24 hours after signing a seven-year contract extension with the Bruins organization, Marc Savard netted his 200th career goal as Boston easily handled the 10-8-8 Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1. It was a load off my mind, to tell the truth,” said Savard. “I’d been thinking about it for a while, especially during the time off. That’s when we really pressed to get it done. I know this is probably my last one. I wanted to stay in one city, so it’s good to be able to do it here.”
Patrice Bergeron found the net following Savard’s contributions with five minutes left in the first period to give Boston the 2-0 advantage. Marco Strum went to work in the second with two goals less than four minutes apart. Jeff Halpern helped Tampa Bay avoid the shutout with a score 1:27 into the third period.
The Bruins have now earned a point in 12 of their last 13 contests while sitting on top of the Northeast division with a record of 14-8-5. “The expectation was so high. Us getting off to a slow start kind of threw everybody for a loop – fans, media,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “I think we’re finding our game slowly.” The B’s will next face off against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, December 4th. Boston Bruins tickets can be found right here with us at Ace!