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Pre-Game Notes: Boston Bruins @ Montreal

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Cam Neely takes on Patrick Roy in a photo for the ages (Babineau)

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BOSTON BRUINS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Bell Centre; Montreal QBC
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio

Saturday’s Game
The Bruins visit the Canadiens Saturday in the third of eight games between these teams and the second of four games of 's series at Bell Centre. The Bruins are 9-6-2 and are 3-4-1 on the road. The Canadiens are 10-4-3 with a 4-2-2 record on home ice. The Bruins are 3-3-2 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 5-4-2 vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Canadiens are 5-3-1 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 10-4-3 vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
All-time Series
The Bruins are 257-325-103-2 all-time vs. Montreal with the Canadiens holding a 2,079-1,816 scoring edge in those 687 games. The Bruins are 99-197-47-0 all-time vs. the Canadiens in Montreal with the Canadiens having a 1,151-806 scoring advantage in those 343 contests. The Canadiens have won the first two games of this season's series with a 6-1 victory in Montreal on Oct. 22 and a 2-1 win in Boston on Nov. 8. The Canadiens have won the last five games between these teams with Boston's last win over Montreal a 3-1 victory on Mar. 3, 2007 in Boston.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won their last two games and are 3-2-2 in their current stretch of nine straight games vs. Northeast Division opponents. They recorded a 4-3 overtime victory over Buffalo on Nov. 1, a 3-2 setback in Ottawa on Nov. 3, a 2-1 shootout loss to the Senators on Nov. 4, a 2-1 overtime loss in Buffalo on Nov. 7, a 2-1 defeat to Montreal on Nov. 8, a 2-1 win over Buffalo on Nov. 10 and a 5-2 victory over Toronto on Nov. 15. They are 8-4-2 in their last 14 games, including a four-game win streak from Oct. 12-20.

Recent Canadiens Games
The Canadiens have split their last two games entering Friday's game in Buffalo with a 3-1 loss in Ottawa on Nov. 10 and a 4-3 overtime win in Toronto on Nov. 13. They are 3-2-0 in their last five games and are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will conclude their stretch of nine consecutive games vs. Northeast Division opponents (3-2-2) in Toronto on Nov. 20 (7:00 p.m.; VERSUS/WBZ Radio). They will then 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). Beginning with Saturday's game, the Bruins will play eight of their next nine and 11 of their next 13 games on the road.

Ken Dryden
Upcoming Canadiens Games
The Canadiens will next host Ottawa on Nov. 19 and will then face a two-game road trip to NY Islanders on Nov. 21 and Buffalo on Nov. 23.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Ference: Day-to-day; Knee sprain suffered Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
Patrice Bergeron:     (IR) Out indefinitely; Concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
Manny Fernandez: (IR) Day-to-day; Left knee strain suffered Oct. 30 in practice.
Shawn Thornton: (IR) Out indefinitely; 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.

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).
 
Montreal Canadiens' Steve Begin, right, loses his balance after being hip checked by Boston Bruins' Glen Metropolit.
Bruins Fun Facts
- November Birthdays: Glen Murray turned 35 on November 1 and Bobby Allen turned 29 on Nov. 14.
- Marco Sturm is three games short of his 700th NHL game milestone.
- Glen Metropolit is three 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 and have completed four of these sets so far.
- They are 1-2-1 in the first game of these series and are 2-1-1 in the second game of these sets .
- The Bruins have three rookies on their current roster – Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen and Tuukka Rask.
- The Bruins have seven players on their current roster who are new to the Bruins – Manny Fernandez (trade with Minnesota), 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 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 and will not play teams in the Northwest Division.


The Players
6-Dennis Wideman-D

- Has assist in each of his last two games, recorded Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo (game-winning goal) and Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
- Has not dressed for one game (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 (coach's decision).

11-P.J. Axelsson-LW
- Has two assists in his last nine games, recorded Oct. 25 vs. Chicago and Nov. 7 in Buffalo.

Boston Bruins' Chuck Kobasew, left, keeps eyes on the puck along with Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak.
12-Chuck Kobasew-RW
- Has 4-1-5 totals in his last six 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 (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 nine 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 three-game goal streak in progress and has points in seven of his last eight games with 5-3-8 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 and Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
- Has 7-5-12 totals in his last 13 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 (no goal).

17-Milan Lucic-LW
- Rookie.
- Has played the last four 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 four games to injury (4-upper core, Nov. 4-10).

22-Shawn Thornton-RW
- Has missed four games and is out indefinitely with a broken foot suffered Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Scoreless in 13 games .
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has missed four games to injury (4-foot, Nov. 7-15).

27-Glen Murray-RW
- Has single assists each in three of his last seven games, recorded Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo, Nov. 7 in Buffalo and Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 12-18 (1-3-4 totals).

Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas makes the save of Montreal Canadiens' Alex Kovalev.
30-Tim Thomas-G
- Has won his last two games and has taken points out of four of his last six starts at 2-2-2 with a 3-2 setback in Ottawa on Nov. 3, a 2-1 shootout loss to the Senators on Nov. 4, a 2-1 overtime loss in Buffalo on Nov. 7, a 2-1 setback to Montreal on Nov. 8, a 2-1 victory vs. Buffalo on Nov. 10 and a 5-2 win over Toronto on Nov. 15…Has faced 244 shots in the six games, stopping 233 for a .955 save percentage in those contests.
- Has started the last nine straight games (4-3-2) and is 6-3-2 in his last 11 games.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in nine of his 13 games with a 5-3-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 46 Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo (2-1 win).
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 11 of his 13 games (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 single assists each in four of his last eight games, recorded Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 3 in Ottawa, on the game-winning goal Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo, and Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with four assists in that span.
- Has one multiple-point game.

35-Manny Fernandez-G
- Has missed the last seven games and is on a day-to-day basis 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 (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 seven games to injury (7-knee, Nov. 1-15).

37-Patrice Bergeron-C
- Has missed seven games and is out indefinitely 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 .
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Has taken one shootout shot (no goal).
- Has missed seven games to injury (7-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-15).

38-Bobby Allen-D
- 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 11 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 four games over two recalls to Boston from Providence/AHL (Nov. 5-11, Nov. 15-present).
- Had a 7-1-0 record and 1.98 goals against average in eight games .
- Has dressed as backup for four games.

Montreal Canadiens' Michael Komisarek and Boston Bruins' Andrew Alberts (41) collide.
41-Andrew Alberts-D
- Recorded his first point of the season with an assist Nov. 3 in Ottawa.

44-Aaron Ward-D
- Has missed the last two games with an injury.
- Has three assists in two of his last seven games with a single assist Oct. 25 vs. Chicago and two assists, including one on the overtime goal, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
- Has 2-3-5 totals in his last 12 games, including the game-winning goal at 19:48 of the third period Oct. 13 in San Jose.
- 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.

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

56-Petteri Nokelainen-C/W
- Rookie.
- Has played the last five 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 that 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 14 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.

Montreal Canadiens Francis Bouillon knocks the puck away from goalie Cristobal Huet as Boston Bruins Phil Kessel watches.
81-Phil Kessel-C/W
- Has 3-3-6 totals in five of his last nine 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 (one deciding goal).

91-Marc Savard-C
- Has 3-5-8 totals in six of his last eight games…Had an assist Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia; a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; an assist Nov. 3 in Ottawa; a goal Nov. 7 in Buffalo; an assist Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo; and a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto with the goal coming just 0:19 into the game.
- Has three 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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