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Axie. Savvy. Goal. Win.

Savard's line combines for Boston's game-winner

Friday, 04.3.2009 / 8:41 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Axie. Savvy. Goal. Win.
On Thursday night, when much of the hockey world was fixated on Boston's chances of finishing first in the Eastern Conference, Marc Savard was concentrating on beating Alex Auld.

"Yah, you know it was a 'scrambly' game for us, but we stuck with it," said the B's veteran center. "We had a lot of chances too.

"Auldie [Alex Auld] made some big saves for them at times and it was just a scrambly game all together for both teams.  They played loose and they played well.

"They had some good chances but we stuck with it and got the win," he said.

How the win was 'gotten' was textbook forechecking.

"Well, I stripped [Mike] Comrie at center ice there and I walked in and let a shot go and [Blake Wheeler] jumped all over the forecheck.

"[P.J. Axelsson] picked the pass off and he was able to find me and I think that [there was] just a little tip on the defensemen’s stick too so I was able to go top blocker.  It was great work by my wingers, forcing turnovers."

It certainly was no shock to see Axelsson deep in the opponents zone, digging and dishing. And, after listening to the Swede talk about the play, it seems as if it was all in a day's work -- and a little luck didn't hurt, either.

"I guessed," said Axelsson of the pass that he intercepted, before he noted that he saw Savard all the way. "Yeah I saw him. He was the high guy to begin with.

"So, I knew he was somewhere over there."

Axelsson agreed with a reporter who said that the center is shooting more.

"Yeah he definitely shoots more," said Axelsson. "That’s a good thing, cause he should shoot more. Other team’s knows he’s passing so they let him shoot sometimes and I think he should shoot."

Savard was just happy -- very happy -- that one of those shots found twine.

"I think I had a lot of shots -- it felt like it anyways -- and there were a couple of muffins, but I got them up in net anyway," said Savard. "It feels good.

"Our line, we took a little bit to click, and now we’re feeling good together the three of us getting to know where each other’s going to be.

"Obviously, I played with Ax in the past, but Wheels is new and he’s new to the right side, so it took a little gelling but we feel good out there and we’re having some fun."

Always someone who enjoys playing hockey, Savard's exuberance boiled over after the go-ahead goal.

"I was just jumping around, really excited," said Savard. "We knew it would be [a challenge].

"They’ve got some great hockey players and they only have five games left before summer comes because they got eliminated.

"But we got the two points and move ahead and we want first overall and we’re still working for it."

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