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No Rest On Sunday

The Bruins hit the ice at Wilmington on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, 10.11.2009 / 12:11 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  -
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No Rest On Sunday
3:24 p.m.
After practice, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien said that defenseman Dennis Wideman was doubtful for Monday's game. However, Julien also indicated Shawn Thornton, Steve Begin and Michael Ryder should be in uniform tomorrow afternoon.

1:32 p.m.
Practice is over for the day.

12:19 p.m.

BOSTON - OCTOBER 10: Marc Savard #91 of the Boston Bruins shoots the puck against the New York Islanders at the TD Garden on October 10, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins are working through a rare Sunday practice before a Monday homegame. Shawn Thornton, Steve Begin and Michael Ryder are not on the ice, and are most likely just getting a breather. Dennis Wideman is not skating, either.

Marc Savard and his linemates Marco Sturm and Milan Lucic are flying.

Last night, I asked Marc if a season could be turned around in 10-minutes?

"It sure felt like it there," he said. "You know we came in off the second period, and I mean whenever you have a home stand you want to have at least .500 on it, and that was our last chance that third period.

"We went out there and just went and played hockey and it felt great, the crowd got into it. We were hearing a lot of boo’s out there tonight, and you know that doesn’t feel good. So we went out there and got the cheers back.

"Hopefully we can get [them] back Monday with another [win]," said Savard.

Savard was all over NHL On the Fly this morning, what with his third period goal and his shootout deciding tally. Obviously, the center has been working on his shot and his shootout moves.

"Well we had a chat in the beginning of the year, and obviously Kessel was a big part of our shootout. So, he called me in and asked 'what is it are you nervous? You don’t like shooting?' I said, 'No, I love shooting I just have to be more patient.'

"I have always done well on shooting in juniors or on breakaways or whatever, I am never patient and me and Bob Essensa [Bruins goaltending coach] have been working on it.

"On video we looked at some guys in the league that are very successful...and [during the shootout] I saw him lock that leg on that side and I knew I had him, and I was able to put it in," he said. "I had different options as I went in and I kept my head up and my first option was to shoot a low blocker...he put his leg down and I knew that I had him when I went to the right."

But the goal that helped the B's get to the shootout was just as impressive.

"There was a bit of a screen there, and I saw that hole short-side wide open and I knew if I got it off quick, I could beat him back to the net," said Savard. "If you watch the it hits Z’s stick there was some defenseman that came through on kind of a screen I think and I was short side, and I was able to see that short side quickly and I had to rip it and fortunately it went in.

"Luch did a great job on that shift and personally he had a great game and I give him credit, and obviously Z just jumping in there.

"I said to Luch “you know you looked like Gretzky back there but too bad there was a guy who is 7 feet[tall]  in front of the net, you put it inside on him bet he’s not going to get it”. So it came over to me and luckily I got the goal.

Thank goodness for Goalie Bob and the video session, because Savard turned a horror show into a highlight reel.

"Yeah, like I said we got those boo’s and I mean we took some unfortunate penalties [but] we weren’t too disappointed after the first," he said. "The second, we...gave up some goals that I don’t think we should have as a team.

"We weren’t happy in here and, like I said, we wanted at least .500 on the homestand and this was our last chance to go out there and prove it."

The cheers from the Garden crowd was all the proof Savard needed.




1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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