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Pregame Notes: Boston @ Florida

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS

Thursday, February 21, 2008
BankAtlantic Center; Sunrise FL
Game Time:  7:30 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Panthers tonight in the third of four games between these teams this season and the second of two games of this season’s series at BankAtlantic Center. The Bruins are 30-23-6 thus far this season and are 16-11-3 this season on the road. The Panthers are 27-29-6 overall this season with a 12-12-5 record on home ice. The Bruins are 6-6-0 this season vs. Southeast Division opponents and they are 24-19-6 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Panthers are 6-9-2 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 23-27-3 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 21-24-6-2 all-time vs. Florida with the Panthers holding a 160-147 scoring advantage in those 53 games. The Bruins are 12-11-2-1 all-time vs. the Panthers in Florida with the Panthers having an 83-76 scoring edge in those 26 contests. These teams have split the first two games of this season’s series with Boston taking a 4-3 win in Florida on Nov. 29 and the Panthers winning a 6-3 rematch in Boston on Feb. 9. The Bruins are 1-6-0-1 in their last eight games overall vs. the Panthers.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins are 2-0-1 thus far on their current five-game road trip with a 2-1 victory in Pittsburgh on Feb. 13, a 4-3 overtime loss in Toronto on Feb. 16 and a 3-2 shootout victory in Carolina on Feb. 19. The Bruins are 6-1-1 in their last eight road games with their lone regulation loss in that span an 8-2 setback in Montreal on Jan. 22. They are 9-5-2 in their last 16 games overall and are 12-7-2 in their last 21 contests.

Recent Panthers Games
The Panthers are 1-3-1 in their last five games with a 5-3 loss in Buffalo on Feb. 10, a 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal on Feb. 13, a 4-2 win over Washington on Feb. 15, a 5-4 loss in Carolina on Feb. 16 and a 3-2 setback in Pittsburgh on Feb. 19. They are 5-5-2 in their last 12 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins conclude their current five-game road stretch at Tampa Bay on Feb. 23 (7:30). They will then return to Boston for a three-game home stand, hosting Ottawa on Feb. 26 (7:30), Pittsburgh on Feb. 28 (7:00) and Atlanta on Mar. 1 (1:00). All games are broadcast on both NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Panthers Games
The Panthers next face a two-game road trip, playing in Philadelphia on Feb. 23 and at NY Rangers on Feb. 24 before returning home to host Toronto on Feb. 27 and Minnesota on Feb. 29.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Alberts:  Post-concussion symptoms.
Patrice Bergeron:  Concussion and broken nose.
Manny Fernandez:  Dec. 12 left knee surgery.
Peter Schaefer:  Shin laceration.

Bruins Recent Transactions
Feb. 1:  Pascal Pelletier returned to Providence/AHL.
Feb. 19:  Andrew Bodnarchuk signed to an entry-level contract.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (4-3)
1.  Oct. 10 … NY Rangers 0 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Manny Fernandez (W) … NY Rangers Goal:  Henrik Lundqvist (L)
Boston Shooters: Bergeron (N), Sturm (N), Kessel (Y) … NY Rangers 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)
3.  Dec. 20 … Pittsburgh 5 at Boston 4 … Boston Goal: Tim Thomas (L) … Pittsburgh Goal: Ty Conklin (W)
Boston Shooters: Kessel (N), Sturm (N) … Pittsburgh Shooters:  Christensen (Y), Letang (Y)
4.  Jan. 17 … Toronto 3 at Boston 2 … Boston Goal:  Alex Auld (L) … Toronto Goal:  Vesa Toskala (W)
Boston Shooters:  Kessel (N), Savard (N) … Toronto Shooters:  Kaberle (N), Sundin (Y), Steen (Y)
5.  Jan. 19 … NY Rangers 3 at Boston 4 … Boston Goal:  Tim Thomas … NY Rangers Goal:  Henrik Lundqvist (L)
Boston Shooters: Kobasew (N), Kessel (Y), Chara (Y) … NY Rangers Shooters:  Shanahan (N), Prucha (N)
6.  Feb. 8 … Boston 3 at Buffalo 2 … Boston Goal: Alex Auld (W) … Buffalo Goal:  Ryan Miller (L)
Boston Shooters:  Sturm (N), Kessel (Y) … Buffalo Shooters:  Kotalik (N), Tallinder (N), Roy (N)
7.  Feb. 19 … Boston 3 at Carolina 2 … Boston Goal:  Tim Thomas (W) … Carolina Goal:  Cam Ward (L)
Boston Shooters:  Sturm (N), Kessel (Y), Krejci (Y) … Carolina Shooters:  Cullen (N), Samsonov (N)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots For and Against
1F.  Oct. 27 … Phil Kessel unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia’s Martin Biron (15:09 second period).
A.  Dec. 28 … Carolina’s Chad Larose successful shorthanded vs. Tim Thomas (15:28 second period).

February Birthdays
- Jeremy Reich turned 29 years old on February 11.
- P. J. Axelsson will turn 33 years old on February 26.


Bruins Fun Facts
- P. J. Axelsson is playing his 700th NHL game tonight.
- Marco Sturm is one point short of his 400th NHL point milestone.
- Marco Sturm is three goals shy of his 200th NHL goal milestone.
- Claude Julien is three games shy of coaching his 300th NHL game.
- Peter Schaefer is four goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.
- Marc Savard is six assists short of his 400th NHL assist milestone.

- The Bruins have recorded three shutouts this season, all by different goaltenders. Manny Fernandez recorded a 1-0 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Oct. 20, Alex Auld notched a 2-0 win vs. Columbus on Dec. 15 and Tim Thomas won a 2-0 decision over Washington on Jan. 3.
- It is the first time the Bruins have had three goaltenders record complete-game shutouts since 1997-98 (Jim Carey, Byron Dafoe, Robbie Tallas).

- The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games this season and have completed 12 of these series thus far.
- They are 5-5-2 this season in the first game of these series and are 4-7-1 in the second game of these sets thus far this season.

- The Bruins have four rookies on their current roster – David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen and Vladimir Sobotka.
- The Bruins have eight players on their active roster who are new to the Bruins this season – Alex Auld (trade with Phoenix), Shane Hnidy (trade), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Petteri Nokelainen (trade with NY Islanders), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa), Vladimir Sobotka (draft) and Shawn Thornton (free agent).

- The Bruins have completed 12 of their 24 season series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 1-3-0 vs. Carolina, 1-0-0 vs. Chicago, 1-0-0 vs. Columbus, 0-1-0 vs. Dallas, 0-1-0 vs. Detroit, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 1-0-0 vs. Nashville, 3-1-0 vs. NY Islanders, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix, 0-1-0 vs. St. Louis 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 hosted the Central Division teams this season and did not play teams in the Northwest Division.

- The Bruins had four representatives at the 2008 NHL All-Star weekend held on Jan. 26-27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara played in his third career NHL All-Star Game and successfully defended his title of Hardest Shot in the Skills Competition with a 103.1 mph blast that was the second-highest score in that competition’s history.
- Center Marc Savard and goaltender Tim Thomas appeared in their first career All-Star Games with Savard scoring the game-winning goal at 19:39 of the third period and Thomas recording the victory for the Eastern Conference Team.
- Left wing Milan Lucic took part in the Young Stars Game and scored a goal for his team.


The Players
6—Dennis Wideman—D

- Has 1-1-2 totals in his last two straight games with a power play goal Feb. 16 in Toronto and a power play assist Feb. 19 in Carolina.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Had a seven-game point streak from Nov. 29-Dec. 10 (2-5-7 totals), the longest point streak by a Bruins defenseman since Ray Bourque had an eight-game streak (4-6-10 totals) from Oct. 12-Nov. 2, 1995.
- Has not dressed for one game this season (coach’s decision).

11—P.J. Axelsson—LW
- Has 1-3-4 totals in his last seven games…Had a goal Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo and single assists each Feb. 8 in Buffalo, Feb. 9 vs. Florida and Feb. 16 in Toronto.
- Has 6-5-11 totals in his last 18 games.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Had a three-game point streak from Feb. 5-9 (1-2-3 totals).
- Has missed seven games to injury (7-foot, Jan. 12-29).

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
- Had his five-game point streak stopped Feb. 8 in Buffalo with 2-4-6 totals in that span…Had single assists each Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders and Jan. 29 vs. Nashville; a 1-1-2 night Jan. 31 in Ottawa; a goal Feb. 2 vs. Detroit; and an assist Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo.
- Has 5-5-10 totals in his last 13 games.
- Has six multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0-3 totals).
- Has scored four of Boston’s six empty net goals this season.
- Has taken two shootout shots this season (no goals).
- Has missed one game to injury (1-back, Feb.1 3).

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Has 3-4-7 totals in his last ten games…Had a two-goal effort, which included the game-winning score and his 100th NHL point, Jan. 29 vs. Nashville; an assist on the game-winning goal Jan. 31 in Ottawa; an assist Feb. 2 vs. Detroit; a goal Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo; and single assists each Feb. 12 vs. Carolina and Feb. 13 in Pittsburgh.
- Has five multiple-point games.
- Leads the team with ten game-winning points (5-5-10 totals).
- Played his 200th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders…Scored his 100th NHL point with the first of two goals Jan. 29 vs. Nashville.
- 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 2-3-5 totals in his last six games…Had a goal Feb. 8 in Buffalo; a 1-1-2 night Feb. 9 vs. Florida; and single assists each Feb. 16 in Toronto and Feb. 19 in Carolina.
- Has 7-6-13 totals in his last 15 contests.
- Has nine multiple-point games.
- Had a six-game point streak from Nov. 8-23 (4-3-7 totals).
- Had a four-game point streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 4 (2-3-5 totals).
- Played his 700th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders…Recorded his 200th NHL assist Feb. 9 vs. Florida.
- Played his 730th NHL game Feb. 2 vs. Detroit, moving past Uwe Krupp as the all-time leader in NHL games played by a player born and raised in Germany.
- Has taken four shootout shots this season (no goals).
- Has missed two games to injury/illness (1-eye, Dec. 12; 1-flu, Jan. 31).

17—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- Has 2-5-7 totals in his last 11 games…Scored the game-winning goal Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders; a two-assist night Jan. 29 vs. Nashville; a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 31 in Ottawa; and single assists each Feb. 2 vs. Detroit and Feb. 13 in Pittsburgh.
- Has into four of Boston’s last five game-winning goals, scoring two and assisting on two others.
- Has five multiple-point games.
- Had a four-game point streak from Jan. 24-Feb. 2 (2-4-6 totals).
- 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.
- Played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first NHL assist/point and his first NHL goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach’s decision).
- Has missed four games to injury (4-head, Nov. 24-Dec. 1).
- Changed his number from 62 to 17 on October 30.
- Played in the Young Stars game during All-Star weekend and scored a goal.

21—Andrew Ference—D
- Has single assists each in two of his last four games, recorded Feb. 12 vs. Carolina and Feb. 19 in Carolina.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Has missed 16 games to injury (4-upper core, Nov. 4-10; 12-knee, Nov. 17-Dec. 10).

22—Shawn Thornton—RW
- Has 2-1-3 totals in two of his last four games…Scored his first points of the season Feb. 12 vs. Carolina with his first career two-goal and fourth career two-point game and added an assist Feb. 13 in Pittsburgh.
- His goals came in a 0:27 span of the third period and were the fastest two goals by a Bruin since Mike Knuble struck twice in 17 seconds on Dec. 14, 2003.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Played his 100th NHL game Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has not dressed for three games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed 20 games to injury (19-foot, Nov. 7-Dec. 18).

27—Glen Murray—RW
- Has 2-2-4 totals in his last five games with 1-1-2 efforts each Feb. 9 vs. Florida and Feb. 16 in Toronto.
- Has five 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).
- Has had two four-game point streaks, from Nov. 15-23 (3-3-6 totals) and Dec. 1-6 (3-1-4 totals).
- Has missed 19 games to injury (19-hip, Dec. 22-Feb. 5).

29—Alex Auld—G
- Has dressed as backup for the last three games.
- Has split his last two starts with a 3-2 shootout victory in Buffalo on Feb. 8 and a 3-2 loss to Carolina on Feb. 12.
- Had a 2-0 win over Columbus on Dec. 15, which was the fourth shutout of his NHL career, his second of the season and his first as a Bruin.
- Has played in two shootouts this season (1-1, 2 goals/6 shots).
- Acquired Dec. 6 from Phoenix for Nate DiCasmirro and a 2009 fifth round draft pick.
- Was playing in San Antonio/AHL at the time of the trade, where he was assigned Nov. 20 from Phoenix…Had a 3-6-0 record in nine Coyotes games this season with one shutout, a 1-0 win in Anaheim on Oct. 25…Had a 1-1-0 record with San Antonio, with the win a 7-0 victory over Milwaukee on Nov. 24…Is in his seventh professional season and Boston is his fourth NHL organization (Vancouver, Florida, Phoenix).
- Has not dressed for one game (at home following son’s birth).
- Has dressed as backup for 19 Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Is 2-0-1 in his last three starts with a 2-1 win in Pittsburgh on Feb. 13, a 4-3 overtime loss in Toronto on Feb. 16 and a 3-2 shootout win in Carolina on Feb. 19.
- Is 7-3-1 in his last 11 starts, including a career-best five-game win streak from Jan. 19-31.
- Is 13-9-2 in his last 24 decisions, including his fifth career shutout in a 2-0 win over Washington on Jan. 3.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 23 of his 38 complete games with a 14-7-2 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal and he has faced 40+ shots on five occasions in all this season.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 23 of his 38 complete games this season (16-5-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in 15 of those contests (13-1-1).
- Had a career-best five-game win streak from Jan. 19-31.
- Has had two three-game win streaks as well—from Oct. 13-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 5.
- Allowed a shorthanded penalty shot goal by Carolina’s Chad Larose on Dec. 28 and has now faced four career penalty shots, allowing two goals.
- Has played in four shootouts this season (2-2, 4 goals/8 shots).
- Has dressed as backup for 12 games and in consecutive games just twice.
- Has missed six games to injury (6-groin, Dec. 6-15).
- Played in his first career NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 27 and recorded the 8-7 victory for the Eastern Conference.

33—Zdeno Chara—D
- Has 4-2-6 totals in five of his last six games…Had single goals each Feb. 8 in Buffalo and Feb. 9 vs. Florida; an assist Feb. 12 vs. Carolina; a 1-1-2 effort Feb. 16 in Toronto including the goal at 19:10 of the third period that sent the game into overtime; and a goal Feb. 19 in Carolina.
- Has 5-9-14 totals in his last 16 games with 6-13-19 totals in his last 21 contests.
- Has nine multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with (0-4-4 totals).
- Has had two four-game point streaks - from Nov. 10-20 (1-4-5 totals) and Jan. 12-20 (1-5-6 totals).
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (goal).
- Played in his third career NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta…Won the Hardest Shot competition for the second straight year with his 103.1 mph blast the second-hardest in that competition’s history.

34—Shane Hnidy—D
- Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist on the game-winning goal Jan. 29 vs. Nashville.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Jan. 3 vs. Washington.
- Acquired Jan. 2 from Anaheim for Brandon Bochenski and a 2008 sixth round draft pick.
- Had 1-2-3 totals in 33 games with Anaheim at the time of the trade…Originally drafted by Buffalo as their seventh pick, 173rd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and Boston becomes his fifth NHL team (Ottawa, Nashville, Atlanta, Anaheim).

35—Manny Fernandez—G
- Is out of the lineup following Dec. 12 knee surgery.
- 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 48 games to injury (48-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-Feb. 19).

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. Montreal.
- 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 49 games to injury (49-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Feb. 19).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has missed the last 24 games, not dressing for the last four games and missing 20 with recurring back spasms.
- Has not dressed for 18 games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed 26 games to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10; 25-back, Dec. 8-15; Dec. 23-Feb. 9).

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Has missed the last 27 games with post-concussion symptoms.
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has missed 27 games to injury (27-post-concussion symptoms, Dec. 18-Feb. 19).

44—Aaron Ward—D
- His last points came in consecutive games with single goals each Jan. 10 vs. Montreal and Jan. 12 in Philadelphia (overtime score).
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed 13 games to injury (2-concussion, Nov. 10-15; 3-ankle, Dec. 3-6; 8-foot, Dec. 22-Jan. 8).

45—Mark Stuart—D
- Snapped a 13-game scoreless stretch with his first assist of the season Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo.
- Scored his second goal of the season with the game-winning effort Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta…His older brother Colin scored for the Thrashers in that game as they became just the second siblings to tally in the same game this season (Marian and Marcel Hossa on Dec. 7, NY Rangers at Atlanta).

46—David Krejci—C
- Rookie.
- Scored a shootout goal Feb. 19 in Carolina, but is still looking for his first NHL goal since shootout tallies do not count in individual stats.
- Has three assists in his last seven games with single assists each Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo, Feb. 8 in Buffalo and Feb. 9 vs. Florida.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Feb. 5-9 (0-3-3 totals).
- Has takekn one shootout shot this season (one goal).
- Recalled Dec. 30 from Providence/AHL where he had 7-21-28 totals with 19 PIM in 25 AHL Bruins games with a +14 rating.
- Began the season in Boston and had three assists in 12 games before his Nov. 4 assignment to Providence/AHL…Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Oct. 6 at Phoenix.

53—Jeremy Reich—LW
- Has played in two of the last six games, recording an assist Feb. 13 in Pittsburgh and also dressing Feb. 19 in Carolina.
- His first 1-1-2 totals on the season came in a three-game span, scoring his first NHL goal Dec. 15 vs. Columbus in his 61st NHL game and his eighth professional season and adding a shorthanded assist Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh.
- Has not dressed for 16 games this season (coach’s decision).

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
- Rookie.
- Missed the Feb. 19 game in Carolina with the flu.
- Has single goals each in two of his last nine games played, scored Jan. 22 in Montreal and Feb. 13 in Pittsburgh.
- Played 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…Scored his first goal/point as a Bruin with the game-winning tally Dec. 3 at NY Islanders (his first NHL goal/point since Oct. 13, 2005 in New Jersey 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.
- Has not dressed for two Boston games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed one game to illness (1-flu, Feb. 19).

60—Vladimir Sobotka—C
- Scored his first NHL goal Feb. 13 in Pittsburgh, his first point since being recalled Jan. 11 from Providence/AHL for his second stint of the season in Boston.
- Had 10-10-20 totals with 37 PIM and a +12 plus/minus rating in 18 AHL Bruins games.
- Recorded his first two NHL points in a three-game span with single assists each Dec. 12 in Atlanta and Dec. 15 vs. Columbus.
- Played his first NHL game Nov. 24 at NY Islanders.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach’s decision).
- Has missed three games to injury (3-upper body, Dec. 6-10).

72—Peter Schaefer—LW
- Has missed six games with a shin laceration.
- Has 1-2-3 totals in his last eight games played with an assist Jan. 10 vs. Montreal, a goal Jan. 12 in Philadelphia and an assist Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo.
- Has two multiple-point games, including a season-high 2-1-3 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, which matched his previous career-high for goals in a 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. Montreal.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach’s decision).
- Has missed eight games to injury (2-flu, Jan. 17-19; 6-shin, Feb. 8-19).

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
- Has 3-3-6 totals in his last 15 games…Had an assist Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers; a goal Jan. 20 at NY Rangers; an assist Jan. 22 in Montreal; single goals each Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders and Jan. 31 in Ottawa; and an assist Feb. 9 vs. Florida…Also scored three deciding shootout goals during that span - vs. the Rangers on Jan. 19, in Buffalo on Feb. 8 and in Carolina on Feb. 19.
- Has four multiple-point games, including his first career hat trick in a career-high 3-1-4 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
- Had a four-game point streak from Jan. 19-24 (2-2-4 totals).
- Has taken seven shootout shots this season with four deciding goals…Scored the deciding goals each in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20, a 4-3 win over NY Rangers on Jan. 19, a 3-2 win in Buffalo on Feb. 8 and a 3-2 victory in Carolina on Feb. 19…He now has eight career shootout deciding goals.
- Took his first career penalty shot on Oct. 27, unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia’s Martin Biron.
- Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 12 in Atlanta.

91—Marc Savard—C
- Has 1-6-7 totals in five of his last six games…Has single assists each Feb. 8 in Buffalo, Feb. 9 vs. Florida and Feb. 12 vs. Carolina; a two-assist effort Feb. 16 in Toronto; and a 1-1-2 night Feb. 19 in Carolina.
- Has 4-18-22 totals in his last 17 games with 6-19-25 totals in his last 21 contests.
- Has 16 multiple-point games.
- Had a career-best 12-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-Dec. 6 (2-17-19 totals).
- Had a nine-game assist/point streak from Jan. 10-31 (3-12-15 totals).
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).
- 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 New Jersey).
- Played in his first career NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 27 and scored the game-winning goal for the Eastern Conference at 19:31 of the third period.
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