By Rafal Ladysz
The wait is over for Marc Savard, as the Boston Bruins center has been medically cleared to compete and will dress for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Despite being cleared on Monday, he did not participate in the sixth game between the Bruins and Buffalo Sabres, which Boston won 4-3 to bounce the Sabres and advance.
They will have to wait for the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens to close out their series before discovering who their next opponent will be. If Washington wins, the Bruins will face the Pittsburgh Penguins, but if the Canadiens squeak through, the Philadelphia Flyers will head to Beantown.
Savard suffered a grade-two concussion from a blind-side hit by the Pens' Matt Cooke on March 7, the reason he has been out to this point. Coincidentally, his first game in nearly two months could be against the man who hurt him with a cheap hit.