TheBruinsBlog.net looks back at the top 10 Bruins moments of calendar year 2010.
The Bruins felt the results of the actions of March 7 for the rest of the season, as it took until May 1 for center Marc Savard to be healthy enough to play after the hit from behind that evening in Pittsburgh from Matt Cooke.
We know that the concussion-causing blow to the head by Cooke had an even bigger impact on Savard and the Bruins than could have been imagined in May. But on the first afternoon of that month, all seemed right in the Bruins’ world, and the storybook ending to the club’s overtime win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series couldn’t have been more perfect.
After weeks of working his way back, Savard was in the lineup that day against the Flyers and saw his minutes managed closely by head coach Claude Julien. The Bruins grabbed leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2, only to see the Flyers tie the game with 3:22 remaining in regulation.
In overtime, Julien let Savard loose and even shifted the star playmaker to the wing. When Dennis Wideman pinched up along the wall to keep a possession alive and then fed Savard in the right circle, there was an air of anticipation throughout the Garden. When Savard’s slap shot found the back of the net, the roof nearly flew off the building.
What ensued over the next couple weeks for the Bruins is still tough to reflect on. Savard’s situation, obviously, took a turn for the worse after that series as well.
But for one afternoon in May, there was jubilation over the Bruins in Boston — and Marc Savard provided the city a reason to celebrate.