It seemed like an impossibility just a few weeks ago when a pale and visibly shaken Marc Savard appeared in public to speak about his troubles with symptoms from a concussion. Yet Savard is optimistic about being able to return to game action soon, after skating for the first time since his injury this morning.
From Fluto Shinzawa on the Bruins Blog, Savard “felt great” after the skate and has been symptom-free for over a week.
Savard passed an exertion test yesterday. Savard plans to skate on his own again tomorrow morning, then undergo a neuro-psych test in the afternoon. If Savard passes, he will be cleared to return to practice, although he wasn’t sure if he’d jump in with his teammates right away.
He’ll still need to be cleared to play by the training staff, even if he passes these tests so there’s no gaurantee that Savard will return for the fourth round. So the Bruins now have something more to play for, something more substantial than just “proving themselves”, as they hope to get their emotional leader back on the ice before being eliminated.