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Pregame Notes: Carolina vs. Boston

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Hurricanes tonight in the third of four games between these teams and the second and final game of this season’s series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 28-22-5 and are 14-11-3 on home ice. The Hurricanes are 27-27-4 overall with a 14-16-2 record on the road. The Bruins are 5-5-0 vs. Southeast Division opponents and they are 22-18-5 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Hurricanes are 9-5-1 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 25-21-4 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 84-62-16-2 all-time vs. the Carolina franchise (includes Hartford) with a 562-496 scoring edge in those 164 games. The Bruins are 47-28-7-1 all-time vs. the Hurricanes franchise in Boston with a 284-224 scoring advantage in those 83 contests. The Hurricanes have won the last three games between these teams, including the first two games of ’s series with a 4-3 win in Carolina on Dec. 28 and a 1-0 victory in Boston on Jan. 8. The Bruins last defeated the Hurricanes with a 4-3 overtime win in Carolina on Feb. 3, 2007.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have dropped three of their last four games with a 3-1 setback to Detroit on Feb. 2, a 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Feb. 5, a 3-2 shootout win in Buffalo on Feb. 8 and a 6-3 loss to Florida on Feb. 9. The Bruins have taken points out of eight of their last 12 games at 7-4-1 and they are 10-6-1 in their last 17 games overall.

Recent Hurricanes Games
The Hurricanes have lost three of the four games on their current five-game road trip with a 4-1 loss in Pittsburgh on Feb. 2, a 1-0 setback in Nashville on Feb. 5, a 2-1 win in Washington on Feb. 8 and a 6-1 setback in New Jersey on Feb. 9. They are 5-4-0 in their last nine games and are 7-11-1 in their last 19 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next face a five-game road stretch that will see them play in Pittsburgh on Feb. 13 (7:30), in Toronto on Feb. 16 (7:00), at Carolina on Feb. 19 (7:00), in Florida on Feb. 21 (7:30) and in Tampa Bay on Feb. 23 (7:30). They will next return home to host Ottawa on Feb. 26 (7:30). All games are broadcast on both NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Hurricanes Games
The Hurricanes return home for their next two games, hosting Pittsburgh on Feb. 14 and Florida on Feb. 16. They will play eight of their next nine games on home ice with their lone road game in that span a Feb. 18 contest in New Jersey.

Bruins injuries
Andrew Alberts: Post-concussion syndrome.
Bobby Allen: Back spasms.
Patrice Bergeron: Concussion and broken nose.
Manny Fernandez: Dec. 12 left knee surgery.
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 (3-3)
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)

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
- Marco Sturm is three goals shy of his 200th NHL goal milestone.
- Marco Sturm is three points short of his 400th NHL point milestone.
- Peter Schaefer is four goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.

- The Bruins have recorded three shutouts, 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 and have completed eleven of these series, thus far.
- They are 5-4-2 in the first game of these series and are 3-7-1 in the second game of these sets.

- 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 – 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 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 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 11 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 16 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 (coach’s decision).

11—P.J. Axelsson—LW
- Has a three-game point streak in progress with 1-2-3 totals in that span…Had a goal Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo and single assists each Feb. 8 in Buffalo and Feb. 9 vs. Florida…Has played the last five games after missing seven games with a bruised right foot suffered Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- Has 6-4-10 totals in his last 14 games.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- 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 ten 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.
- Has taken two shootout shots (no goals).

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Had his four-game point streak stopped Feb. 8 in Buffalo with 3-2-5 totals in that span…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; 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 4-2-6 totals in his last eight games played with 7-4-11 totals in his last 11 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; single goals each Jan. 29 vs. Nashville and Feb. 8 in Buffalo; and a 1-1-2 night Feb. 9 vs. Florida which included his 200th NHL assist.
- Has 8-6-14 totals in his last 15 games.
- 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 three shootout shots (no goals).
- 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 nine 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 seven 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 played the last two games, with a 1-1-2 effort Feb. 9 vs. Florida, after missing 19 games with a hip flexor strain.
- Has 5-2-7 totals in his last 13 games.
- Has four 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
- Dressed as backup Feb. 9 vs. Florida.
- Recorded the 3-2 shootout victory in Buffalo on Feb. 8 after dressing as backup for the previous five games.
- Is 2-4-1 in his last seven starts with his previous win 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 two shootouts (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 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 16 Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Has lost his last three starts with a 3-1 setback to Detroit on Feb. 2, a 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Feb. 5 and a 6-3 loss to Florida on Feb. 9…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 11-9-1 in his last 21 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 35 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 35 complete games (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 (1-2, 4 goals/6 shots).
- Has dressed as backup for 11 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 a single goal in each of his last two games, Feb. 8 in Buffalo and Feb. 9 vs. Florida.
- Has 3-7-10 totals in his last 12 games with 4-11-15 totals in his last 17 contests.
- 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 (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 shot 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 16 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 (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 44 games to injury (44-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-Feb. 9).

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.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Has taken one shootout shot (no goal).
- Has missed 45 games to injury (45-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Feb. 9).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has missed the last 20 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 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 23 games with post-concussion syndrome.
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has missed 23 games to injury (23-post-concussion syndrome, Dec. 18-Feb. 9).

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 (Marian and Marcel Hossa on Dec. 7, NY Rangers at Atlanta).

46—David Krejci—C
- Rookie.
- Has a three-game assist streak in progress (0-3-3 totals with single assists each Feb. 5 vs. Buffalo, Feb. 8 in Buffalo and Feb. 9 vs. Florida.
- Has eight assists in the 17 games since his Dec. 30 recall from Providence/AHL.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- 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 not dressed for the last two games.
- 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 15 games (coach’s decision).

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
- Rookie.
- Has played the last two games after not dressing for the previous 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 12 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 missed two games with a shin laceration.
- Has played in six of the last 11 games, missing four games with injury/illness and not dressing for one game.
- 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, that 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 four games to injury (2-flu, Jan. 17-19; 2-shin, Feb. 8-9).

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
- Has 3-3-6 totals in his last 11 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 the deciding shootout goals vs. the Rangers on Jan. 19 and in Buffalo on Feb. 8.
- Has 5-6-11 totals in his last 19 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 five shootout shots …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 a 3-2 win in Buffalo on Feb. 8…He now has seven 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 single assists in each of his last two games, Feb. 8 in Buffalo and Feb. 9 vs. Florida.
- Has 3-14-17 totals in 11 of his last 13 games with 5-15-20 totals in his last 17 contests.
- Has 14 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 (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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