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Savard still on Bruins' minds as playoffs open

Thursday, 04.14.2011 / 3:14 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor / 2011 ECQF: Boston-Montreal Live Blog

Marc Savard, sidelined with a concussion, may be away from the Bruins, but he is not far away from the thoughts of the team as the playoffs are about to begin.

Thursday morning, Boston coach Claude Julien said that he speaks to the play-making center every week or so.

"We communicate, and things haven’t changed in his case, and it’s unfortunate for him," Julien said. "I'm sure he's going to be sitting at home and watching these games and wishing he could be part of it because as a player that part of you will never leave.

"And this is the most exciting time of the year, and I know he loved the times that he was in the playoffs. And he was obviously a pretty important part of the success of our hockey club; so will we miss his play? Absolutely. You don't lose an elite player like him and not feel it."

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild