Savard's name will be etched in Stanley Cup

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Savard's name will be etched in Stanley Cup

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
Marc Savard will have his name etched into the Stanley Cup along with the rest of the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup champion Bruins, according to a hockey source.Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed the good bit of Savard news to CSNNE.com on Monday afternoon during the Bruins Annual Golf Tournament at the International in Bolton, Ma."Savard will be on the Cup," said Chiarelli, who didn't give any update on the chances of either Shane Hnidy or Steve Kampfer also getting their named etched on the Stanley Cup along with the rest of the Bruins.

Post-concussion syndrome limited Savard to just 25 regular-season appearances in the 2010-2011 season, which is 16 shy of the usually required 41 regular season appearances with the Stanley Cup champs - or an appearance in the CupFinals -that the NHL requires for getting a name on the Cup.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said the Bruins would do all they could for the NHL to make an exception for Savard (as well as defenseman Steven Kampfer). In the injured center's case, the team's efforts were not put to waste.

Chiarelli said last month that the Bruins do not expect Savard to play next season as he continues to battle the after effects of concussions suffered during the last two seasons.

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Nash stepping up when Bruins need him most

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Nash stepping up when Bruins need him most

BROOKLYN -- It took most of his first season in Boston, but Riley Nash is hitting his groove with the Bruins at exactly the right time.

Nash came up huge in a must-win game Saturday night against the Islanders, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over the Isle. The unheralded Nash and equally unheralded backup goalie Anton Khudobin were the two most important performers in the tight, playoff-style win that snapped a four game losing streak while pushing the B's back into playoff position.

"That's part of [a big win], right? Big performances,” said interim coach Bruce Cassidy. "Generally you look to your best players, but [Nash] did a really good job. He's got a sneaky shot, so hopefully he uses it a little bit more. You can't say enough about those goals. We needed them tonight.

"Generally our top guns have been good offensively and have come through. But tonight it was the lesser lights for us in terms of offense, so good for us.”

Both Nash goals were titanic. The first came on the first shift following the Islanders goal in the first period. The fourth-line winger stripped Isles defenseman Scott Mayfield in the neutral zone and then flipped a shot past Thomas Greiss to the short side that tied the game at 1-1. Then in the third period, Dominic Moore hit Nash in stride as he sped into the offensive zone, and Nash weaved through defenders before sneaking one past Greiss for the game-winner.

The two goals give Nash four goals and six points in 21 games since the All-Star break, in line with his normal offensive output during his NHL career, and a step up from the three goals and nine points in his first 52 games this season.

The affable Nash was more than happy to contribute in a big win, and enthused at seeing the offense finally starting to flow on a semi-regular basis when the Bruins can really use it.

"It's quite the output as opposed to the season I've had so far, so I'll take it and be happy that we won the game,” said Nash. "I think everyone in here knew that was the biggest game of the year. It was going to be a really big uphill battle if we lost that one.

"Both teams came out desperate in a pretty tight, playoff-style game, but that's what it's going to be like for the rest of the season. So we've got to hunker down and take it one game at a time as the saying goes.”

With the Bruins third line fading a bit in these tight, physical games where players have to battle for their ice, it's been vital that Boston's fourth line step up and provide big minutes at both ends of the ice. Nash and Co. did more than that on Saturday night by potentially saving the season with his biggest, best game in a Bruins uniform.