Boston, MA --
In terms of hurt, nobody has worn their emotions on their sleeve more than Marc Savard
Last Friday, when the B's were bounced from the playoffs, the center was clearly in shock.
After his meeting with the press on Tuesday it's clear that Savard's shock has not subsided.
"For me it hurts more, obviously, with the way we finished," said Marc, an avid hockey fan who will often watch whatever game happens to be on TV. "Especially with the way things unraveled, but oh well.
"It’s going to be tough.
"It’s tough to watch hockey right now," he said.
It's tough for everyone in New England to watch hockey right now, but it's especially hard for Savard to sit through playoff games just as he was beginning to feel healthy again.
"Just the season as a whole for myself was [tough in] every which way," said Savard. "When I started the year...I had a broken foot for the first while and when I came back I felt healthy.
"And then I hurt my knee and the knee was not great for a long time.
"Then when I got the seven weeks off [after sustaining a concussion] that healed everything but it was a tough year all around," he said.
"It's going to be tough. It's tough to watch hockey right now." - Marc Savard
Savard refused to make those injuries an excuse, but the playmaker will be happy to play without pain in 2010-11.
"I just want to have a good summer," he said. "I’m positive I can bounce back."
To that end, and thankfully, Savard will not need any surgery this offseason.
"No, I don’t need anything done to anything," said Savard. "So that’s the good news coming out of this year."
And the concussion?
"No, nothing," said Savard of his now non-existent symptoms. "Everything was good that way."
But even with a clear head, Savard didn't have an explanation for the B's inability to close out the Flyers.
"I don’t know," said Savard. "We just couldn’t get it done and it came down to that.
"We had a lot of opportunities. You look at Game 4 especially in overtime we had some chances.
"You look back now on those games and...if one went in it would’ve been over," he said.
However, the tweaking of the Bruins lineup continues, and Savard expects that the Black & Gold will look quite different next year.
"I mean that’s a good question," said Savard. "But if you look at last year we had such a strong season and there were a lot of moves still.
"So I’d imagine there’s still going to be a lot of moves. That’s the way things work."