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BOSTON BRUINS vs. OTTAWA SENATORS

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Scotiabank Place; Ottawa ONT

Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Senators tonight in the fourth of eight games between these teams this season and the second of four games of this season’s series at Scotiabank Place. The Bruins are 20-16-3 overall this season with an 8-8-2 record on the road. The Senators are 23-19-2 overall this season with a 10-10-1 record on home ice. The Bruins are 9-6-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 17-15-1 overall against Eastern Conference opponents. The Senators are 9-7-0 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 21-15-2 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 41-20-8-6 lifetime vs. Ottawa with a 252-198 scoring edge in those 75 games. On the road, the Bruins are 17-10-3-6 lifetime vs. the Senators with a 112-95 scoring advantage in those 36 contests. The Bruins have won the first three games of this season’s series with a 2-1 win in Boston on Oct. 28, a 4-3 victory in Boston on Nov. 11 and a 7-2 win in Ottawa on Dec. 19. The Bruins have taken points out of their last eight straight games vs. the Senators at 7-0-0-1 with their last loss to the Senators a 5-4 overtime setback in Ottawa on Apr. 11, 2006 and their last regulation loss to Ottawa a 4-2 setback in Ottawa on Nov. 26, 2005.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins snapped their three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia on Jan. 6. That followed a 5-0 loss in Nashville on Dec. 30, a 5-1 setback in Toronto on Jan. 1 and a 10-2 loss to Toronto on Jan. 4. They are 6-4-1 in their last 11 games, 11-7-1 in their last 19 games and 16-9-1 over their last 26 contests.

Recent Senators Games
The Senators are 2-1-1 in their last four games with a 3-2 overtime loss to Atlanta on Jan. 1, a 6-3 win vs. Buffalo on Jan. 3, a 3-2 setback to New Jersey on Jan. 6 and a 6-1 victory over Philadelphia on Jan. 7. The Senators are 6-3-1 in their last ten games and are 8-7-1 in their last 16 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins next return home to host the NY Islanders on Jan. 11 (7:00 p.m.; NESN). They will then travel to New York to face the Rangers on Jan. 13 (2:00 p.m.; NBC). Both games are broadcast on WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Senators Games
The Senators next travel to NY Rangers on Jan. 11 before returning home to host Montreal on Jan. 13, Washington on Jan. 16 and Vancouver on Jan. 18. In all, the Senators play ten home games during the month of January with three road contests during the month.

Bruins Injuries
Zdeno Chara: Middle body 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.

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.

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Zdeno Chara is one point shy of his 200th NHL point milestone.
  • Brad Stuart is three points short of his 200th NHL point mark.
  • Shean Donovan is two goals shy of his 100th NHL goal mark.
  • Glen Murray is four 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
  • His last point was an assist Dec. 26 in Columbus.
  • Has 5-3=8 totals in his last 16 games.
  • Had a three-game goal/point streak from Dec. 2-7 (4-1=5 totals).
  • Has missed five games to injury (5-finger, Oct. 26-Nov. 6).

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Has 1-3=4 totals in three of his last seven games played with a shorthanded goal Nov. 30 vs. Tampa Bay, two assists Dec. 29 in Chicago and an assist Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Has played the last six games after missing ten games to injury.
  • Has five 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
  • Has 2-1=3 totals in three of his last seven games with single goals each Dec. 23 vs. Montreal and Dec. 26 in Columbus; and 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.

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Has 5-4=9 totals in his last 11 games…Had an assist Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey; a goal Dec. 16 vs. Florida; his second career hat trick with three goals Dec. 19 in Ottawa; an assist Dec. 21 vs. Vancouver; a goal Dec. 23 vs. Montreal; and single assists each Dec. 29 in Chicago and Jan. 1 in Toronto.
  • 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).
  • Took an unsuccessful penalty shot on Washington’s Brent Johnson on Nov. 18…It was his third career penalty shot (no goals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 2/4 (deciding goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh).
  • 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 1-3=4 totals in three of his last six 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 an assist Jan. 4 vs. Toronto.
  • 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 three of his last six 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 4-7=11 totals in his last 17 games.
  • 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 six 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
  • Snapped a seven-game scoreless stretch with two assists Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia.
  • 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
  • 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 11 games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24; 1-knee, Nov. 28).

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • Has 2-5=7 totals in his last 11 games…Had a 1-2=3 effort Dec. 14 vs. New Jersey, which matched his career-high for points in a game; single assists each Dec. 16 vs. Florida, Dec. 19 in Ottawa and Dec. 23 vs. Montreal; and a goal Dec. 26 in Columbus.
  • Has 5-7=12 totals in his last 19 games.
  • 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: 0/2.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Has 6-3=9 totals in seven of his last ten games…Scored two goals Dec. 16 vs. Florida which included his 600th NHL point; a 1-1=2 effort Dec. 19 in Ottawa; a goal Dec. 21 vs. Vancouver; single assists each Dec. 23 vs. Montreal (game-winning goal) and Dec. 26 in Columbus; and a goal Dec. 29 in Chicago.
  • 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: 0/2.
  • 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
  • Earned the 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 6 after dropping his previous two decisions.
  • Is 5-2-1 in his last eight starts, 11-5-1 in his last 17 starts and is 18-8-2 in his last 28 decisions.
  • Recorded his second career shutout with a 2-0 win vs. Vancouver on Dec. 21 (39 saves).
  • 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: 3-2 (4 goals/20 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 six games.

    32—Jeff Hoggan—LW
  • Has missed the last four games with an upper body injury suffered Dec. 29 in Chicago.
  • 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.
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-upper body, Dec. 30-Jan. 6).

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Has missed one game with a mild middle body injury.
  • Has 2-4=6 totals in six of his last nine games…Had single assists each Dec. 16 vs. Florida, Dec. 19 in Ottawa (game-winning goal) and Dec. 21 vs. Vancouver; a goal Dec. 23 vs. Montreal; an assist Dec. 26 in Columbus; and a goal Jan. 1 in Toronto.
  • Has three 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 one game to injury (1-middle body, Jan. 6).

    37—Patrice Bergeron—C
  • Had 1-1=2 totals, including an assist on the game-winning goal, Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia…Had been held scoreless in his previous three games, his longest such drought since Feb. 4-8, 2006.
  • Has 7-12=19 totals in his last 14 games with 9-22=31 totals in his last 24 games and 12-26=38 totals in his last 30 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: 2/5 (deciding goal Nov. 15 in Washington).
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.

    41—Andrew Alberts—D
  • Has single assists each in three of his last seven games, recorded Dec. 23 vs. Montreal, Dec. 26 in Columbus and Jan. 4 vs. Toronto.
  • Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 16 vs. Florida.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28).

    49—Matt Lashoff—D
  • ROOKIE.
  • Had an assist Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia after being recalled earlier that day from Providence/AHL for his second stint of the season in Boston…Had 6-11=17 totals with 30 PIM and 4 power play goals in 28 AHL Bruins games.
  • Had one assist in seven games during his first Boston stint from Oct. 25-Nov. 13.
  • Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo.

    50—Jonathan Sigalet—D
  • ROOKIE.
  • Is looking to play his first NHL game.
  • Recalled Jan. 8 from Providence/AHL where he had 8-8=16 totals with 30 PIM in 35 AHL Bruins games.

    54—Hannu Toivonen—G
  • Has dressed as backup for his last two games in Boston.
  • Took the 5-0 loss in Nashville Dec. 30 in his first start since Dec. 12…Had dressed as backup for the previous seven games.
  • 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.
  • Has dressed as backup for 19 games.

    68—Milan Jurcina—D
  • Has single goals each in two of his last seven games, scored Dec. 23 vs. Montreal (game-winning goal) and 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.
  • Recalled Jan. 7 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on Jan. 5…Had one goal and two PIM in two AHL Bruins games.
  • Had been assigned to Providence for conditioning purposes after missing the previous 11 games following Dec. 11 cancer surgery.
  • 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 3-4=7 totals in three of his last five games…Had a 1-1=2 effort Dec. 29 in Chicago; an assist Jan. 1 in Toronto; and a 2-2=4 effort Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia…Has factored into each of Boston’s last four goals.
  • Has 8-13=21 totals in ten of his last 13 games with 9-23=32 totals in his last 23 games and 13-33=46 totals in his last 31 contests.
  • Has 13 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: 0/2.
  • 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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