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BOSTON BRUINS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS

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

Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Islanders tonight in the third of four games between these teams this season and the second and final game of this season’s series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 24-25-4 overall this season with a 14-12-2 record on home ice. The Islanders are 26-22-7 overall this season with a 13-13-3 record on the road. The Bruins are 4-4-1 this season vs. Atlantic Division teams and are 21-24-2 overall against Eastern Conference opponents. The Islanders are 4-6-0 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 22-19-5 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 59-43-21-3 lifetime vs. New York with a 433-390 scoring advantage in those 126 games. On home ice, the Bruins are 32-17-11-2 lifetime vs. the Islanders with a 226-175 scoring edge in those 62 contests. The Bruins are 0-1-1 vs. New York in this season’s series thus far with the Islanders winning a 45-1 game in New York on Oct. 14 and taking a 5-4 shootout decision in Boston on Jan. 11. The Bruins are 0-4-1-2 vs. the Islanders in their last seven meetings with their last win over New York a 2-1 overtime decision on Jan. 29, 2004.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins had their two-game win streak stopped with a 5-2 setback to Carolina on Feb. 8. That followed a 4-3 overtime win in Carolina on Feb. 3 and a 3-2 shootout victory in Washington on Feb. 6. The Bruins are 4-7-0 in their last 11 games with all four wins coming in overtime or shootout. Their last regulation victory was a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 6.

Recent Islanders Games
The Islanders have split their last two games by shutout, earning a 2-0 win over Philadelphia on Feb. 7 and dropping a 2-0 decision in New Jersey on Feb. 8. They are 5-6-1 in their last 12 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins conclude their current three-game home stand hosting the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 13 (7:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio – ‘HAIL TO THE CHIEF’ NIGHT honoring John Bucyk’s 50 years with the team). They will then face a six-game road stretch, playing at NY Islanders, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Toronto, Tampa Bay and Florida from Feb. 15-24.

Upcoming Islanders Games
The Islanders conclude their current three-game road trip in Toronto on Feb. 13 and will then return home for a seven-game home stand, hosting Boston, New Jersey, Pittsburgh< Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia and St. Louis from Feb. 15-Mar. 1.

Bruins Injuries
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.

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

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

    The Players

    6—Brad Stuart—D
  • Snapped a seven-game scoreless stretch with an assist Feb. 8 vs. Carolina.
  • Has 1-3=4 totals in his last 12 games.
  • Had a three-game goal/point streak from Dec. 2-7 (4-1=5 totals).
  • Recorded his 200th NHL point with a goal Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • 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).

    10—Brandon Bochenski—RW
  • Has scored three goals in his first two 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.
  • 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: 0/2 (0/1 with Chicago; 0/1 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 three games, recorded Feb. 3 at Carolina and Feb. 8 vs. Carolina.
  • Has 1-5=6 totals in his last 13 games.
  • 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
  • Did not dress Feb. 8 vs. Carolina.
  • 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
  • Returned to the lineup Feb. 8 vs. Carolina after missing two games with facial injuries suffered Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo.
  • Has 2-1=3 totals in his last seven games with a goal Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh, an assist Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers and a goal Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo…Also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win over Buffalo on Jan. 15.
  • 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: 4/7 (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 four of the last seven games and did not dress Feb. 8 vs. Carolina.
  • 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: 0/1.
  • 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).

    20—Wayne Primeau—C
  • Has played the last seven games after missing three games with an injury suffered Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • His last points came in 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.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Jan. 15-20).

    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 three 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 four 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: 0/3.

    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 one game to injury (1-groin, Feb. 6).

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Had his two-game win streak stopped with a 5-2 loss to Carolina on Feb. 8…That followed a 4-3 overtime win in Carolina on Feb. 3 and a 3-2 shootout victory in Washington on Feb. 6…Has played in the last seven straight games (2-4-0, one no decision in a relief appearance).
  • Is 8-9-1 in his last 18 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: 5-2 (5 goals/26 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
  • Has 1-5=6 totals in his last seven 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 13 games with 4-13=18 totals in his last 22 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.
  • 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-middle body, Jan. 6-9).

    37—Patrice Bergeron—C
  • Has 2-1=3 totals in his last six games…Had single goals each Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers while playing in his 200th NHL game and Feb. 6 in Washington; and an assist Feb. 8 vs. Carolina…Also scored a shootout goal Feb. 6 in Washington during that span.
  • Has 10-15=25 totals in his last 28 games.
  • 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: 3/8 (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 ten 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 three 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 four 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 eight 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 28 games.

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
  • ROOKIE.
  • Has 2-1=3 totals in his last ten games, recording his first NHL two-goal game Jan. 17 in Buffalo and adding an assist Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh…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 14 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: 3/3…Has scored the deciding goal in each of the three shootouts in which he has participated, including the lone goal in 14 attempts by both teams in the 4-3 win vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 30.
  • 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
  • Had his four-game assist/point streak stopped Feb. 8 vs. Carolina with six assists in that span…Recorded single assists each Jan. 30 in Buffalo and Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo; and had two assists each Feb. 3 in Carolina, including one on the overtime score, and Feb. 6 in Washington.
  • Has 4-11=15 totals in his last 13 games with 7-16=23 totals in his last 19 games and 12-25=37 totals in his last 27 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: 1/4.
  • 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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