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Bear Essentials: Afternoon Update

Monday, 04.14.2008 / 4:18 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  -
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Bear Essentials: Afternoon Update
They picked a good time!
Two Bruins players who had never scored in NHL postseason play scored the two most important goals of the Boston Bruins season last night.

Veteran center Marc Savard, who had never been lucky enough to be on a team that made the Stanley Cup Playoffs, scored the game winner at 9:25 of OT and rookie winger Milan Lucic scored Boston's first goal.

Following the contest, both men stood for what seemed like an hour in the Bruins locker room talking about their goals. The Bruins 2-1 overtime win vs. Montreal snapped Boston's overall winless streak against le bleu, blanc, et rouge. The victory also broke up a five game playoff losing streak dating back to 2004.

"It was huge," said Savard. "I am proud of every guy in here.

"We've been through a lot this year…and this little black cloud has been over our heads against this team.

"[Saturday], we thought we deserved a better fate…but we got the job done [Sunday]," he said.

Lucic's first period goal set up Savard's heroics.

"[Mark] Stuart made a good pass to me, it was a hard pass, and I just chipped it in," explained Lucic. "It went all the way around and Savard didn’t even hesitate, didn’t even look, and just found me right in the slot.

"I just put everything I had into it and it found the back of the net."

The two men have found some amazing chemistry together.

"You know he has eyes in the back of his head," said Lucic. "He finds you and if you get open for him, he’s going to put it on your stick.

"There’s a couple times I had my chance to get my second one of the night [so] I just have to keep getting open for him and he’s always around the puck."

Savvy reciprocated the praise.

"Lucic’s making their “D” have some tough nights," said Savard. "He’s getting in there and gives me time to get the puck. And tonight we made a great play going to the net and I was able to hit him.

"In the second, he had two great chances in front too and if he keeps playing the way he is, we’re going to get some room and get some more chances."

No better time than the present, boys!

Mix and match
Speaking of the Lucic-Savard combo, and you can add veteran forward Glen Murray to make a very potent line, Bruins head coach Claude Julien was asked about his reasoning for making those three a unit.

"Some of it had to do with balance," said Julien. "Part of it is also that [Lucic] has really evolved into a pretty good all around player.

"He's been extremely reliable at both ends.

"And he's got a physical presence which, to a certain extent, that line needs." He said.

Coach also spoke about his entire team's being able to elevate their play when needed.

"To be honest with you, I think I have been impressed with that for most of the year," said Julien. "And that's something that we've had to do all year.

"[The team's ability] to bring it to another level has been impressive.

"But it's something that I have seen from this team, basically, for the whole year."

The latest on Bergy (from Bergy)
Patrice Bergeron spoke today after his latest on-ice session. He said it was unlikely that he would take the ice on Tuesday for Game Four.

"Obviously, I have to listen to the doctors," said Bergeron, who when asked point-blank about his suiting up in the next game, said, "Probably not."

Patrice indicated that he had not yet regained the weight he lost after the incident and getting adequate game level preparation has been hard.

"It's been a week today, but we've had three games and morning skate is not where you are going to have contact -- they are just worried about the fact that I have had only two practices.

"They thought more time was the [right] thing to do."

Bergeron reiterated that he will continue to work hard.

"I'm doing better and feeling good," he said. "We are going in the right direction and I am hoping that the guys keep doing a great job like last night and bring in some wins."

Wins, of course, buy Bergy more time to recover, however, judging by the work he put into physical one on one drills with fellow skaters Andrew Alberts and Phil Kessel, the B's young forward continues to give reason to believe.

"It felt good," he said of a couple of hard knocks from Alberts. "That's what I need. I need hits like that to see how I feel."

No matter when he comes back, the wait will have been worth it. Keep working Bergy!




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