BOSTON — Boston Bruins center Marc Savard had been incommunicado since he banged knees with Carolina winger Chad LaRose early in third period of Tuesday night’s Game 6 win in the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Hurricanes.

And after tonight’s Game 7 loss he revealed why.

“They did a great job the last 36 hours or whatever I had to rehab it. I was in rehab all the time, just going at it and going at it,” said Savard, crediting the training staff for getting him ready to battle at TD Banknorth Garden. “They did a great job. I felt strong. Morning skate, I didn’t feel great. But then tonight I felt stronger as the game went on and better.”

Savard looked strong too after a shaky start. He set up Milan Lucic’s game-tying goal 6:19 into the third period with a sweet feed from behind the goal. He logged 24:34 of ice time for the game but didn’t record a shot on net.

Now he has the double whammy of dealing with the pain of defeat and  injury.

“I got a problem down there right now. I tried my best, but I’m going to have some time to rehab now,” he said. “But it took me awhile, it took me at least a good period to feel comfortable out there, take a couple hits and get into it.”

Time to rehab is not what Savard was hoping for when he helped the Bruins even the series after being down, 3-1.

“It’s a tough one to swallow,” said Savard, who finished with six goals and seven assists in 11 playoff games.