Bear Essentials: November 25th
It's off to Buffalo for the B's
Tuesday, 11.25.2008 / 11:53 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
You can listen to Milan Lucic's interview with Dale and Holley, here.
Milan Lucic's non-fight with the Canadiens Georges Laraque will certainly be a topic of conversation on Tuesday with Dale and Holley.
It even came up during Marc Savard's #1 Star of the Week conference call yesterday:
Q. One of the little subplots of Saturday night's game obviously was the fact that you guys stayed clear of Georges Laraque. One, was that talked about prior to the game? And two, there was a face-off in the third period when Georges was sort of squared off with Milan Lucic at the face-off circle just outside the Montreal blueline. They were really yacking it up a little bit. You came over and had something to say. Things seemed it settle down. I don't know if you'd care to share that we me, but I was curious about it.
MARC SAVARD: I just told Georges that there's going to be another time for this. Right now we're worried about wins. Milan is a hockey player and not just a fighter, so that's basically what I said. Kept him quiet for a little bit anyway.
Q. Just stay away from Georges and let him play and let Milan play?
MARC SAVARD: Yeah, exactly. If they wanted to put Georges out there that much that was fine with us. We didn't want anybody fighting, especially -- we're obviously short of the defense core right now with Ference out, and people were saying, Why didn't Z grab him?
There will be time for. I'm not saying they're gonna do it, but right now wasn't the time, especially playing up there. We were on the road, and if they get hot on the power play, which they're capable of going, we didn't want them to do that either.
So we played it the way we wanted to play it, and there was nothing else about it.
Q. Are you upset that because Lucic is a big guy other guys want to fight him? When you've got a fighter like Georges that wants to fight a guy that his only problem is that he's big himself, but he's got lots of points, does that upset you that he should have to put up with that?
MARC SAVARD: Yeah, well, on the Lucic stuff, he's obviously going to get challenged a lot because I think his record is pretty flawless in the fighting department. People want a chance not only to fight him, but to get him off the ice because he's such a factor in most hockey games. He's only getting better every day. For myself on that, I like having him out there. Obviously when he goes in the box it shifts up our line and stuff like that, so it makes it a little tougher.
The weather here in greater Boston is not good. Not good at all.
Lots of rain, slippery conditions, scary.
But we made it. So make sure you do, too and give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going!
And that's the end of the public service announcement...
Meanwhile, the B's are on the ice -- all except Marco Sturm.
For a day before a game, there is a heck of a lot of contact out there this morning.
The Black & Gold have already practiced breakaways, with Blake Wheeler and P.J. Axelsson having the most success.
BTW: Milan Lucic will be on WEEI's Dale and Holley show at 12:40 p.m...