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Pre-Game Notes: Bruins @ Lightning

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Saturday, December 1, 2007
St. Pete Times Forum; Tampa FL
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Lightning Saturday in the second of four games between these teams this season and the first of two games of this season's series at St. Pete Times Forum. The Bruins are 13-8-2   this season and are 6-6-1 this season on the road. The Lightning are 10-13-2 overall this season with an 8-3-1 record on home ice. The Bruins are 2-0-0 this season vs. Southeast Division teams and they are 9-6-2 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Lightning are 0-1-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 10-11-2 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 33-12-9-0 all-time vs. Tampa Bay with a 186-143 scoring edge in those 54 games. The Bruins are 14-10-3-0 all-time vs. the Lightning in Tampa Bay with an 81-77 scoring advantage in those 27 contests. The Bruins have won their last four games vs. Tampa Bay, sweeping the 2006-07 series between these teams, with their last loss to the Lightning a 4-2 setback in Tampa on Dec. 27, 2003. The Bruins have won their last four games in Tampa.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won four of their last five games with a 4-2 victory in Toronto on Nov. 20, a 2-1 win vs. NY Islanders on Nov. 23, a 2-1 setback at NY Islanders on Nov. 24, a 6-3 victory in Philadelphia on Nov. 26 and a 4-3 victory in Florida on Nov. 29. They are 6-2-0 in their last eight games overall. The Bruins are currently on a six-game road trip (2-1-0  ) and will tonight play game six of a stretch in the schedule that sees them play eight of nine and 11 of 13 games overall on the road (4-2-0   in that span).

Recent Lightning Games
The Lightning have lost their last six games at 0-5-1 with a 4-3 overtime loss in Atlanta on Nov. 19, a 2-1 loss to NY Rangers on Nov. 21, a 4-3 setback in Carolina on Nov. 23, a 3-2 loss to New Jersey on Nov. 24, a 5-1 loss in Chicago on Nov. 28 and a 4-2 setback n Detroit on Nov. 29. That follows a five-game win streak with their last win a 5-2 victory over Washington on Nov. 16.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will continue their current six-game road trip at NY Islanders (Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m.) and New Jersey (Dec. 5, 7:00 p.m.). They will next return home on Dec. 6 when they host Montreal (7:00 p.m.). All games in that stretch are broadcast on NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Lightning Games
The Lightning open a four-game home stand tonight, continuing by hosting Ottawa on Dec. 4, Carolina on Dec. 6 and NY Islanders on Dec. 8.

Bruins Injuries
Patrice Bergeron: Concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
Andrew Ference: Knee sprain suffered Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
Manny Fernandez: Left knee strain suffered Oct. 30 in practice.
Shawn Thornton: 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.
Nov. 21: Matt Hunwick returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 22: Matt Hunwick recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 23: Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence/AHL.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (1-1)
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
- Manny Fernandez is three games shy of his 300th NHL game milestone.
- Brandon Bochenski is six games short of his 100th NHL game milestone.
- Peter Schaefer is seven goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.
- Phil Kessel is seven games shy of his 100th 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 five of these series so far.
- They are 2-2-1 this season in the first game of these series and are 2-2-1 in the second game of these sets.
- The Bruins have five rookies on their current roster – Matt Hunwick, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen, Tuukka Rask and Vladimir Sobotka.
- The Bruins have nine 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), Vladimir Sobotka (draft) 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 four assists in four of his last eight games with single assists each Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo (game-winning goal), Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, Nov. 17 in Montreal and Nov. 29 in Florida.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Nov. 10-17 (0-3-3 totals).
- Has not dressed for one game this season (coach's decision).

10-Brandon Bochenski-RW
- Has assists in each of his last two games with four assists in his last seven games…Had two assists Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, including one on the game-winning goal, and single assists each Nov. 26 in Philadelphia and Nov. 29 in Florida.
- 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 2-1-3 totals in three of his last six games with an assist Nov. 17 in Montreal and single goals each Nov. 20 in Toronto and Nov. 24 at NY Islanders.

12-Chuck Kobasew-RW
- Has 3-2-5 totals in two of his last five games with a 2-1- 3 effort, including the game-winning goal, Nov. 20 in Toronto and a 1-1-2 night Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has 7-3-10 totals in his last 11 games.
- Has three multiple-point games.
- 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
- Has 4-2-6 totals in five of his last six games with three of the goals proving game-winning tallies…Had a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto; an assist Nov. 20 in Toronto; and single goals each Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders, Nov. 26 in Philadelphia and Nov. 29 in Florida.
- Has 6-3-9 totals in his last 15 games.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Played his 200th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- 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 4-4-8 totals in seven of his last nine games…Had goals in four straight games with single goals each Nov. 8 vs. Montreal, Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo, Nov. 15 vs. Toronto and Nov. 17 in Montreal; added two assists Nov. 20 in Toronto; and single assists each Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders and Nov. 29 in Florida.
- Has points in 11 of his last 14 games with 6-7-13 totals in that span.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Had a four-game point streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 4 (2-3-5 totals).
- Had a six-game point streak from Nov. 8-23 (4-3-7 totals).
- Played his 700th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).

17-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.
- Has not dressed for two games (coach's decision).
- Has missed two games to injury (2-head, Nov. 24-26).
- 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 ten games to injury (4-upper core, Nov. 4-10; 6-knee, Nov. 17-29).

22-Shawn Thornton-RW
- Is out of the lineup with a broken foot suffered Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Scoreless in 13 games   this season.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has missed ten games to injury (10-foot, Nov. 7-29).

27-Glen Murray-RW
- Has 5-3-8 totals in five of his last seven games…Had an assist Nov. 15 vs. Toronto; a 2-1-3 effort Nov. 17 in Montreal; an assist Nov. 20 in Toronto; a goal Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders; and two goals Nov. 26 at Philadelphia.
- Has three 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).
- Had a four-game point streak from Nov. 15-23 (3-3-6 totals).

30-Tim Thomas-G
- Is 2-1-0 in his last three starts with a 2-1 win over NY Islanders on Nov. 23, a 2-1 setback at the Islanders on Nov. 24 and a 4-3 win in Florida on Nov. 29.
- Is 8-5-2 in his last 15 contests.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 11 of his 17 games with a 6-4-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 13 of his 17 games this season (7-4-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in seven of those contests (6-0-1).
- Had a three-game win streak from Oct. 13-25.
- Has dressed as backup for six games.

33-Zdeno Chara-D
- Has 3-6-9 totals in six of his last eight games…Had single assists each Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo (game-winning goal) and Nov. 15 vs. Toronto; a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 17 I Montreal, a game in which he also tallied 25 PIM; an assist Nov. 20 in Toronto; two assists Nov. 26 in Philadelphia; and his fifth career two-goal game Nov. 29 in Florida.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with (0-4-4 totals).
- Had a four-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-20 (1-4-5 totals).

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 13 games to injury (13-knee, Nov. 1-29).

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 13 games to injury (13-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-29).

38-Bobby Allen-D
- Has played seven of the last 11 games after not dressing for the previous 11 contests.
- Has missed one game to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10).
- Has not dressed for 14 games (coach's decision).

40-Tuukka Rask-G
- Rookie.
- Dressed as backup Nov. 29 in Florida.
- Has won his first two NHL starts, earning his first NHL win in his first NHL game with a 4-2 victory in Toronto on Nov. 20 and taking his second by a 6-3 decision in Philadelphia on Nov. 26.
- Has dressed as backup for eight of ten 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 eight Boston games.

41-Andrew Alberts-D
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.

44-Aaron Ward-D
- Snapped an 11-game scoreless stretch with an assist Nov. 29 in Florida.
- 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.
- Did not dress Nov. 29 in Florida after playing in the previous two games.
- Recalled Nov. 22 from Providence/AHL for the third time this season (Nov. 9-13, Nov. 17-21)…Had four assists with four PIM in 12 AHL Bruins games with a +10 rating in those contests.
- Played his first NHL game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo.
- Has not dressed for three games (coach's decision).

53-Jeremy Reich-LW
- Has played the last 11 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 11 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.

60-Vladimir Sobotka-C
- Has played the last three games, including his first NHL game Nov. 24 at NY Islanders…Became the fourth Bruin this season to play his first NHL game (Lucic, Hunwick, Rask).
- Recalled Nov. 23 from Providence/AHL where he was second in that team's scoring race with 7-7-14 totals and 12 PIM in 15 AHL Bruins games with a +10 rating.

72-Peter Schaefer-LW
- Has 3-3-6 totals in four of his last seven games…Had a season-high 2-1-3 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, which matched his previous career-high for goals in a game; single assists each Nov. 20 in Toronto and Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders (game-winning goal); and a goal Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- 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 2-1-3 totals in his last six games with an assist Nov. 15 vs. Toronto and single goals each Nov. 20 in Toronto and Nov. 29 in Florida (game-winning goal).
- Has 5-3-8 totals in his last 15 games.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- 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.
- Scored the deciding shootout goal in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20…It was his fifth career shootout deciding goal.
- 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 an eight-game assist/point streak in progress with 2-13-15 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; three assists Nov. 17 in Montreal; single assists each Nov. 20 in Toronto, Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders and Nov. 24 at NY Islanders; a 1-3-4 performance Nov. 26 in Philadelphia; and two assists Nov. 29 in Florida.
- Has 4-16-20 totals in 12 of his last 14 games.
- Has six 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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