BOSTON, MA --
Bruins center Marc Savard
continues to shine, and with four points (2 goals, 2 assists), the veteran pivot was a major reason the B's will fly to Montreal on Sunday with a two-games-to-none lead over the Montreal Canadiens.
"We were disciplined tonight, and we worked hard between the whistles, and it paid off for us,” Savard said after the game.
Savard was talking about the whole team, but last night, the forward embodied that discipline and hard work -- and that had his coach talking, too.
“Every night you can rely on him,” said head coach Claude Julien. “He always wants to be out there.
"He wants to compete.”
Last night, Savard had a hand in every goal Boston scored in the second period and helped out on four of Boston’s five total tallies for the night.
“Zee [Zdeno Chara
] did a great job going down the backside; it opened everything up with him,” Savard said of his second goal, off a cross-ice pass from Michael Ryder. “Rydes was able to find me right back through the seam, obviously we got a shot off up top, and obviously Recchi was right in front causing havoc like he does all the time.”
That Ryder/Savard combination also gave Boston their fourth goal of the night with 2.3 seconds remaining in the second period. Savard earned the assist, as did an offensive minded Tim Thomas
, while Ryder had the power play goal.
“Zee just stepped through, and I just stepped behind him, and he took, I think, a couple guys to the net,” said Ryder, explaining Savard’s second goal, “and I was going to shoot first, and then I looked, and I’d seen Savvy wide open, and I just threw it over to him, and he just had to finish it off.”
Savard also got the Boston scoring started with the first goal of the game at 9:59 of the first.
He took a deflection off Steve Montador’s stick and tossed it into the net past Carey Price.
“He can be 2-for-10 on face-offs, and he thinks he should still be out there taking a big draw at the end of the game, and that’s the competitiveness in Savvy,” said Julien. “He’s taken a lot of flack in the past for his game being a one-sided game.
“He’s shown me for the two years that I’ve been here that he’s very capable of playing a two-way game and playing that well and also still producing the points like he did tonight.”
Just as Coach Julien was impressed with him, Savard was happy with the way he and his teammates me the transition from Game 1 to Game 2.
“We had a nice short practice on Friday and came out here today, we didn’t have skate this morning and really put all our energy towards tonight’s game,” he said, “and the whole team did a great job.
“We’re confident when we’re playing any kind of game and tonight was another example of that so I’m happy with all the guys.”