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Pregame Notes: Bruins @ Sabres

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

Friday, February 8, 2008
HSBC Arena; Buffalo NY
Game Time:  7:30 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins visit the Sabres tonight in the sixth of eight games between these teams this season and the third of four games of this season’s series at HSBC Arena. The Bruins are 27-21-5 thus far this season and are 13-11-2 this season on the road. The Sabres are 25-21-7 overall this season with a 13-8-2 record on home ice. The Bruins are 7-9-3 this season vs. Northeast Division opponents and they are 21-17-5 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Sabres are 7-9-2 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 22-16-7 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 107-97-29-3 all-time vs. Buffalo with each team scoring 775 goals in those 236 games. The Bruins are 42-59-15-2 all-time vs. the Sabres in Buffalo with the Sabres holding a 426-345 scoring advantage in those 118 contests. The Bruins are 3-1-1 vs. Buffalo in 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 victory in Boston on Nov. 10, a 4-1 win in Buffalo on Dec. 10 and a 4-2 loss in Boston on Feb. 5.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have lost consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 8-10 with a 3-1 setback to Detroit on Feb. 2 and a 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Feb. 5. That followed a 4-1 victory over NY Islanders on Jan. 24, a 3-1 win vs. Nashville on Jan. 29 and a 3-1 victory in Ottawa on Jan. 31. The Bruins have taken points out of seven of their last ten games at 6-3-1 and they are 9-5-1 in their last 15 games overall.

Recent Sabres Games
The Sabres have taken points out of their last six games at 5-0-1 with a 2-1 win in Dallas on Jan. 24, a 4-2 win in Tampa Bay on Jan .29, a 1-0 victory in Florida on Jan. 30, a 5-4 shootout loss in Atlanta on Feb. 1, a 4-2 win in Boston on Feb. 5 and a 3-2 shootout victory vs. New Jersey on Feb. 6. The Sabres are 5-2-1 in their last eight games with a 6-7-6 mark in their last 18 contests.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next host Florida on Feb. 9 (7:00 p.m.) and Carolina on Feb. 12 (7:00 p.m.) before heading out on a five-game road trip from Feb. 13-23. All games are broadcast on both NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Sabres Games
The Sabres conclude their current three-game home stand hosting Florida on Feb. 10 and will then face the Senators in Ottawa on Feb. 12.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Alberts:  Post-concussion syndrome.
Bobby Allen:  Back spasms.
Patrice Bergeron:  Concussion and broken nose.
Manny Fernandez:  Dec. 12 left knee surgery.
Glen Murray:  Hip flexor strain.
Peter Schaefer:  Shin injury.

Bruins Recent Transactions
Jan. 11:  Matt Lashoff returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 11:  Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 16:  Pascal Pelletier recalled from Providence/AHL.
Feb. 1:  Pascal Pelletier returned to Providence/AHL.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (2-3)
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)

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 will turn 29 years old on February 11.
- P. J. Axelsson will turn 33 years old on February 26.

Bruins Fun Facts
- Marco Sturm is one assist short of his 200th NHL assist milestone.
- Peter Schaefer is four goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.
- Marco Sturm is five goals shy of his 200th NHL goal milestone.
- Marco Sturm is six points short of his 400th NHL point 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 are completing the 11th of these series tonight in Buffalo and tomorrow vs. Florida.
- They are 4-4-2 this season in the first game of these series and are 3-6-1 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 eleven of their 24 season series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 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 1-5-6 totals in his last nine games…Had a two-assist effort Jan. 17 vs. Toronto; single assists each Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers and Jan. 22 in Montreal; and a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has 3-5-8 totals in his last 15 games.
- 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 played the last three games, with a goal Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo, after missing seven games with a bruised right foot suffered Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- Has 6-2-8 totals in his last 13 games.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed seven games to injury (7-foot, Jan. 12-29).

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
- Has a five-game point streak in progress 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 seven of his last eight 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).

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Has 4-2-6 totals in his last seven games…Scored the game-winning goal Jan. 20 at NY Rangers; 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; and a goal Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo.
- 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 2-1-3 totals in his last five games played with 5-3-8 totals in his last nine games…Had a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 12 in Philadelphia; a goal Jan. 17 vs. Toronto; a 1-1-2 night Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers; a goal Jan. 22 in Montreal; an assist Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders; and a goal Jan. 29 vs. Nashville.
- Has 6-5-11 totals in his last 13 games.
- Has eight 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.
- 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 one shootout shot this season (no goal).
- Has missed two games to injury/illness (1-eye, Dec. 12; 1-flu, Jan. 31).

17—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- Had his four-game point streak stopped Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo with 2-4-6 totals in that span…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 an assist Feb. 2 vs. Detroit.
- Has 2-5-7 totals in his last seven games and has factored into each of Boston’s last four 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
- His last point was an assist Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey.
- 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 played the last five games after not dressing for the previous two 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 missed 19 games with a hip flexor strain.
- Has 4-1-5 totals in five of his last 11 games…Had single goals each Dec. 1 in Tampa Bay, Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and Dec. 5 in New Jersey; an assist Dec. 6 vs. Montreal; and a goal Dec. 12 in Atlanta.
- Has 9-4-13 totals in ten of his last 18 games.
- Has three multiple-point games with his season-high a 2-1-3 effort Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 12-18 (1-3-4 totals).
- 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 five games.
- Took the 8-2 loss in Montreal on Jan. 22 in his last start as he allowed four goals in 20 minutes before being relieved by Tim Thomas.
- Had dressed as backup for the previous two games…His last win was a 4-3 overtime victory in Philadelphia on Jan. 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 one shootout this season (0-1, 2 goals/3 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 15 Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Has lost his last two starts with a 3-1 setback to Detroit on Feb. 2 and a 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Feb. 5…That followed a career-best five-game win streak with a 4-3 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Jan. 19, a 3-1 win at NY Rangers on Jan. 20, a 4-1 victory vs. NY Islanders on Jan. 24, a 3-1 win vs. Nashville on Jan. 29 and a 3-1 victory in Ottawa on Jan. 31.
- Is 11-8-1 in his last 20 decisions, including his fifth career shutout in a 2-0 win over Washington on Jan. 3.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 21 of his 34 complete games with a 13-7-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 21 of his 34 complete games this season (14-5-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in 14 of those contests (12-1-1).
- 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 three shootouts this season (1-2, 4 goals/6 shots).
- Has dressed as backup for ten 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 1-7-8 totals in his last ten games…Had a three-assist effort Jan. 12 in Philadelphia which is a career-high for assists in a game and matched his previous career-high for points in a game; a goal Jan. 17 vs. Toronto; single assists each Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers and Jan. 20 at NY Rangers; and two assists Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has 2-11-13 totals in his last 15 games.
- Has eight 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.
- Has played the last 13 games, including 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 42games to injury (42-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-Feb. 5).

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 43 games to injury (43-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Feb. 5).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has missed the last 18 games with recurring back spasms after playing in the previous three games…Had missed the previous five games with the back spasms.
- Has not dressed for 15 games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed 24 games to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10; 23-back, Dec. 8-15; Dec. 23-Feb. 5).

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Has missed the last 21 games with post-concussion syndrome.
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has missed 21 games to injury (21-post-concussion syndrome, Dec. 18-Feb. 5).

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.
- Has six assists - recorded Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey, Jan. 10 vs. Montreal, Jan. 12 in Philadelphia, Jan. 29 vs. Nashville and Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo - in the 15 games since his Dec. 30 recall from Providence/AHL.
- Had 7-21-28 totals with 19 PIM in 25 AHL Bruins games with a +14 rating.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- 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
- His 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 13 games this season (coach’s decision).

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
- Rookie.
- Has not dressed for the last two games.
- Snapped an 11-game scoreless stretch with a goal Jan. 22 in Montreal.
- 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).

60—Vladimir Sobotka—C
- Has played the last ten games after 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 played in six of the last nine games, missing two games with the flu and not dressing Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders.
- 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 two games to illness (2-flu, Jan. 17-19).

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
- Has 3-2-5 totals in his last eight games…Had an assist Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers; a goal Jan. 20 at NY Rangers; an assist Jan. 22 in Montreal; and single goals each Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders and Jan. 31 in Ottawa…Also scored the deciding shootout goal vs. the Rangers on the 19th.
- Has 5-5-10 totals in his last 17 games.
- 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 four shootout shots this season, scoring the deciding goals each in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20 and a 4-3 win over NY Rangers on Jan. 19…He now has six 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 been held without a point in each of his last two games, just the second time this season he has been scoreless in consecutive games (Dec. 15-18).
- Had his nine-game assist and point streaks snapped Feb. 2 vs. Detroit with 3-12-15 totals in that span…Had an assist Jan. 10 vs. Montreal; a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 12 in Philadelphia; two assists Jan. 17 vs. Toronto; an assist Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers; two assist efforts each Jan. 20 at NY Rangers and Jan. 22 in Montreal; a 1-1-2 night Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders; an assist Jan. 29 vs. Nashville; and 1-1-2 totals Jan. 31 in Ottawa.
- Has 5-13-18 totals in his last 15 games with 8-18-26 totals in his last 26 contests.
- Has 14 multiple-point games.
- Had a career-best 12-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-Dec. 6 (2-17-19 totals).
- Recorded his 500th NHL point with the first assist of a 1-4-5 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles…Played his 600th NHL game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo.
- Has missed one game to injury (1-groin, Oct. 10)…Missed the Oct. 10 game in Anaheim with the injury, snapping his consecutive games-played stretch at 166 games dating back to his previous game missed (April 3, 2004 at Ottawa while with 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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