Savard plays waiting game
The last two days - the first two that Marc Savard has been on the ice since suffering a partially torn right MCL Jan. 7 - have felt pretty good for the playmaking center. So good, in fact, that Savard peeks at the calendar, looks at Sunday’s visit to Carolina, and wonders whether he could be back in uniform against the Hurricanes.
But with four days between that game and the following one (next Friday at Buffalo), Savard knows that returning a week from today against the Sabres would be a far wiser decision.
“I was out there today, and I’m like, ‘You know, I feel really good. Maybe I can play Sunday,’ ’’ Savard said. “But that’s not the case. I’ve got to watch it. You don’t want to come back Sunday and be out again. I’d be losing my mind. Not that I haven’t already lost it.
“I’m going to just work through it. I’ll have a good skate [today], maybe work in with the team a bit, hopefully. Then go from there.’’
Savard, who skated at TD Garden under the watch of strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides yesterday morning, missed his sixth straight game last night as the Bruins lost to the Blue Jackets, 3-2. Savard was injured Jan. 7 against Chicago, and was expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks. He injured the same knee in Game 6 of the second round last year against Carolina but said this injury is not as severe as last year’s sprain.
Savard also sat out 15 games in October and November because of a broken foot. During his first three seasons in Boston, Savard missed only eight of 246 regular-season games because of groin and back injuries.
In 28 games this season, Savard has 9 goals and 13 assists. During the 21-game stretch between his foot and knee injuries, Savard recorded 5 goals and 10 assists but wasn’t his usual offensive-minded presence.
“It’s been a frustrating year, that’s for sure, having a couple of injuries,’’ Savard said. “I had a decent start. Then right out of the gate, had the foot. I didn’t play up to my potential when I came back. I’m hoping for better this time.
“Last year, we had our four lines, our six D, our two goalies all year, and we ran right through. Maybe this is a different thing. Maybe we’ll roll through the end of the season.
“Maybe this is a blessing in disguise. We’re getting everybody healthy toward the end of the year and we can make a big push down the stretch.’’
“I think the biggest thing right now is to get back to that emotional thing and play with that fire,’’ Lucic said. “That’s the biggest thing for me right now - to get that going.’’
Lucic had one shot and a game-high four hits in 14:03 of ice time. He threw down with Columbus tough guy Jared Boll in the first period, Lucic’s second fight of the season.
Lucic drew a holding call on Jan Hejda in the first when he stationed himself in front of Columbus goalie Steve Mason. In the third, Lucic (2-5 -7 in 17 games) forced Anton Stralman to take an interference penalty when he went in hard on the forecheck.
“We know the outcome is disappointing, but we still saw a lot of good things from players that have maybe been struggling lately and showed us more tonight,’’ said coach Claude Julien. “If they can continue to do that and do that next game, then we’re definitely going to get ourselves out of this.’’
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