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Pleased With Effort, Not Results

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BUFFALO, New York - Boston Bruins center Marc Savard and his teammates practiced in Duluth, Georgia on Friday before hopping a flight to Western New York to keep a date with the Buffalo Sabres on New Year’s Day.

Boston Bruins center Marc Savard (91) and Atlanta Thrashers center Alexander Burmistrov race for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
It was a tough practice that lasted over an hour and saw the B’s perform battle drills and work on the power play.

Post-practice, however, Savard was in good spirits and thought that the B’s hard work versus Atlanta had carried over into Friday’s skate.

“I think we put forth the effort and if we do that the rest of the road trip we’re gonna get some more wins,” said Savard of the B’s shootout loss to the Thrashers on Thursday. “We were happy with our effort, obviously not happy with the final result, but you know the guys keep working like we did today…in practice you know we should [be in] them all.”

Notable during the Atlanta game and Friday’s workout was the intensity shown by Boston’s “white” line of Savard centering left wing Milan Lucic and right wing Nathan Horton. That said, the line has been admittedly snake-bitten of late.

“It’s frustrating,” said Savard. “I thought last night we might have had one shift in [the B’s] zone and that was it, we were in [the Thrasher] zone the whole game, creating chances and I thought those should have went in, but it couldn’t squeeze in for some reason.

“So, it gets frustrating, but in the same sense we’re veterans and we’re guys that have been around a bit, so we know if we stick with it, it’s gonna come,” he said. “The three of us love playing together…so you know we’re gonna try and get going here and if we put a team effort in like we did last night we should be able to get some.”

Speaking of his own game, Savard said he feels good and is progressing.

“I’d like to get consistent here and start producing — obviously, but I’m starting to feel better,” he said. “I’m skating better and last game I got to the puck better and I was able to be a little more patient make better plays.

“So, it’s coming, you know? It’s a work in progress and I think I’m pretty good right now; I wish I would have produced [by] now,” continued Savard. “But there’s still another [46] to play, so I just want to have a good finish and go into the playoffs strong.”
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