Savard grabs Boston winner on emotional return

Sat May 1, 2010 5:52pm EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Marc Savard completed an emotional return by scoring the winner as the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in overtime in Saturday's opening game of their Eastern Conference second-round playoff series.

Savard, out for almost eight weeks after being concussed, swatted a rolling puck past netminder Brian Boucher 6:08 into overtime.

"It's unbelievable," he told reporters after his first game since leaving the ice on a stretcher on March 7. "I didn't think this game would come this quick.

"I had tough stretches for days. I'm just happy to be back with my buddies and to be here in Boston," added Savard who produced a wild celebration after the goal.

Game Two will be in Boston on Monday. The Vancouver Canucks also play at the Chicago Blackhawks in another second-round opener later on Saturday.


Philadelphia fought back from a two-goal third period deficit to tie the score on Danny Briere's slap shot with 3:22 left in regulation.

In-form Boucher turned away 14 overtime shots by Boston before Savard struck. The Flyers netminder had 41 saves in the game.

Boston's Tuukka Rask saw only four shots in the extra period but made some impressive saves and had 32 stops in the game.   Continued...

<p>Boston Bruins center Marc Savard celebrates after scoring the game winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first overtime period in Game 1 of their NHL Eastern Conference semi-final hockey game in Boston, Massachusetts May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>