“I am often in the wrong place at the right time” – David Savard

Compliments for the veteran defenseman poured in from all corners of the locker room Wednesday after practice in Brossard.

It’s a good thing he has a big behind! He blocks a lot of shotsjoked Jake Allen who, in front of his cage, let’s say it, is the best placed to dare to step forward on this slippery slope and make such a judgment.

 » I’m impressed with his game in general. He has taken on a bigger role with our young group in defence. It was he who took the reins of the group. Yes, the sample is slim, but I believe he’s been playing his best hockey since he’s been here. He faces the best opposing players every night. »

A quote from Jake Allen about David Savard.

David Savard of course appreciated the goalkeeper’s comments, despite his initial, friendly remark about his rear end.

If you’re not worth a laughing stock, you’re not worth much, once said a wise old man.

It’s part of my role and I’ve been doing it for a long time, mentioned Savard. There, the puck hits me more than usual.

In other words, he is not wary of the puck. His body is capable of taking it for the good of the team.

Hit me with your best shot, [frappe-moi avec ton meilleur lancé (traduction libre)]could therefore hear Savard sing with Pat Benatar, if they ever had the opportunity.

They don’t all hurt, he says of the pitches he’s repeatedly blocked since the start of the season. Sometimes I get one in a place where there is not so much protection. Say it keeps you in the game, but it’s more the fun when it doesn’t hurt too much. It takes that to win.

David Savard has blocked 23 shots in 4 games, 7 more than Alexander Romanov of the New York Islanders. That makes him 1,128 in the NHL, which puts him in 74th place. Among the most courageous players in the history of the league willing to sacrifice themselves to reduce the task of their goalkeeper.

It jostles in front of the net of the Canadian.

David Savard

Photo: The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld

When I started, I played with Kris Russell. I think he’s the best of all time. With John Tortorella behind the bench, it was non-negotiable, you had to block shotshe recalled on his time with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Verification made, Kris Russell is indeed the leader in this chapter. The NHL credits him with 2,044 blocked shots since compiling that stat in 2005.

The head coach adds

It’s Martin Saint-Louis’ turn to be full of praise for the 31-year-old defender who was used excessively due to the absence of Mike Matheson and Joel Edmundson.

 » He is perceived as a defensive defender, but he has a lot more qualities in attack than he is given. He takes care of the team. He reads the game well. He is effective with and without the puck. He is reliable and blocks a lot of shots. »

A quote from Martin St-Louis, head coach of the Montreal Canadiens

Apart from the brilliance of Savard, there was also talk of that of Kaiden Guhle, his partner of only 20 years.

It’s hard to think that we can play this guy for all these minutes until the end of the year, added the coach. We should end up having backup and then we can handle it. But if he continues to play like that, he will be hard to settle. He jumped at the chance. We will form a better team when our injured players are healthy, because our young people will have acquired experience during their absence.

Called to compare Guhle to another young player he met during his playing career, the head coach recalled the attitude of Steven Stamkos, now captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

There is a big difference between confidence and arrogance, underlines Martin St-Louis. Stamkos was confident. Guhle is confident.

Let us quote in conclusion the Latin poet Horace.

He who trusts in him will lead others.

The CH (2-2-0) receives the Arizona Coyotes (1-2-0) Thursday at the Bell Center.

Jake Allen is expected to be the starting goaltender, three days after the birth of his third child (a third daughter) which kept him out of training Monday against the Penguins.

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