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BOSTON BRUINS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

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 Penguins tonight in the second of four games between these teams this season and the first of two games of this season’s series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 21-19-4 overall this season with a 13-8-2 record on home ice. The Penguins are 20-17-7 overall this season with a 9-9-3 record on the road. The Bruins are 3-3-1 this season vs. Atlantic Division teams and are 18-18-2 overall against Eastern Conference opponents. The Penguins are 2-3-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 18-14-6 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 94-47-21-1 lifetime vs. Pittsburgh with a 653-507 scoring edge in those 163 games. On home ice, the Bruins are 58-16-6-0 lifetime vs. the Penguins with a 354-224 scoring advantage in those 80 contests. The Bruins have taken points out of their last nine games vs. the Penguins at 8-0-0-1 with their lone non-win in that span a 3-2 overtime loss in Pittsburgh on Nov. 1, 2003. Their last regulation loss to the Penguins was a 5-2 setback in Boston on Feb. 8, 2003. The Bruins won the first game of this season’s series with a 4-3 shootout victory in Pittsburgh on Nov. 22 with Marco Sturm scoring the deciding shootout goal.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins are 1-3-1 in their last five games with a 5-2 setback in Ottawa on Jan. 9, 5-4 shootout loss vs. NY Islanders on Jan. 11, 3-1 loss at NY Rangers on Jan. 13, 3-2 shootout win over Buffalo on Jan. 15 and a 6-3 setback in Buffalo on Jan. 17. They are 2-6-1 in their last nine games, are 12-10-2 in their last 24 games and 17-12-2 over their last 31 contests.

Recent Penguins Games
The Penguins have won their last two games with a 5-3 victory in Philadelphia on Jan. 13 and a 5-2 win vs. NY Islanders on Jan. 16. They are 2-2-1 in their last five games and are 5-6-2 in their last 13 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins next host Ottawa on Jan. 20 (7:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio) prior to the NHL’s All-Star break. They will return from the break to play in Ottawa on Jan. 27 (7:00 p.m.; NESN & WBZ Radio) and will host the NY Rangers on Jan. 29 (7:00 p.m.; VERSUS & WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Penguins Games
The Penguins will conclude their pre-All-Star break schedule hosting Toronto on Jan. 20 and will return from the break to a two-game road trip, playing in Dallas on Jan. 26 and in Phoenix on Jan. 27.

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

Bruins January Transactions
Jan. 2: Hannu Toivonen returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 2: Philippe Sauve recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 5: Phil Kessel assigned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 6: Philippe Sauve returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 6: Hannu Toivonen and Matt Lashoff recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 7: Hannu Toivonen and Yan Stastny returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 7: Philippe Sauve and Phil Kessel recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 8: Philippe Sauve returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 8: Hannu Toivonen and Jonathan Sigalet recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 10: Jonathan Sigalet returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 16: Matt Lashoff returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 16: Bobby Allen recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 16: Yan Stastny traded to St. Louis for 2007 fifth round draft pick.

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 StuartD
  • Has assists in two of his last three 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 six games with an assist Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia, two assists Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders and a goal Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • 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 16 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 11 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 missed one game with a shoulder injury suffered Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo.
  • 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.
  • Has missed one game to injury (1-shoulder, Jan. 15).

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • His last point was 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 four 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 15 games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24; 1-knee, Nov. 28; 4-knee, Jan. 11-17).

    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 2-2=4 totals in his last six games with a goal Jan. 6 vs. Philadelphia; single assists each Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo; and a goal Jan. 17 in Buffalo.
  • Has 7-5=12 totals in his last 15 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
  • Has split his last two starts with a 3-2 shootout win over Buffalo on Jan. 15 and a 6-3 loss in Buffalo on Jan. 17.
  • Is 6-5-1 in his last 12 starts, 12-8-1 in his last 21 starts and is 19-11-2 in his last 32 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 three of the last four games.
  • 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 four-game point streak in progress with 1-5=6 totals in that span…Had a 1-1=2 effort Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders; single assists each Jan. 13 at NY Rangers and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo; and two assists Jan. 17 in Buffalo.
  • Has 3-9=12 totals in his last 13 games.
  • Has five 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 six 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 19 games with 10-23=33 totals in his last 29 games and 13-27=39 totals in his last 35 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
  • 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.

    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 three 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 23 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.
  • Recorded his first NHL two-goal game Jan. 17 in Buffalo.
  • Has played the last five 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.
  • 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 four-game point streak in progress with 3-4=7 totals in that span…Had a 1-2=3 effort Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders; single goals each Jan. 13 at NY Rangers and Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo; and two assists Jan. 17 in Buffalo.
  • Has 6-8=14 totals in his last ten games with 11-17=28 totals in his last 18 contests and 12-27=39 totals in his last 28 games.
  • Has 15 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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