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Pre-Game Notes: Montreal Canadiens vs. Bruins

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Montreal Canadiens Alex Kovalev,Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara
BOSTON BRUINS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS

Thursday, November 8, 2007
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Canadiens tonight in the second of eight games between these teams and the first of four games at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 7-5-2 and are 4-1-1 this season on home ice. The Canadiens are 8-3-3 overall with a 4-1-1 record on the road. The Bruins are 1-2-2 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 3-3-2 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Canadiens are 3-2-1 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 8-3-3 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 257-324-103-2 all-time vs. Montreal with the Canadiens holding a 2,077-1,815 scoring edge in those 686 games. The Bruins are 158-127-56-2 all-time vs. the Canadiens in Boston with a 1,009-926 scoring advantage in those 343 contests. The Canadiens won the first game of this season's series with a 6-1 victory in Montreal on Oct. 22. The Canadiens have won the last four games between these teams with Boston's last win over Montreal a 3-1 victory on Mar. 3, 2007.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins are 1-1-2 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 and a 2-1 overtime loss in Buffalo on Nov. 7. They are 6-3-2 in their last 11 games, including a four-game win streak from Oct. 12-20.

Recent Canadiens Games
Montreal Canadiens Saku Koivu (11), from Finland, hip checks Buffalo Sabres' Derek Roy.
The Canadiens have split their last two games with a 3-2 loss to Toronto on Nov. 3 and a 2-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 5. They have taken points out of seven of their last eight games at 6-1-1 with wins over Buffalo (twice), Boston, Carolina, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, a shootout loss to Atlanta and a loss to Toronto in that span.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will continue their stretch of nine consecutive games vs. Northeast Division opponents (1-1-2) vs. Buffalo on Nov. 10 (7:00 p.m.), vs. Toronto on Nov. 15 (7:00 p.m.), in Montreal on Nov. 17 (7:00 p.m.) and in Toronto on Nov. 20 (7:00 p.m.). All games in this stretch are on NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Canadiens Games
The Canadiens will continue their current four-game road trip in Ottawa on Nov. 10, in Toronto on Nov. 13 and in Buffalo on Nov. 16. They will next return home on Nov. 17 when they host the Bruins.

Bruins Injuries
Patrice Bergeron:     Out indefinitely; Concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
Andrew Ference: Day-to-day; Upper core injury suffered Nov. 3 in Ottawa.
Manny Fernandez: Day-to-day; Knee strain suffered Oct. 30 in practice.
Shawn Thornton: Day-to-day; Foot injury 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.

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 will turn 29 on Nov. 14.
- Marc Savard is two games shy of his 600th NHL game milestone.
- Manny Fernandez is three games shy of his 300th NHL game milestone.
- Marco Sturm is six games short of his 700th NHL game milestone.
- Glen Metropolit is six games short of his 200th NHL game milestone.
- The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games  and are playing the fourth of these sets last night in Buffalo and tonight vs. the Canadiens.
- They are 1-2-1  in the first game of these series and are 2-0-1 in the second game of these sets .
- The Bruins have three rookies on their current roster – Milan Lucic, who played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas in 's opener; Petteri Nokelainen, who played 15 NHL games with the NY Islanders in the 2005-06 season; and Tuukka Rask, who is looking to play his first NHL game.
- 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 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 Bruins have completed six of their 24 season's 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 Players
6  Dennis Wideman  D
- Scored his first point of the season with a power play goal Oct. 22 in Montreal.
- Has not dressed for one game  (coach's decision).

10  Brandon Bochenski  RW
- Has played the last four games, including his first game of the season Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
- Returned Oct. 28 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on a conditioning stint on Oct. 23…had one goal and no penalty minutes in two AHL Bruins games.
- 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 six games, recorded Oct. 25 vs. Chicago and Nov. 7 in Buffalo.

12  Chuck Kobasew  RW
- Has scored three of Boston's last four goals with a two-goal effort in a 3-2 loss Nov. 3 in Ottawa and a single tally in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Senators on Nov. 4.
- 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
- Has 2-1-3 totals in two of his last six games with a goal Oct. 25 vs. Chicago and a 1-1-2 effort, including an assist on the overtime score, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- 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.

Montreal Canadiens Mathieu Dandenault stands by the net as Boston Bruins congratulate Marco Sturm
16  Marco Sturm  LW
- Had his four-game point streak stopped Nov. 7 in Buffalo with 2-3-5 totals in that span…Scored a goal Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia; a 1-1-2 effort, including the overtime score, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; and single assists each Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa and Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Has 4-5-9 totals in six of his last ten games.
- Has three multiple-point games.
- Has taken one shootout shot  (no goal).

17  Milan Lucic  LW
- Rookie.
- Returned to the lineup Nov. 7 in Buffalo 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
- Has missed two games and is on a day-to-day basis with an upper core injury.
- Has three assists in two of his last seven 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 two games to injury (2-Upper Core, Nov. 4-7).

Philadelphia Flyers Riley Cote (32) and Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton (22).
22  Shawn Thornton  RW
- Has missed one game and is on a day-to-day basis with a foot injury.
- Scoreless in 13 games  .
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has missed one game to injury (1-foot, Nov. 7).

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

30  Tim Thomas  G
- Is 0-1-2 in his last three starts with a 3-2 setback in Ottawa on Nov. 3, a 2-1 shootout loss to the Senators on Nov. 4 and a 2-1 overtime loss in Buffalo on Nov. 7…Faced 110 shots in the three games, stopping 104 for a .945 save percentage and 1.91 GAA in those contests.
- Is 4-2-2 in his last eight games.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in six of his ten games with a 3-2-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 45 Nov. 3 in Ottawa.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in eight of his ten games .
- 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 two of his last five games, recorded Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia and Nov. 3 in Ottawa.
- 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 four 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 four games to injury (4-knee, Nov. 1-7).

37  Patrice Bergeron  C
- Has missed four 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 four games to injury (4-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-7).

38  Bobby Allen  D
- Has played the last two games after not dressing for the previous 11 contests.
- Has not dressed for 11 games (coach's decision).

40  Tuukka Rask  G
- Is looking to play his first NHL game.
- Dressed as backup Nov. 7 in Buffalo.
- Recalled Nov. 5 from Providence/AHL where he had a 6-1-0 record and 2.00 goals against average in seven games , playing each game on the road .
- Has dressed as backup for one game.

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

44  Aaron Ward  D
- Has three assists in two of his last six 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 11 games, including the game-winning goal at 19:48 of the third period Oct. 13 in San Jose.
- Has one multiple-point game.

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 two 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
- Played his first game as a Bruin Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa, 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
- Has 1-4-5 totals in four of his last 11 games…Had two assists Oct. 12 in Los Angeles, scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay and added single assists Oct. 22 in Montreal and Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- 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 3-1-4 totals in three of his last six games…Scored twice Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, including the game-winner; added a single tally Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; and had an assist Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- 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 2-3-5 totals in four of his last five games…Had an assist Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia; a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; an assist Nov. 3 in Ottawa; and a goal Nov. 7 in Buffalo.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 3 (1-3-4 totals).
- Has points in nine of his 13 games played  with 3-11-14 totals on the season.
- 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)…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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