BUFFALO | Whether it’s the Stanley Cup final or the fifth game of the season, David Savard knows only one way to play. We had another example of his dedication in the third period of Monday night’s game against the Sabers.
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In the same sequence, with the Habs short-handed, linebacker Tage blocked two one-timers in quick succession by Thompson. The first caused so much pain in his left hand that he lost his stick, and the second caused the blade of his right skate to completely explode. Faced with his teammates’ inability to clear the puck, he did everything possible to get involved in the game.
“Savvy is ready to do anything to help the team,” praised Martin St-Louis at the end of that 3-1 win.
At the time, the Habs were trying to maintain a tenuous priority on a single goal. However, his misfortune made his teammates laugh.
“It was hard not to laugh at the situation he was in,” said St-Louis, still full of admiration. He blocked a big shot, got injured, blocked another, lost his sword. Still, he wanted to try his best to prevent the next one. »
Martin St-Louis’ press conference –
Savard was eventually able to get off the ice and then immediately headed to the locker room. We guess that he was in a bad situation because the press could not be informed after the meeting.
“It’s being evaluated. I have no idea,” the Canadian coach said.
a tough guy
In this win, Jake Allen blocked 36 shots. This did not prevent him from highlighting the work of Savard, who was probably his main accomplice, and whose evening of work ended after five blocked shots.
“It’s hard to put into words everything he does for the team. Whether it’s on the ice or off it. He always puts his team first. We saw that clearly in this series. I hope it’s true. When you see those kinds of sacrifices, it forces everyone to give a little bit more. »
The goalkeeper continued: “I can only congratulate him for staying close on the single skate, trying to keep his balance and finishing the job.”
Jake Evans, who was sitting in the front row to witness the event, tried to help his teammate by giving him his stick.
“All I wanted to do was block his shot. I knew he was in pain. Evans said he was probably the toughest guy on our team. It sends the message that we have to be prepared to do everything we can.”
Allen and Savard are not the only veterans leading the way for the Canadian star. Brendan Gallagher with a goal and an assist and Tanner Pearson, who scored the third goal this season, also contributed to this victory.