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BOSTON BRUINS vs. EDMONTON OILERS

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 Oilers tonight in the only game between these teams this season and the Oilers’ first visit to TD Banknorth Garden since Nov. 11, 2003 (4-3 Boston win). The Bruins are 25-25-4 overall this season with a 15-12-2 record on home ice. The Oilers are 28-24-4 overall this season with a 10-13-2 record on the road. The Bruins are 2-0-0 this season vs. Northwest Division teams and are 3-1-2 overall against Western Conference opponents. The Oilers are 0-0-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 4-0-1 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 37-17-6-0 lifetime vs. Edmonton with a 228-182 scoring advantage in those 60 games. On home ice, the Bruins are 21-6-3-0 lifetime vs. the Oilers with a 126-80 scoring edge in those 30 contests. The Bruins have won the last five meetings between these teams with their last loss to the Oilers a 6-1 setback in Edmonton on Oct. 17, 2000. The Bruins are 4-0-1-0 in their last five home games vs. Edmonton with their last loss to the Oilers in Boston a 6-0 loss on Nov. 7, 1996 (Curtis Joseph shutout).

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won three of their last four games with a 4-3 overtime win in Carolina on Feb. 3, a 3-2 shootout victory in Washington on Feb. 6, a 5-2 setback to Carolina on Feb. 8 and a 4-3 shootout win vs. NY Islanders on Feb. 10. The Bruins are 5-7-0 in their last 12 games with all five wins coming in overtime or shootout. Their last regulation victory was a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 6.

Recent Oilers Games
The Oilers have won three of their last four games with a 3-2 win in Colorado on Feb. 3, a 5-2 loss to Vancouver on Feb. 6, a 2-1 win vs. Chicago on Feb. 9 and a 5-1 victory over Atlanta on Feb. 11. They are 5-4-0 in their last nine games and are 10-10-2 in their last 22 contests.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins next face a six-game road trip, playing at NY Islanders (Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.), Buffalo (Feb. 17, 7:00 p.m.), Philadelphia (Feb. 19, 7:00 p.m.), Toronto (Feb. 20, 7:00 p.m.), Tampa Bay (Feb. 23, 8:00 p.m.) and Florida (Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.). All games are broadcast on WBZ Radio and all except Feb. 19 vs. Philadelphia (Versus) are broadcast on NESN.

Upcoming Oilers Games
The Oilers open a seven-game road trip tonight, continuing in Buffalo, Toronto, Ottawa, Columbus, Detroit and Minnesota through Feb. 25. They next play at home on Feb. 27 when they host Phoenix.

Bruins Injuries
Chuck Kobasew: Indefinite, elbow injury.
Glen Murray: Day-to-day, groin strain suffered Feb. 3 in Carolina and aggravated Feb. 8 vs. Carolina.

Bruins February Transactions
Feb. 1: Milan Jurcina traded to Washington for 2008 fourth round draft pick.
Feb. 3: Jeremy Reich recalled from Providence/AHL.
Feb. 3: Brandon Bochenski acquired from Chicago for Kris Versteeg and a conditional draft pick and assigned to Providence/AHL.
Feb. 4: Jeremy Reich returned to Providence/AHL.
Feb. 6: David Krejci returned to Providence/AHL.
Feb. 6: Brandon Bochenski and Jeremy Reich recalled from Providence/AHL.
Feb. 10: Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew acquired from Calgary for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.

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
  • Jan. 18, 2007 – Pittsburgh 4 at Boston 5
    Goalies: Bos-Toivonen; Pit-Fleury
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron, Savard, Kessel; Pit-Christensen, Malkin, Crosby, Gonchar
  • Feb. 6, 2007 – Boston 3 at Washington 2
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; Wsh-Kolzig
    Shooters: Bos-Bochenski, Bergeron, Kessel; Wsh-Semin, Ovechkin, Fehr
  • Feb. 10, 2007 – NY Islanders 3 at Boston 4
    Goalies: Bos-Thomas; NYI-DiPietro
    Shooters: Bos-Sturm, Bergeron, Kessel, Bochenski; Savard, Boyes, Tenkrat, Axelsson, Chara; NYI-Satan, Kozlov, Hilbert, Hunter, Blake, Sillinger, Robitaille, Tambellini, Poti

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Patrice Bergeron is one assist short of his 100th NHL assist.
  • Andrew Ference is one point short of his 100th NHL point milestone.
  • Shean Donovan is two goals shy of his 100th NHL goal mark.
  • Brad Boyes is four points short of his 100th NHL point milestone.

    The Players

    10—Brandon Bochenski—RW
  • Has scored three goals in his three games as a Bruin…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Feb. 6 in Washington in his first game with the team and had a two-goal effort Feb. 8 vs. Carolina.
  • Has one multiple-point 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.
  • Has spent most of this season with Norfolk/AHL 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: 0/3 (0/1 with Chicago; 0/2 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 single assists in two of his last four games, recorded Feb. 3 at Carolina and Feb. 8 vs. Carolina.
  • Has six multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 28-Nov. 4 (3-3=6 totals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/2.
  • Played his 600th NHL game Oct. 26 vs. Montreal.
  • Has missed 11 games to injury (1-flu, Nov. 28; 10-foot, Dec. 2-23).

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • Has not dressed for the last two games.
  • 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 not dressed for two games (coach’s decision).
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-knee, Jan. 11-13).

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Has three goals in his last three games played with a single tally Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo and two goals Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders.
  • Has 4-1=5 totals in his last eight games and also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win over Buffalo on Jan. 15 over that span.
  • Has three 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: 4/8 (deciding goals Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo).
  • Has missed six games to injury (4-leg, Oct. 19-28; 2-facial injuries, Feb. 3-6).

    17—Petr Tenkrat—RW
  • Has played in five of the last eight games with his last game played Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders…Scored a shootout goal in that game.
  • His last point was 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: 1/2.
  • Has not dressed for five games (coach’s decision).

    18—Mark Mowers—C
  • His last point was an assist 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).

    21—Andrew Ference—D
  • Is expected to play his first game as a Bruin tonight.
  • Acquired on Feb. 10 from Calgary with Chuck Kobasew for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.
  • 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
  • Snapped a six-game scoreless stretch with an assist Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • 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
  • Has single assists in two of his last four games, recorded Feb. 3 at Carolina and Feb. 8 vs. Carolina.
  • Has four multiple-point games.
  • Had a four-game assist streak from Nov. 4-11 (0-6=6 totals).
  • Had a three-game point streak from Jan. 6-11 (2-2=4 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-thigh, Nov. 30-Dec. 4).

    25—Jason York—D
  • Has played the last five games after missing nine 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 20 games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24; 1-knee, Nov. 28; 9-knee, Jan. 11-30).

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • Snapped a 16-game scoreless stretch with a goal Feb. 3 in Carolina.
  • 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).
  • Took the first major penalty of his career with a five-minute fighting call (Toni Lydman) Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo.
  • Played his 100th NHL game Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/4.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Is day-to-day with a groin strain suffered Feb. 3 in Carolina and aggravated Feb. 8 vs. the Hurricaens.
  • Had his five-game point streak (4-2=6 totals) stopped when he missed the Feb. 6 game in Washington with that injury…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; and two goals Feb. 3 in Carolina.
  • Has 6-4=10 totals in eight of his last ten games.
  • 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).
  • 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…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 two games to injury (2-groin, Feb. 6; Feb. 10).

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Has won three of his last four games with a 4-3 overtime win in Carolina on Feb. 3, a 3-2 shootout victory in Washington on Feb. 6, a 5-2 loss to Carolina on Feb. 8 and a 4-3 shootout win over NY Islanders on Feb. 10…Has played in the last eight straight games (3-4-0, one no decision in a relief appearance).
  • Is 9-9-1 in his last 19 starts.
  • 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: 6-2 (7 goals/35 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 nine games.

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Scored the deciding goal in the ninth round of the shootout in a 4-3 win over NY Islanders on Feb. 10.
  • Has 1-5=6 totals in his last eight games…Had single assists each Jan. 27 in Ottawa and Jan. 30 in Buffalo; a 1-2=3 effort, including the overtime goal, Feb. 3 in Carolina; and an assist Feb. 6 in Washington.
  • Has 2-10=12 totals in his last 14 games with 4-13=18 totals in his last 23 contests.
  • 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: 1/1 (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 3-2=5 totals in his last seven games…Had single goals each Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers while playing in his 200th NHL game and Feb. 6 in Washington; an assist Feb. 8 vs. Carolina; and a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders…Also scored shootout goals Feb. 6 in Washington and Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders during that span.
  • Has 11-16=27 totals in his last 29 games.
  • Has 12 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.

    38—Bobby Allen—D
  • Has played the last 11 games, including 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.

    41—Andrew Alberts—D
  • Snapped a six-game scoreless stretch with an assist Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28).

    53—Jeremy Reich—LW
  • Has played the last four 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.

    54—Hannu Toivonen—G
  • Has dressed as backup for the last five games after playing in the previous two games…Did not earn a decision in the 6-1 loss to NY Rangers on Jan. 29, as he allowed three goals in 33 minutes in relief of Tim Thomas…One of the goals came on his first career penalty shot faced (Brendan Shanahan)…Took the 7-1 loss in Buffalo on Jan. 30 in his last start, allowing six goals in 40 minutes before being relieved by Thomas.
  • Has played in four of the last nine games (1-2-0 record with one no decision, with his last win a 5-4 shootout victory over Pittsburgh on Jan. 18.
  • Faced his first career penalty shot Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers, allowing a Brendan Shanahan goal.
  • 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.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 1-1 (3 goals/8 shots).
  • Has dressed as backup for 29 games.

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
  • ROOKIE.
  • Has 2-2=4 totals in his last 11 games, recording his first NHL two-goal game Jan. 17 in Buffalo and adding single assists each Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh and Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders…Also scored the deciding shootout goals in the 5-4 win over the Penguins on Jan. 18 and the 3-2 victory in Washington on Feb. 6.
  • Has played the last 15 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.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 3/4…Has 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 seven assists in five of his last six games…Recorded single assists each Jan. 30 in Buffalo and Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo; had two assists each Feb. 3 in Carolina, including one on the overtime score, and Feb. 6 in Washington; and an assist Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders.
  • Has 4-12=16 totals in his last 14 games with 7-17=24 totals in his last 20 games and 12-26=38 totals in his last 28 contests.
  • Has 18 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.
  • 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: 1/5.
  • 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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