MONTREAL — Zdeno Chara won the hardest shot competition and Blake Wheeler was the star of the YoungStars game, but they weren’t the only Boston Bruins competitors who got all they could out of the experience of the Honda/NHL SuperSkills tonight at Bell Centre.
Center Marc Savard, who went 3-for-8 in the first round and didn’t reach the second round of the McDonald’s NHL Shooting Accuracy competition, enjoyed a lengthy ride to the final two of the Gatorade Elimination Shootout. Savard, who finished 4-for-7, lost to Phoenix’s Shane Doan despite a pretty goal he snuck past Bruins teammate Tim Thomas.
“He had me fooled. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” said Thomas.
“He’s sticking to that story, yeah,” added Savard. “He was kind of giving it to me and I was able to sneak it by.”
Savard’s known more for his playmaking than sniping. But maybe now he’ll get the call from head coach Claude Julien the next time the Bruins are in a shootout. Or maybe not.
“Claude was already chirping me from behind the bench, saying there’s no pressure today,” Savard said. “And I think there was. I felt a little pressure out there. It was a lot of fun.”
Thomas had stopped Savard on an earlier attempt — a task he wasn’t looking forward to.
“It was awkward actually. I wish I didn’t have to face those guys in that actually,” said Thomas, who also made a save on Chara.”But it worked out and maybe it’s some highlight-video (material).”
But his biggest save was the one in the first round on NHL superstar Alexander Ovechkin, who didn’t make much of a move as he skated toward the net. Perhaps Ovechkin had used all his creativity to win the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge. The Russian sported a hat and sunglasses and darted down the slot with two sticks before dropping one and then then burying a goal on the rebound.
“That was pretty funny. I voted for him,” said Savard, who was among the 42.8 percent of voters that went for Ovechkin.