Savard answers call in overtime
What is it about the Stanley Cup playoffs that seem to make fairy tales comes true?
Nearly 14 minutes into the first overtime period Saturday afternoon, Bruins forward
With the Flyers on the end of a long shift -- 1:23 in an overtime period might as well be two ticks from eternity -- Savard jumped over the boards, and tailed defenseman
From the start, the Bruins were going to have to work with a short bench -- winger
As feel-good stories go this playoff season, Savard's probably ranks high, but maybe not quite as high as Philadelphia goalie Boucher's. The journeyman netminder was once again spectacular in the 5-4 losing effort, especially in the overtime period, as the Bruins came out of the break attacking the net with everything they had. Though Boucher did opt to play the puck that led to the winning goal instead of freeze it, which would've stopped play and allowed his lagging team to change personnel, he did plenty to give the Flyers a chance, including a handful of stone-cold stops on Boston forwards
But despite Boucher's effort, the Flyers couldn't match their opponent's drive in the extra frame. Their resilience, however, coming back from a 4-2 deficit with a couple late goals, including a dazzling
In the end, though, the overtime thriller came down to Savard, who had to watch as his team teetered on the playoff bubble without him. Boston, like Philadelphia, didn't earn its playoff spot until the last week of the season, but here they both are in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the sixth and seventh seeds fighting for the fairy tale to continue on.