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Pregame Notes: Nashville vs. Boston

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time:  7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Predators tonight in the only game between these teams this season and the Predators’ first visit to TD Banknorth Garden since Nov. 28, 2003. The Bruins are 25-19-5 thus far this season and are 13-8-3 this season on home ice. The Predators are 24-20-5 overall this season with an 11-12-3 record on the road. The Bruins are 2-1-0 this season vs. Central Division teams and they are 5-3-0 overall vs. Western Conference foes. The Predators are 2-1-0 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 4-1-0 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 6-4-1-1 all-time vs. Nashville with a 30-27 scoring edge in those 12 games. The Bruins are 2-2-1-0 all-time vs. the Predators in Boston with a 14-9 scoring advantage in those five contests. The Predators won the last game between these teams with a 5-0 win in Nashville on Dec. 30, 2006 and they also won the last game between these teams in Boston with a 2-1 victory on Nov. 28, 2003. The Bruins last defeated the Predators with a 3-2 victory in Nashville on Mar. 9, 2004 with their last home win vs. the Predators a 2-1 victory on Jan. 28, 2003.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have taken points out of five of their last six games at 4-1-1 with a 4-3 overtime win in Philadelphia on Jan. 12, a 3-2 shootout loss to Toronto on Jan. 17, a 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers on Jan. 19, a 3-1 victory at NY Rangers on Jan. 20, an 8-2 defeat in Montreal on Jan. 22 and a 4-1 victory over NY Islanders on Jan. 24. They are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games overall.

Recent Predators Games
The Predators have taken points out of eight of their last nine games with a 5-1-3 record from Jan. 9-24. Their last game was a 4-3 overtime loss at Phoenix on Jan. 24, which followed wins over St. Louis (twice) and Colorado. Their lone regulation loss in that span was a 2-1 setback to Anaheim on Jan. 17.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will close out the month at the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 31 (7:30 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio). They will then return home to host Detroit on Feb. 2 and Buffalo on Feb. 5 (both games at 7:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Predators Games
The Predators will next return to Nashville for a four-game home stand, hosting Columbus on Jan. 31, Phoenix on Feb. 2, Carolina on Feb. 5 and Tampa Bay on Feb. 7.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Alberts:  Post-concussion syndrome.
Bobby Allen:  Back spasms.
P. J. Axelsson:  Bruised right foot.
Patrice Bergeron:  Concussion and broken nose.
Manny Fernandez:  Dec. 12 left knee surgery.
Glen Murray:  Hip flexor strain.

Bruins January Transactions
Jan. 2:  Shane Hnidy acquired from Anaheim for Brandon Bochenski and 2008 sixth round draft pick.
Jan. 3:  Matt Hunwick returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 5:  Tuukka Rask recalled from Providence/AHL and returned to Providence/AHL after the game.
Jan. 11:  Matt Lashoff returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 11:  Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 16:  Pascal Pelletier recalled from 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).

January Birthdays
- Alex Auld turned 27 years old on January 7.
- Petteri Nokelainen turned 22 years old on January 16.
- Aaron Ward turned 35 years old on January 17.

Bruins Fun Facts
- Glen Metropolit is one point shy of his 100th NHL point milestone.
- Chuck Kobasew is one point short of his 100th NHL point milestone.
- Marco Sturm is one assist short of his 200th NHL assist milestone.
- Peter Schaefer is four goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.

- 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 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 have already completed ten of these series.
- 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 five rookies on their current roster – David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen, Pascal Pelletier and Vladimir Sobotka.
- The Bruins have nine 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), Pascal Pelletier (free agent), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa), Vladimir Sobotka (draft) and Shawn Thornton (free agent).

- The Bruins are tonight completing the tenth 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, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 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 will host the Central Division teams this season and will not play teams in the Northwest Division.


The Players
6—Dennis Wideman—D

- Has 1-5-6 totals in his last five 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 11 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 missed six games with a bruised right foot suffered Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- Has 5-2-7 totals in his last ten games…Had single tallies each Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh, Dec. 28 in Carolina and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta; and a 1-2-3 effort Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey, which matched his career-high for points in a game.
- Has 7-4-11 totals in his last 18 games.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed six games to injury (6-foot, Jan. 12-24).

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
- Has 3-2-5 totals in three of his last four games with two goals Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers; a 1-1-2 effort, including his third shorthanded goal of the season, Jan. 20 at NY Rangers; and an assist Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has five multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0-3 totals).
- Has taken two shootout shots this season (no goals).

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Has 1-3-4 totals in his last 11 games with an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, two assists Jan. 3 vs. Washington and the game-winning goal Jan. 20 at NY Rangers.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Leads the team with eight game-winning points (4-4-8 totals).
- 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 4-3-7 totals in five of his last six games with 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; and an assist Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has 5-5-10 totals in his last ten 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.
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).
- Has missed one game to injury (1-eye, Dec. 12).

17—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- Has 1-1-2 totals in two of his last three games with an assist on the game-winning goal Jan. 20 at NY Rangers and the game-winning score Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders.
- 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 three multiple-point games.
- 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
- Returned to the lineup Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders 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 15 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 15 games to injury (15-hip, Dec. 22-Jan. 24).

29—Alex Auld—G
- Dressed as backup Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders.
- 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 11 Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Has won his last three starts with a 4-3 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Jan. 19, a 3-1 win at NY Rangers on Jan. 20 and a 4-1 victory vs. NY Islanders on Jan. 24.
- Is 9-6-1 in his last 16 decisions, including his fifth career shutout in a 2-0 win over Washington on Jan. 3.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 18 of his 30 complete games with an 11-6-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 19 of his 30 complete games this season (12-5-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in 12 of those contests (10-1-1).
- Has had two three-game win streaks—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 five of his last six 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 11 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
- Has played the last ten 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 38 games to injury (38-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-Jan. 24).

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 39 games to injury (39-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Jan. 24).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has missed the last 14 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 20 games to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10; 19-back, Dec. 8-15; Dec. 23-Jan. 24).

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Has missed the last 17 games with post-concussion syndrome.
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has missed 17 games to injury (17-post-concussion syndrome, Dec. 18-Jan. 24).

42—Pascal Pelletier—LW
- Has played the last five games, including his first NHL game Jan. 17 vs. Toronto…Was the fifth Bruin to make his NHL debut this season (Hunwick, Lucic, Rask, Sobotka).
- Recalled Jan. 16 from Providence/AHL where he led that team in scoring with 24-24-48 totals and 54 PIM in 40 AHL Bruins games…Led the AHL in goals and was fourth overall in that league’s scoring race at the time of the recall.

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
- 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 four assists - recorded Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey, Jan. 10 vs. Montreal and Jan. 12 in Philadelphia - in the 11 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 12 games this season (coach’s decision).

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
- Rookie.
- 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.

60—Vladimir Sobotka—C
- Has played the last six 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 two of the last five 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 with single assists each Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and Jan. 10 vs. Montreal and a goal Jan. 12 in Philadelphia.
- 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 a four-game point streak in progress with 2-2-4 totals in that span…Had an assist Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers; a goal Jan. 20 at NY Rangers; an assist Jan. 22 in Montreal; and a goal Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders…Also scored the deciding shootout goal vs. the Rangers on the 19th.
- Has 4-5-9 totals in his last 13 games.
- Has four 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.
- 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 a seven-game assist/point streak in progress with 2-10-12 totals in that span…Has 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; and a 1-1-2 night Jan. 24 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has 4-11-15 totals in his last 11 games with 7-16-23 totals in his last 22 contests.
- Has 13 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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