Marc Savard just returned to the Boston Bruins in a big way. Before Saturday’s game, Savard had not played since March 7th due to a concussion he suffered after being lit up by Matt Cooke with what some considered to be a dirty hit. The hit even prompted the NHL to create a new rule. With Boston fans noticeably excited to have “Savvy” back prior to the game, he rewarded their loyalty by ripping a shot past Philadelphia goalie Brian Boucher in overtime to give the Bruins a 5-4 victory in Game 1 over the Flyers.
It’s tough not to feel good for Savard whether you’re a Bruins fan or not. He’s fought extremely hard to be able to get back onto the ice with his teammates and help the Bruins on their quest to a Stanley Cup Finals berth. The game between the Bruins and Flyers was incredible from start to finish. Boston led the game 4-2 at one point in the third period but Philadelphia clawed their way back to force overtime. The Bruins squandered a ton of chances in overtime — with both teams visibly exhausted — but Savard eventually found the back of the net 13:52 into the first OT period. Yes, I love the Bruins and I’m glad they won for that reason, but Savard’s return was a great story line to watch and he ended it with an exclamation point.
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