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Pre-Game Notes: Boston Bruins @ Maple Leafs

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Air Canada Centre; Toronto ONT
Game Time:  7:00 p.m.
VERSUS and WBZ Radio

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

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 263-250-98-3 lifetime vs. Toronto with the Maple Leafs holding a 1,839-1,787 scoring edge in those 614 games. The Bruins are 96-158-51-2 lifetime vs. the Maple Leafs in Toronto with the Maple Leafs having a 1,025-794 scoring advantage in those 307 contests. The Bruins have won their last two games vs. Toronto with a 3-0 win on Feb. 20, 2007 in the last game played between theses teams in Toronto and a 5-2 victory in Boston on Nov. 15 in the first game of this season's series.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins had their two-game win streak stopped with a 7-4 loss in Montreal on Nov. 17. That followed a 2-1 win over Buffalo on Nov. 10 and a 5-2 win over Toronto on Nov. 15. They are 3-3-2 thus far in their current stretch of nine straight games vs. Northeast Division opponents which concludes tonight. The Bruins have not gone consecutive games this season without recording at least one point in the standings.

Recent Maple Leafs Games
The Maple Leafs have taken points out of four of their last five games at 2-1-2 with a 3-2 win in Montreal on Nov. 3, a 3-2 overtime loss to NY Rangers on Nov. 10, a 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal on Nov. 13, a 5-2 loss in Boston on Nov. 15 and a 3-0 win in Ottawa on Nov. 17.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next face a home-and-home series with the NY Islanders, hosting the Islanders on Nov. 23 (12:00 noon; NESN/WBZ Radio) and playing at New York on Nov. 24 (7:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio). The Bruins are playing game two tonight of a stretch that sees them play eight of nine and 11 of 13 games on the road (0-1-0 thus far).

Upcoming Maple Leafs Games
The Maple Leafs will next face a two-game road trip to Dallas on Nov. 23 and in Phoenix on Nov. 24. They will then return home to host Montreal on Nov. 27.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Ference:  Knee sprain suffered Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
Patrice Bergeron:      (IR) Concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
Manny Fernandez:  (IR) Left knee strain suffered Oct. 30 in practice.
Shawn Thornton:  (IR) Broken right foot suffered Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.

Bruins November Transactions
Nov. 4:  David Krejci assigned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 4:  Petteri Nokelainen recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 5:  Jordan Sigalet returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 5:  Tuukka Rask recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 9:  Matt Hunwick recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 9:  Matt Lashoff recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 11:  Matt Lashoff and Tuukka Rask returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 13:  Matt Hunwick returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 15:  Tuukka Rask recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 17:  Matt Hunwick recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 18:  Tuukka Rask returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 19:  Tuukka Rask recalled from Providence/AHL.

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)
2.  Nov. 4 … Ottawa 2 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Tim Thomas (L) … Ottawa Goal: Martin Gerber (W)
     Boston Shooters: Kobasew (N), Kessel (N) … Ottawa Shooters: Alfredsson (Y), Vermette (Y)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots
1.  Oct. 27 … Phil Kessel unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron (15:09 second period).
    
Bruins Fun Facts
- November Birthdays:  Glen Murray turned 35 on November 1 and Bobby Allen turned 29 on Nov. 14.

- Marco Sturm is two games short of his 700th NHL game milestone.
- Glen Metropolit is two games short of his 200th NHL game milestone.
- Manny Fernandez is three games shy of his 300th NHL game milestone.
- Shawn Thornton is eight games shy of his 100th NHL game milestone.

- The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games this season and have completed four of these sets so far.
- They are 1-2-1 this season in the first game of these series and are 2-1-1 in the second game of these sets thus far this season.

- The Bruins have four rookies on their current roster – Matt Hunwick, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen and Tuukka Rask.
- The Bruins have eight players on their current roster who are new to the Bruins this season – Manny Fernandez (trade with Minnesota), Matt Hunwick (draft), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Petteri Nokelainen (trade with NY Islanders), Tuukka Rask (trade with Toronto), 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 have completed six of their 24 seasons series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 1-0-0 vs. Chicago, 0-1-0 vs. Dallas, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix and 1-0-0 vs. San Jose.
- 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 Players

6—Dennis Wideman—D
- Has a three-game assist streak in progress with 0-3=3 totals in that span…Had single assists each Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo (game-winning goal), Nov. 15 vs. Toronto and Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has not dressed for one game this season (coach's decision).

10—Brandon Bochenski—RW
- Recorded his first two points of the season with two assists Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, including one on the game-winning goal.
- Has one multiple-point game, matching his previous career-high for assists in a game with a two-assist effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
- Had a two-game conditioning stint in Providence/AHL from Oct. 23-28 with one goal and no PIM in those contests.
- Dressed, but did not play Oct. 10 in Anaheim.
- Has not dressed for seven games this season (coach's decision).

11—P.J. Axelsson—LW
- Has two assists in his last five games, recorded Nov. 7 in Buffalo and Nov. 17 in Montreal.

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
- Has 4-1=5 totals in his last seven games…Had a two-goal effort Nov. 3 in Ottawa; a goal Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa; an assist Nov. 8 vs. Montreal; and the game-winning goal Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0=3 totals).
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Snapped a five-game scoreless stretch with a 1-1=2 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, with the goal proving the game-winner.
- Has 3-2=5 totals in his last ten games.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- 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…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
- 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 a four-game goal streak in progress (4-0=4 totals) and has points in eight of his last nine games with 6-3=9 totals in that span…Scored a goal Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia; a 1-1=2 effort, including the overtime score, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; single assists each Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa and Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa; and single goals each Nov. 8 vs. Montreal, Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo, Nov. 15 vs. Toronto and Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has 8-5=13 totals in his last 14 games.
- Has three multiple-point games.
- Had a four-game point streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 4 (2-3=5 totals).
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).

17—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- Has played the last five games after not dressing for the previous game.
- 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.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).
- Changed his number from 62 to 17 on October 30.

21—Andrew Ference—D
- Is out of the lineup with a knee sprain suffered Nov. 15 vs. Toronto…Had returned to the lineup in that game after missing the previous four games with an upper core injury.
- Has three assists in two of his last eight games with a two-assist effort Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay and an assist on the game-winning goal Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed five games to injury (4-upper core, Nov. 4-10; 1-knee, Nov. 17).

22—Shawn Thornton—RW
- Is out of the lineup with a broken foot suffered Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Scoreless in 13 games thus far this season.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has missed five games to injury (5-foot, Nov. 7-17).

27—Glen Murray—RW
- Has 2-2=4 totals in his last two straight games with an assist Nov. 15 vs. Toronto and a 2-1=3 effort Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has two multiple-point games with his season-high a 2-1=3 effort Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 12-18 (1-3=4 totals).

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Had his two-game win streak snapped with a 7-4 setback in Montreal on Nov. 17…That followed a 2-1 win vs. Buffalo on Nov. 10 and a 5-2 victory over Toronto on Nov. 15.
- Has started the last ten straight games (4-4-2) and is 6-4-2 in his last 12 contests.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in ten of his 14 games with a 5-4-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 11 of his 14 games this season (6-3-2 record).
- Had a three-game win streak from Oct. 13-25.
- Has dressed as backup for four games.

33—Zdeno Chara—D
- Has a three-game assist/point streak in progress with 1-3=4 totals in that span…Had single assists each Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo (game-winning goal) and Nov. 15 vs. Toronto and had a 1-1=2 effort Nov. 17 I Montreal, a game in which he also tallied 25 PIM.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with four assists in that span.
- Has two multiple-point games.

35—Manny Fernandez—G
- Is out of the lineup with a knee strain suffered Oct. 30 in practice.
- Had his two-game win streak stopped with a 6-1 loss in Montreal on Oct. 22…That followed 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.
- Recorded his 14th NHL shutout and first as a Bruin with a 1-0 shootout win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20.
- Has played in one shootout this season (1-0, 0 goals/3 shots).
- 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 six games.
- Has missed eight games to injury (8-knee, Nov. 1-17).

37—Patrice Bergeron—C
- Is out of the lineup with a concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
- 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 ten games played this season.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).
- Has missed eight games to injury (8-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-17).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Did not dress Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Had returned to the lineup Nov. 15 vs. Toronto after missing the Nov. 10 game vs. Buffalo with an injury.
- Has played four of the last five games after not dressing for the previous 11 contests.
- Has not dressed for 12 games (coach's decision).
- Has missed one game to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10).

40—Tuukka Rask—G
- Rookie.
- Is looking to play his first NHL game.
- Has dressed as backup for the last five games over three recalls to Boston from Providence/AHL (Nov. 5-11, Nov. 15-18; Nov. 19-present).
- Had a 7-2-0 record and 2.10 goals against average in nine AHL Bruins games this season.
- Has dressed as backup for five Boston games.

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Recorded his first point of the season with an assist Nov. 3 in Ottawa.

44—Aaron Ward—D
- Returned to the lineup Nov. 17 in Montreal after missing two games with an injury.
- Has three assists in two of his last eight games with a single assist Oct. 25 vs. Chicago and two assists, including one on the overtime goal, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed two games to injury (2-concussion, Nov. 10-15).

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.

48—Matt Hunwick—D
- Rookie.
- Recalled Nov. 17 from Providence/AHL for the second time this season (Nov. 9-13)…Had four assists with four PIM in 11 AHL Bruins games with a +10 rating in those contests.
- Played his first NHL game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo.

53—Jeremy Reich—LW
- Has played the last six games, including his first game of the season Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Has not dressed for 12 games this season (coach's decision).

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
- Rookie.
- Has played the last six games, including his first game as a Bruin Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa…That was his first NHL game since April 2, 2006 vs. Philadelphia while with the NY Islanders.
- Recalled Nov. 4 from Providence/AHL where he was third in that team's scoring race with 3-5=8 totals and 4 PIM in eight AHL Bruins games.
- He has two career NHL points, both coming in a 1-1=2 effort Oct. 13, 2005 in Washington while with the NY Islanders.

72—Peter Schaefer—LW
- Had a season-high 2-1=3 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto which matched his previous career-high for goals in a game and the assist came on the game-winning goal.
- Has 3-5=8 totals in his last 15 games.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Played his 500th NHL game Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers.
- 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
- Has 3-3=6 totals in his last ten games…Scored twice Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, including the game-winner; added a single tally Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; and single assists each Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa, Nov. 8 vs. Montreal and Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
- 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.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Took his first career penalty shot on Oct. 27, unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron.
- Has taken two shootout shots this season (one deciding goal).

91—Marc Savard—C
- Has a three-game assist/point streak in progress with 1-5=6 totals in that span…Had an assist Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo; a 1-1=2 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto with the goal coming just 0:19 into the game; and three assists Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has 3-8=11 totals in seven of his last nine games.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 3 (1-3=4 totals).
- Recorded his 500th NHL point with the first assist of a 1-4=5 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles…Played his 600th NHL game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo.
- Has missed one game to injury (1-groin, Oct. 10)…Missed the Oct. 10 game in Anaheim with the injury, snapping his consecutive games-played stretch at 166 games dating back to his previous game missed (April 3, 2004 at Ottawa while with Atlanta).

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