Mike Milbury: Bruins ‘Came Up Short in Heart Department’ After Marc Savard Hit

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Mike Milbury: Bruins 'Came Up Short in Heart Department' After Marc Savard Hit Matt Cooke‘s blindside hit on Marc Savard during Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh left many NHL fans with some lingering unpleasant feelings.

Count Mike Milbury among them.

The NESN Bruins analyst told Kathryn Tappen on Tuesday’s edition of W.B. Mason Bruins Face-off Live that the Bruins’ reactions to the hit were disappointing and showed a lack of character — particularly on the part of Michael Ryder.

“I thought it was a cheap shot, I thought it was a lack of respect, I thought [Cooke] could have laid off in this particular incident,” Milbury said of the hit. “The violent snap of the neck was as violent as I’ve seen maybe ever for a shot like this, and I thought there should have been an immediate response [from Savard’s teammates]. 

“Michael Ryder is standing right there. He saw this play, he saw his best offensive player and his teammate go down in a heap after taking what was, by all accounts, a violent blow to the head,” Milbury said. “Legal or not, he should’ve gone right after Matt Cooke, but when he got there, he came up short. He came up short in the heart department, he came up short in the character department, and the Bruins have done that all year long.

“It’s time for them to look in the mirror.”

For more, check out the Boston Laser Look Ahead segment below.

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