WILMINGTON, Mass. — Outside of getting the win that eluded the Bruins Toronto, life probably couldn’t be much better right now for center Marc Savard.
He made a triumphant return to action Thursday in a romp of Tampa Bay at TD Garden, then traveled to Toronto, where he got to see his son play in a hockey game in the morning. And then he skated on Hockey Night in Canada against the Leafs.
Life’s a lot better than just a couple months ago, when the headaches, dizziness and depression of post-concussion syndrome were dominating his world.
“It’s been a fabulous couple days for me, that’s for sure. Right from Thursday on, it’s been great,” said Savard after today’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. “I’m excited to get back out in front of the [home] crowd again and hopefully contribute. That’s what I want to do. I’m feeling slowly better each day. I didn’t have as good a game in Toronto as I did at home I felt because I wasn’t skating as much. But I think it’s going to come.”
Savard’s next opportunity to skate more will come Tuesday night when Buffalo visits Boston for a Northeast Division clash. Savard said he has to make a conscious effort to move his feet more and be more involved, because his conditioning is fine.
“Obviously, because I didn’t skate much, I felt better in Toronto. But I felt better each game,” said Savard, who has logged a total of 30:06 of ice time in his two games back. “Today’s practice, I thought ‘is it over already?’ And that’s a good sign, when you think ‘oh, it’s over.’ But I’m feeling good, that means I’m catching up. It’s still going to take some time but I feel like I can contribute, hopefully [Tuesday].”
Savard, Michael Ryder and Tyler Seguin are still looking for their first point as a line on the ice at the same time after two games. But, as Savard point out, they haven’t been scored on either, so they’re getting at least half the job done.
“I think that we’ve been in our zone a little too much. So I’m trying to stay a little lower and get out of our zone and then worry about the rest,” he said.