Despite the best efforts of some Boston and Philadelphia sportswriters, the attempt to get Boston Bruins
' center Marc Savard
and coach Claude Julien
to play "Mommy, Savvy bit me," for a third-straight day fell flat Wednesday morning after the Bruins practiced at the Wachovia Center.
The Philadelphia Flyers
host the Bruins for Game 3 here tonight (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN, RDS), trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series.
Flyers right wing Danny Carcillo alleged Savard bit him during a scrum in Game 2 Monday in Boston. Savard raised the stakes by claiming Carcillo shoved fingers into his mouth in an attempt to pull out his teeth.
"We're here to play hockey. We're not here to worry about anything else but playing the game." -- Marc Savard
"Maybe he wants me to look like him," Savard cracked. Carcillo, a throwback to old-time hockey, is missing a couple of front teeth.
"I'm just worried about the game. I'm not going to get into those kinds of things," Savard said, adding he wasn't upset by the allegation. "No, just ready for tonight's game, just want to win the game."
Julien said he wasn't concerned with the issue.
"Not at all. We're here to play hockey. We're not here to worry about anything else but playing the game."
The Bruins are in great shape and know that a third-straight victory over the Flyers would give them a commanding position in the series. But they know they have a tough opponent and they expect a tough game.
"We just have to keep playing the way we are. We have to come out and have a good start, like we've had every game and go with that," Savard said. "It's going to be an intense battle again and we expect more of the same.
"We know that keeping it level is most important. I think we're focused on that tonight. It's always been a tough building to play in. The fans are great, just like ours at home. We're in for a good battle tonight."
Savard was one of six Bruins' regulars who didn't practice Wednesday morning. Miroslav Satan
, Blake Wheeler
, Andrew Ference
, Michael Ryder
and Shawn Thornton
also didn't practice. Game 3 will be Savard's third game back after missing six weeks following his March 7 concussion.
"Last game, I felt great. I started making plays and felt better with the puck," he said. "My conditioning felt better. Those battles down low lasted longer. I was able to take longer shifts. I felt great.
"I think I'm 100 percent. I feel great out there. I had a good practice yesterday and took a little breather this morning. I'm ready to go tonight."
Stuart close -- Julien said it's possible that injured defenseman Mark Stuart
might be ready for Game 4 here Friday, but that he still hasn't received medical clearance.
"He's progressing pretty good right now," Julien said. "It's a matter of everyday getting more feedback from him, from our trainer, from our doctors to see how close we're getting. Right now -- although we know he's not in tonight -- Game 4, I don't know. I haven't been told by our medical crew that he's cleared to go. Right now, we're really working on getting him into game shape. Once we get the OK, it will be our decision."
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