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Julien looks to find Savard a home

By James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

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Julien looks to find Savard a home
Claude Julien continues to tinker with his lines in order to find the perfect fit for returning center Marc Savard.
BOSTON -- Marc Savard, skating for a second day since officially being cleared to play after a severe concussion suffered March 7, had another new linemate, Daniel Paille, in practice Thursday. Paille joined Savard and Michael Ryder.

"We've got to find the right group, or the right trios, and we're working on that," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of the changes. "That's what practices are for. It gives you an opportunity to look at different options."

Julien continued to stress the cautious approach being taken with Savard as the series with the Philadelphia Flyers gets underway Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN).

"He hasn't played in two months. So let's understand that he's going to need some time. We're going to make sure we give him that time to better himself as we move on here." -- Claude Julien

"I can't repeat it enough -- we've got to be careful that we don't think that all of a sudden Marc Savard's going to come in and all of a sudden control everything," Julien said. "He hasn't played in two months. So let's understand that he's going to need some time. We're going to make sure we give him that time to better himself as we move on here."

Following Wednesday's practice Savard indicated that he is on the same page with his coach and understands the need to ease back into the groove of an actual game, let alone a playoff game.

"I imagine that I will be eased in, for sure," Savard said. "I probably won't be getting the 19 or 20 minutes that I usually get right off the top, but we'll see how things go. Yeah, I think the first couple of days I was out there, I was like, 'Geez, this is going to take a while.' I am not going to be a savior or anything and go out, you know, and get 3 goals in the first game. I would like to, but I don't think that it is going to happen."

As for the opponent, Savard has indicated the last two days that he wants to get involved physically in order to get back into the swing and feel of a game. He knows against a physical team like the Flyers, he will have no choice.

"If I get hit or I hit someone else, at least it will let me know how I feel and get into the game," Savard said. "Every time we play Philly it's a physical game and we've played well against them so we'll see how it goes."

Former Flyer Mark Recchi knows all about what's coming the Bruins' way.

"That's a storied organization and a great sports city like Boston so this should be fun for sure," Recchi said. "You look at the games we had this season, and just in general the history of this rivalry, and we know we're in for a hard and physical battle.

"They're a team like us that's fought a lot of adversity and battled hard. They took out a good team in the first round in New Jersey, so they're going to be a tough test."

Stuart skating -- Defenseman Mark Stuart, out since early April after having surgery on his right pinkie finger for cellulitis, was skating, and word around the dressing room is that he may be available to play later in this round.


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