When he started the season with five goals in the Boston Bruins’ first three games, center Marc Savard said he was going to try to shoot more and expand his resume beyond his famous playmaking production.
After scoring one of the Bruins’ two goals in their 2-1 win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum last night, Savard now has four goals in his last eight games. Of course, in the games between his hot start to the season and his recent uptick in lamp-lighting, he scored just six goals. So does that make him a streak scorer? Maybe, but more than anything it makes him a player who’s aware of what his team needs and when to provide it.
“I wanted to shoot the puck more this year. And obviously with Kess going down and Looch out, I’ve got to put more pucks to the net,” said Savard, who was skating a bulk of the first half of the season with Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic and has now had Chuck Kobasew on his wing for more than a week. “Obviously, Chucky’s going to drive to the net. He scores most of his goal from blue paint, so I’m trying to put the puck there and he’s getting there. We’re going to get some. We’re close.”
Savard’s career-high for goals is 28, so he’s actually within reach of that mark. Once the Bruins get Kessel and Lucic back, Savard might again start to take a backseat. But it wont’ be because he’s been discouraged from shooting.
“There’s times where he has good players with him, but you can’t keep passing up on shots even when you have good players with you,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “We’ve encouraged him to shoot more and whether it’s the circumstances now that are helping him to do that more, he’s doing it. And I guess that’s what matters.”