WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, who had surgery on his finger after an infection caused cellulitis in his hand, skated after the full team workout at Ristuccia Arena on Thursday. Coach Claude Julien said that "we have received some good news in the last couple of days" and that, if things go well, the defenseman could start practicing with the team in the next couple of days.

 

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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning to talk about the Stanley Cup playoffs. Chara said he watched Wednesday night's Montreal-Washington Game 7, in which the eighth-seeded Canadiens upset the top-seeded Capitals 2-1 to win their first-round series behind a solid performance from Chara's Slovakian Olympic teammate, goalie Jaroslav Halak. "It was a crazy game," Chara said. "I obviously was a little surprised by how well defensively Montreal played.

The Bruins will open up the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Saturday against the Flyers in a matchup of the conference’s sixth and seventh seeds.



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Bruins center Marc Savard joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about his comeback. Savard has been out since suffering a concussion in a game against the Penguins March 7, but this week he was cleared to play in the Bruins' second-round playoff series against the Flyers that begins Saturday. "I'm feeling good on the ice right now," Savard said.

 

With the Canadiens completing their shocking comeback against the top-seeded Capitals with a 2-1 victory in Game 7 Wednesday night in Washington, the Bruins now know their second-round opponent in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The sixth-seeded B's will meet the seventh-seeded Flyers, opening the conference semifinal series with the first two games at TD Garden. This will mark the first playoff matchup between Boston and Philadelphia since 1978.

 

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The Bruins and TD Garden announced Wednesday that a bronze statue depicting Bobby Orr's famous Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal against the St. Louis Blues will be unveiled at a ceremony on May 10, the 40th anniversary of the play. The statue, weighing more than 600 pounds, will be installed oustide TD Garden at the mouth of the West Walkway, facing Causeway Street. It was sculpted by Harry Weber, who also created a Doug Flutie statue, among others.

WILMINGTON -- Bruins center Marc Savard participated in his first full team practice on Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena after being cleared by doctors to rejoin the team, and afterward he said that he felt good on the ice. He was on a line with Vladimir Sobtoka and Michael Ryder, and he said that he is excited to be between the two of them and that he has especially liked what he has seen from Sobotka.

 

WILMINGTON -- The question as to which line Marc Savard would play on upon his return from a Grade 2 concussion has been at least partially answered from the practice lines coach Claude Julien put out at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning. Savard was wearing a white sweater along with Vladimir Sobotka and Michael Ryder. From these initial lines it looks like Sobotka has been taken from the center position to the wing with Savard, although, as always, lines are subject to change.

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke to the media on a conference call Tuesday morning and addressed the status of center Marc Savard, who had a neuro-psych test Monday afternoon. "First I'd like to announce that Marc Savard has been cleared to play," Chiarelli said. "I'll leave it up to Claude [Julien] as far as putting the lines together and who plays and who doesn't play, but Marc is ready to go, and we'll see how his conditioning goes. But I know from talking to him he's very anxious to play."

 

They have wobbled, stumbled — and even taken a few steps backward over the past six months, but your 2009-10 Bruins have now triumphantly shaken hands at center ice with a defeated foe and moved on to the second round of the playoffs.



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