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Morning Skate 27: Savard move is the right move

Morning Skate 27: Savard move is the right move

By Joe Haggerty

Its sad to see Marc Savard saying goodbye to the rest of the hockey season, but not sad to see a player and team doing the right thing.The Bruins have called together a press conference for 2 p.m. with general manager Peter Chiarelli, team doctor Peter Asnis and Savard himself at TD Garden, where they'll announce that Savards season is over. Hes still fighting symptoms that include headaches, vertigo and irritability the same kind of symptoms he was battling in the aftermath of a vicious Matt Cooke elbow to his chops last spring and its been more than two weeks since Matt Hunwick slammed his face into the Pepsi Arena boards and glass.The time had come to make the call that could give No. 91 his best shot at a normal life and future, whether he returns to the NHL next season or not. At the end of the day thats what its all about, and now Savard will get the long stretch of time that Patrice Bergeron received to heal properly without any temptation or rush to return for a playoff run. Thats what really hurt the center last year when he jumped back into the series against the Philadelphia Flyers just months after his devastating concussion, and then kept silent when he felt PCS symptoms beginning to creep back into his game.No reason to keep silent on concussions anymore for Savard, and no reason to rush back to the Bruins when he has his own life to worry about. All anybody can say about Savard is good luck and God bless, and hopefully that fog clears once and for all after the traumatic brain injuries hes suffered over the last two years.On to the links: Could the Atlanta Thrashers evenbe motivated by Vince Lombardi as they plummet out of the playoff picture? The Atlanta Journal Constitution has its doubts. Dominik Hasek is still playing in the KHL at the age of 46, but he does admit that the Russian teams would have a hard time consistently hanging in the NHLs North American setting for a number of reasons. Guy Carbonneau is returning to the coaching gig behind the bench at the Quebec Major Junior level, which is a slight step down from being at the controls of the Montreal Canadiens. But I didnt need to tell you that. Phil Kessel isnt happy in Toronto and isnt happy with taskmaster coach Ron Wilson. Got to say that Im shocked and chagrined to see this development from such a well-adjusted, well-behaved hockey player. Im beginning to really think Phil the Thrill is one of those its everybodys fault but mine kind of players, and thats not good. Tariq El-Bashir starts a new On Hockey column for the Washington Post by wondering how worthy the Washington Capitals are at this point. Good to see that El-Bashir is going to keep his skates laced up in the world of hockey.

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Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks


Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks

BOSTON – In their final home dress rehearsal of the preseason prior to the start of the regular season schedule at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins gave their fans plenty to cheer about.

Powered by three goals scored in the first period, the B’s took a 4-2 win over a preseason roster of Chicago Blackhawks players at the Garden to push their preseason record to 4-1-0 with a couple of exhibition games still left to be played. It was as much the players that scored as the scoring itself was the cause of excitement with Boston’s star players stepping up, and the young prospects once again demanding notice during auditions for NHL jobs.

David Pastrnak scored on a sniper shot over Corey Crawford’s glove hand just 52 seconds into the game, and Jeremy Lauzon followed 36 seconds later with a long distance blast from the left point.

Anders Bjork made it a breakout night when he stepped into a one-timer blast midway through the first while teaming up with prospective linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Brandon Saad and John Hayden pushed it back to a one-goal game midway through the second period, but a power-play strike from Bergeron in the third period gave the Bruins all the cushion they would need for victory.

Malcolm Subban got the start for the B’s between the pipes, and he was strong while stopping 24-of-26 shots that he faced, including a flurry of athletic saves in the third period that got the home crowd on its feet. Subban finished up with a strong 14 saves in the third period while helping the B’s slam the door on the Blackhawks.