Marc Savard Given Green Light for Contact, Return Still Up in Air

Marc Savard Given Green Light for Contact, Return Still Up in Air BUFFALO – Marc Savard traveled with his Bruins teammates to Buffalo for Game 5 of their first-round series and will take part in the game-day skate Friday morning at HSBC Arena. Savard was given the green light for full contact in practice and while he’s unlikely to take many hits in that game-day skate, the Bruins center — who’s been out since March 7 with a Grade 2 concussion — is thrilled to be skating with his teammates again.

“I’ll start off with morning skate, and stay on and do some more stuff,” Savard told the media after an informal skate with several teammates on Thursday. “I’ll start there and gradually build up from it. It’s exciting. It’s another step forward and I’m excited by that. When you’re out there on your own, it’s tough. When you’re around the guys, it’s a lot of fun. Especially with the way they’re playing. Hopefully they can win [Friday] night, too.”

Savard has been free of post-concussion symptoms since returning to the ice on Monday and it’s now simply a matter of getting his wind back on the ice. But despite the fact that he’s feeling better every day, he stressed that he won’t rush a return to game action.

“I’m clear of everything so far, so hopefully that continues to progress as we go along,” Savard said. “You can do all the biking that you want, but nothing compares to going out on the ice. I just keep taking it a day at a time and see how it goes.

“There’s no pressure, anyway,” Savard continued. “I’ve been through a serious injury and I’m not putting that pressure on myself. I’m going to wait until I’m 100 percent and I know the trainers and the coaching staff [want] the same. There’s not too much pressure because we’re up in the series. But in the same sense, who knows when I’d be back … or if it would be in the next series?”

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