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Snowy Day News & Notes

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Courtesy of Boston Bruins Media Relations…

John “Chief” Bucyk Day declared in Boston:
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino officially declared Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, “John ‘Chief’ Bucyk Day” in the city of Boston in commemoration of the Chief’s contributions to the Bruins over the past 50 years.

Bucyk played for the Bruins from 1957-1978, after which he retired from playing hockey.

When the Bruins ended their twenty-nine year championship drought in 1970, Chief was given the honor of being the first player on the team to hoist the Stanley Cup for a victory lap around the rink.

His number 9 was retired on March 13, 1980 and Bucyk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on March 13, 1980.

Bochenski does it again
Boston’s Brandon Bochenski once again got things started, scoring for the fourth time in four games with the Bruins on a five-on-three power play goal in the first period (15:13). He was assisted by Patrice Bergeron (35), who tallied his 100th NHL career assist on the play, and Marc Savard (52). Bochenski has scored the first goal of the game in three of the last four Bruins games.

Number 16 scores 16th and 17th:
Boston’s number 16, left winger Marco Sturm scored his 16th goal of the season on a first period power play (16:15) from an assist by Patrice Bergeron (36) and Brandon Bochenski (1). Sturm also scored an empty net goal in the third period (17:48) on an assist from Bochenski (2) and Andrew Alberts (9). He also scored two goals in his last game on February 10, 2007 against the New York Islanders.

Bergeron sits out in the third period:
Boston center Patrice Bergeron did not return to the ice during the third period due to a lower body injury. He will be reevaluated today.

30 Saves 32:
Boston goaltender Tim Thomas shutout the Edmonton Oilers for his second shutout of the season (third in his career) with 32 saves. It was the 29th time this season he faced more than 30 shots.

The Bruins successfully killed 7 penalties in the 3-0 victory.

No Need for OT:
Tonight marks the first win in regulation for the Bruins since January 6th in 4-3 over Philadelphia.

Boston Newcomer:
Andrew Ference played his first game as a Bruin.
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