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Pregame Notes: Game Six

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS

Saturday, April 19, 2008
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time:  7:00 p.m.
NESN (HD) and WBZ Radio

Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Canadiens tonight in game six of their best-of-seven Conference Quarter-Final playoff series. The Canadiens took a two games to none lead in this series with a 4-1 win in Montreal on Apr. 10 and a 3-2 overtime victory in Montreal on Apr. 12 but the Bruins rallied to cut that lead in half with a 2-1 overtime win in Boston on Apr. 13. Montreal won game four by a 1-0 score in Boston on Apr. 15 but the Bruins grabbed their first win of this series in Montreal with a decisive 5-1 victory on Apr. 17. The Canadiens now lead the series three games to two.

Eastern Conference Quarter-Final Series Schedule (Best-of-Seven):

April 10: Boston 1 at Montreal 4, GWG:  Andrei Kostitsyn
April 12: Boston 2 at Montreal 3, OTG:  Alex Kovalev
April 13: Montreal 1 at Boston 2, OTG:  Marc Savard
April 15: Montreal 1 at Boston 0, GWG: Patrice Brisebois
April 17: Boston 5 at Montreal 1, GWG: Glen Metropolit
April 19: Montreal at Boston, 7:00 p.m.
April 21: Boston at Montreal, 7:00 p.m.

Bruins Playoff Appearances
The Bruins are making their 63rd post-season appearance in their 84-year history. This marks a return to the post-season for the Bruins, who last participated in playoff hockey in 2004. The Bruins missed the playoffs in 2006 and 2007 (no playoffs in 2005 due to NHL work stoppage).

Canadiens Playoff Appearances
The Canadiens are making their 76th post-season appearance in their 91-year NHL history. This marks a return to the post-season for the Canadiens, who last participated in playoff hockey in 2006. The Canadiens missed the playoffs in 2007.

All-time Playoff Series, Boston vs. Montreal
The Bruins and Canadiens are meeting for the 31st time in post-season play with the Canadiens holding a 23-7 series lead. The Bruins and Canadiens split the first four series and Montreal then won the next 18 series between these teams until the Bruins took the 1988 Adams Division Final series by a four-games to one tally. The Bruins have won four of the last six series with wins in the 1990 Adams Division Final series (four games to one), 1991 Adams Division Final series (four games to three), 1992 Adams Division Final series (four games to none) and 1994 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series (four games to three). The Canadiens have won the last two series between these teams with a four games to two victory in the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series and a four games to three series win in the 2004 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series.

This marks the 13th time in the last 24 post-seasons that the Bruins and Canadiens have met in the first or second round. They did not meet in 1993, 1996 or 1998 when both teams qualified for the playoffs. The Bruins did not qualify in 1997 or 2006; the Canadiens did not qualify in 1995, 1999 or 2003; and neither team participated in post-season play in 2000, 2001 or 2007.

The Bruins and Canadiens have faced each other more times in the playoffs than any other two NHL opponents. The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs have matched up 23 times in post-season play, which ranks second in NHL playoff rivalries. There are 12 NHL teams that have not yet played 30 series in their playoff histories (Anaheim, Atlanta, Carolina/Hartford, Columbus, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, Ottawa, Phoenix/Winnipeg, San Jose, Tampa Bay and Washington). The 156 playoff games played by the Bruins and Canadiens against each other heading into this series are also the most between opponents in NHL playoff history. The Red Wings and Maple Leafs have played 117 games in their playoff history.

Bruins Last Series Win
The Bruins last won a playoff series with a four games to two Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series win over the Carolina Hurricanes in 1999. They have played four series since that win, losing to Buffalo in the 1999 Eastern Conference Semi-Final series (four games to two); to Montreal in the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series (four games to two); to New Jersey in the 2003 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final Series (four games to one); and to Montreal in the 2004 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series (four games to three).

Canadiens Last Series Win
The Canadiens last won a playoff series with a four games to three Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series win over the Boston Bruins in the 2004. They have played two series since that win, losing to Tampa Bay in the 2004 Eastern Conference Semi-Final series (four games to none); and to Carolina in the 2006 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series (four games to two).

Bruins Regular Season Recap
The Bruins finished the 2007-08 season with a 41-29-12 record and 94 points, an 18-point improvement over their previous season and their first 40+win season since 2003-04 (41). They went 21-16-4 at home, their first 20+ win season on home ice since 2002-03 (23) and had the league’s fifth-best road record at 20-13-8. It was the first season they posted 20-or-more wins each at home and on the road since 2001-02. Their 212 goals for were the lowest total of any Eastern Conference playoff team and were the second-lowest overall in the league among teams participating in post-season play (Anaheim, 205).  Their 222 goals against were tied with Montreal for the fourth-best mark among Eastern Conference playoff teams while they ranked 11th overall in the league with a 2.58 team goals against average.

Marc Savard led the Bruins in scoring and ranked 22nd overall in the league’s Art Ross scoring race with 78 points and his 63 assists ranked him third overall in the NHL in that category despite playing eight fewer games than the two players ranked ahead of him (Joe Thornton, 67; Pavel Datsyuk, 66). Zdeno Chara ranked tenth among league defensemen in scoring with 51 points while his 17 goals were tied (Dion Phaneuf) for the second-highest mark by a league blueliner, trailing only Mike Green (18). Tim Thomas finished the season with the league’s fourth-best save percentage at .921.

Canadiens Regular Season Recap
The Canadiens finished the 2007-08 season with a 47-25-10 record and 104 points, 14-point improvement over their previous season and their highest win total since 1992-93 (48). They went 2-13-6 on home ice and had the league’s second-best road record at 25-12-4, which was their highest road victory total since they had 27 in 1977-78. Their 262 goals scored led the NHL while their 222 goals against were tied with Boston for the four-best mark among Eastern Conference playoff teams and they ranked 12th overall in the league with a 2.59 team goals against average.

Alex Kovalev led the Canadiens in scoring and ranked 11th overall in the league’s Art Ross scoring race with 84 points. Montreal had two defensemen ranked in the league’s top ten among blueliners with Mark Streit third with 62 points and Andrei Markov ranked sixth with 58 points. Carey Price finished the season with the league’s seventh-best save percentage at .920.

Bruins Injuries
Bobby Allen:  Back.
Patrice Bergeron:  Concussion.
Manny Fernandez:  Knee.
Chuck Kobasew:  Fractured tibia.

April Birthdays:
- Tim Thomas turned 34 years old on April 15.
- Chuck Kobasew turned 26 years old on April 17.
- Mark Stuart turns 24 years old on April 27.
- David Krejci turns 22 years old on April 28.

Playoff Fun Facts:
- When Marc Savard scored his first career playoff goal in game three of this series, he became just the fifth Bruin to score his first NHL post-season goal in overtime … The others were Mel Hill (1939), Des Smith (1942), Peter Douris (1992) and Patrice Bergeron (2004).
- The Bruins played consecutive overtime games in games two and three of this series … It was the first time they have played back-to-back overtime games since April 24, 1998 (4-3 win at Washington) and April 26, 1998 (3-2 loss in Boston).
- The Bruins have played three-or-more overtime games in one playoff series on seven occasions with five series featuring three overtimes, including four series vs. Montreal, and two series featuring four overtimes.
Of the 26 players on the Bruins playoff roster:
- 9 played their first NHL playoff game on Apr. 10 in game one of this series (Phil Kessel, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen, Jeremy Reich, Marc Savard, Mark Stuart, Tim Thomas, Dennis Wideman).
- 2 played their first NHL playoff game on Apr. 12 in game two of this series (Andrew Alberts, Vladimir Sobotka) while Bobby Allen (injured) is still looking to play in his first NHL playoff game.
- 14 have played in NHL playoffs prior to this season (Alex Auld, P. J. Axelsson, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Manny Fernandez, Shane Hnidy, Chuck Kobasew, Glen Metropolit, Glen Murray, Peter Schaefer, Marco Sturm, Shawn Thornton, Aaron Ward).
- 6 have played in a Stanley Cup Final with 2 winning 4 Cups (Andrew Ference, lost to Tampa Bay in 2004 with Calgary; Manny Fernandez, lost to New Jersey in 2000 with Dallas; Chuck Kobasew, lost to Tampa Bay in 2004 with Calgary; Peter Schaefer, lost to Anaheim in 2007 with Ottawa; Shawn Thornton, won with Anaheim in 2007; Aaron Ward, won with Detroit in 1997 & 1998 and with Carolina in 2006 & lost to Detroit in 2002 with Carolina).
- Glen Murray has played in the most NHL playoff games with 89 and also has the most career playoff points with 42.

The Players
6—Dennis Wideman—D
Playoffs:  Has 0-2-2 totals with 0 PIM in 4 career playoff games…Has played in 1 career playoff overtime game…Played his first NHL playoff game on Apr. 10 in Montreal in game one of this series…Missed game two on Apr. 12 with a lower torso injury…Recorded his first NHL playoff point with an assist on the overtime goal on Apr. 13 in game three…Had another assist on Apr. 17 in game five.
Regular Season Recap:  Set career season-highs in all offensive categories with 13-23-36 totals and 70 PIM in 81 games…Had a career-best 7-game point streak from Nov. 29-Dec. 10, the longest such streak by a Boston defenseman since Ray Bourque in 1995…Scored the 18,000th goal in Bruins history on Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta…Did not dress for 1 game.

11—P.J. Axelsson—LW
Playoffs:  Has 4-2-6 totals with 20 PIM in 41 career playoff games with Boston…Has played in 9 career playoff overtime games.
Regular Season Recap:  Had 13-16-29 totals with 15 PIM in 75 games…Missed seven games with a foot injury.

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
Playoffs:  Has 1-1-2 totals and 24 PIM in 33 career playoff games with Calgary…Has played in 1 Stanley Cup Final, losing to Tampa Bay in 2004…Has played in 9 playoff overtime games…Will miss this series with a fractured left tibia.
Regular Season Recap:  Recorded his second career 20-goal season with 22-17-39 totals with 29 PIM in 73 games…Had 8 multiple-point games…Missed 9 games with back, groin and leg injuries…Remains out indefinitely with a fractured left tibia suffered March 25 in Toronto.

13—Glen Metropolit—C
Playoffs:  Has 1-0-1 totals with 4 PIM in 8 career playoff games with Washington and Boston…Has played in 4 playoff overtime games…Scored his first career playoff goal with the game-winning tally on Apr. 17 in Montreal in game five of this series.
Regular Season Recap:  Set career-highs in assists, tied his previous career season-high in points and was one of three Bruins to play in every game this season…Had 11-22-33 totals and 36 PIM in 82 games…Had six multiple-point games…Led the team in game-winning points with 5-7-12 totals…The Bruins were 9-1-0 when he scored a goal…Is the Boston PHWA chapter nominee for the Masterton Trophy…Came to camp on a try-out agreement before earning a contract with the team.

16—Marco Sturm—LW
Playoffs:  Has 7-10-17 totals with 18 PIM in 43 career playoff games with San Jose and Boston…Has played in 6 playoff overtime games…Had an assist on Apr. 12 in Montreal in game two of this series…Scored his first goal of the series with a shorthanded effort Apr. 17 in game five in Montreal.
Regular Season Recap:  Recorded his sixth straight 20+ goal season with 27-29-56 totals and 40 PIM in 80 games…Led the team in goals…Had 13 multiple-point games…Had an eight-game point streak from Feb. 16-Mar. 3…Scored 1 deciding shootout goal…Played his 730th NHL game on Feb. 2 vs. Detroit, becoming the all-time games played leader for players born and raised in Germany…The Bruins were 29-8-5 when he recorded a point…Missed 2 games with an eye injury and the flu.

17—Milan Lucic—LW
Playoffs:  Has 1-0-1 totals with 4 PIM in 5 career playoff games…Has played in 2 career playoff overtime games…Played his first NHL playoff game on Apr. 10 in Montreal in game one of this series…Scored his first career playoff goal/point on Apr. 13 in game three of this series.
Regular Season Recap:  had 8-19-27 totals with 89 PIM in 77 games in his rookie season…Scored his first NHL points with a 1-1-2 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles and completed the ‘Gordie Howe Hat Trick’ with a fight in that game as well…Had six multiple-point games…The Bruins were 14-4-3 when he registered a point…Missed 4 games with a concussion and did not dress for 1 game…Played in the NHL’s Young Stars Game during All-Star weekend.

21—Andrew Ference—D
Playoffs:  Has 3-18-21 totals with 55 PIM in 56 career playoff games with Pittsburgh, Calgary and Boston…Has played in one Stanley Cup Final, losing to Tampa Bay in 20o4 while with Calgary…Has played in 16 playoff overtime games…Had an assist on the lone Boston goal in game one of this series on Apr. 10 in Montreal…Recorded three assists on Apr. 17 in Montreal in game five.
Regular Season Recap:  Had 1-14-15 totals with 50 PIM in 59 games…Had 5 multiple-point games…The Bruins were 7-2-1 when he recorded a point…Missed 23 games with core, knee and leg injuries.

22—Shawn Thornton—RW
Playoffs:  Has 0-0-0 totals with 25 PIM in 20 career playoff games with Anaheim and Boston…Won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007…Has played in 6 playoff overtime games.
Regular Season Recap:  Had 4-3-7 totals with 74 PIM in 58 games…Scored twice in a 0:27 span on Feb. 12 vs. Carolina, the fastest 2 goals by a Bruin since Dec. 14, 2003 (Mike Knuble, 0:17)…Missed 20 games with a broken foot and did not dress for 4 games.

27—Glen Murray—RW
Playoffs:  Has 20-22-42 totals with 66 PIM in 92 career playoff games with Boston, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles…Has played in 17 playoff overtime games with 2 overtime goals.
Regular Season Recap:  Had 17-13-30 totals with 50 PIM in 63 games…Had six multiple-point games…Played his 1,000th NHL game on Mar. 16 in Washington, becoming the 229th player in NHL history to reach that milestone and just the ninth to play that milestone game in a Bruins uniform…The Bruins were 15-4-3 when he registered a point…Missed 19 games with a hip injury.

29—Alex Auld—G
Playoffs:  Has played in 4 career playoff games (1-2 record) with Vancouver…Has dressed as backup for the first five games of this series.
Regular Season Recap:  Acquired from Phoenix on Dec. 6…Went 9-7-5 with a 2.32 GAA in 23 Bruins games with 2 shutouts…Dressed as backup for 32 Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
Playoffs:  Has a 2-3 record and 1.93 GAA in 5 career playoff games with Boston…Has played in 2 career playoff overtime games …Played his first NHL playoff game on Apr. 10 in Montreal with a 4-1 loss in game one of this series…Earned his first career playoff win with a 2-1 overtime victory on Apr. 13 in game three of this series…Has allowed just one goal in each of the last three games of this series.
Regular Season Recap:  Had a 28-19-6 record and 2.44 GAA in 57 games…Ranked fourth in the league in save percentage at .921…Allowed 2 goals or less in 34 games and 1 goal or less in 19 contests including 3 shutouts…Faced 30+ shots in28 games including a high of 52 in Montreal on Nov. 17…Had a career-best 5-game win streak from Jan.19-31 and had 2 6-game point streaks…Dressed as backup for 19 games…Missed 6 games with a groin injury…Played in his first NHL All-Star Game and was the winning goaltender for the Eastern Conference.

33—Zdeno Chara—D
Playoffs:  Has 4-11-15 totals with 65 PIM in 50 career playoff games with Ottawa and Boston…Has played in 13 playoff overtime games…Scored his first point of this series with a power play goal on Apr. 17 in Montreal in game five.
Regular Season Recap:  Set career season-highs in goals, assists and points…Led team defensemen in scoring and was tenth overall among NHL blueliners with 17-34-51 totals and 114 PIM in 77 games…His 17 goals tied for second among NHL defensemen…Missed five games with an upper torso injury…Played in his third NHL All-Star game and won the Hardest Shot competition for the second straight year with the second-hardest shot (103.1) in the competition’s history.

34—Shane Hnidy—D
Playoffs:  Has 3-1-4 totals with 27 PIM in 28 career playoff games with Ottawa, Nashville, Atlanta and Boston…Has played in 5 playoff overtime games…Scored Boston’s lone goal on Apr. 10 in Montreal in game one of this series.
Regular Season Recap:  Acquired from Anaheim on Jan. 2…Had 2-6-8 totals with 71 PIM in 76 combined games with Anaheim and Boston…Did not miss a Boston game to injury.

35—Manny Fernandez—G
Playoffs:  Has played in 9 career playoff games (3-4 record and 1.96 GAA) with Dallas and Minnesota…Has played in 1 Stanley Cup Final, losing to New Jersey in 200o while with Dallas…Has played in 5 career overtime games (2-3 record).
Regular Season Recap:  Played in just 4 games with a 2-2-0 record and 3.93 GAA before knee surgery caused him to miss 71 games…Had 1 shutout, a 1-0 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Oct. 20…Dressed as backup for 6 games.

37—Patrice Bergeron—C
Playoffs:  Has 1-3-4 totals with 0 PIM in 7 career playoff games, all with Boston versus Montreal …Has played in 2 playoff overtime games with 1 overtime goal.
Regular Season Recap:  Had 3-4-7 totals with 2 PIM in 10 games before suffering a concussion when hit from behind on Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia…Missed the remaining 72 games of the season with the injury.

38—Bobby Allen—D
Playoffs:  Is looking to play in his first career playoff series.
Regular Season Recap:  Was scoreless with two PIM in 19 games…Missed 38 games to arm and back injuries and did not dress for 25 games…Remains out indefinitely with recurring back spasms.

41—Andrew Alberts—D
Playoffs:  Has 0-0-0 totals with 0 PIM in 2 career playoff games…Has played in 1 playoff overtime game…Played his first career NHL playoff game on Apr. 12 in Montreal in game two of this series …Did not dress (coach’s decision) in games one, three and four of this series…Returned to the lineup to play Apr. 17 in game five.
Regular Season Recap:  Had 0-2-2 totals with 39 PIM in 35 games…Missed 47 games with post-concussion symptoms.

44—Aaron Ward—D
Playoffs:  Has 3-5-8 totals with 69 PIM in 82 career playoff games with Detroit, Carolina and Boston…Has won 3 Stanley Cups, with Detroit in 1997 & 1998 and with Carolina in 2006…Has played in 1 other Stanley Cup Final, losing to Detroit in 2002 while with Carolina…Has played in 23 playoff overtime games…Missed the Apr. 17 game five in Montreal with a knee injury suffered Apr. 15 in game four.
Regular Season Recap:  had 5-8-13 totals with 54 PIM in 65 games…Scored 2 overtime goals, both vs. Philadelphia, and another game-winner at 19:48 of the third period on Oct. 13 in San Jose…The Bruins were 11-1-0 when he registered a point…Missed 17 games with a concussion, ankle and foot injuries.

45—Mark Stuart—D
Playoffs:  Has 0-1-1 totals with 4 PIM in 5 career playoff games…Has played in 2 career playoff overtime games…Played his first NHL playoff game on Apr. 10 in Montreal in game one of this series…Recorded his first NHL playoff point with an assist on Apr. 13 in game three.
Regular Season Recap:  Played his first full NHL season and was one of three Bruins to play in all 82 games…Had 4-4-8 totals and 81 PIM…Played a game against one of his brothers vs. older brother Colin on Dec. 29 in Atlanta and they became just the second set of siblings this season to score in the same game on Dec. 31 in Boston.

46—David Krejci—C
Playoffs:  Has 1-2-3 totals with 2 PIM in 5 career playoff games…Has played in 2 career playoff overtime games…Played his first NHL playoff game on Apr. 10 in Montreal in game one of this series…Scored his first NHL playoff goal/point on Apr. 12 in Montreal in game two of this series…Had two assists on Apr. 17 in Montreal in game five.
Regular Season Recap:  Had 6-21-27 totals with 20 PIM in 56 games…Had five multiple-point games…Had a five-game point streak from Mar. 25-Apr. 2…Scored his first NHL goal Feb. 26 vs. Ottawa…The Bruins were 15-4-2 when he recorded a point…Also played 25 games in Providence with 7-21-28 AHL totals.

53—Jeremy Reich—LW
Playoffs:  Has 0-0-0 totals with 8 PIM in 4 career playoff games…Has played in 2 career playoff overtime games…Played his first NHL playoff game on Apr. 10 in Montreal in game one of this series…Did not dress Apr. 17 in Montreal in game five (coach’s decision).
Regular Season Recap:  Set career season-highs in all categories with 2-2-4 totals and 78 PIM in 58 games…Scored his first NHL goal with the game-winning score Dec. 15 vs. Columbus…Missed 1 game with a head injury and did not dress for 23 games.

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
Playoffs:  Has 0-2-2 totals with 4 PIM in 5 career playoff games…Has played in 2 career playoff overtime games…Played his first NHL playoff game on Apr. 10 in Montreal in game one of this series…Recorded his first career playoff point with an assist on Apr. 12 in Montreal in game two of this series…Added another assist Apr. 17 in Montreal in game five.
Regular Season Recap:  Set career season-highs in all categories with 7-3-10 totals and 19 PIM in 57 games…Began the season in Providence with 3-5-8 totals in 8 AHL games before his Nov. 4 recall to Boston…Missed 2 games with the flu and did not dress for 11 games.

60—Vladimir Sobotka—C
Playoffs:  Has 1-0-1 totals with 0 PIM in 4 career playoff games…Has played in 2 career playoff overtime games…Did not dress (coach’s decision) for game one of this series…Played his first career NHL playoff game on Apr. 12 in Montreal in game two of this series…Scored his first career playoff point with a goal Apr. 17 in Montreal in game five.
Regular Season Recap:  Had 1-6-7 totals with 24 PIM in 48 games…Scored his first NHL goal Feb. 13 at Pittsburgh…The Bruins were 6-0-0 when he recorded a point…Also played 18 games in Providence with 10-10-20 AHL totals…Missed 3 games with a shoulder injury and did not dress for 6 games.

72—Peter Schaefer—LW
Playoffs:  Has 6-17-23 totals with 34 PIM in 61 career playoff games with Vancouver, Ottawa and Boston…Has played in 1 Stanley Cup Final, losing to Anaheim in 2007 while with Ottawa…Has played in 13 playoff overtime games…Scored a goal on Apr. 12 in Montreal in game two of this series and added single assists each on the overtime score on Apr. 13 in game three and on the game-winning goal Apr. 17 in game five.
Regular Season Recap:  Had 9-17-26 totals with 18 PIM in 63 games…The Bruins were 7-1-0 when he scored a goal…Missed 10 games with the flu and a shin laceration and did not dress for nine games.

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
Playoffs:  Has 1-1-2 totals with 0 PIM in 2 career playoff games…Played his first NHL playoff game on Apr. 10 in Montreal in game one of this series and recorded his first career playoff assist & point in that game…Did not dress (coach’s decision) for games two, three and four of this series…Scored his first career playoff goal Apr. 17 in Montreal in game five.
Regular Season Recap:  Set career season-highs in goals and points while tying his previous career-high in assists and was one of three Bruins to play in every game…Had 19-18-37 totals with 28 PIM in 82 games…Scored his first career hat trick in a 3-1-4 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles…Led the league with 5 deciding shootout goals…Took his first career penalty shot on Oct. 27, unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia’s Martin Biron…The Bruins were 13-3-0 when he scored a goal.

91—Marc Savard—C:
Playoffs:  Has 1-3-4 totals with 2 PIM in 5 career playoff games…Has played in 2 career playoff overtime games, scoring 1 overtime goal…Played his first NHL playoff game on Apr. 10 in Montreal in game one of this series…Recorded his first career playoff point with an assist on Apr. 12 in Montreal in game two of this series…Scored his first NHL playoff goal with the overtime tally on Apr. 13 in game three and added an assist in that game as well…Became just the fifth Bruin to have his first NHL playoff goal come in overtime…Added another assist Apr. 17 in Montreal in game five.
Regular Season Recap:  Had 15-63-78 totals with 66 PIM in 74 games…Finished third in the NHL in assists…Had 19 multiple-point games including his fourth career five-point night with a 1-4-5 effort on Oct. 12 in Los Angeles…Had a career-best 12-game assist & point streak from Nov. 10-Dec. 6 which was the longest assist streak in the NHL this season…The Bruins were 12-1-2 when he scored a goal…Missed eight games with groin and back injuries and snapped his consecutive games played streak at 166 when he missed the Oct. 10 game with a groin injury.
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