Savard may be ready for second round if Bruins advance

Darren Dreger

4/13/2010 6:20:29 PM

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli says that injured forward Marc Savard may return to the Bruins lineup if Boston advances to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Savard completed what Chiarelli describes as a "brisk walk" yesterday and felt fine afterwards.

Savard is still experiencing intermittent headaches, but has experienced steady progress over the past two weeks.  Savard was diagnosed with a concussion after being nailed with a blindside hit by Pittsburgh Penguins' agitator Matt Cooke in March.

Before Savard is cleared, he will have to go seven days symptom free, plus pass an exertion test before he is able to return.

Late second round is considered the best case scenario.

The Bruins could certainly use Savard's offensive talents.  While injuries limited him to 10 goals and 23 assists in 41 games this season he is one of the best playmakers in the league.

During last year's post-season, Savard had six goals and seven assists in 11 Bruins playoff games.

The Bruins open their playoff series against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.