Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Savard ready for action
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- When Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard stepped onto the practice ice this morning at Ristuccia Arena, he was playing with a normal line and was involved in every aspect as the team prepares for the Eastern Conference semifinals.
While the Bruins are still waiting to learn who their opponent will be, Boston does know it will have Savard back in the lineup. He’s been out since March 7 with a Grade 2 concussion.
During practice he was centering Vladimir Sobotka and Michael Ryder.
Coach Claude Julien said he will ease Savard back into game action, especially since it’s the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“I would imagine I would be eased in for sure,” admitted Savard. “I’m not going to be getting the 19 or 20 minutes I would normally get right off the hop and we’ll see how things go.
“I’m excited," he added. "It looks like I’m going to get to play with Vladdy and Rides and I love the way those guys have been playing in the playoffs. I especially like the way Vladdy’s been going. I’m excited to play between those guys and I think we’ll be able to create some things and hopefully get some results to help the team.”
Savard has been back on the ice for over a week now, and since he’s been cleared to play, he was asked to skate a little extra after practice today just to make sure his conditioning level is as close as possible to where it needs to be.
“Felt like the Boston Marathon a little bit, that Heartbreak Hill, or whatever it’s called,” he said with a laugh. “They made it pretty tough today, but I got through it. I skated hard in practice, too, and I gave it everything I had, so it was a good test. I’m feeling great and I’m really excited about getting the opportunity to play in the playoffs again.”