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Pregame Notes: Montreal vs. Boston

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

Thursday, December 6, 2007
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Canadiens tonight in the fourth of eight games between these teams and the second of four games of this season 's series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 14-9-3 and are 7-2-1 on home ice. The Canadiens are 13-10-4 overall with an 8-5-1 record on the road. The Bruins are 4-4-2 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 10-7-3 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Canadiens are 7-7-1 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 13-9-3 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 257-326-103-2 all-time vs. Montreal with the Canadiens holding a 2,086-1,820 scoring edge in those 688 games. The Bruins are 158-128-56-2 all-time vs. the Canadiens in Boston with a 1,010-928 scoring advantage in those 344 contests. The Canadiens have won the last six games between these teams, including the first three games of 's series with a 6-1 win in Montreal on Oct. 22, a 2-1 win in Boston on Nov. 8 and a 7-4 victory in Montreal on Nov. 17. The Bruins last defeated the Canadiens with a 3-1 win in Boston on Mar. 3, 2007.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins finished their six-game road trip with a 3-2-1 mark with a 2-1 setback at NY Islanders on Nov. 24, a 6-3 victory in Philadelphia on Nov. 26, a 4-3 victory in Florida on Nov. 29, a 4-1 loss in Tampa on Dec. 1, a 3-1 victory at NY Islanders on Dec. 3 and 4-3 overtime loss in New Jersey on Dec. 5. They are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games overall. The Bruins will tonight play game ten of a stretch in the schedule that sees them play 11 of 13 games overall on the road (5-3-1 in that span).

Recent Canadiens Games
The Canadiens have lost their last three games at 0-2-1 with a 4-0 loss in New Jersey on Nov. 30, a 5-4 setback to Nashville on Dec. 1 and a 4-1 loss to Detroit on Dec. 4. They are 3-6-1 in their last ten games with their last win a 4-3 victory in Toronto on Nov. 27.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next return to the road for three games, playing in Toronto on Dec. 8, Buffalo on Dec. 10 and Atlanta on Dec. 12. They will then return home for a five-game home stand, hosting New Jersey (Dec. 13), Columbus (Dec. 15), Ottawa (Dec. 18), Pittsburgh (Dec. 20) and St. Louis (Dec. 22). All games are broadcast on NESN and WBZ Radio (TV exception – Dec. 10 game is on VERSUS).

Upcoming Canadiens Games
The Canadiens will next return home to host Carolina on Dec. 8 and Tampa Bay on Dec. 11.

Bruins Injuries
Patrice Bergeron: Concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
Andrew Ference: Knee sprain suffered Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
Tim Thomas: Lower body injury suffered Dec. 5 at New Jersey.
Shawn Thornton: Broken right foot suffered Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
Aaron Ward: Ankle injury suffered Dec. 1 at Tampa Bay.

Bruins Recent Transactions
Nov. 21: Matt Hunwick returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 22: Matt Hunwick recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 23: Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence/AHL.
Dec. 6: Alex Auld acquired from Phoenix for Nate DiCasmirro and 2009 fifth round draft pick.
Dec. 6: Manny Fernandez assigned to Providence/AHL for conditioning.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (1-1)
1. Oct. 10 … NY Rangers 0 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Manny Fernandez (W) … Montreal Goal: Henrik Lundqvist (L)
 Boston Shooters: Bergeron (N), Sturm (N), Kessel (Y) … Montreal 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)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots
1. Oct. 27 … Phil Kessel unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron (15:09 second period).
 
Bruins Fun Facts
- Phil Kessel is four games shy of his 100th NHL game milestone.
- Brandon Bochenski is five games short of his 100th NHL game milestone.
- Peter Schaefer is seven goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.
- Marco Sturm is seven assists short of his 200th NHL assist milestone.
- Shawn Thornton is eight games shy of his 100th NHL game milestone.
- The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games and have completed five of these series so far.
- They are 2-2-1 in the first game of these series and are 2-2-1 in the second game of these sets.
- The Bruins have five rookies on their current roster – Matt Hunwick, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen, Tuukka Rask and Vladimir Sobotka.
- The Bruins have nine players on their current roster who are new to the Bruins – Alex Auld (trade with Phoenix), Matt Hunwick (draft), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Petteri Nokelainen (trade with NY Islanders), Tuukka Rask (trade with Toronto), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa), Vladimir Sobotka (draft) and Shawn Thornton (free agent). That is in addition to new coach Claude Julien and new assistant coaches Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward.
- The Bruins have completed six of their 24 seasons series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 1-0-0 vs. Chicago, 0-1-0 vs. Dallas, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix 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 will host the Central Division teams and will not play teams in the Northwest Division.


The Players
6-Dennis Wideman-D

- Has a four-game point streak in progress with 1-3-4 totals in that span…Has single assists each Nov. 29 in Florida, Dec. 1 in Tampa Bay and Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and a goal Dec. 5 at New Jersey.
- Has 1-6-7 totals in his last 11 games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Nov. 10-17 (0-3-3 totals).
- Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).

10-Brandon Bochenski-RW
- Has not dressed for the last two games.
- Has four assists in his last eight games…Had two assists Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, including one on the game-winning goal, and single assists each Nov. 26 in Philadelphia and Nov. 29 in Florida.
- Has one multiple-point game, matching his previous career-high for assists in a game with a two-assist effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
- Had a two-game conditioning stint in Providence/AHL from Oct. 23-28 with one goal and no PIM in those contests.
- Dressed, but did not play Oct. 10 in Anaheim.
- Has not dressed for nine games (coach's decision).

11-P. J. Axelsson-LW
- Has 2-2-4 totals in four of his last nine games with an assist Nov. 17 in Montreal, single goals each Nov. 20 in Toronto and Nov. 24 at NY Islanders and an assist Dec. 5 in New Jersey.

12-Chuck Kobasew-RW
- Has 4-2-6 totals in his last eight games with a 2-1- 3 effort, including the game-winning goal, Nov. 20 in Toronto, a 1-1-2 night Nov. 26 in Philadelphia and a goal Dec. 3 at NY Islanders.
- Has 8-3-11 totals in his last 14 games.
- Has three multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0-3 totals).
- Has taken one shootout shot (no goal).

13-Glen Metropolit-C
- Has 4-2-6 totals in five of his last nine games with three of the goals proving game-winning tallies…Had a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto; an assist Nov. 20 in Toronto; and single goals each Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders, Nov. 26 in Philadelphia and Nov. 29 in Florida.
- Has 6-3-9 totals in his last 18 games.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Played his 200th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- 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 4-6-10 totals in nine of his last 12 games…Had goals in four straight games with single goals each Nov. 8 vs. Montreal, Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo, Nov. 15 vs. Toronto and Nov. 17 in Montreal; added two assists Nov. 20 in Toronto; and single assists each Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders, Nov. 29 in Florida, Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and Dec. 5 in New Jersey.
- Has 6-9-15 totals in his last 17 games.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Had a four-game point streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 4 (2-3-5 totals).
- Had a six-game point streak from Nov. 8-23 (4-3-7 totals).
- Played his 700th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has taken one shootout shot (no goal).

17-Milan Lucic-LW
- Rookie.
- Has played the last two games after missing four games to injury.
- 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.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first NHL assist/point and 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.

21-Andrew Ference-D
- Is out of the lineup with a knee sprain suffered Nov. 15 vs. Toronto…Had returned to the lineup in that game after missing the previous four games with an upper core injury.
- Has three assists in two of his last eight games with a two-assist effort Oct. 18 vs. Montreal and an assist on the game-winning goal Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed 13 games to injury (4-upper core, Nov. 4-10; 9-knee, Nov. 17-Dec. 5).

22-Shawn Thornton-RW
- Is out of the lineup with a broken foot suffered Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Scoreless in 13 games .
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has missed 13 games to injury (13-foot, Nov. 7-Dec. 5).

27-Glen Murray-RW
- Has a three-game goal streak in progress (3-0-3 totals) with 8-3-11 totals in eight of his last ten games…Had an assist Nov. 15 vs. Toronto; a 2-1-3 effort Nov. 17 in Montreal; an assist Nov. 20 in Toronto; a goal Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders; two goals Nov. 26 at Philadelphia; and single goals each Dec. 1 in Tampa Bay, Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and Dec. 5 in New Jersey.
- 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).
- Had a four-game point streak from Nov. 15-23 (3-3-6 totals).

29-Alex Auld-G
- Acquired earlier today from Phoenix for Nate DiCasmirro and a 2009 fifth round draft pick.
- Had been playing in San Antonio/AHL, 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…His last NHL game was a 6-0 loss to San Jose on Nov. 15 with his last NHL win a 6-5 overtime decision in Anaheim on Nov. 7…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 a 49-50-2-11 record and 2.94 GAA in 117 career NHL games.

30-Tim Thomas-G
- Is out of the lineup with a lower body injury suffered Dec. 5 in New Jersey…Did not earn a decision in that game, allowing three goals in 58:50 before suffering the injury.
- Is 3-2-0 in his last five decisions with a 2-1 win over NY Islanders on Nov. 23, a 2-1 setback at the Islanders on Nov. 24, a 4-3 win in Florida on Nov. 29, a 4-1 loss in Tampa Bay on Dec. 1 and a 3-1 win at NY Islanders on Dec. 3.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 13 of his 20 games with a 7-4-1 record in those games (one no-decision)…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 14 of his 20 games (8-4-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in eight of those contests (7-0-1).
- Had a three-game win streak from Oct. 13-25.
- Has dressed as backup for six games.

33-Zdeno Chara-D
- Has 4-6-10 totals in his last 11 games…Had single assists each Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo (game-winning goal) and Nov. 15 vs. Toronto; a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 17 I Montreal, a game in which he also tallied 25 PIM; an assist Nov. 20 in Toronto; two assists Nov. 26 in Philadelphia; his fifth career two-goal game Nov. 29 in Florida; and a goal Dec. 5 in New Jersey.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with (0-4-4 totals).
- Had a four-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-20 (1-4-5 totals).

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 16 games to injury (16-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Dec. 5).

38-Bobby Allen-D
- Has played ten of the last 14 games after not dressing for the previous 11 contests.
- Has missed one game to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10).
- Has not dressed for 14 games (coach's decision).

40-Tuukka Rask-G
- Rookie.
- Took his first NHL loss with a 4-3 overtime loss in New Jersey on Dec. 5, allowing the overtime goal while playing 4:26 in relief of an injured Tim Thomas.
- Had dressed as backup for the previous four games.
- Won his first two NHL starts, earning his first NHL win in his first NHL game with a 4-2 victory in Toronto on Nov. 20 and taking his second by a 6-3 decision in Philadelphia on Nov. 26.
- Has dressed as backup for 11 of 14 games over three recalls to Boston from Providence/AHL (Nov. 5-11, Nov. 15-18; Nov. 19-present).
- Had a 7-2-0 record and 2.10 goals against average in nine AHL Bruins games .
- Has dressed as backup for 11 Boston games.

41-Andrew Alberts-D
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.

44-Aaron Ward-D
- Is out of the lineup with an ankle injury suffered Dec. 1 at Tampa Bay.
- Snapped an 11-game scoreless stretch with an assist Nov. 29 in Florida.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed four games to injury (2-concussion, Nov. 10-15; 2-ankle, Dec. 3-5).

45-Mark Stuart-D
- Scored his first goal of the season Oct. 18 vs. Montreal…It was his first goal scored since he scored his first career NHL goal on Apr. 10, 2006 vs. Washington.

48-Matt Hunwick-D
- Rookie.
- Has played the last two games after not dressing for the previous two games.
- Recalled Nov. 22 from Providence/AHL for the third time (Nov. 9-13, Nov. 17-21)…Had four assists with four PIM in 12 AHL Bruins games with a +10 rating in those contests.
- Played his first NHL game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo.
- Has not dressed for four games (coach's decision).

53-Jeremy Reich-LW
- Has played the last 14 games, including his first game of the season Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Has not dressed for 12 games (coach's decision).

56-Petteri Nokelainen-C/W
- Rookie.
- Scored his first goal/point as a Bruin with the game-winning tally Dec. 3 at NY Islanders…It was his first NHL goal/point since Oct. 13, 2005 in Washington while with the NY Islanders.
- 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.
- 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.

60-Vladimir Sobotka-C
- Has played the last six games, including his first NHL game Nov. 24 at NY Islanders…Became the fourth Bruin to play his first NHL game (Lucic, Hunwick, Rask).
- Recalled Nov. 23 from Providence/AHL where he was second in that team's scoring race with 7-7-14 totals and 12 PIM in 15 AHL Bruins games with a +10 rating.

72-Peter Schaefer-LW
- Has 3-4-7 totals in his last ten games…Had a season-high 2-1-3 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, which matched his previous career-high for goals in a game; single assists each Nov. 20 in Toronto and Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders (game-winning goal); a goal Nov. 26 in Philadelphia; and an assist Dec. 3 at NY Islanders.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- 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.

81-Phil Kessel-C/W
- Has 2-2-4 totals in his last nine games with an assist Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, single goals each Nov. 20 in Toronto and Nov. 29 in Florida (game-winning goal), and an assist Dec. 5 in New Jersey.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Scored his first career hat trick and recorded a career-high for points in a game with a 3-1-4 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
- Scored the deciding shootout goal in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20…It was his fifth career shootout deciding goal.
- Took his first career penalty shot on Oct. 27, unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron.
- Has taken two shootout shots (one deciding goal).

91-Marc Savard-C
- Has a career-best 11-game assist/point streak in progress with 2-16-18 totals in that span…Had an assist Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo; a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto with the goal coming just 0:19 into the game; three assists Nov. 17 in Montreal; single assists each Nov. 20 in Toronto, Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders and Nov. 24 at NY Islanders; a 1-3-4 performance Nov. 26 in Philadelphia; two assists Nov. 29 in Florida; and single assists each Dec. 1 in Tampa Bay, Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and Dec. 5 in New Jersey.
- Has 4-19-23 totals in 15 of his last 17 games.
- Has six multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 3 (1-3-4 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 Atlanta).
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