Bruins’ center Marc Savard, who returned to action tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning after a long recovery from post-concussion syndrome, finished the game strong, playing 21 shifts over 15 minutes, 45 seconds of ice time. He was at 50 percent in the faceoff circle, winning five and losing five.
Savard said it was great to get back at it.
“It’s been six months so it’s been a long time,” he said. “I was shaking off a bit of rust but I felt like I made some good plays. I felt like there was stuff I could build off of and work on still. I had a little trouble as the shift wore on but it was only a couple of times. I felt good, I felt strong and I got in there a couple of times. I tried to bang around, I didn’t really move anybody but it was a lot of fun. It’s been a long road that’s for sure.”
David Krejci finished the game with two goals (Nos. 3 and 4 of the season) and an assist. Krejci said it was a relief to score a pair.
“Yesterday [in Philadelphia], I had so many chances so today I was glad for the first one,” said Krejci. “I was so happy when I shot and the results [were there]. After the many chances I had, I’ll take this one.”
Tampa Bay goaltender Mike Smith, who gave up five goals as the starter before being replaced by Dan Ellis, said it was a rough night all around for his team.
“They were just some bad plays, two goals trying to play the puck,” said Smith, referring to a pair of tallies the Bruins scored on the goalie’s miscues. “That took the wind out of our sails. Our team deserves a lot better than that tonight. We fight hard every night. Plays like that, there is no excuse for it.”
The most bizarre goal of the eight scored by Boston came at 19:40 of the first period was the one by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who faked that he was dumping in the puck which fooled Smith and instead, he put it on net and the goalie was at a loss to stop it.
“He made a good play and put it on net,” said Smith. “I anticipated him rimming it [around the boards) and got caught.”
— Patrice Bergeron played in his 400th NHL game.
— Mark Recchi had two points – a goal and an assist. The assist was the 934th of his career, tying him with Al MacInnis for 14th place on the NHL’s all-time list.
— The Bruins scored eight goals for the first time since an 8-5 win over Toronto on Dec. 18, 2008. Twelve players made it to the scoresheet for Boston, the most players with points in a game since 15 players had points in Pittsburgh on Nov. 10 in a 7-4 win over the Penguins.
— The Bruins are now 10-0-0 when scoring the first goal.