Thursday, December 03, 2009
I know, Michigan isn't a basketball powerhouse. And I know that BC allowed the Wolverines to stick around and make this game far too interesting (BC led by 10 at halftime and 15 early in the 2nd). But look at what BC's conference-mates did in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Duke lost. Wake Forest lost. Clemson lost. The ACC lost by 6 games to 5.
BC is now 4-0 in the Challenge. And after a lackluster effort down at the Paradise Jam, the Eagles rebounded with two nice road wins over Providence and Michigan before starting their ACC season on Sunday when they host 8-0 Miami.
In order to be one of the top-tier teams in this League, you have to register performances like this one. Tampa Bay is a solid team, a potential playoff team. And the Bruins dominated them on home ice.
Marco Sturm was faster in this game than he's been all year. Savard, fresh off his new contract, netted his 200th career goal. Bergeron and Rechhi were all over the offensive plays.
Oh, and Tim Thomas was lights out, making 39 saves, including some of that trademark Superman stuff of his.
The Bruins have now won 6 of 7 games, and secured 15 of 14 possible points in that stretch.
Bruins at Canadiens Friday night at 8.
AP Photo/Elise Amendola
The Bruins and Marc Savard agreed to a 7 year, $28M deal. Savard's led the Bruins in points every year he's been in Boston. Earlier this season, the B's lost Savard to injury, and the offense devolved into a predictable and bland unit. Since his return, the Bruins got their swagger back, scoring goals in a variety of ways.
Peter Chiarelli and the B's front office have been extraordinarily pro-active the past few months. Some criticized them for not retaining Kessel, but it's clear that Phil was out line his pockets. Savard won't be going to soup kitchens with his $28 million, but he could have followed his former linemate's tracks and gotten more on the open market.
The Bruins have 8 forwards already under contract for the 2010-2011 season. Along with 3 defensemen and both goalies. Krejci, Savard, Wideman, Thomas and Rask are all locked up for the 2011-12 season. And if the world doesn't end in 2012, Savard and Thomas will both be around in 2013.
The Canadian Press