Savvy’s a star!
Monday, 02.26.2007 / 2:36 PM ET / News
Center Marc Savard (right) has been named the #2 Star of the week by the NHL.
The Canadian Press reports:
Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is the NHL’s first star of the week after winning all three of his starts.
Backstrom posted a 1.62 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage last week as the Wild moved within two points of the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks. Boston Bruins centre Marc Savard and Tampa Bay Lightning centre Brad Richards were named the second and third stars.
Savard and Richards each recorded two goals and seven assists in four games to lead the league in scoring last week.
Boston head coach Dave Lewis was encircled by one of the year’s biggest media scrums after the morning skate and was asked about the Bruins most recent fortunes.
"I thought we were awful the other night," said Lewis. "Collectively…we were just flat and (Florida) came after us."
"We didn’t play well in our zone, we didn’t play well in their zone.
"We didn’t generate a lot of 5-on-5 attack," he said.
However most of the rest of the trip was outstanding.
"Prior to (Saturday) we’ve been more consistent," he said. "And it’s necessary for us to play like that and to continue to play like that if we want to get where we want to get to."
"Hello," to the new goalie…
Coach Lewis is very familiar with the new keeper.
"Joey MacDonald is a young guy who hasn’t played a lot this year," said Lewis. "I saw him in the Red Wings organization quite a bit.
"He’s excited about being here, a little nervous this morning.
"But he’s ready to go," Lewis said.
When is he going to hit the ice, Coach?
"I am just going to let him settle in," said Lewis. "(With) Detroit, what happened was that he was sharing a net with Chris Osgood because Dominic Hasek had one net the whole practice.
"So he’d have to go pre-practice and post practice."
That won’t be the case, here.
"So we want to him to get comfortable with our guys, get comfortable with the group and get him into a game," he said.
"See you soon?" to the old goalie…
Coach Lewis talked about Hannu Toivonen and his future with the B’s.
"For Hannu, it’s more of…an individual thing," he said. "We have to develop Hannu into the goalie that we think he can be.
"Hannu hadn’t played a lot, partly by my decision, partly by some of the things that we had observed. And for him to get better he has to play."
And Providence is the best way for Hannu to see a lot of pucks.
"And he is young," reminded Lewis. "I look at guys like Dominic Hasek that didn’t break into the league until 27 or 28 years old. Chris Osgood paid his dues and didn’t (play until he was older). There are a lot of goalies out there…just because you are 21 or 22 doesn’t mean you are going to fit right in to the league."
Certainly there were times that Toivonen fought the puck.
"There are growing pains and right now Hannu’s going through growing pains," explained Lewis. "It’s frustrating for him and we sense that watching him in practice. So I think overall, for him and his career, this is the best way to go."
"He hasn’t been playing.
"We want him to play, and that’s how you develop him."
When he was asked why Toivonen was not sent down earlier, or why he didn’t stay down for development during an earlier stint in the minors Lewis said, "It wasn’t evident then.
"There were times when he played and performed well and he’d have an upswing."
In the end, however, Lewis, and the Bruins, feel like Toivonen will be back in the NHL.
"I don’t think it’s a big deal," said Lewis. "He’s a young guy who has a tremendous future."