Notes: Savard to undergo tests Friday


Notes: Savard to undergo tests Friday

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON While the Bruins and Stars were battling it out on the ice in a wild, punchy brand of hockey that would have made the Hanson Brothers jealous, Marc Savard was resting up in Boston and readying for an important weekend.

The Bruins center flew from Peterborough, Ontario, to Boston on Thursday, and sources indicated to that he'll meet with doctors for testing on Friday after suffering the fourth concussion of his NHL career two weeks ago.

TSNs Bob McKenzie reported that Savards agent, Larry Kelley, is also arriving in Boston this weekend, and that Savard, Kelley, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and all of the parties involved would get together to discuss Savards future.

Savard is still suffering from headaches, irritability and other troubling symptoms more than a week after he was pushed headfirst into the boards by former teammate Matt Hunwick at the Pepsi Center in Colorado.

The Bruins have discussed shutting Savard down for the rest of the season after suffering his second concussion in the last 10 months, and that undoubtedly be the topic of conversation this weekend when all parties get together.

Patrice Bergeron continues to set the pace for the Bruins this season, and hasnt slowed down at all after winning the NHLs No. 1 Star of the Month for January. Bergeron has 11 goals and 9 assists in 14 games and leads the Bruins with 13 multipoint games this season. He also leads the team in scoring, with 44 points overall.

Bergeron, quite simply, is as good as the Bruins get at any position aside from goaltender, and as a line the BergeronBrad MarchandMark Recchi trio put up nine points with a plus-6 rating in the 6-3 win.

Well, it's chemistry, said coach Claude Julien. We talk about chemistry with lines and they seem to be clicking well together. They find each other. Marchand, with some of those nice passes he makes, he really sells the shot and all of a sudden the pass comes out and those guys know about it and theyre driving the net and getting rewarded for that.

Those three guys, not only is there chemistry, but they seem to enjoy playing with each other and when you do that theres and even better reason for success.

Tyler Seguin broke a nine-game scoreless drought when he snapped home a one-timer for his eighth goal of the season in the third period. The Seguin goal actually came at a large point in the game for the Bruins, who had allowed the Stars to creep within one before Seguin connected on Michael Ryders pass.
He hadnt scored in a while and it was a nice goal. I thought he made some nice plays tonight and I thought he was skating well tonight, played with some good confidence, said Julien. Absolutely, hes a young guy that we want to see continue to progress. Tonight was one of those good nights for him. Shawn Thornton once again came up just short of a Gordie Howe hat trick when he couldn't get an assist in the final two periods. He snapped a 19-game goal-scoring drought with hiseighth goal of the season in the first period. The 8 goals and 14 assists for Thornton this season are both career highs for the Bruins enforcer. Bruins wives and girlfriends, including Kim Jacobs, Tatiana Chara, Tammy Horton, Brittany Carnegie and Christine Sweeney, will model the latest 2011 spring and resort collections from Saks Fifth Avenue for an audience of honored guests at the "Carnevale Di Moda" which takes place next Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Taj in Boston. Former Bruins goaltender Andrew Raycroft had an interesting matchup against Tuukka Rask, for whom he was traded in a Bruins-Maple Leafs swap years ago, but was yanked just 1:20 into the game. Raycroft was pulled after both Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron scored on the only shots he faced, and it was all Tuukka Time from that point forward. Rask made 30 saves -- including 15 in the second period, highlighted by stoning James Neal cold on a close backdoor bid. Julien took a timeout in the third period once the Stars climbed to within a goal with plenty of time on the clock, but Tyler Seguin ended the drama when he made it a 5-3 game in the third and put the game out of reach."They made some nice plays there and we took the timeout and regrouped and then responded again with a couple of goals," said Rask. "So one goal first to get us back on track there. You know, its a good sign." Mark Stuart was scratched for the fifth straight game as a healthy defenseman, and it's apparent that Adam McQuaid has supplanted the rugged Stuart as one of the B's top six defensemen. McQuaid gave Andrew Sutherby a beating in the third period and had his first goal of the season waved off in the worst goaltender's interference call of the year on Blake Wheeler. Wheeler was feet outside of the crease and made no contact with Kari Lehtonen when the penalty was called for, and wiped a nifty little fake-and-shoot move by McQuaid. "Im going to stand here and tell you were going to go with the same Ds," said Julien. "Im not going to mix anything up right now. It is what it is and we keep talking about that almost everyday as well, is that weve got a guy in Stuey Mark Stuart that so far has had a great attitude towards not disrupting the team and understanding how tough it is to play. But at the same time our six Ds are doing a great job so you dont punish other guys for that kind of stuff. "But things always work out and Stuey knows that and has been a real, I guess helpful player in regards to that, at not disrupting the team and hes still working hard and when he gets his chance hell be ready."
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Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

BOSTON – It certainly feels appropriate that Patrice Bergeron would author a clutch game-winning goal late in the third period of his first game back after missing a week of games with a lower body injury. That Bergeron’s game-winner also arrived in the home opener at TD Garden was an added bonus once No. 37 hammered a shot from the high slot with 1:15 to go in the third period to give the Bruins their first lead of the game in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.

The goal arrived courtesy of a nifty setup from linemate Brad Marchand working behind the New Jersey net, and also thanks to David Pastrnak winning a battle in the corner thanks to newfound grit in his game. But the hero of the day again turned out to be No. 37, who went from missing an entire week of action to reclaiming his center role on the top line, playing 16:49 of ice time and winning 13-of-24 face-offs while generating five shot attempts.

“I think it’s pretty obvious with what he did [against the Devils]. After being off for over a week and to come back and have one practice with us then back into the game, he scores a clutch goal for us. That’s what he has always been, a clutch player for us,” said Claude Julien. “I think the third period we gave it a really good push there and I like seeing that from our team that you come out and you don’t play on your heels and you push hard and we went down by a goal but we got our game going like I said and we got a couple goals to win this for us.”

Bergeron modestly said postgame that he was just trying to get into the flow of the game after missing a healthy chunk of time with injury. But he certainly looked like he was vintage form once it crunch time. The timing was perfect as he stepped into the one-timer shot off Marchand’s pass, and beat Cory Schneider amid a strong 34-save performance by the kid from Marblehead.

“I mean I was just trying to, I guess, get my feet wet right away and use the first few shifts to kind of just get, feel good about my positioning and my skating,” said Bergeron. “As the game went on I just felt better. Of course you want to start on a good note, especially at home, and we talked about our home record in the last few years. We wanted to do the job early, especially in the first game, and it’s one step but we’re happy with it.”

It was like Bergeron didn’t miss a single beat after missing the first three games of the season with a lower body injury, and those kinds of instincts and natural ability are things worth marveling about when it comes to the Bruins.

“I was feeling good [on the ice],” said Bergeron. “It would have been nice to ride the wave of the World Cup, but that being said I thought in the first I was trying to be good position ally and kind of get myself going with the first few shifts, and just kind of go from there. Overall I thought that happened.”

While the comeback win was certainly good news for the Bruins, the best news of all is that Bergeron has returned to the lineup with no signs of an injury that surprised everybody right before the start of the regular season.