EN ROUTE to Fla. —
After two days of family fun during the NHL’s holiday break (Dec. 24-25) center Marc Savard
and his teammates hit the ice at Ristuccia Memorial Arena ahead of the impending storm poised to pound parts of New England with a foot of snow.
After recounting the impressive gift tally for his kids, “Santa” Savard took stock of the B’s exploits on Thursday and noted the toughness his Boston team showed against the Thrashers.
“The boys (stuck) up for each other again,” said Savard. “Obviously, when that happens it…brings us close together.
“And going out on the road here, there’s not a better time for it to happen.”
Savard also said that the fans deserved the kind of effort the B’s delivered on Christmas Eve-eve.
“Not because we go out looking for these fights, but just the atmosphere the intensity, from the guys, and the way we played — if we can play like that the rest of the way we’re going to be fine,” he said.
Savard’s involvement in the late game melee on Thursday raised some eyebrows around the TD Garden, not necessarily because it was unprecedented, but because of how the recently concussed center seemed so willing to stick up for his teammates so quickly after his return from injury.
“It’s something that I’ve always done,” said Savard. “I’m not going to beat anyone up - by any means - but if there’s a time to get in there to help a guy out on my team I’m going to do it and that was the situation where that happened.
“I probably won’t be fighting all the time, obviously, because of my…head, but, you know, it was something that happened in the spur of the moment and it’s something I wouldn’t take back,” he said.
Savard, of course, is thought of as an elite play maker, and Thursday’s fight aside, he would like to make the B’s box scores more consistently.
“I fell like, still, I’d like some more results,” said the B’s all-star pivot. “But I feel like it’s coming around.
“Every game I’ve gotten stronger and I felt like last game was my best one. So that’s a good sign and, obviously, getting back with Luch (Milan Lucic
) and playing with Horts (Nathan Horton
) I think it’s more of a comfortable position for me.
“They are up-and-down guys and they move the puck well, so we’ve had a good chemistry early here in the one game and hopefully we can get some results out of it.”
The entire Bruins team showed a level of chemistry in last week’s win over Atlanta and Savard was asked if the club could sustain that togetherness and intensity over their two-games-in-two-nights stretch in Florida.
“I think so,” said Savard. “We are hungry right now. We’re a hungry group and we’ve got guys, a lot of guys, firing right now and the goaltenders have been great all season, so we look to have good trip.”