There’s no way to avoid it now. Boston Bruins center Marc Savard is a legit Hart Trophy candidate, and there’s nothing anyone in the NHL establishment can do about it.

Some still doubt Savard’s all-around ability as much as they doubt Tim Thomas’ puck-stopping prowess, but here in Boston we know Savard is the straw that stirs the Bruins’ drink. In four games this week, he posted 4-1-5 totals and an even plus/minus rating to earn my Bruin of the Week award.

Although he was a minus-2 against Washington in a game that both his usual linemates — Milan Lucic and Phil Kessel — finally formed a trio with him for the first time in a while due to injury and illness, Savard still came up with the game-tying power-play goal. His heroics continued with the game-tying goal in the overtime loss to New Jersey and then the game-winning goal (the only goal) against the New York Rangers.

Savard now sits in a fourth-place tie in the NHL scoring race with 61 points, in fifth place in assists with 41 and is an amazing plus-28.

The only other candidate this week was defenseman Dennis Wideman, who posted 2-2-4 totals and a plus-4 rating — including the game-tying goal in Montreal and assists on the game-winning goals against Washington and the Rangers.