BOSTON — Just 11:20 into the first period of the Bruins’ 6-5 Game 2 win over Tampa Bay tonight, the TD Garden crowd was clued into what many already knew.
Marc Savard was on hand to watch his team battle in the Eastern Conference Final.
After a brief video tribute, Savard was shown on the Jumbotron sitting in a suit next to Patrice Bergeron and his two sons, one of whom was guarding the ‘B’ on the dressing room carpet after the game.
The crowd erupted and the players gave their injured center a stick tap. Savard has been out since January with a concussion suffered after a hit by Matt Hunwick in Denver.
“This morning we knew he was here,” said veteran forward Mark Recchi. “I heard that he and Bergy were going to go sit up together. I knew that. So it was good. It’s good to see him. He looks good.
“It’s nice. I can’t imagine how hard it is for him now. He’s a competitive guy, and how hard this has been for him to watch this. But he’s been a big part of the Bruins for a long time and we all just want to see him get healthy.
“But it’s good to see him. I’m glad he came and I hope we see him a little bit more.”
Savard provided a little inspiration and then the Bruins gave him a great gift for his first visit to a game since his injury. In addition to the win, they amazingly scored two power-play goals. Previously the Boston power play was 2-for-41, but it went 2-for-6 in Game 2.