Not biting on topic
Savard deflects Carcillo’s charges
WILMINGTON — It’s being referred to as “Bite-Gate,’’ but neither the alleged perpetrator — Bruins center Marc Savard, accused by the Flyers’ Daniel Carcillo of biting him in Game 2 Monday night — nor Bruins coach Claude Julien — were taking the bait yesterday. Savard said he’s not worried about any repercussions when this Eastern Conference semifinal series moves to Philadelphia for Game 3 tonight and Game 4 Friday.
“It’s a non-issue, it’s nothing,’’ said Savard. “I don’t even want to talk about it. It’s just part of the game, I guess.
“Both teams are trying to win a hockey game. If someone wants to do something to put their team in jeopardy, I guess that’s a selfish thing.’’
Julien doesn’t want his team to worry about side issues such as Carcillo’s accusation.
“We’re up, 2-0, in this series,’’ said Julien. “We won two big home games. We’ve got to stay focused here and stay focused on our game and not be distracted by what’s being said.
“To me, it’s pretty obvious. When you watch replays, everybody’s seen how he embellishes. So it’s hard to believe a guy when you see stuff that he does. We really don’t pay attention to that.’’
Savard, who has played two games since missing nearly two months because of a concussion, doesn’t feel he’s being targeted by the Flyers.
“They finish their hits and everything,’’ he said. “That’s playoff hockey, so it’s good.’’
According to a report on CSNNE.com, Flyers captain Mike Richards told Savard during the game, “You were out for six weeks? We’ll put you out for another six weeks.’’
But Savard said that was false.
“No, he never said that to me, so I don’t know where that came from,’’ he said.
Savard said the focus has to be about taking advantage of the opportunity the Bruins have to keep winning and not give the Flyers any life at home.
“We look at each game as the biggest game of the series, and certainly Game 3 is going to be that way,’’ he said.
“They came out hard [in Game 2],’’ said Wideman. “They did a great job. They outplayed us for the majority of the game and we had a hard time in our own zone. We gave them a lot more chances than we’d like to, and I think you have to give them credit there.
“We hung on and found a way to win, which we needed to do, and hopefully we can do that again going into Philly.’’
Wideman said the Bruins need to regroup a little bit defensively, even though they gave up just two goals Monday.
“There were a couple of times where we had some confusion on switches,’’ he said. “We’ve got to do a better job.
“They were coming hard. In our own zone a couple of times, we might have been a step slow and just gave them a little bit too much time to make a play.’’
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