If you’re among the nearly 20,000 fans who will attend the Wachovia Center for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night, the Bruins' Marc Savard says he is ready for you.
Savard figures to be the fans’ target after Flyers winger Dan Carcillo accused him of
biting his finger during host Boston’s 3-2 win on Monday.
“It just makes you play better," Savard said after Wednesday’s morning skate, referring to the lively crowd expected for the game. “It should be fun.”
Carcillo said he is hoping his line is matched against Savard’s unit. Savard brushed a aside a question about whether he wanted to be matched against Carcillo.
Savard, who denied biting Carcillo, played for Atlanta when he received a one-game suspension for biting Toronto's Darcy Tucker's thumb in 2003.
At the time, Savard's explanation of the bite was similar to what he said after Monday's episode with Carcillo, according to the National Post of Canada. It quoted Savard in 2003 as saying: "He just shoved his fingers in my mouth. I don't know how you get out of a mouth-hold."
Bruins coach Claude Julien downplayed the Savard-Carcillo rematch.
“We’re here to play hockey,” he said. “We not here to worry about anything else but the game.”
Savard said the Bruins _ who have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series _ need to be prepared for a Flyers’ offensive onslaught, especially early in the game.
“We played Montreal last year in the playoffs; we were up 2-0 when we went to Montreal and they threw everything at us,” he said, “and we have to be ready for the same type of thing. We want to try to grab a hold of this (series) tonight and not let it slip away.”
The Bruins won Game 3 in Montreal last year, 4-2, en route to a four-game sweep.
Said Julien: “We don’t want to let them back in the series, so we need to be ready. It’s not a very complicated thing. It’s a matter of understanding the urgency on both sides here and being able to counter what the other team is going to throw at you.”
One of the keys Wednesday will be faceoffs. Boston won 59 percent of the draws in Game 2 and that led to a lot of puck possession.
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