had the game-winning goal in overtime last night cutting Montreal’s series lead to one. Savard snuck onto the ice close to halfway into the overtime period, positioning himself close to the net for the game-winner.
Savard credited “Lightning Timmy” for skating to the bench as fast as he could so that he could take to the ice.
Recounting the play to a locker room audience last night, Savvy had this to say on how the play went down.
“I saw a little hole. I thought Schaef [Peter Schaefer] was going to come right across to me, but he did a great job of holding that puck. I knew Dennis [Wideman] saw me when I came in. I was yelling too. He kind of gave the goalie a little fake and the net was open and guys rushed in there and I knew I had some time so I had to make sure. It was a great play by those guys though.”
Savard recorded two points in last night’s game including the overtime goal and an assist on Lucic’s goal in the first period.
Savard now leads the Bruins with the most points in the series so far with 1-2-3 totals.Lucic lifts the Bruins to 1-0 lead…Milan Lucic
’s goal at 6:30 in the first period gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead, their first lead vs. Montreal in 687 minutes and 25 seconds of play.
Lucic’s first career playoff point was celebrated not only by the faithful Bruins fans, but also by his coach and teammates alike.
Coach Julien praised Milan’s play telling the press, “Milan just keeps getting better as the season goes on. It doesn’t matter that he’s in the playoffs; it doesn’t seem to faze him. He’s big; he’s strong; he’s playing with more confidence and that shot tonight was a great shot.”
Captain Zdeno Chara
echoed Coach’s sentiments when asked about the power forward.
“He’s a young, physical player. He’s not afraid. He’s doing all that we ask from him. He’s a guy who likes to get a mix in there and he contributed really big tonight. He scored a big goal and he gave us that momentum early on in the game.”
Besides playing great offense, Lucic also threw some heavy checks against the Canadiens recording a total of six hits. That tied him with fellow human cannonball Vladimir Sobotka for most team hits. Thomas triumphs in overtime…
Many agree that Tim Thomas
has continued to play better and better as the playoff series continues.
Last night was no different.
In Coach Julien’s eyes, Thomas “stole the show in overtime with some of those saves he made”. Marc Savard
agreed and even admitted “we were a little nervous of being in overtime there. But, Timmy was sensational like he’s been for us all year, and we got the job done.”
Thomas made 27 saves to earn his first career playoff win. Fourteenth wasn't lucky for Habs…
The Bruins snapped their winless streak against the Habs with last night’s game-winning performance.
The Bruins went 0-12-1 in that span with their last win over the Canadiens, a 3-1 victory in Boston, on Mar.3, 2007. It also snapped a five-game playoff losing streak vs. Montreal. The Bruins last playoff win against the Habs came in game four of their 2004 Conference Quarter-Final series on Apr.13, 2004 when Glen Murray scored at 29:27 of overtime to give Boston a 4-3 victory.Marc Savard
gave credit to all 17,565 screaming fans on hand last night.
“[The Montreal fans] have been cheering pretty good for them, but our crowd was sensational. Every time they got on ‘Zee’, the cheers out-did the “boos”. It’s nice to see and hopefully they can continue to do this on Tuesday for us.”
Coach Julien was also impressed with the Garden atmosphere.
“It was great, especially when you looked around at the beginning and saw a lot of Montreal fans; they tried to take it over," said Julien. "But, our fans stood tall and wouldn’t let them. It was nice to see.
"Obviously, we let them know that this was our building and not theirs.”