Tuesday, April 27, 2010
SAVARD TO PLAY IN ROUND 2
The hits just keep on coming. Marc Savard has been cleared by the medical people and Peter Chiarelli has announced that he will play in the Conference Semifinals against either Philadelphia, or the team that harbors the man who injured him: Pittsburgh.
Even though a Bruin/Flyer matchup might offer the Bruins a better chance of advancement to the Conference Finals, you can't resist the theater that a Penguins/Bruins series would offer now.
Claude Julien might have trouble finding ice time for Savard, as Bergeron and Krejci were 1 and 2 among Bruins forwards in time on ice. Shawn Thornton might be the forward to get scratched. Then again, it might be Daniel Paille or Michael Ryder, considering their lackluster performances.
One thing's certain, Savard will be on the ice for the power play. And that unit actually exploded as Krejci quarterbacked it. to better than 26% against Buffalo.
The bad news on the injury front is that Mark Stuart will likely miss the entire 2nd round. The Bruins could use 15 minutes from him as Andrew Ference (why the hell did the B's give him a contract extension) struggled.