games.
  • Has 22 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 an eight-game assist point streak from Feb. 10-24 (3-8=11 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).
  • Has had two five-game point streaks - from Nov. 18-25 (1-6=7 totals) and Jan. 11-18 (4-6=10 totals).
  • Had had two four-game point streaks - from Oct. 12-21 (1-4=5 totals) and Jan. 30-Feb. 6 (0-6=6 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: 1/6.
  • Was the NHL’s Number One Star for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4 with 3-5=8 totals in two games.
  • Was the NHL’s Number Two Star for the week of Feb. 19-25 with 2-7=9 totals in four games.
  • Changed his sweater number from 71 to 91 on November 2.
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