Fly on the Wall: April 21, 2009
Savard compares one bad apple to the Habs’ injured star oranges
While Bruins forward Marc Savard realizes that losing any player to injury at playoff time can be costly to a team, he insists that it’s his team’s hard work - not the Habs’ absence of their power play quarterback, an All-Star defenseman, a Stanley Cup champion and former scoring leader, and 1/3 of the team’s top line - that have made the difference so far in the series.
“Well, the guys that are hurt played in a couple of games for them, but still, it hasn’t been easy for us. They’ve played us hard and we’ve worked for a lot of stuff we’ve gotten so far. They’re still a good hockey club no matter who they have in the lineup, but obviously with Markov in they would be better. Still, we played without Lucic last night and we still got it done.”
Good things only come in threes
Out of the lineup for Game 3, paying penance during his league-imposed one-game suspension for a cross-check to the head of Maxim Lapierre a game earlier, Milan Lucic was forced to sweat out Monday’s game from the press box. Having played on a team in juniors that blew a 3-0 lead only to lose in Game 7, the 6-foot-4 winger knows first-hand which game is the hardest to win – and it isn’t Game 1, 2 or 3.
“It’s definitely possible for a team to come back from that kind of deficit. For us, we know that the next game isn’t just the most important to win, it’s also the most difficult.”
Thomas suffers short-term memory loss
After having 25 shots thrown his way on Monday night, including goals by both Christopher Higgins and rookie Yannick Weber, Bruins netminder Tim Thomas is already putting his team’s win in Game 3 behind him.
“Yesterday is gone; tomorrow is what we’re getting ready for already. It’s necessary because it’s bad to get too high or too low. Every game gets even more difficult so you have to be prepared for that no matter what the record is in the series.”
Recchi isn’t big on CPR
Veteran winger – and former Montreal Canadien – Mark Recchi has enough experience to know that it takes more than three wins to clinch a series.
“It’s a cliché but the fourth one really is the toughest to win. We don’t want to give them any life; if you give them a little life and they get a taste of it, you could be putting yourself in a tough position. When I was with Philly in the semis against New Jersey, we were up 3-1 in the series going home, lost Game 5 and ended up losing the series.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com
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