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Savard Aims for Buffalo

by Samantha Wood / Boston Bruins
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2009, file photo, Boston Bruins' Marc Savard celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston. The Bruins have signed forward Marc Savard to a seven-year contract extension that would keep him in Boston through the 2017 season. Financial terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, were not disclosed. (AP Pho
Boston, MA – As the Bruins faceoff against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at TD Garden, Marc Savard will still be watching from the pressbox. It was exactly two weeks ago today when he suffered a knee injury, which is expected to keep him out for at least another week.

“You have to leave that up to the trainers and the player to work through it and once he gets close, I get the heads up,” said head coach Claude Julien. “And right now, I haven’t gotten the heads up so I don’t know where he is exactly.”

That heads up is coming…

Savard was back out on the ice earlier today, before the team’s morning skate. He and John Whitesides, Bruins strength and conditioning coach, went through some shooting drills and slowly picked up the pace, testing his ability.

“I feel good, I’m right on schedule,” the centerman said. “I felt good at skate today, and this is only my second time [skating after the injury].”

Savard, who was hurt only 28 seconds into a Jan. 7 game against the Chicago Blackhawks, is anxious to get back into the game and hopes for a return to action on January 29th versus the Buffalo Sabres in HSBC Arena.

Unfortunately this season the injured reserve list is well-worn territory for the 32 year-old. He’s missed 20 games so far, first with a broken foot and now with a knee injury.

“It’s draining, that’s for sure. There are a lot of long days,” he said. “I’ve been a pretty healthy guy for the last five years [and so] it’s been tough emotionally.”

He seemed in high spirits though, joking with the press and even flipping a puck all the way into Section 316 while he skated at TD Garden this morning. To keep his mind off the injury, he said he’s spent the last two weeks playing video games and training his new dog. He said the hardest part is finding the patience to recover fully.

“You don’t want to come back Sunday and then be out again,” he said. “I would lose my mind. Not that I haven’t already lost it.

“I’m going to just work through it, have a good skate tomorrow, maybe sneak in with the team for a bit hopefully and then go from there.”

He’s optimistic about his B’s future once he and the rest of his injured teammates come back to the lineup in full force. He explained that though injuries are never welcome, at least the timing of his was good.

“Maybe this is a blessing in disguise,” Savard said. “We’re going to get everybody healthy towards the end of the year and make a big push coming down the stretch.”
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