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Pregame Notes: Boston vs. Buffalo

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. BUFFALO SABRES

Sunday, March 30, 2008
HSBC Arena; Buffalo NY
Game Time:  6:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio

Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Sabres tonight in the seventh of eight games between these teams this season and the fourth and final game of this season’s series at HSBC Arena. The Bruins are 40-28-10 thus far this season and are 19-13-6 this season on the road. The Sabres are 36-30-12 overall this season with a 19-15-6 record on home ice. The Bruins are 12-12-5 this season vs. Northeast Division opponents and they are 34-24-10 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Sabres are 12-12-4 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 32-24-12 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

Lifetime Series
The Bruins are 108-97-29-3 lifetime vs. Buffalo with a 778-777 scoring edge in those 237 games. The Bruins are 43-59-15-2 lifetime vs. the Sabres in Buffalo with the Sabres holding a 428-348 scoring advantage in those 119 contests. The Bruins are 4-1-1 vs. Buffalo in the first six games of this season’s series thus far with a 4-3 overtime win in Boston on Nov. 1, a 2-1 overtime loss in Buffalo on Nov. 7, a 2-1 win in Boston on Nov. 10, a 4-1 victory in Buffalo on Dec. 10, a 4-2 loss in Boston on Feb.5 and a 3-2 shootout win in Buffalo on Feb.8. These teams will conclude this season’s series on Apr. 5 in Boston.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won their last three games and are 4-1-2 in their last seven games with a 3-2 overtime win over Philadelphia on Mar. 15, a 2-1 shootout loss in Washington on Mar. 16, a 4-2 setback to Montreal on Mar. 20, a 3-2 shootout loss in Montreal on Mar. 22, a 6-2 victory in Toronto on Mar. 25, a 4-2 win vs. Toronto on Mar. 27 and a 4-0 victory vs. Ottawa on Mar. 29. The Bruins are now 12-5-5 in their last 22 games overall and they are 7-3-3 in their last 13 road games.

Recent Sabres Games
The Sabres are 1-2-1 in their last four games with a 4-1 loss to Toronto on Mar. 21, a 6-3 loss to Ottawa on Mar. 25, a 4-3 shootout win in Ottawa on Mar. 27 and a 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal on Mar. 28. The Sabres are 4-4-3 in their last 11 games overall and are 2-5-2 in their last nine home contests.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins have three games remaining after tonight’s game. They will continue their current three-game road trip in New Jersey on Apr. 2 (7:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio) and at Ottawa on Apr. 4 (7:30 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio) and will then close out their regular season hosting Buffalo on Apr. 5 (7:00 p.m. NESN/WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Sabres Games
The Sabres have three games remaining following tonight’s contest with all three on the road. They will travel to Toronto on Apr. 1, play in Montreal on Apr. 3 and will conclude their regular season visiting the Bruins on Apr. 5.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Alberts:  Post-concussion symptoms.
Bobby Allen:  Back.
Patrice Bergeron:  Concussion.
Andrew Ference:  Leg.
Manny Fernandez:  Knee.
Chuck Kobasew:  Fractured tibia.
Jeremy Reich:  Head.
Marc Savard:  Back.

Bruins March Transactions
Mar. 8:  Matt Lashoff recalled from Providence/AHL.
Mar. 18:  Jeff LoVecchio signed as a free agent to an entry level contract.
Mar. 20:  Matt Lashoff returned to Providence/AHL.
Mar. 24:  Matt Lashoff recalled from Providence/AHL.
Mar. 29:  Jeff Hoggan recalled from Providence/AHL.
Mar. 29:  Jeff Penner signed as a free agent to an entry level contract.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (6-6):
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)
10. Mar. 9 … Boston 0 at NY Rangers 1 … Boston Goal:  Alex Auld (L) … NY Rangers Goal: Henrik Lundqvist (W)
Boston Shooters:  Sturm (N), Kessel (N), Krejci (N) … NY Rangers Shooters:  Shanahan (N), Dawes (Y), Drury (N)
11. Mar. 16 … Boston 1 at Washington 2 … Boston Goal: Alex Auld (L) … Washington Goal: Cristobal Huet (W)
Boston Shooters:  Kobasew (N), Kessel (N) … Washington Shooters:  Semin (Y), Ovechkin (N), Kozlov (Y)
12. Mar. 22 … Boston 2 at Montreal 3 … Boston Goal: Tim Thomas (L) … Montreal Goal: Carey Price (W)
Boston Shooters:  Chara (N), Kessel (N), Wideman (N) … Montreal Shooters:  Streit (N), Kovalev (N), Koivu (Y)

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 turned 29 years old on March 17.
- Zdeno Chara turned 31 years old on March 18.
- Dennis Wideman turned 256 years old on March 20.

Bruins Fun Facts

- Glen Murray played his 1,000th NHL game on Mar. 16 in Washington.
- Murray became the 229th player in NHL history to reach that milestone and he was the 11th player to achieve it this season, joining Roman Hamrlik, Bryan Smolinski, Owen Nolan, Alex Kovalev, Mike Sillinger, Keith Tkachuk, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Markus Naslund, Keith Carney and Dallas Drake.
- Murray was the ninth player to play that milestone game in a Bruins uniform, joining John Bucyk, Jean Ratelle, Wayne Cashman, Rick Middleton, Gordie Roberts, Ray Bourque, Dave Ellett and Don Sweeney.
- Boston’s first pick, 18th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Murray played his first NHL game on Jan. 28, 1992 at Quebec after being recalled by the Bruins from his junior team in Sudbury and he scored his first NHL goal in that game.
- Murray has played his 1,000 games with three NHL teams, playing 561 games in two stints with Boston, 135 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and 304 games as a Los Angeles King.

- Peter Schaefer is two goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.
- P. J. Axelsson is three goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.

- The Bruins have recorded six 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 took a 1-0 shootout loss at NY Rangers on Mar. 9; and Tim Thomas won a 2-0 decision over Washington on Jan. 3 and 4-0 victories each vs. Ottawa on Feb. 26 and Mar. 29.
- 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 will complete the 16th of these series yesterday vs. Ottawa and tomorrow in Buffalo.
- They are 8-6-2 this season in the first game of these series and are 4-7-4 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 have completed 21 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, 0-7-1 vs. Montreal, 1-0-0 vs. Nashville, 3-1-0 vs. NY Islanders, 3-0-1 vs. NY Rangers, 3-1-0 vs. Philadelphia, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix, 2-1-1 vs. Pittsburgh, 0-1-0 vs. St. Louis, 1-0-0 vs. San Jose, 2-2-0 vs. Tampa Bay, 5-2-1 vs. Toronto, and 2-1-1 vs. Washington.
- 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 2-3=5 totals in his last nine games…Had a goal Mar. 11 at Ottawa; single assists each Mar. 13 vs. Tampa Bay and Mar. 15 vs. Philadelphia; a goal Mar. 20 vs. Montreal; and an assist Mar. 22 in Montreal.
- 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 taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).
- Has not dressed for one game this season (coach’s decision).

11—P.J. Axelsson—LW
- Has 1-3=4 totals in his last nine games with single assists each Mar. 11 in Ottawa, on the overtime goal Mar. 15 vs. Philadelphia and Mar. 20 vs. Montreal and the game-winning goal Mar. 29 vs. Ottawa.
- 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
- Will be out indefinitely with a fractured left tibia suffered Mar. 25 in Toronto.
- Had his four-game point streak stopped Mar. 22 in Montreal with 3-2=5 totals in that span…Had a goal Mar. 13 vs. Tampa Bay, a 1-1=2 effort Mar. 15 vs. Philadelphia; a goal Mar. 16 in Washington; and an assist Mar. 20 vs. Montreal.
- Has eight 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 seven empty net goals this season.
- Has taken three shootout shots this season (no goals).
- Has missed five games to injury (1-back, Feb.1 3; 2-groin, Feb. 23-26; 2-leg, Mar. 27-29).

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Has single assists each in two of his last three games, recorded Mar. 25 in Toronto and Mar. 29 vs. Ottawa.
- Has six multiple-point games.
- Leads the team with 12 game-winning points (5-7=12 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 3-2=5 totals in his last three straight games with a 1-1=2 effort, including the game-winning goal, Mar. 25 in Toronto; a goal Mar. 27 vs. the Maple Leafs; and 1-1=2 totals Mar. 29 vs. Ottawa.
- Has 3-4=7 totals in his last eight games.
- Has 13 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 seven shootout shots this season (one deciding goal)…Scored the deciding goal Feb. 21 in Florida.
- Has missed two games to injury/illness (1-eye, Dec. 12; 1-flu, Jan. 31).

17—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- Has five assists in four of his last six games with single assists each Mar. 16 in Washington and Mar. 22 in Montreal, a two-assist effort Mar. 25 in Toronto and an assist Mar. 29 vs. Ottawa.
- Has six 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.
- Was voted the Bruins’ Seventh Player Award by the fans this season.

21—Andrew Ference—D
- Has missed the last three games with a leg injury.
- Scored his first goal of the season and added an assist Mar. 15 vs. Philadelphia…The goal was his first since his last game played of the 2006-07 season on Apr. 5, 2007, a span of 55 games.
- Has five multiple-point games.
- Has missed 19 games to injury (4-upper core, Nov. 4-10; 12-knee, Nov. 17-Dec. 10; 3-leg, Mar. 25-29).

22—Shawn Thornton—RW
- Snapped a 12-game scoreless stretch with 1-1=2 totals Mar. 25 in Toronto.
- His first 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 two multiple-point games.
- 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 three straight games with single goals each Mar. 25 in Toronto and Mar. 27 vs. the Maple Leafs (game-winner) and two assists Mar. 29 vs. Ottawa.
- Has seven 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).
- Played his 1,000th NHL game Mar. 16 in Washington.
- Has missed 19 games to injury (19-hip, Dec. 22-Feb. 5).

29—Alex Auld—G
- Has dressed as backup for the last five games.
- Is 3-1-3 in his last seven decisions…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; a 2-1 victory over Washington on Mar. 8; his fifth career shutout in a 1-0 shootout loss at NY Rangers on Mar. 9; a 4-1 setback in Ottawa on Mar. 11; and a 2-1 shootout loss in Washington on Mar. 16.
- Has three shutouts on the season – numbers 3-5 career - a 1-0 win in Anaheim on Oct. 25 while with Phoenix, a 2-0 win over Columbus on Dec. 15 and 1-0 shootout loss at NY Rangers on Mar. 9 while with Boston.
- Has played in five shootouts this season (2-3, 5 goals/15 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 29 Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Is 4-1-1 in his last six starts with a 3-2 overtime win vs. Philadelphia on Mar. 15, a 4-2 setback to Montreal on Mar. 20, a 3-2 shootout loss in Montreal on Mar. 22, a 6-2 victory in Toronto on Mar. 25, a 4-2 win vs. the Maple Leafs on Mar. 27 and a 4-0 win over Ottawa on Mar. 29, his third shutout of the season and seventh of his career.
- Is 9-4-2 in his last 15 decisions.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 28 of his 48 complete games with a 17-8-3 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 32 of his 48 complete games this season (23-6-3 record) and has allowed one goal or less in 18 of those contests (16-1-1).
- Has three shutouts on the season – numbers five-seven career – 2-0 vs. Washington on Jan. 3 and 4-0 each vs. Ottawa on Feb.26 and Mar. 29.
- 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 shots 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 six shootouts this season (3-3, 5 goals/14 shots).
- Was named the NHL’s Second Star for the week of Feb. 25-Mar. 2.
- Has dressed as backup for 18 games.
- 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.

32—Jeff Hoggan—LW
- Is looking to play his first NHL game this season and first since Apr. 7, 2007 vs. Ottawa in the last game of the 2006-07 season.
- Recalled Mar. 29 from Providence/AHL where he was second in that team’s scoring race with 28-30=58 totals and 57 PIM in 67 games…Led the AHL with a +37 rating.

33—Zdeno Chara—D
- Has played the last five games, with an assist Mar. 22 in Montreal, after missing five games with an upper torso injury.
- Has 7-5=12 totals in his last 15 games.
- 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 two shootout shots this season (one 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.
- Has missed five games to injury (5-upper torso, Mar. 9-16).

34—Shane Hnidy—D
- Has 1-2=3 totals in three of his last five games with single assists each Mar. 20 vs. Montreal and Mar. 27 vs. Toronto and a shorthanded goal Mar. 29 vs. Ottawa…The goal was his first as a Bruin and first since Dec. 8 at Nashville while with Anaheim.
- Played his 400th NHL game Mar. 11 in Ottawa.
- 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…Scored his first goal as a Bruin with a shorthanded tally Mar. 29 vs. Ottawa.
- 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 67 games to injury (67-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-Mar. 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. 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 68 games to injury (68-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Mar. 29).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has missed the last nine games, not dressing Mar. 11 in Ottawa after playing in the previous four games and missing the last eight games with back spasms.
- Has not dressed for 25 games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed 34 games to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10; 33-back, Dec. 8-15; Dec. 23-Feb. 9; Mar. 13-29).

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Has missed 46 games with post-concussion symptoms.
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has missed 46 games to injury (46-post-concussion symptoms, Dec. 18-Mar. 29).

44—Aaron Ward—D
- Has 1-2=3 totals in his last seven games…Scored his second overtime goal of the season and second of the season vs. the Flyers with the game-winner Mar. 15 vs. Philadelphia and added single  assists each on the game-winning goals Mar. 25 in Toronto and Mar. 27 vs. Toronto.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed 17 games to injury (2-concussion, Nov. 10-15; 3-ankle, Dec. 3-6; 8-foot, Dec. 22-Jan. 8; 4-foot, Mar. 4-9).

45—Mark Stuart—D
- Has 1-1=2 totals in two of his last five games with a goal Mar. 20 vs. Montreal and an assist Mar. 22 in Montreal.
- 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 2-5=7 totals in his last three straight games with a 1-1=2 effort Mar. 25 in Toronto, two assists Mar. 27 vs. the Maple Leafs and a 1-2=3 effort Mar. 29 vs. Ottawa.
- Has five 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 four 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.
- Has three assists in his last four Boston games played with an assist Mar. 16 at Washington and a two-assist effort Mar. 25 in Toronto.
- Recalled Mar. 24 from Providence/AHL for the fourth time this season…Had 8-27=35 totals with 72 PIM and a +10 rating in 55 AHL Bruins games at the time of the recall.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Scored his first NHL goal Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta.
- 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…Played five of six games with one assist in his third stint from Mar. 8-20.

53—Jeremy Reich—LW
- Has played the last seven games after not dressing for the previous six games…Scored an empty net goal in the 6-2 win in Toronto on Mar. 25.
- 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 21 games this season (coach’s decision).

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
- Rookie.
- Has played in the last six straight games with points in three of his last five…Had an assist Mar. 20 vs. Montreal, a goal Mar. 22 in Montreal and an assist Mar. 25 in Toronto…Had played in just three of the previous 11 games.
- 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 11 Boston games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed two games to illness (2-flu, Feb. 19-21).

60—Vladimir Sobotka—C
- Has played the last three games, with an assist Mar. 27 vs. Toronto, after not dressing for the previous three games…Has played in six of the last 11 contests.
- 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…Scored his first NHL goal Feb. 13 in Pittsburgh.
- Has not dressed for six games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed three games to injury (3-upper body, Dec. 6-10).

72—Peter Schaefer—LW
- Has played the last two games, with a goal and an assist Mar. 27 vs. Toronto, after not dressing for the previous five games.
- Has 2-3=5 totals in his last ten games played.
- Has three 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 nine 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 2-1=3 totals in two of his last three games with a goal Mar. 25 in Toronto and a 1-1=2 effort Mar. 27 vs. the Maple Leafs.
- Has 2-2=4 totals in his last seven games.
- Has five 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 12 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 missed the last three games with a back injury.
- Snapped a four-game scoreless stretch, his longest since March of 2002, with a goal Mar. 22 in Montreal.
- Has 1-3=4 totals in his last eight games with 2-14=16 totals in his last 18 games.
- 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 four games to injury (1-groin, Oct. 10; 3-back, Mar. 25-29)…When he missed the Oct. 10 game in Anaheim, it snapped 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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