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Pregame Notes: New York vs. Boston

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. NEW YORK RANGERS

Saturday, January 19, 2008
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 1:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Today’s Game
The Bruins host the Rangers today in the second of four games between these teams and the second and final game of this season's series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 22-18-5 thus far and are 11-8-3 on home ice. The Rangers are 22-20-5 overall with a 7-10-5 record on the road. The Bruins are 6-4-2 vs. Atlantic Division teams and are 17-15-5 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Rangers are 6-5-1 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 22-15-3 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 277-231-97-4 all-time vs. New York with a 1942-1778 scoring edge in those 609 games. The Bruins are 161-96-42-4 all-time vs. the Rangers in Boston with a 1084-849 scoring advantage in those 303 contests. The Bruins snapped an eight-game losing streak vs. the Rangers at 0-5-3 with a 1-0 shootout victory in Boston on Oct. 20 in the first game of this season’s series. Their previous win over the Rangers had been a 3-1 victory in Boston on Mar. 4, 2004.

Although the final score of the first game of this season’s series was 1-0, both goaltenders were credited with a shutout in the game since the decision came by shootout. The Bruins carry a shutout streak vs. the Rangers of 71:40 into today’s game with the last New York non-shootout goal scored vs. Boston a Thomas Pock tally at 18:20 of the third period of a 2-1 Rangers shootout victory in Boston on Mar. 24, 2007. The Rangers (and Henrik Lundqvist) carry a shutout streak vs. the Bruins of 101:54 into today’s game with the last Boston goal scored vs. New York a Marc Savard score at 8:06 of the second period of that same game. That is the only non-shootout goal that Lundqvist has allowed by Boston in his last 239:05 of play vs. the Bruins, as he also recorded a shutout over the Bruins by a 7-0 score on Mar. 17, 2007.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have taken points out of their last two games at 1-0-1 with a 4-3 overtime win in Philadelphia on Jan. 12 and a 3-2 shootout loss to Toronto on Jan. 17. They are 4-2-1 in their last seven games and they are 8-8-2 in their last 18 games overall.

Recent Rangers Games
The Rangers have won two of their last three games with a 4-1 win over Montreal on Jan. 12, a 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh on Jan. 14 and a 2-1 victory over Buffalo on Jan. 16. That followed a five-game losing streak at 0-4-1 and they are 5-7-2 in their last 14 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins conclude this home-and-home series with the NY Rangers in New York on Jan. 20 (12:30 p.m.; NBC-TV/WBZ Radio). They will then play the Canadiens in Montreal on Jan. 22 (7:30 p.m.; VERSUS/WBZ Radio) before returning home again to host the NY Islanders on Jan. 24 (7:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Rangers Games
The Rangers next face a three-game home stand, hosting Boston on Jan. 20 and the Atlanta Thrashers on Jan. 22 and Jan. 24.

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 (1-3)
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)

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 two points shy of his 100th NHL point milestone.
- Marco Sturm is three assists short of his 200th NHL assist milestone.
- Peter Schaefer is four goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.
- Chuck Kobasew is six points short of his 100th NHL point milestone.

- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will play in his third career NHL All-Star Game on January 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta … Chara was voted in as a starter by fans.
- Center Marc Savard will appear in his first career All-Star Game as he was named by the NHL as an injury replacement for Dany Heatley on Jan. 14.
- Left wing Milan Lucic as been selected by the League to take part in the Young Stars festivities during All-Star Weekend on January 26 and 27.

- 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 are playing the tenth of these series today vs. the Rangers and tomorrow in New York.
- They are 3-4-2 in the first game of these series and are 2-6-1 in the second game of these sets thus far .

- 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 – 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 have completed eight 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, 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 will host the Central Division teams and will not play teams in the Northwest Division.


The Players
6—Dennis Wideman—D

- Has 2-2-4 totals in his last seven games scoring single goals each Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, which was the 18,000th goal in Bruins franchise history, and Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey; and a two-assist effort Jan. 17 vs. Toronto.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- 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 missed two 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 two games to injury (2-foot, Jan. 12-17).

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
- His last point was an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta.
- 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 three assists in his last seven games with an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and two assists Jan. 3 vs. Washington.
- Has four 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 3-3-6 totals in his last six games…Had an assist Jan. 3 vs. Washington; 1-1-2 efforts each Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey and Jan. 12 in Phladelphia; and a goal Jan. 17 vs. Toronto.
- Has seven 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 (no goal).
- Has missed one game to injury (1-eye, Dec. 12).

17—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- Has 1-1-2 totals in his last nine games with an assist Dec. 28 in Carolina and a goal Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- 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.
- Will take part in the Young Stars festivities during All-Star weekend at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Jan. 26-27.

21—Andrew Ference—D
- Has seven assists in his last 16 games with two-assist efforts each Dec. 12 in Atlanta, Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and a single 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 in ten of the last 11 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 one game (coach’s decision).
- Has missed 20 games to injury (19-foot, Nov. 7-Dec. 18).

27—Glen Murray—RW
- Has missed 11 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 11 games to injury (11-hip, Dec. 22-Jan. 17).

29—Alex Auld—G
- Has played the last two games with a 1-0-1 record, with a 4-3 overtime win in Philadelphia on Jan. 12 and a 3-2 shootout loss to Toronto on Jan. 17.
- Had dressed as backup for four of the previous five games and missed one game to be with his wife for the birth of son Sam Alexander.
- 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 (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 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 eight Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Has dressed as backup for the last two games, just the second time he has served in that capacity in consecutive games (Oct. 20-22).
- Has lost his last two starts with a 1-0 setback to Carolina on Jan. 8 and a 5-2 loss to Montreal on Jan. 10.
- Had won his previous three games with a 5-2 victory over Atlanta on Dec. 31; a 2-0 win over Washington on Jan. 3, his fifth career shutout; and a 4-3 victory over New Jersey on Jan. 5.
- Is 6-6-1 in his last 13 decisions.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 17 of his 27 complete games with a 10-6-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 17 of his 27 complete games (10-5-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in ten of those contests (8-1-1).
- 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 two shootouts (0-2, 4 goals/4 shots).
- Has dressed as backup for ten games.
- Has missed six games to injury (6-groin, Dec. 6-15).

33—Zdeno Chara—D
- Has 2-7-9 totals in his last seven games…Had two assists Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta; a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 3 vs. Washington; an assist Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey; 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; and a goal Jan. 17 vs. Toronto.
- Has 3-8-11 totals in his last 11 games with 7-17-24 totals in his last 31 contests.
- Has seven 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).
- Will play in his third career NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta…Was voted on the team as a starter by fans.

34—Shane Hnidy—D
- Has played the last six 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 34 games to injury (34-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-Jan. 17).

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 35 games to injury (35-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Jan. 17).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has missed the last ten 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 16 games to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10; 15-back, Dec. 8-15; Dec. 23-Jan. 17).

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Has missed the last 13 games with post-concussion syndrome.
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has missed 13 games to injury (13-post-concussion syndrome, Dec. 18-Jan. 17).

42—Pascal Pelletier—LW
- Played his first NHL game Jan. 17 vs. Toronto, becoming the fifth Bruin to make his NHL debut (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
- Has scored single goals each in two of his last three games, Jan. 10 vs. Montreal and Jan. 12 in Philadelphia (overtime score), after missing the previous eight games with a broken foot.
- 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 (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 seven 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 (coach’s decision).

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
- Rookie.
- His last point was a goal Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh.
- 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 two 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 his last ten Boston games 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 1-2-3 totals in his last seven 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 missed one game to illness (1-flu, Jan. 17).

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
- Has 2-3-5 totals in his last nine games with single goals each Dec. 28 in Carolina and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, a two-assist effort Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey and an assist Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- 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.
- 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).
- Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 12 in Atlanta.

91—Marc Savard—C
- Has a three-game point streak in progress with 1-4-5 totals in that span and has 3-5-8 totals in his last seven games…Had an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta; the game-winning goals each Jan. 3 vs. Washington and Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey; an assist Jan. 10 vs. Montreal; a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 12 in Philadelphia; and two assists Jan. 17 vs. Toronto.
- Has 6-10-16 totals in his last 17 contests.
- Has ten 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).
- Will play in his first career NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
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