Boston Bruins defeat New York Islanders, 4-3

Boston Bruins' David Krejci, of the Czech Republic, left, battles for the puck with New York Islanders' Matt Moulson, second from left, as the Islanders's Kyle Okposo (21) and Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, of Finland, right, look on in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Boston, MA -- Saturday night in the TD Garden, Bruins rookie goalie Tuukka Rask made 35 saves in his 2009-10 regular season debut and earned th...

For the last three years, Phil Kessel had been the No. 3 triggerman in the shootout. Marc Savard, 2 for 13 lifetime in the shootout, had been mostly an afterthought. Savard, so intent on passing first that he has “Disher’’ branded on his sticks, had only three shootout attempts last season.

But at the start of this season, coach Claude Julien called Savard into his office to talk about the shootout.

“He’s like, ‘What is it? Are you nervous? You don’t like shooting?’ ...