BOSTON – So here’s what we know about Marc Savard…
– Savard, who suffered a Grade 2 concussion on March 18, after a blow to the head from the Penguins Matt Cooke, valiantly returned for the Eastern Conference semifinal against Philadelphia, scoring the game-winning goal in Game 1. His ‘too many men’ penalty in Game 7 led to Simon Gagne’s goal with 7:08 left in the third period that sealed the Bruins fate. Savard admitted on Saturday that despite his dramatic comeback, he probably rushed himself back to the ice too soon and took blame upon himself.
“I think on my own fault I might have come back a little too early last year,” Savard said. “That’s my own fault. I guess it’s just the hockey player in me that I wanted to play hockey in the playoffs. I had huge fatigue problems during that series and I think when (David) Krejci got hurt (in Game 3), that really hurt me.”
“Especially I think in Game 4 when I played 24 minutes I probably should’ve been sitting with you guys because I didn’t have anything left after that. I tried, but I know now that as someone relayed to me — I think a doctor — that you can come back and play from a knee injury and play through it, but I guess with your brain, it probably wasn’t the best thing to do and this time I’ve got to make sure I’m ready.”
– This is the third concussion for Savard, who failed the team’s neuro-testing at the start of training camp. He passed a similar test back in the spring before his return to ice against Philadelphia. Savard took part in a golf tournament back in August and had resumed summer skating, but stopped once the symptoms started to reoccur. He was unable to fly down from his Ontario home, instead driving to meet the media in a 10 minute session this morning.
“I think this is my third concussion and this was a really bad one,” said Savard. “Just everyday life hasn’t been normal, so I want to make sure that’s normal before I start thinking about playing a game. I obviously love the game and hockey’s close to my heart, but right now I just want to make sure I’m myself before I think about playing hockey.”
– Savard touched on an ESPN Boston report (not former Inside Hockey colleague James Murphy) that his season was in jeopardy, admitting that the timetable for a possible return was going to be later rather than sooner.
“I hope not, that’s not what I’m looking at, but I’m definitely going to take my time and make sure that I’m 100 percent in every aspect before I think about playing,” said Savard. “That’s definitely not a thought. I definitely want to get back, but I’m going to take it step by step.”
And now on to the game, a 3-2 shootout victory for the Panthers
Playing around with the lines
In Savard’s absence, let’s hypothetically tinker with the Bruins lines for a bit.
Who gets that third line slot will be a storyline to watch over the coming weeks with several nominees in the picture.
Seguin scores his first
A solid pass and a Tiger Woods fist pump marked Tyler Seguin’s first goal in a Bruins uniform. Playing on the PPF (Past, Present, Future – thanks to Matt Kalman for that) line with Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron, Seguin took a pass from the point from Zdeno Chara and wristed it past Scott Clemmensen for the tally. Seguin also missed a shootout attempt that sealed the win for Florida.
“You know it was just nice to contribute to the team and get the first goal up there in the game,” Seguin said. “It didn’t end the way we wanted to, but it was nice.”
Bruins trim roster by five
More cuts came this afternoon with a pair of players (Matt Dalton and Wyatt Smith) being sent to Providence and a trio (Jeremy Reich, Nathan McIver and Jeff LoVecchio placed on waivers with full intention of clearing and ending up with the Baby B’s.