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Pregame Notes: Boston @ Rangers

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. NEW YORK RANGERS

Sunday, March 9, 2008
Madison Square Garden; New York NY
Game Time:  3:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Today’s Game
The Bruins visit the Rangers Sunday in the fourth and final game between these teams this season and the second of two games of this season’s series at Madison Square Garden. The Bruins are 36-25-7 thus far this season and are 18-12-3 this season on the road. The Rangers are 35-24-9 overall this season with a 21-13-1 record on home ice. The Bruins are 11-4-2 this season vs. Atlantic Division opponents and they are 30-21-7 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Rangers are 9-6-3 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 34-17-7 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 279-231-97-4 lifetime vs. New York with a 1949-1782 scoring advantage in those 611 games. The Bruins are 117-135-55-0 lifetime vs. the Rangers in New York with the Rangers holding a 940-861 scoring edge in those 307 contests. The Bruins have won the first three games of this season’s series with a 1-0 shootout win in Boston on Oct. 20, a 4-3 shootout victory in Boston on Jan. 19 and a 3-1 win in New York on Jan. 20. That snapped an eight-game losing streak vs. the Rangers as the Bruins are 3-5-0-3 in their last 11 games overall vs. the Rangers.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins snapped their three-game losing stretch at 0-2-1 with a 2-1 victory over Washington on Mar. 8. That followed a 10-2 decision in Washington on Mar. 3, a 1-0 overtime loss to Florida on Mar. 4 and an 8-2 setback to Toronto on Mar. 6. They are now 8-2-2 in their last 12 games overall.

Recent Rangers Games
The Rangers have taken points out of their last 11 straight games at 8-0-3 with wins over Philadelphia (twice), Buffalo (twice), San Jose, Florida, Carolina, and NY Islanders and an overtime loss in Washington and shootout losses to Montreal and NY Islanders. Their last losses came in consecutive games Feb. 5 (4-2 to Los Angeles) and Feb. 7 (4-1 vs. Anaheim). They are 11-0-3 in their last 14 games vs. Eastern Conference teams with their last Eastern loss a 3-1 setback in Carolina on Jan. 29.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins conclude their current two-game road trip facing the Senators in Ottawa on Mar. 11 (7:30; NESN/WBZ Radio). They will then return to Boston to host Tampa Bay on Mar. 13 (7:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio) and Philadelphia on Mar. 15 (1:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio) before concluding their season series with the Capitals in Washington on Mar. 16 (3:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Rangers Games
The Rangers play five of their next six games on the road, playing in Buffalo on Mar. 10, Florida on Mar. 14 and Tampa Bay on Mar. 15. They will return home to host Ptitsburgh on Mar. 18 before heading into New Jersey on Mar. 19 and Philadelphia on Mar. 21.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Alberts:  Post-concussion symptoms.
Patrice Bergeron:  Concussion and broken nose.
Manny Fernandez:  Dec. 12 left knee surgery.
Aaron Ward:  Foot contusion.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (6-3)
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)
8.  Feb. 21 … Boston 5 at Florida 4 … Boston Goal:  Alex Auld (W) … Florida Goal:  Tomas Vokoun (L)
Boston Shooters:  Sturm (Y), Kessel (N), Krejci (N) … Florida Shooters:  Montador (N), Horton (N), Jokinen (N)
9. Mar. 1 … Atlanta 2 at Boston 3 … Boston Goal:  Tim Thomas (W) … Atlanta Goal:  Hedberg (L)
Boston Shooters:  Sturm (N), Kessel (Y), Krejci (N) … Atlanta Shooters:  Kozlov (N), Christensen (N), Kovalchuk (N)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots For and Against
1F.  Oct. 27 … Phil Kessel unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia’s Martin Biron (15:09 second period).
1A.  Dec. 28 … Carolina’s Chad Larose successful shorthanded vs. Tim Thomas (15:28 second period).
2A.  Mar. 1 … Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk successful vs. Tim Thomas (6:41 first period).

March Birthdays
- Andrew Ference will turn 29 years old on March 17.
- Zdeno Chara will turn 31 years old on March 18.
- Dennis Wideman will turn 25 years old on March 20.

Bruins Fun Facts
- Peter Schaefer is three goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.
- P. J. Axelsson is four goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.

- The Bruins have recorded four shutouts this season by three 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 and a 4-0 victory vs. Ottawa on Feb. 26.
- 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 are playing the 14th of these series yesterday vs. Washington and today at NY Rangers.
- They are 6-6-2 this season in the first game of these series and are 4-7-2 in the second game of these sets thus far this season.

- The Bruins have had eight rookies play a game this season – Matt Hunwick, David Krejci, Matt Lashoff, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen, Pascal Pelletier, Tuukka Rask and Vladimir Sobotka.
- David Krejci scored his first NHL goal Feb. 26 vs. Ottawa, becoming the fifth Bruin to do so this season, joining Lucic (Oct. 12 at Los Angeles), Jeremy Reich (Dec. 15 vs. Columbus), Lashoff (Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta) and Sobotka (Feb. 13 at Pittsburgh).

- The Bruins will today complete the 16th of their 24 season series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 3-1-0 vs. Atlanta, 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, 2-1-1 vs. Florida, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 1-0-0 vs. Nashville, 3-1-0 vs. NY Islanders, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix, 2-1-1 vs. Pittsburgh, 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 3-4=7 totals in his last 11 games…Had a goal Feb. 16 in Toronto; an assist Feb. 19 in Carolina; 1-1=2 totals Feb. 21 in Florida; single assists each Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay and Mar. 1 vs. Pittsburgh; and a goal Mar. 3 in Washington.
- Has three 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.
- Had a four-game point streak from Feb. 16-23 (2-3=5 totals).
- Has not dressed for one game this season (coach’s decision).

11—P.J. Axelsson—LW
- Has 2-1=3 totals in his last 11 games with an assist Feb. 16 in Toronto and single goals each Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay and Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh.
- 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
- Has played the last six games after missing the previous two games with a groin injury…Has three assists in his last five games played, with a single assist Feb. 21 in Florida and a two-assist night Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh.
- Has 5-8=13 totals in his last 20 games.
- Has seven multiple-point games.
- Had a five-game point streak from Jan. 24-Feb. 5 (2-4=6 totals).
- 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 three games to injury (1-back, Feb.1 3; 2-groin, Feb. 23-26).

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Has six assists in his last 13 games…Had single assists each Feb. 12 vs. Carolina, Feb. 13 in Pittsburgh and Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay; two assists Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh; and an assist Mar. 3 in Washington.
- Has 3-8=11 totals in his last 19 games.
- Has six multiple-point games.
- Leads the team with 11 game-winning points (5-6=11 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 5-7=11 totals in nine of his last 11 games…Had single assists each Feb. 16 in Toronto and Feb. 19 in Carolina; a 1-2=3 effort Feb. 21 in Florida with his first assist in that game his 400th NHL point; single assists each Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay and Feb. 26 vs. Ottawa; two goals, including his 200th NHL score, Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh; an assist Mar. 1 vs. Atlanta; and single goals each Mar. 3 in Washington and the game-winner Mar. 8 vs. Washington…Also scored the deciding shootout goal Feb. 21 in Florida.
- Has 7-8=15 totals in his last 15 games.
- Has 11 multiple-point games.
- Had an eight-game point streak from Feb. 16-Mar. 3 (4-7=11 totals) … 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).
- Has hit the 20-goal mark for the sixth straight season.
- Played his 700th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders…Scored his 200th NHL goal Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh…Recorded his 200th NHL assist Feb. 9 vs. Florida…Recorded his 400th NHL point with an assist in a 1-2=3 effort Feb. 21 in 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 six shootout shots this season (one deciding goal).
- Has missed two games to injury/illness (1-eye, Dec. 12; 1-flu, Jan. 31).

17—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- Has 1-3=4 totals in his last nine games with an assist Feb. 21 in Florida, a goal Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay; and single assists each Feb. 26 vs. Ottawa and Mar. 1 vs. Atlanta.
- Has 3-8=11 totals in his last 20 games.
- 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
- Snapped a seven-game scoreless stretch with an assist Mar. 6 vs. Toronto.
- 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
- His 3-2=5 totals on the season came in an eight-game span from Feb. 12-28…Scored his first points of the season Feb. 12 vs. Carolina with his first career two-goal and fourth career two-point game; added an assist Feb. 13 in Pittsburgh; a goal Feb. 26 vs. Ottawa; and an assist Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh.
- His goals on Feb. 12 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 5-2=7 totals in his last 14 games…Had 1-1=2 efforts each Feb. 9 vs. Florida and Feb. 16 in Toronto; two goals, including the game-winner, Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay; and a goal Mar. 1 vs. Atlanta.
- Has six 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 taken points out of his last three decisions at 3-0-1…Earned the 5-4 shootout win in Florida on Feb. 21, as he stopped all 15 shots faced in 25 minutes in relief of Tim Thomas and then stopped all three Florida shootout attempts for the win; a 5-3 victory in Tampa Bay on Feb. 23; a 1-0 overtime loss to Florida on Mar. 4; and a 2-1 victory over Washington on Mar. 8.
- 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 three shootouts this season (2-1, 2 goals/9 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 22 Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Dressed as backup Mar. 8 vs. Washington…Has dressed as backup for consecutive games just twice this season (Oct. 20-22 and Jan. 12-17).
- Has lost his last two starts with a 10-2 setback in Washington on Mar. 3, allowing seven goals in 37 minutes in that game, and an 8-2 decision vs. Toronto on Mar. 6 as he allowed four goals in 32 minutes in that contest…Was relieved by Alex Auld in both games.
- That was preceded by a four-game win and six-game point streaks, during which he had a 2-1 win in Pittsburgh on Feb. 13; a 4-3 overtime loss in Toronto on Feb. 16; a 3-2 shootout win in Carolina on Feb. 19; his sixth career shutout with a 4-0 victory over Ottawa on Feb. 26 (113:04 shutout streak); a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh on Feb. 28; and a 3-2 shootout win vs. Atlanta on Mar. 1.
- Is 10-5-1 in his last 16 decisions, including a career-best five-game win streak from Jan. 19-31.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 23 of his 41 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 26 of his 41 complete games this season (19-5-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in 17 of those contests (15-1-1).
- Has two shutouts on the season – numbers five and six career – 2-0 vs. Washington on Jan. 3 and 4-0 vs. Ottawa on Feb.26.
- Had a career-best five-game win streak from Jan. 19-31…Had a four-game win streak from Feb. 19-Mar. 1.
- Has faced two penalty shot this season, allowing a shorthanded goal by Carolina’s Chad Larose on Dec. 28 and a goal by Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk on Mar. 1…Has now faced five career penalty shots, allowing three goals.
- Has played in five shootouts this season (3-2, 4 goals/11 shots).
- Was named the NHL’s Second Star for the week of Feb. 25-Mar. 2.
- Has dressed as backup for 15 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 7-4=11 totals in nine of his last 11 games…Had 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; single goals each Feb. 19 in Carolina and Feb. 21 in Florida; an assist Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay; two goals Feb. 26 vs. Ottawa; a goal Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh; single assists each Mar. 3 in Washington and Mar. 6 vs. Toronto; and a goal Mar. 8 vs. Washington.
- Has 9-5=14 totals in his last 15 games with 9-12=21 totals in his last 25 contests.
- Has ten multiple-point games.
- Had a six-game point streak from Feb. 16-28 (6-2=8 totals).
- Has had two four-game point streaks - from Nov. 10-20 (1-4=5 totals) and Jan. 12-20 (1-5=6 totals).
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with (0-4=4 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
- Snapped a 14-game scoreless stretch with an assist Mar. 3 in Washington.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Jan. 3 vs. Washington…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist on the game-winning goal Jan. 29 vs. Nashville.
- 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 57 games to injury (57-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-Mar. 8).

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 58 games to injury (58-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Mar. 8).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has played the last three games, his first action since Dec. 22 vs. St. Louis.
- Had missed the previous 30 games, not dressing for ten games and missing 20 with recurring back spasms.
- Has not dressed for 24 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 36 games with post-concussion symptoms.
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has missed 36 games to injury (36-post-concussion symptoms, Dec. 18-Mar. 8).

44—Aaron Ward—D
- Has missed three games with a foot contusion suffered Mar. 3 in Washington.
- Snapped an 18-game scoreless stretch with an assist Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh…His previous 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 16 games to injury (2-concussion, Nov. 10-15; 3-ankle, Dec. 3-6; 8-foot, Dec. 22-Jan. 8; 3-foot, Mar. 4-8).

45—Mark Stuart—D
- Has 1-2=3 totals in his last eight games with a goal Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay and single assists each Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh and Mar. 6 vs. Toronto.
- 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.
- Has 3-3=6 totals in his last seven games with single goals each Feb. 26 vs. Ottawa (his first NHL goal), Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh and Mar. 1; an assist Mar. 6 vs. Toronto; and two assists Mar. 8 vs. Washington.
- Has 3-7=10 totals in his last 16 games.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Feb. 26-Mar. 1 (3-0=3 totals).
- Had a three-game assist streak from Feb. 5-9 (0-3=3 totals).
- Has taken three shootout shots 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.

49—Matt Lashoff—D
- Rookie.
- Recalled Mar. 8 from Providence/AHL for his third stint of the season in Boston…Had 7-27=34 totals with 68 PIM and a +8 rating in 53 AHL Bruins games.
- Scored his first NHL goal Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and now has 1-1=2 totals in his last seven Boston games as he recorded an assist Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh.
- Has played the last eight games after being recalled on Dec. 21 from Providence/AHL for his second stint in Boston this season…Played one scoreless game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo during his first recall from Nov. 9-11…Played eight games with 1-1=2 totals during his second recall from Dec. 21-Jan. 11.

53—Jeremy Reich—LW
- Has not dressed for the last three games.
- His last point was an assist Feb. 13 in Pittsburgh.
- 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 20 games this season (coach’s decision).

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
- Rookie.
- Has played in two of the last ten games, dressing Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay and Mar. 8 vs. Washington…Missed two games with the flu and did not dress for the last five games.
- His last point was a goal 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 eight Boston games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed two games to illness (2-flu, Feb. 19-21).

60—Vladimir Sobotka—C
- Did not dress Mar. 8 vs. Washington.
- Has 1-1=2 totals in his last 11 games, scoring his first NHL goal Feb. 13 in Pittsburgh and adding an assist on the game-winning goal Feb. 26 vs. Ottawa.
- Recalled Jan. 11 from Providence/AHL where he 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 two games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed three games to injury (3-upper body, Dec. 6-10).

72—Peter Schaefer—LW
- Has 1-2=3 totals in three of his last five games played with single assists each Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo and Feb. 26 vs. Ottawa and a goal Mar. 6 vs. Toronto.
- Has played four of the last 15 games, not dressing for three games and missing eight games with a shin laceration.
- 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 four games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed ten games to injury (2-flu, Jan. 17-19; 8-shin, Feb. 8-23).

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
- Has 2-2=4 totals in his last nine games…Had a goal Feb. 21 in Florida; single assists each Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay and Mar. 1 vs. Atlanta; and a goal Mar. 6 vs. Toronto … Also scored the deciding shootout goal Mar. 1 vs. Atlanta.
- 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 nine shootout shots this season with five 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, and 3-2 wins each in Buffalo on Feb. 8, in Carolina on Feb. 19 and vs. Atlanta on Mar. 1…He now has nine 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 1-3=14 totals in nine of his last 11 games… Had a two-assist effort Feb. 16 in Toronto; a 1-1=2 night Feb. 19 in Carolina; two assists Feb. 21 in Florida; single assists each Feb. 23 in Tampa Bay and Feb. 26 vs. Ottawa; two assists Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh with his second on the night the 400th of his NHL career; single assists each Mar. 1 vs. Atlanta and Mar. 3 in Washington; and two assists Mar. 8 vs. Washington.
- Has 1-16=17 totals in his last 15 games with 4-28=32 totals in his last 26 contests.
- Has 19
 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) … Had an eight-game assist/point streak from Feb. 16-Mar. 3 (1-11=12 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…Recorded his 400th NHL assist Feb. 28 vs. Pittsburgh.
- 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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