Savard not worrying about Flyers fans

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA — No less an authority than Tie Domi once called him a rat for allegedly biting his Maple Leafs teammate, Darcy Tucker.

Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo questioned Marc Savard his manhood for apparently doing the same to him on Monday night.

From Game 1 hero in Boston, where his overtime goal gave the Bruins the series opener, Savard was reduced to lead villain as the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal switched to Philadelphia for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday.

Not that the South Side Philly fans, as rabid as there are in pro sports need one, but Savard’s alleged antics against Carcillo provided some added fuel.

Savard, in just his third game back since being sidelined with a concussion, hardly seemed bothered by the threat of more violence.

“It’s part of the playoffs, I’m just worried about the hockey game,” Savard said following Wednesday’s pre-game skate. “(The fan reaction) just makes you play better.”

Early on anyway, that reaction was decidedly lame by Philly standards as the Bruins strong play from Game 1 and 2 continued. There was the occasional “boo” when he touched the puck, but nothing dramatic.

With Savard, the Bruins are clearly a better team with him than without, especially as he gradually gets up to speed. Shaking off the cobwebs of the concussion sustained on a questionable hit from Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke.

“I feel like last game I felt great,” Savard said. “I started making more plays, I felt better with the puck, my conditioning felt a lot better.

“Thank God my (touch) didn’t go. Those battles down low lasted longer. I was able to take longer shifts.”

His Bruins teammates say Savard’s increasing workload and comfort level with it is to be expected the more games he plays.

“The most important part about coming back is getting your brain up to speed,” Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference said. “Everybody’s got the legs when they come back. But it’s the rest of it.”


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