WILMINGTON, Mass. — While his teammates spent their time at Ristuccia Arena on the morning after a dramatic double-overtime victory over Buffalo in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, center Marc Savard skated with the healthy scratches and under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides today.
“Tomorrow I’ll be skating with the guys again, so it’s positive,” said Savard, who added that he’s not feeling any symptoms.
“I’m just getting my wind back,” he continued. “You can bike, do whatever you want, but nothing’s like being on the ice. So I just keep taking it a day at a time.”
Skating with the team during Friday’s morning skate in Buffalo before Game 5 could be a possibility for Savard. He figures he’d then stay on the ice after skate to do extra work.
In an effort to temper everyone’s enthusiasm, Savard, head coach Claude Julien and everyone around the Bruins have stressed that there’s still more hurdles for Savard to climb in order to get back into action after six weeks of total inactivity. Some might think of it like a training-camp experience, but Savard doesn’t.
“I think it’s been a bit tougher, to be honest with you,” he said. “Because I really just sat in one spot all six weeks, where even in the summer at least I’m out doing things and moving around and at least burning calories and stuff. Where now I was just sitting on the couch. So it’s been a little tougher, that’s for sure. But through four days skating now, I can feel better, I’m feeling stronger and my heart rate, it’s getting down quicker.”
Savard had his appointment to get cleared for contact with Dr. Kelly McInnis earlier today but had not yet received the results before the team departed for Buffalo.
UPDATE: As per TSN report Darren Dreger’s Twitter feed Savard still has one more doctor’s appointment to make on Monday.