, who hasn't played this season while recovering from post-concussion syndrome, made his return to the lineup Thursday as the Bruins hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning
He got a huge ovation 2:28 into the game when he skated onto the TD Garden ice for his first shift, skating with rookie Tyler Seguin
and Michael Ryder
Savard has been practicing with the team since Nov. 24, but he's seeing his first game action since Game 7 of last season's Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers, when he made a surprising return after suffering a concussion March 7 against Pittsburgh. He has missed Boston's first 23 games this season.
"I feel strong ... stronger than I have for a while," Savard told reporters following Thursday's morning skate. "It's getting up to speed. I've had some practices and feel like I've caught up."
Savard said after the morning skate that he would meet in the afternoon with coach Claude Julien
and General Manager Peter Chiarelli to make the final decision.
"Whether its 12, 15 or 25 (minutes), I want to get out there and play," Savard said.