Star center Marc Savard let out a lot of emotion after he scored what proved to be the game-winning goal Thursday night against Ottawa.
A double-fist pump and a long glide toward the boards with one knee bent punctuated the Boston Bruins veteran’s dramatic score in the 2-1 win at TD Banknorth Garden. A little more pizazz in Savard’s celebration and he could wind up offending well-known fan Don Cherry.
“I was excited. At a time like that when it’s 1-1 and you get a goal, it’s exciting. But I try to keep them calm otherwise,” Savard said today after the Bruins practiced at Ristuccia Arena.
So the host of “Coach’s Corner” should continue to love Savard, who assured TheBruinsBlog.net that there won’t be any Alexander Ovechkin-like choreography going on any time soon. Here’s a clip that proves the Cherry-Savard love fest from last year:
With Phil Kessel expected to be out of the lineup until early next week, Savard — one of the league’s premier playmakers — is probably going to have to stay in a more aggressive mindset when it comes to shooting the puck and might need to execute a few more post-goal celebrations.
“I think it’s more of a necessity knowing I’ve got to shoot, because he’s our top goal guy and he’s not out there to look for. I think I just try to put pucks to the net,” said Savard. “I think with the addition of (Mark) Recchi too, maybe the last couple games, especially on the power play, I don’t usually shoot off the wall and I’ve been getting some shots. So that helps out.”
It should be noted that statistics prove Savard’s more aggressive shooting when he doesn’t have the speedy Kessel to look for. Savard has averaged 3.1 shots per game in 10 Kessel-less matches this season. However, for the season he has averaged just 2.6 shots per game after averaging 2.65 in 2007-08.
When the season started with Savard scoring five goals in the Bruins’ first three games, there was a lot of talk that the fancy passer might add sniper to his resumé. But while his shots total hasn’t increased, he has still managed to set a Bruins career-high with 24 goals.
“I guess (it’s bad) in a way,” responded Savard when asked if his shots average staying the same was a negative because of his early-season statement that he wanted to shoot more. “But I always end up with the same. There were a couple of games there when I wasn’t scoring and I was only having like one shot or no shots, so that was a stretch that kind of hurt the shot total.”
With Kessel out, Savard might get into a habit of shooting more. And that would be a boost to his bottom line and the Bruins’.