Marc Savard's Presence a Big Benefit for Bruins Whether or not Marc Savard is cleared to return to practice after undergoing neurological exams on Tuesday, his presence on the ice and around the Bruins’ locker room remains a benefit to the team.

The top-line center suffered a Grade 2 concussion on March 7 against the Penguins, but he skated for the first time on Monday and skated again on Tuesday — an encouraging sign for Boston.

“Realistically, I could see him [return] in the next series,” NESN insider James Murphy told Kathryn Tappen on Tuesday’s edition of SportsDesk. “Unless the Bruins are facing elimination and they do have this option to put Marc Savard back in the lineup, I don’t think it makes sense right now. You’ve got chemistry going.” 

After losing Game 1 to the Sabres in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, the Bruins have reeled off two wins and now lead the series 2-1.

“The coaches and the management, I think, want to take this slowly,” Murphy said. “Marc Savard wants to get out there as soon as possible. I’ve been told he’s told some of his teammates that he wants to play as soon as Game 5; I think that’s a little unrealistic right now. I love that he wants to get back out there, though. I think they have to watch out because he’s not in game shape and you don’t want to take this chance [to jeopardize] the future, as well.”