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Miroslav Satan's Role Should Broaden With The Bruins

DETROIT - MAY 30:  Miroslav Satan #81 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Detroit Red Wings during Game 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on May 30, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Mark MarinoSenior Analyst IJanuary 8, 2010

If we think that 35-year-old Miroslav Satan is here to be the savior of the Boston Bruins' offense then we're sadly mistaken.

Or are we?

After another lackluster performance like the one on Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks—losing 5-2—Satan was one of the few bright spots for Boston by netting his first goal of the 2009-10 season, and his first dressed in Black and Gold.

“It was a perfect pass...I knew I had enough time to turn around and take a shot.” Satan said in the locker room following the game.

Satan took the pass from Wheeler and fired it top shelf on Blackhawks netminder Antero Niemi's glove-side at 8:02 of the first period. Satan had all the time in the world to shoot the puck, and when you leave a guy with 354 career goals all alone in the slot with the biscuit, his 355th is bound to happen.

“I gave him too much space on the short side. That was too much, it was a good shot.” Niemi said after the game on Satan's goal.

With the loss of Marc Savard on the first shift of the game , Satan was relied heavily on the power play—nearly three minutes of time with the man advantage—something that he's never practiced with the team before.

“I was just thrown in there," Satan said after playing nearly three-minutes on the power play last night. “I didn’t practice on the power play, so it was kind of a new situation so I was just going by, my feelings. I’m sure it’s going to be addressed, maybe tomorrow. I don’t know who is going to be there, but it was just an unexpected situation when Savard got hurt and I was just thrown in his place."

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