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BOSTON BRUINS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

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

Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Maple Leafs tonight in the eighth and final game between these teams this season and the fourth and final game of this season’s series at Air Canada Centre. The Bruins are 28-26-4 overall this season with a 12-14-2 record on the road. The Maple Leafs are 29-22-8 overall this season with a 12-12-5 record on home ice. The Bruins are 11-12-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 24-25-2 overall against Eastern Conference opponents. The Maple Leafs are 10-8-4 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and are 24-17-8 overall against Eastern Conference foes.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 261-250-98-3 lifetime vs. Toronto with the Maple Leafs holding an 1837-1779 scoring edge in those 612 games. On the road, the Bruins are 95-158-51-2 lifetime vs. the Maple Leafs with the Toronto holding a 1025-791 scoring edge in those 306 contests. The Bruins are 4-3-0 vs. the Maple Leafs in this season’s series with a 6-4 loss in Boston on Nov. 9, a 2-1 win in Boston on Nov. 16, a 3-1 win in Toronto on Nov. 25, a 4-1 victory in Toronto on Nov. 28, a 3-1 win in Boston on Dec. 7, a 5-1 loss in Toronto on Jan. 1 and a 10-2 setback in Boston on Jan. 4.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won four of their last five games with a 4-3 shootout win vs. NY Islanders on Feb. 10, a 3-0 victory over Edmonton on Feb. 13, a 4-1 loss at NY Islanders on Feb. 15, a 4-3 shootout win in Buffalo on Feb. 17 and a 6-3 win in Philadelphia on Feb. 19. The Bruins have won six of their last eight games and are 8-8-0 in their last 16 games with six of their eight wins in that span coming in overtime or shootout. The 3-0 victory over Edmonton was their first in regulation since a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 6 and was their first by more than one goal since a 5-3 victory in Chicago on Dec. 29. The Bruins are 2-1-0 on their current six-game road trip.

Recent Maple Leafs Games
The Maple Leafs have won their last two games with a 4-2 win in Philadelphia on Feb. 15 and a 4-3 victory vs. Edmonton on Feb. 17. They have taken points out of their last four games at 2-0-2 and from nine of their last ten games at 7-1-2 with their lone regulation loss in that span an 8-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Jan. 20.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins conclude their current six-game road trip at Tampa Bay on Feb. 23 (8:00 p.m.) and in Florida on Feb. 24 (7:30 p.m.). All games are broadcast on both NESN and WBZ Radio. They will next return home to host Atlanta on Feb. 26 (7:00 p.m., Versus & WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Maple Leafs Games
The Maple Leafs next face a three-game road trip, playing at NY Islanders on Feb. 22, in Philadelphia on Feb. 24 and in Montreal on Feb. 26.

Bruins Injuries
Patrice Bergeron: Day-to-day, lower body injury.
Chuck Kobasew: Indefinite, elbow injury.

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.
Feb. 13: Mark Stuart recalled from Providence/AHL.

Bruins 2006-07 Shootouts
The Bruins are 8-3 this season in shootouts:
  • Oct. 12, 2006 – Boston 2 at St. Louis 3 – Deciding Goal: Stempniak
  • Nov. 2, 2006 – Buffalo 5 at Boston 4 – Deciding Goal: Kotalik
  • Nov. 15, 2006 – Boston 3 at Washington 2 – Deciding Goal: Bergeron
  • Nov. 22, 2006 – Boston 4 at Pittsburgh 3 – Deciding Goal: Sturm
  • Nov. 30, 2006 – Tampa Bay 3 at Boston 4 – Deciding Goal: Kessel
  • Jan. 11, 2007 – NY Islanders 5 at Boston 4 – Deciding Goal: Blake
  • Jan. 15, 2007 – Buffalo 2 at Boston 3 – Deciding Goal: Sturm
  • Jan. 18, 2007 – Pittsburgh 4 at Boston 5 – Deciding Goal: Kessel
  • Feb. 6, 2007 – Boston 3 at Washington 2 – Deciding Goal: Kessel
  • Feb. 10, 2007 – NY Islanders 3 at Boston 4 – Deciding Goal: Chara
  • Feb. 17, 2007 – Boston 4 at Buffalo 3 – Deciding Goal: Tenkrat

    Bruins Fun Facts
  • Andrew Ference is one point short of his 100th NHL point milestone.
  • Shean Donovan is one goal shy of his 100th NHL goal mark.
  • Brad Boyes is three points short of his 100th NHL point milestone.

    The Players

    10—Brandon Bochenski—RW
  • Has 5-2=7 totals in four of his seven games as a Bruin…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Feb. 6 in Washington in his first game with the team; a two-goal effort Feb. 8 vs. Carolina; a 1-2=3 night, which was a career-high for assists in a game, Feb. 13 vs. Edmonton; and a goal Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.
  • Has two multiple-point games.
  • 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.
  • Spent most of this season with Norfolk/AHL prior to coming to Boston 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: 0/4 (0/1 with Chicago; 0/3 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 1-3=4 totals in three of his last eight games with single assists each Feb. 3 at Carolina and Feb. 8 vs. Carolina and a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.
  • Has seven 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).

    12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
  • Is out indefinitely with a dislocated elbow suffered while with Calgary.
  • Acquired from Calgary with Andrew Ference for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau on Feb. 10…Had 4-13=17 totals in 40 Flames games at the time of the trade.
  • Drafted by Calgary as their first pick, 14th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft…Played one season of college hockey at Boston College, winning an NCAA championship with the Eagles in 2001.

    13—Stanislav Chistov—LW
  • Snapped a 17-game scoreless stretch with an assist Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.
  • 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 seven goals in his last seven games played with a single tally Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo, two goals each Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders and Feb. 13 vs. Edmonton, and single goals each Feb. 17 in Buffalo and Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.
  • Has 8-1=9 totals in his last 12 games and also scored the deciding shootout goal in the 3-2 win over Buffalo on Jan. 15 over that span.
  • Has four 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: 4/9 (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
  • Snapped a 15-game scoreless stretch with a two-goal effort, including the game-winning goal, Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.
  • Has played the last six games and also scored shootout goals Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders and Feb. 17 vs. Buffalo with the Buffalo goal the deciding tally.
  • 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: 2/3.
  • 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
  • Has played four games with Boston since he was acquired on Feb. 10 from Calgary with Chuck Kobasew for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.
  • Played his first game as a Bruin Feb. 13 vs. Edmonton.
  • 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 an 11-game scoreless stretch with a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 17 in Buffalo.
  • Has three 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 eight 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
  • Did not dress Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.
  • Snapped a 17-games played scoreless stretch (missed nine games in that span with a knee injury) with an assist Feb. 17 in Buffalo.
  • 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 not dressed for one game (coach’s decision).
  • Has missed 20 games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 4-24; 1-knee, Nov. 28; 9-knee, Jan. 11-30).

    26—Brad Boyes—C
  • Has 1-1=2 totals in his last seven games with a goal Feb. 3 in Carolina and an assist Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.
  • 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: 0/5.

    27—Glen Murray—RW
  • Has played the last three games with a goal Feb. 15 at NY Islanders after missing three of the previous four games to injury.
  • Has 5-2=7 totals in his last nine games played …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; two goals Feb. 3 in Carolina; and a goal Feb. 15 at NY Islanders.
  • 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).
  • Had a five-game point streak from Jan. 27-Feb. 3 (4-2=6 totals).
  • 2006-07 Shootout Stats: 0/4.
  • 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 three games to injury (3-groin, Feb. 6; Feb. 10-13).

    30—Tim Thomas—G
  • Has won four of his last five games with a 4-3 shootout win over NY Islanders on Feb. 10, a 3-0 win over Edmonton on Feb. 13(his third career shutout and second of the season), a 4-1 loss at NY Islanders on Feb. 15, a 4-3 shootout win in Buffalo on Feb. 17 and a 6-3 victory in Philadelphia on Feb. 19.
  • Has played in the last 12 straight games (6-5-0, one no decision in a relief appearance) and is 12-10-1 in his last 23 starts.
  • Has two shutouts on the season, his second and third career - a 2-0 win vs. Vancouver on Dec. 21 (39 saves) and a 3-0 win vs. Edmonton on Feb. 13 (32 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: 7-2 (7 goals/43 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 1-6=7 totals in his last 12 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 single assists each Feb. 6 in Washington and Feb. 17 in Buffalo.
  • 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: 1/2 (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 missed the last three games with a lower body injury.
  • Had his four-game point streak (2-4=6 totals) stopped when he missed the Feb. 15 game at NY Islanders with a lower body injury…Scored a goal Feb. 6 in Washington; an assist Feb. 8 vs. Carolina; a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders and two assists Feb. 13 vs. Edmonton…Also scored shootout goals Feb. 6 in Washington and Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders during that span.
  • Has 11-18=29 totals in his last 30 games.
  • Has 13 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.
  • Has missed three games to injury (3-lower body, Feb. 15-19).

    38—Bobby Allen—D
  • Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Feb. 17 in Buffalo.
  • Has played the last 15 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).

    45—Mark Stuart—D
  • Played Feb. 19 in Philadelphia after not dressing for the previous two games.
  • Recalled Feb. 10 from Providence/AHL for his second stint of the season in Boston.
  • Had one assist in seven Boston games during his first recall from Nov. 21-Dec. 10.
  • Had 4-9=13 totals in 32 AHL Bruins games at the time of the recall.

    53—Jeremy Reich—LW
  • Has played the last eight 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 nine 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.
  • 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 33 games.

    81—Phil Kessel—C/W
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  • Has four assists in his last six games with single assists each Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders and Feb. 15 at NY Islanders and a two-assist effort Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.
  • Has played the last 18 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: 3/5…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 a five-game assist/point streak in progress with 2-6=8 total in that span…Had single assists each Feb. 10 vs. NY Islanders, Feb. 13 vs. Edmonton and Feb. 15 at NY Islanders; a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 17 in Buffalo, with the goal coming shorthanded; and a 1-2=3 night Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.
  • Has 2-12=14 totals in nine of his last ten games with 6-17=23 totals in his last 18 games.
  • Has 20 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: 1/6.
  • 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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