2007–08 Boston Bruins season

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2007–08 Boston Bruins
Division 3rd Northeast
Conference 8th Eastern
2007–08 record 41–29–12 (94 pts.)
Home record 21–16–4
Road record 20–13–8
Goals for 212
Goals against 222
Team information
General Manager Peter Chiarelli
Coach Claude Julien
Captain Zdeno Chara
Alternate captains Patrice Bergeron
Glen Murray
Arena TD Banknorth Garden
Average attendance 15,384 (87.6%)
Team leaders
Goals Marco Sturm (27)
Assists Marc Savard (63)
Points Marc Savard (78)
Penalties in minutes Zdeno Chara (114)
Plus/minus Zdeno Chara (+14)
Wins Tim Thomas (28)
Goals against average Tim Thomas (2.44)
<2006–07 2008–09>

The 2007–08 Boston Bruins season began on October 5, 2007. It was their 84th season in the National Hockey League.

The Bruins enter the 07–08 season with a new head coach after the team chose to relieve Dave Lewis of his duties shortly before the 2007 draft.1

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

Regular season

Divisional standings

Northeast Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – Montreal Canadiens 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
2 Ottawa Senators 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
3 Boston Bruins 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
4 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 36 35 11 231 260 83

Conference standings

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – Montreal Canadiens NE 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
2 y – Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 27 8 247 216 102
3 y – Washington Capitals SE 82 43 31 8 242 231 94
4 New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 29 7 206 197 99
5 New York Rangers AT 82 42 27 13 213 199 97
6 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
7 Ottawa Senators NE 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
8 Boston Bruins NE 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
8.5
9 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
10 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
11 Florida Panthers SE 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
12 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
13 New York Islanders AT 82 35 38 9 194 243 79
14 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
15 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 31 42 9 223 267 71

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, z – placed first in conference (and division)


Schedule and results

2007-08 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/Shootout Loss (1 point)

Playoffs

The Bruins qualified for the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs, for the first time since the 2003–04 NHL season, in which they will face their traditional arch-rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. The Boston Bruins were down 3–1 in the series facing elimination, but climbed back to 3–3. The series moved to game 7 in Montreal on April 21, however the Bruins lost the game and were narrowily eliminated.

2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • Scorer of game-winning goal in italics

Player statistics

Skaters

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Regular season2
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Andrew Alberts 35 0 2 2 4 39
P. J. Axelsson 75 13 16 29 11 15
Patrice Bergeron 10 3 4 7 2 2
Zdeno Chara 77 17 34 51 14 114
Andrew Ference 59 1 14 15 -14 50
Shane Hnidy 43 1 4 5 -4 41
Matt Hunwick 13 0 1 1 -1 4
Phil Kessel 82 19 18 37 -6 28
Chuck Kobasew 73 22 17 39 6 29
David Krejci 56 6 21 27 -3 20
Matt Lashoff 18 1 4 5 -2 0
Milan Lucic 77 8 19 27 -2 89
Glen Metropolit 82 11 22 33 -3 36
Glen Murray 63 17 13 30 -4 50
Petteri Nokelainen 57 7 3 10 0 19
Jeremy Reich 58 2 2 4 -5 78
Marc Savard 74 15 63 78 3 66
Peter Schaefer 63 9 17 26 4 18
Vladimir Sobotka 48 1 6 7 1 24
Mark Stuart 82 4 4 8 2 81
Marco Sturm 80 27 29 56 11 40
Shawn Thornton 58 4 3 7 -1 74
Aaron Ward 65 5 8 13 9 54
Dennis Wideman 81 13 23 36 11 70
Combined 206 347 553 33 1041

Goaltenders

Note: GPI = Games Played In; MIN = Minutes played; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; SV%= Save Percentage

Regular season2
Player GPI MIN GAA W L OT SO SA GA SV%
Tim Thomas 57 3,341 2.44 28 19 6 3 1731 136 .921
Alex Auld 23 1,213 2.32 9 7 5 2 578 47 .919
Manny Fernandez 4 244 3.93 2 2 0 1 95 16 .832
Tuukka Rask 4 184 3.26 2 1 1 0 88 10 .886
Combined 4982 2.99 41 29 12 6 2492 209 .904

Awards and records

Records

Milestones

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Andrew Ference 400th NHL PIM October 5, 2007
Milan Lucic 1st NHL Game October 5, 2007
David Krejci 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 6, 2007
Phil Kessel 1st NHL Hat Trick October 12, 2007
Milan Lucic 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 12, 2007
Marc Savard 500th NHL Point October 12, 2007
Peter Schaefer 500th NHL Game October 20, 2007
Matt Hunwick 1st NHL Game November 10, 2007
Andrew Alberts 200th NHL PIM November 10, 2007
Marc Savard 600th NHL Game November 10, 2007
Tuukka Rask 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Win
November 20, 2007
Dennis Wideman 18,000th Bruins
all-time goal
December 31, 2007
Glen Metropolit 100th NHL Point January 29, 2008
Marco Sturm 200th NHL Assist February 9, 2008
Vladimir Sobotka 1st NHL Goal February 13, 2008
P. J. Axelsson 700th NHL Game February 21, 2008
David Krejci 1st NHL Goal February 26, 2008
Marc Savard 400th NHL Assist February 28, 2008
Marco Sturm 200th NHL Goal February 28, 2008
Mark Stuart 100th NHL Game March 8, 2008

Transactions

The Bruins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Trades

June 30, 2007
To Boston Bruins
Manny Fernandez
To Minnesota Wild
Petr Kalus
4th round pick in 2008
July 17, 2007
To Boston Bruins
Peter Schaefer
To Ottawa Senators
Shean Donovan
July 23, 2007
To St. Louis Blues
Hannu Toivonen
To Boston Bruins
Carl Söderberg
September 11, 2007
To Boston Bruins
Petteri Nokelainen
To New York Islanders
Ben Walter
conditional 2nd round pick in 2009
September 24, 2007
To Anaheim Ducks
Mark Mowers
To Boston Bruins
Nathan Saunders
Brett Skinner
December 6, 2007
To Boston Bruins
Alex Auld
To Phoenix Coyotes
Nate DiCasmirro
5th round pick in 2009
January 2, 2008
To Anaheim Ducks
Brandon Bochenski
To Boston Bruins
Shane Hnidy
6th round pick in 2008

Free agents

Player Former team Contract terms
Shawn Thornton Anaheim Ducks 3 year, $1.55 million
Glen Metropolit* St. Louis Blues Undisclosed

*Invitee to Bruins Training Camp, re-signed after camp

Player New team
Jay Leach Tampa Bay Lightning
Joey MacDonald New York Islanders

Draft picks

Boston's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.3 The Bruins will pick 8th overall when the draft is held June 22–23.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 8 Zach Hamill Center  Canada Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2 35 Tommy Cross Defenseman  United States Westminster High School (Connecticut)
5 130 Denis Reul Defenseman  Germany Heilbronn (German-3), Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
6 159 Alain Goulet Defenseman  Canada Aurora Tigers (OPJHL)
6 169 Radim Ostrcil Defenseman  Czech Republic Vsetin (Czech Republic)
7 189 Jordan Knackstedt Right Wing  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

Farm teams

Providence Bruins

The Providence Bruins remain Boston's top affiliate in the American Hockey League in 2007–08.

Johnstown Chiefs

On June 18, 2007, during the ECHL Board of Governors Annual Meeting, the Long Beach Ice Dogs membership in the ECHL was immediately terminated due to the Long Beach ownership group being unable to continue to operate in 2007–08.4 On September 18, 2007, the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL announced they had entered an affiliation agreement with the Bruins for the 2007–08 season.

Roster

Boston Bruins
Goaltenders


Injured reserve Injuryicon.jpg
Currently vacant

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

See also

References

  1. ^ Dave Lewis ousted as Bruins coach, cbc.ca, June 15, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "2007-2008 Regular Season". 
  3. ^ 2007 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com
  4. ^ ECHL.com Ice Dogs membership terminated







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