|Marc Savard not ready to think about retirement||02.07.11 at 3:05 pm ET|
A big decision was announced Monday by the Bruins, and Marc Savard hopes it’s the last major decision he has to make regarding the concussions that have plagued his career.
An emotional Savard took the podium at TD Garden for the second time in as many seasons on Monday as he discussed his 2010-11 season ending after just 25 games. Savard has suffered two concussions in just over 10 months, with the most recent coming on Jan. 22.
With Savard having incurred four concussions over the course of his career and Peter Chiarelli saying the center was “frustrated” with struggling with the speed of the game when he did return from post-concussion syndrome in December, Savard said he is avoiding the inevitable decision of whether he might retire.
“I’m trying to stay away from that right now,” Savard said Monday. “It’s tough enough as it is not to be able to finish the season. Obviously, we’re going to get some more medical stuff done, some tests, and then I’ll be able to make a clearer decision on what my future is.
“Right now, I’m hoping to be able to continue at some point again.”
If that doesn’t prove to be the case and Savard decides to retire, one guy who has seen it all would be understanding.
“No, I wouldn’t [blame him for retiring],” Mark Recchi, who sat in the front row of the press conference with teammates Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron, said. “Concussions are tough. ‘¦ There’s got to be some thoughts. He’s got three young children, and you want to play with them, you want to have fun with them, you want to [seem them] grow up and be a good dad. Part of that is that you want to be healthy for them.
“I think he’s got a lot to think about, but I think the most important thing is right now that focuses on just getting better. Getting healthy, and then he can be a little bit more clear on his decisions and whether he wants to continue or not.”
|Bruins to hold press conference for Marc Savard||02.07.11 at 10:18 am ET|
With multiple reports indicating Sunday that Bruins center Marc Savard will be shut down for the rest of the season, the team called a press conference for Monday at 2 p.m. at TD Garden. Present at the press conference will be the center, general manager Peter Chiarelli, and head team physician Dr. Peter Asnis.
Savard suffered the fourth concussion of his career on Jan. 22 when he took a hit in the corner from Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick and has been out since. The 33-year-old, who missed the first 23 games of the season with post-concussion syndrome, had 10 points (2 G, 8 A) and a team-worst minus-7 rating in 25 games with the Bruins this season.
|David Krejci stuck with wrong sticks||02.05.11 at 4:38 pm ET|
David Krejci knows that after the B’s were shut out Saturday, it’s in his hands to keep the top line producing. Right now, he just doesn’t like what’s in his hands.
Krejci, who has a contract with Bauer, has been in a bit of an unusual spot over the last couple of games. An issue with manufacturing the stick he uses each night has left him using a stick he’s had trouble getting a feel for.
“This stick sucks, and that’s all I’ve got,” Krejci, in his usual calm demeanor, said after Saturday’s game. “You can put it up on TV or in the papers. I don’t care. This stick sucks.”
The irony in the situation, of course, is that Krejci is a happy user of Bauer and loves the stick that he usually plays with. The problem is that the factory that manufactures his stick, for whatever reason, will not be able to produce his model of choice again until Feb. 11, and as a result, he’s left with the type he used to use earlier in his career.
“We ordered the sticks, my guy said they were coming [when] he ordered them,” the center said. “The trainers called them again because they didn’t come in the mail and they said, ‘Oh yeah, we’ve closed the factory and we’re going to open it up again. We’re not making any sticks until Feb. 11,’ so they sent me the sticks that I used to use a long time ago.”
Krejci fell out of love with the stick when he used them earlier in his career, but it seems he’ll have to get used to them over the next few games.
“That was the reason why I changed from those sticks to the new ones I’m using, because I don’t like these ones,” he said. “I changed them because I didn’t like them anymore, but [now] it’s the only thing I can have.”
Krejci hasn’t scored in 19 games, though he has five assists over his last six games. The center, who is accountable when it comes to his game, stressed that he wasn’t talking about his own performance or suggesting that his unhappiness with the stick has hurt his play.
“I’m not making excuses for my game,” Krejci said. “I just don’t like that stick. That’s all it is.”
|Antti Niemi, Sharks blank Bruins, 2-0||02.05.11 at 3:21 pm ET|
One goal proved to be all the Sharks needed to defeat the Bruins Saturday, as a Logan Couture power play strike in the first period provided enough in a 2-0 San Jose victory. Devin Setoguchi had an empty netter in the final seconds.
Antti Niemi made 26 saves for the Sharks in handing the Bruins their fifth shutout this season.
Zach Hamill, making his season debut, logged 9:34 of ice time and had zero shots on goal. Zdeno Chara led the B’s in shots on goal, putting four pucks on Niemi.
The Bruins will return to action on Wednesday when they host the Canadiens at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Following Saturday’s 0-for-4 performance on the man advantage, the Bruins have now gone five games without a power-play goal. They’re 0-for-12 during that stretch and just one for their last 19.
The B’s had a couple chances on their two power plays in the first, including a Milan Lucic rebound bid that went wide and a Steven Kampfer one-timer that Niemi got his blocker on, but they failed to sustain any sort of consistent pressure. They barely even got set up on their one man-up chance in the second. Boston’s biggest chance on the power play came midway through the third when Joe Thornton went off for a trip, but the B’s once again struggled to get organized and mustered just one shot on goal.
- The biggest thing the B’s proved in beating the Stars on Thursday was that they could beat a Western Conference team at home. With Saturday’s loss, they saw their already bad record in such games fall to 1-3-2 on the season.
- Just as the Bruins have struggled against Western teams at home, they have also been sub-par when hosting matinees at the Garden. Saturday’s loss makes them 1-3-0 on the season in day games in Boston.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- The Bruins allowed just five shots in the first period and six in the second. For the game, they allowed a season-low 18. That’s pretty impressive when considering that the Sharks entered Saturday leading the league with 34.1 shots on goal per game.
The B’s previous low in shots allowed was 20, back on Oct. 28 against the Maple Leafs.
- Adam McQuaid drew penalties for the Bruins. The 24-year-old blueliner first drew a roughing minor on Ben Eager before the two fought in the first period. He later drew a timely trip on Joe Thornton as he brought the puck into the offensive zone at 10:10 of the third.
Scott McLaughlin and Mike Petraglia contributed to this report.
|Bruins trail Sharks after two||02.05.11 at 2:33 pm ET|
The Bruins will have to make another third-period comeback if they want their fourth straight win, as they trail 1-0 after two periods.
The lone goal of the period was disallowed, as there was incidental contact with the goaltender on what appeared to be the Sharks’ second goal of the game. The Bruins had their opportunities, with Michael Ryder and Dennis Seidenberg missing on attempts to knot the game at one.
The Sharks and Bruins each took a minor penalty in the period, with the Sharks drawing a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct at at 10:03. It was a real break for the Bruins, given that they were at a disadvantage in their own zone with Nathan Horton’s stick broken. Gregory Campbell went off for tripping Jason Demers behind Antti Niemi’s net at 12:53.
The Sharks had only six shots on Tim Thomas in the period, and the B’s head to the third with an 18-11 edge in shots on goal.
|Logan Couture has Sharks leading Bruins, 1-0||02.05.11 at 1:42 pm ET|
Though veteran Joe Thornton is the headline grabber when the Sharks are in town, it is a rookie who has the Sharks leading the Bruins, 1-0, after one.
The Bruins took a too many men on the ice penalty at 5:37. The penalty was solid in the early going, with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi getting shorthanded opportunities for the B’s. Logan Couture ended up making the only noise that counted, sending a back-hander past Tim Thomas with 15 seconds remaining on the power play. The rookie now has 23 goals on the season.
Adam McQuaid fought Ben Eager at 17:53, with Eager getting the better of McQuaid in the bought. The B’s ended up on the power play as a Eager was also assessed a roughing minor. The Bruins were 0-for-2 on the power play.
After a period, the Bruins are outshooting the Sharks, 8-5.
|Tim Thomas to start for Bruins vs. Sharks||02.05.11 at 12:31 pm ET|
Thomas, in the midst of a career year, leads the league in both goals against average (1.82) and save percentage (.945) and is tied for the NHL lead in shutouts (7) and wins (25). In his last start, he made 24 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes Monday in Carolina. Niemi is 14-3-3 this season with a 2.75 GAA and .911 save percentage.
Bruins forward Daniel Paille will serve the first game of his four-game suspension Saturday and will be eligible to return Feb. 15 against the Maple Leafs.
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