Saturday, June 4, 2011
Savard keeping tabs on teammates
By Joe McDonald
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Boston Bruins injured forward Marc Savard (concussion) has been keeping close tabs on his teammates as they attempt to beat the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals.
He remains at home in Ontario, but he could be making a return trip to Boston when this series shifts to the Garden for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday.
“He’s certainly watching us play,” Julien said. “It was nice to see him in Boston a few weeks ago, and he brought his kids along. It was good for him and it was also good for his teammates to see him. He’s slowly getting better, but he still has a long way to go.”
Savard was placed on long-term injury reserve last February after suffering his second concussion in less than a year. He returned home and came back to Boston to visit with his teammates prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“Marc is certainly watching closely and to be honest I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in Boston. Maybe I’ll put a little pressure on him to get back there,” added Julien. “He’s in our thoughts. What he’s going through is not an easy thing. We also realize, on our end of it, how good of a player he was when he was at his best. Our power play was always very good when he was on it. When you lose a player like that you certainly miss him, but we’ve done our best to fill the gaps. It’s gotten us here and now it’s up to us to finish the job.”