BOSTON (AP) -Thomas Vanek just has to tell his coach he's ready and he'll be back in the Buffalo Sabres lineup. Marc Savard must convince doctors and Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien that he is OK to play.
At least Savard knows he'll have another chance to get back on the ice, even if he misses Monday night's game.
Two of the top offensive players in the best-of-seven series hope to return for Game 6, when Buffalo will face elimination in Boston. The Bruins lead the series 3-2.
Savard, the Bruins' top playmaker, has been out since sustaining a Grade 2 concussion on March 7. Vanek, the Sabres' leading goal scorer, hasn't played since injuring his left ankle in the first period of the second game of the series.
Both players practiced on Sunday.