PHILADELPHIA — While most of the focus today at Wachovia Center, where most of the Bruins spent an hour or so of their off day before tomorrow’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Flyers, was focused on the center that won’t be available for the Bruins — David Krejci — another center talked about how things are looking up after three games back in the lineup.
Little by little, Marc Savard is rounding into his old form in his return from a severe concussion suffered March 7.
“I’m feeling great,” said Savard, who added penalty killing to his workload and skated for 17:56 in the Bruins’ Game 3 win that put the team up 3-0 in the series. “I’m feeling normal. When you first come back, everything’s moving so quick. It’s like ‘geez, am I ready? Am I ready?’ And then the next game you feel better again and then [Wednesday] night I felt more normal. So I’m feeling normal again, and that’s a good thing.”
It didn’t take long for Savard to get involved in the physical play in this series and realized that he could be normal again soon enough.
“I think I got hit in the corner [in Game 1]. I think the big one, I got hit in the corner late in the game in over time, I think it was [Claude] Giroux over by the boards, that was a good test,” he remembered. “It felt good from there on in.”
Obviously, Savard needed the contact from the Flyers. Watching practices leading up to Savard’s return, it looked like his teammates didn’t even want to brush up against him and risk causing more injury.
“Especially this time of year, you don’t do a lot of hitting drills,” Savard said. “So I didn’t get hit that much. I remember [Zdeno Chara] hit me a bit and he was like ‘whoa, whoa.’ But everything’s good, I’m feeling great and hopefully it’ll just continue.”