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Game Day Notes: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS

Monday, October 22, 2007
Bell Centre; Montreal QBC
Game Time:  7:30 p.m.
Versus and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Canadiens tonight in the first of eight games between these teams this season and the first of four games of this season's series at the Bell Centre. The Bruins are 5-2-0 and are 3-2-0 this season on the road. The Canadiens are 3-2-2 overall this season with a 1-1-1 record on home ice. The Bruins are playing their first game against a Northeast Division team tonight and they are 2-0-0 vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Canadiens are 1-1-1 vs. Northeast Division teams and are 3-2-2 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 257-323-103-2 all-time vs. Montreal with the Canadiens holding a 2,071-1,814 scoring advantage in those 685 games. The Bruins are 99-196-47-0 all-time vs. the Canadiens on the road with Montreal having a 1,145-805 scoring edge in those 342 contests. The Bruins have lost their last three games vs. the Canadiens (two of those games by shutout) with their last win over the Canadiens a 3-1 victory in Boston on Mar. 3, 2007. The Bruins have lost their last three games in Montreal (two by shutout) with their last win in Montreal a 6-5 victory on Dec. 4, 2006.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won their last four games with an 8-6 win in Los Angeles on Oct. 12, a 2-1 victory in San Jose on Oct. 13, a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay on Oct. 18 and a 1-0 shootout victory over the NY Rangers on Oct. 20. They are 5-2-0 on the season, opening the year with a five-game road trip (3-2-0) before playing their home opener Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.

Recent Canadiens Games
The Canadiens snapped their three-game losing streak at 0-2-1 with a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Oct. 20. That followed a 3-1 setback to Carolina on Oct. 13, a 2-1 shootout loss to Florida on Oct. 16 and a 4-3 loss in Ottawa on Oct. 18.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next return home to host the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 25 (7:00 p.m., NESN and WBZ Radio) and the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 27 (7:00 p.m., NESN and WBZ Radio).
 
Upcoming Canadiens Games
The Canadiens next face a two-game road trip to Carolina on Oct. 26 and in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27.

Bruins Injuries
None reported.

Bruins October Transactions
Oct. 1:  Nate Thompson, Petteri Nokelainen and Matt Hunwick assigned to Providence/AHL.
Oct. 2:  Jeff Hoggan assigned to Providence/AHL).
Oct. 3:  Glen Metropolit signed as a free agent.
Oct. 17:  Brad Marchand signed to a contract.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (1-0):
1.  Oct. 10 … NY Rangers 0 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Manny Fernandez (W) … New York Goal:  Henrik Lundqvist (L)...Boston Shooters: Bergeron (N), Sturm (N), Kessel (Y) … New York Shooters:  Shanahan (N), Drury (N), Jagr (N)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots
The Bruins have not yet faced or taken a 2007-08 regular season penalty shot.

Bruins Fun Facts
- Tim Thomas has the top goals against average (1.26) and save percentage (.962) among all NHL goaltenders this season.
- October Birthdays:  Phil Kessel turned 20 on Oct. 2.
- Manny Fernandez is four games shy of his 300th NHL game milestone.
- The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games this season and have completed two of these sets.
- They are 1-1-0 this season in the first game of these series and are 2-0-0 in the second game of these sets.
- The Bruins have two rookies on their 23-man roster this season – David Krejci and Milan Lucic…Krejci played six NHL games last season while Lucic played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas in this season's opener.
- The Bruins have five players on their roster this season that are new to the team – Manny Fernandez (trade with Minnesota), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa) and Shawn Thornton (free agent). That is in addition to new coach Claude Julien and new assistant coaches Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward.
- The Bruins opened this season with a five-game trip against Pacific Division teams, which concluded Oct. 13 in San Jose. That was the last game of the season scheduled for the Bruins outside of the Eastern Time zone.
- The Bruins will host the Central Division teams this season and will not play teams in the Northwest Division.
- The Bruins have completed five of their 24 seasons series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 0-1-0 vs. Dallas, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix and 1-0-0 vs. San Jose.

Hockey Fights Cancer
The NHL is celebrating the 10th Anniversary this season of the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. All NHL players will wear pink Hockey Fights Cancer decals on the back of their helmets for all games throughout the entire month of October.

The Players
6—Dennis Wideman—D
- Has played the last six games after not dressing for the season opener.
- Has not dressed for one game this season (coach's decision).

10—Brandon Bochenski—RW
- Is looking to play his first game of the season.
- Dressed, but did not play Oct. 10 in Anaheim.
- Has not dressed for six games this season (coach's decision).

11—P. J. Axelsson—LW
- Has two assists in his last six games, assisting on the shorthanded game-winning goal Oct. 6 in Phoenix and adding an assist Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
- Has 3-1-4 totals in four of his last six games… Scored the shorthanded game-winning goal Oct. 6 in Phoenix; added single tallies Oct. 10 in Anaheim and Oct. 12 in Los Angeles; and had an assist Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0-3 totals).

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Has one assist in seven games this season, recording his first point as a Bruin with an assist Oct. 10 in Anaheim.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist Oct. 10 in Anaheim.
- Signed as a free agent on Oct. 3…had been invited to training camp on a pro try-out agreement.

16—Marco Sturm—LW
- Has 2-2-4 totals in two of his last three games with two assists Oct. 13 in San Jose and two goals Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
- Has 3-2-5 totals in his last six games.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).

21—Andrew Ference—D
- Recorded his first points of the season with a two-assist effort Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
- Has one multiple-point game.

22—Shawn Thornton—RW
- Scoreless in seven games this season.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.

27—Glen Murray—RW
- Had his three-game point streak stopped Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers with 1-3-4 totals in that span…Had a 1-1-2 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles and single assists each Oct. 13 in San Jose and Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
- Has one multiple-point game.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Has won his last two starts with a 2-1 victory in San Jose on Oct. 13 (27 shots) and a 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Oct. 18 (36 shots).
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in three of his four games with a 2-1-0 record in those games.
- Has dressed as backup for three games.

33—Zdeno Chara—D
- Had his three-game assist streak stopped Oct. 13 in San Jose with four assists in that span…had single assists each Oct. 6 in Phoenix and Oct. 10 in Anaheim and had two assists Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
- Has one multiple-point game.

35—Manny Fernandez—G
- Has won his last two starts with an 8-6 victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 12 and a 1-0 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Oct. 20, his 14th career shutout.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas with a 4-1 loss…Earned his first win as a Bruin with an 8-6 victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 12.
- Has dressed as backup for four games.

37—Patrice Bergeron—C
- Had his three-game point streak stopped Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers with 1-4-5 totals in that span…had an assist Oct. 12 in Los Angeles, a 1-1-2 effort Oct. 13 in San Jose and two assists Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
- Has 3-4-7 totals in five of his seven games played this season.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has not dressed for the last six games.
- Played his lone game of the season Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has not dressed for six games (coach's decision).

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Scoreless in seven games this season.

44—Aaron Ward—D
- Has goals in two of his last four games, scoring his first goal of the season Oct. 12 in Los Angeles and netting the game-winner at 19:48 of the third period Oct. 13 in San Jose.

45—Mark Stuart—D
- Scored his first goal of the season Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay…It was his first goal scored since he scored his first career NHL goal on Apr. 10, 2006 vs. Washington.

46—David Krejci—C
- Rookie.
- Has three assists in two of his last six games…Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Oct. 6 in Phoenix and added two assists Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
- Has one multiple-point game.

53—Jeremy Reich—LW
- Has not dressed for the first seven games of the season (coach's decision).

62—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- Recorded his first NHL assist/point and goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner…Completed his 'Gordie Howe hat trick' with a fight in that game as well.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first NHL assist/point and goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner.

72—Peter Schaefer—LW
- Played his 500th NHL game Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers.
- Has 1-2-3 totals in two of his last four games…had two assists Oct. 12 in Los Angeles and scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas and recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist in that game…scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
- Scored the deciding shootout goal in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20…It was his fifth career shootout deciding goal.
- Scored his first career hat trick and recorded a career-high for points in a game with a 3-1-4 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
- Had recorded his first point of the season with an assist Oct. 6 in Phoenix.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (one deciding goal).

91—Marc Savard—C
- Has points in four of his six games played this season with 1-7-8 totals in that span…Had power play assists each Oct. 5 in Dallas and Oct. 6 in Phoenix; matched his career-highs for assists and points in a game with a 1-4-5 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles; and had an assist Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
- Has played the last four games after missing the Oct. 10 game in Anaheim with an injury…That snapped his consecutive games-played stretch at 166 games dating back to his previous game missed (April 3, 2004 at Montreal while with Atlanta), as he missed the final 17 games of the 2003-04 season with a knee strain.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Recorded his 500th NHL point with the first assist of a 1-4-5 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
- Has missed one game to injury (1-groin, Oct. 10).
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