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BOSTON BRUINS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Air Canada Centre; Toronto ONT

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


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Maple Leafs tonight in the fourth of eight games between these teams this season and the second of four games of this season’s series at Air Canada Centre. The Bruins are 10-9-2 thus far this season and are 4-4-1 thus far on the road. The Maple Leafs are 13-8-4 thus far this season with a 6-5-2 record on home ice. The Bruins are 4-3-1 thus far this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 8-9-1 thus far this season against Eastern Conference opponents. The Maple Leafs are 5-5-2 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 11-7-4 against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 259-248-98-3 lifetime vs. the Maple Leafs with Toronto holding a 1820-1769 scoring edge in those 607 games. On the road, the Bruins are 94-157-51-2 lifetime in Toronto with the Maple Leafs having a 1019-786 scoring advantage in those 304 contests. The Bruins are 2-1-0 vs. Toronto in this season’s series thus far with Toronto winning a 6-4 decision in Boston on Nov. 9, the Bruins taking the rematch by a 2-1 overtime score in Boston on Nov. 16 and Boston winning the last game by a 3-1 score in Toronto on Nov. 25. This is the fourth of four games between these teams in a 20-day span. The remaining games of this season’s series are Dec. 7 in Boston, Jan. 1 in Toronto, Jan. 4 in Boston and Feb. 20 in Toronto.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won two of their last three games with a 4-3 shootout win in Pittsburgh on Nov. 22, a 5-1 loss to Carolina on Nov. 24 and a 3-1 victory in Toronto on Nov. 25. They have won six of their last eight games and are 8-4-1 in their last 13 games overall. The Bruins have won their last three straight road games.

Recent Maple Leafs Games
The Maple Leafs have lost four of their last six games at 2-3-1 with a 2-1 overtime loss in Boston on Nov. 16, a 2-1 loss to New Jersey on Nov. 18, a 4-2 win vs. NY Islanders on Nov. 20, a 7-4 setback in Buffalo on Nov. 22, a 7-1 win in Washington on Nov. 24 and a 3-1 loss to Boston on Nov. 25. They are 9-4-1 in their last 14 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next return home to host Tampa Bay on Nov. 30 (7:00 p.m.; NESN and WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Maple Leafs Games
The Maple Leafs will next face the Thrashers in Atlanta on Nov. 30.

Bruins Injuries
Brian Finley: Groin injury; out indefinitely.

Bruins November Transactions
Nov. 7: Hannu Toivonen and Mark Stuart assigned to Providence/AHL; Brian Finley recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 11: Petr Tenkrat recalled from Providence/AHL; Jeff Hoggan and Wade Brookbank assigned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 12: Brian Finley returned to Providence/AHL; Mike Brown recalled from Long Beach/ECHL.
Nov. 13: Brian Finley recalled from Providence/AHL; Matt Lashoff returned to Providence/AHL; Yan Stastny and Mike Brown assigned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 13: Acquired Stanislav Chistov from Anaheim Ducks for the conditional draft pick received from Phoenix in the June 26, 2006 Paul Mara-Nick Boynton trade (Phoenix’s third round pick in either the 2007 or 2008 NHL Entry Draft).
Nov. 14: Acquired Philippe Sauve from Phoenix Coyotes for Tyler Redenbach; Assigned Sauve to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 16: Recalled Yan Stastny from Providence/AHL and returned him to Providence following the game.
Nov. 20: Recalled Mark Stuart from Providence/AHL and returned him to Providence following the morning skate.
Nov. 21: Recalled Mark Stuart from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 22: Recalled Yan Stastny from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 23: Returned Yan Stastny to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 24: Recalled Philippe Sauve from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 26: Recalled Hannu Toivonen from Providence/AHL and returned Philippe Sauve to 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

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Wayne Primeau is two assists shy of his 100th NHL assist milestone.
  • Shean Donovan is one point shy of his 200th NHL point milestone.
  • Patrice Bergeron factored into the game-winning goals in all four games of Boston’s recent four-game win streak – Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa (regulation), Nov. 15 in Washington (shootout) and Nov. 16 vs. Toronto (overtime)…Glen Murray had the other game-winner with the overtime score Nov. 18 vs. Washington with Bergeron assisting on that goal.
  • Tim Thomas was named 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.
  • The Bruins have two players on the NHL All-Star ballot for the game to be played Jan. 24 in Dallas – Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron.

    The Players

    6—Brad Stuart—D
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in his last eight games with an assist Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa, a goal Nov. 15 in Washington and an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida.
  • Has missed five games to injury (5-finger, Oct. 26-Nov. 6).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 1-2=3 totals with 8 PIM in 12 games.

    11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
  • Has 5-5=10 totals in his last 13 games…Recorded 1-1=2 totals each Oct. 28 vs. Ottawa, Nov. 2 vs. Buffalo and Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay; a goal Nov. 9 vs. Toronto; two assists Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa; and a goal Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • Has four 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.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 3-12=15 totals with 6 PIM in 3 games.

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in his six games as a Bruin with an assist Nov. 15 in Washington, a goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh and an assist Nov. 25 in Toronto.
  • 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.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 0-3=3 totals with 0 PIM in 4 games.

    16—Marco Sturm—LW
  • Has 1-2=3 totals in his last six games with an assist on the overtime score Nov. 16 vs. Toronto, a goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh and an assist Nov. 25 in Toronto…Also scored the deciding goal in the 4-3 shootout win in Pittsburgh on Nov. 22.
  • Has one multiple-point game.
  • 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: 2/3 (deciding goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh).
  • Has missed four games to injury (4-leg, Oct. 19-28).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 4-6=10 totals with 14 PIM in 16 games.

    17—Petr Tenkrat—RW
  • Scored a goal Nov. 25 in Toronto.
  • 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 Nashville.
  • 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.
  • Has not dressed for two games (coach’s decision).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 1-1=2 totals with 2 PIM in 6 games.

    18—Mark Mowers—C
  • His last point was an assist Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa.
  • 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).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 0-0=0 totals with 0 PIM in 5 games.

    20—Wayne Primeau—C
  • Is two assists shy of his 100th NHL assists milestone.
  • His last point was a goal Nov. 9 vs. Toronto.
  • Scored goals in each of his first two games, Oct. 6 in Florida and Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 3-4=7 totals with 28 PIM in 27 games.

    21—Nathan Dempsey—D
  • Has not dressed for the last two games.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 in Florida…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Has not dressed for four games (coach’s decision).
  • Changed his sweater number from 29 to 21 on November 2.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 1-0=1 totals with 2 PIM in 3 games…Was drafted by Toronto as their 12th pick, 245th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and played his first eight pro seasons in the Maple Leafs organization from 1994-2002.

    22—Shean Donovan—RW
  • Is one point shy of his 200th NHL points milestone.
  • Played his 700th NHL game Oct. 7 in Tampa Bay.
  • 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.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 4-1=5 totals with 15 PIM in 32 games.

    23—Paul Mara—D
  • Has 0-8=8 totals in his last 11 games…Had two-assist efforts each Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay, including one on the overtime goal, and Nov. 6 in Atlanta; and single assists each Nov. 9 vs. Toronto, Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa, Nov. 16 vs. Toronto and Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh.
  • Has two 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.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 3-6=9 totals with 27 PIM in 12 games.

    25—Jason York—D
  • Returned to the lineup Nov. 25 in Toronto after missing ten games with a knee injury.
  • Recorded his first point of the season and first as a Bruin with an assist Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.
  • 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 ten games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 0-8=8 totals with 26 PIM in 30 games.

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • Has 2-6=8 totals in his last ten games with a 1-1=2 effort including a shorthanded goal Nov. 6 in Atlanta; two assists each Nov. 9 vs. Toronto and Nov. 16 vs. Toronto; an assist Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh; and a goal Nov. 25 in Toronto.
  • Has four multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 7-12 (1-3=4 totals).
  • Played his 100th NHL game Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 2-7=9 totals with 4 PIM in 11 games…Was drafted by Toronto as their first pick, 24th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and played his first pro season in the Maple Leafs organization.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Has 3-2=5 totals in two of his last five games with 5-3=8 totals in four of his last seven games…Scored two goals, including his 300th NHL goal, Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa; an assist Nov. 15 in Washington; a 1-2=3 effort, including the overtime goal, Nov. 18 vs. Washington; and two goals Nov. 20 vs. Florida.
  • Has 7-5=12 totals in his last 12 games with 10-8=18 totals in his last 18 contests.
  • Has six multiple-point games with his season-highs 1-2=3 efforts each Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay and Nov. 18 vs. Washington.
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/1.
  • Played his 900th NHL game Nov. 9 vs. Toronto…Scored his 300th NHL goal with the second of two goals Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa.
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 11-9=20 totals with 24 PIM in 39 games.

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Won his last start with a 3-1 victory in Toronto on Nov. 25.
  • Won his second shootout game of the season with a 4-3 victory in Pittsburgh on Nov. 22…Allowed two goals in 45 minutes in relief of an injured Brian Finley before stopping all three Pittsburgh shootout shots.
  • Is 8-2-1 in his last 12 decisions.
  • Has played in the last 15 straight games…His longest career consecutive games played stretch is 18 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: 2-2 (4 goals/13 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.
  • Has dressed as backup for four games.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 3-0-1 with a 2.67 GAA in 5 games.

    33—Zdeno Chara—D
  • Has 2-3=5 totals in four of his last five games…Had a goal Nov. 18 vs. Washington; an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida; a goal Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh; and two assists Nov. 25 in Toronto.
  • Has 5-5=10 totals in his last 14 games.
  • Has three multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-11 (0-5=5 totals).
  • Had a three-game point streak from Nov. 18-22 (2-1=3 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.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 3-6=9 totals with 47 PIM in 37 games.

    37—Patrice Bergeron—C
  • Has a six-game point streak in progress with 2-6=8 totals in that span…Scored the overtime goal Nov. 16 vs. Toronto; an assist on the overtime goal Nov. 18 vs. Washington; an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida; two assists Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh; a goal Nov. 24 vs. Carolina; and two assists Nov. 25 in Toronto.
  • Has 5-10=15 totals in 11 of his last 12 games…Also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win in Washington on Nov. 15, but shootout goals do not count toward a streak.
  • Has five multiple-point games.
  • Had a three-game assist/point streak from Oct. 19-26 (0-4=4 totals).
  • Had a five-game point streak from Nov. 2-11 (3-4=7 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: 2/4 (deciding goal Nov. 15 in Washington).
  • Was named an Assistant Captain of the team on Oct. 3, 2006.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 3-10=13 totals with 2 PIM in 14 games.

    41—Andrew Alberts—D
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-shoulder, Oct. 21-28).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 0-1=1 totals with 11 PIM in 11 games.

    45—Mark Stuart—D
  • ROOKIE.
  • Played his first Boston game of the season Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh…Began the season in Boston, but did not play in the first 12 games due to off-season knee surgery.
  • Recalled Nov. 21 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on Nov. 7…Had 1-3=4 totals in four AHL Bruins games.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 0-0=0 totals with 4 PIM in 3 games.

    54—Hannu Toivonen—G
  • Recalled Nov. 26 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on Nov. 7…Went 1-4-0 with a 3.33 GAA in five AHL Bruins games.
  • His last Boston game was Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay with no decision as he allowed five goals in 40 minutes before being relieved by Tim Thomas in a 6-5 overtime win.
  • His last Boston win was a 3-2 victory over Calgary on Oct. 19.
  • Has dressed as backup for five games.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 2-1-0 with a 1.34 GAA in three games.

    60—Brian Finley—G
  • Is out indefinitely with a groin strain suffered Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh.
  • Made his first start of the season Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh after dressing as backup for the previous five games…Allowed one goal in 20 minutes before suffering the injury and did not earn a decision.
  • Recalled from Providence/AHL on Nov. 13 where he had been re-assigned on Nov. 12…Was 6-3-0 with a 3.06 GAA in nine AHL Bruins games…This is his second recall to Boston (Nov. 7-12).
  • Took the 6-4 loss to Toronto on Nov. 9, allowing two goals (one empty net) in 39 minutes in relief of Tim Thomas…It was his first game as a Bruin.
  • Has dressed as backup for five games.
  • Has missed two games to injury (2-groin, Nov. 24-25).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 0-1-0 with a 3.08 GAA in 1 game.

    68—Milan Jurcina—D
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-elbow, Oct. 6-11).
  • Has not dressed for six games (coach’s decision).
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 0-0=0 totals with 10 PIM in 7 games.

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
  • ROOKIE.
  • Has scored single goals in two of his last seven games, Nov. 15 in Washington and Nov. 16 vs. Toronto.
  • 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.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 1-1=2 totals with 0 PIM in three games.

    91—Marc Savard—C
  • Has a five-game point streak in progress with 1-6=7 totals in that span…Had two assists Nov. 18 vs. Washington; an assist Nov. 20 vs. Florida; two assists Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh; an assist Nov. 24 vs. Carolina; and a goal Nov. 25 in Toronto.
  • Has 5-16=21 totals in 12 of his last 13 games with 6-20=26 totals in his last 19 contests.
  • Has six 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 seven-game point streak from Oct. 28-Nov. 15 (4-10=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: 0/1.
  • 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.
  • Lifetime vs. Toronto: 6-9=15 totals with 40 PIM in 23 games.
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