Bruins forward Marco Sturm spoke for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his knee in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers on Saturday. Sturm expressed disappointment, especially considering that he missed most of the 2008-09 season with a torn ACL in the opposite knee. A somber Sturm acknowledged that the injury probably is the most disappointing moment of his career.

 

Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart participated on Monday in his first morning skate since having surgery for cellulitis in his hand in early April. Stuart missed the last five regular-season games and first seven playoff games and said on Saturday that there is no set timetable for his return. Stuart played in 56 games for the Bruins in the regular season, posting two goals and five assists with 80 penalty minutes.

 

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Bruins forward Steve Begin celebrates a goal during Saturday's victory over the Flyers. (AP)So far, so good.



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Bruins forward Marco Sturm is out for the season after he crumpled to the ice when he missed a check on Philadelphia defenseman Matt Carle in the first period of Game 1 Saturday afternoon. The Bruins announced on Sunday that Sturm has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee and will need surgery in 4-6 weeks and then six months of rehabilitation time. Sturm was held pointless through the first seven games of the postseason but had been the Bruins' leading goal-scorer in the regular season with 22 strikes.

 

The Bruins celebrate the kind of win that have fans believing that the Stanley Cup might actually be a possibility. (AP)It is the afternoon on the first of May. The sun is shining, Boston is buzzing with spring and men are waking up on Saturday afternoon to mow their lawns for the first time of the year.

So, do you know where you hockey team is?



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Marc Savard's day included a few tears and a whole lot of cheers, ending with the celebration of a game-winning goal. (AP)Special playoff years have special playoff moments.

The right place. The right time. Instant euphoria.



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On his second shot of the game, Marc Savard scored with 6:08 left in the first overtime as the Bruins beat Philadelphia, 5-4, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday afternoon at TD Garden, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The goal came on a delayed penalty against the Flyers. Savard was playing his first game since suffering a concussion on March 7. 

 

Marco Sturm will not return to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals after colliding with Philadelphia's Matt Carle along the offensive corner boards early in the first period and apparently banging his right knee. He was helped off the ice by teammates Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. Sturm's replacement, Steve Begin, scored the game's first goal, his first in 30 playoff games. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog

NESN and NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury joined Dale & Holley Friday afternoon to discuss the Bruins-Flyers Eastern Conference semifinal series and the rest of the matchups in the NHL playoffs.

 

The Bruins final skate before the Eastern Conference semifinals starts Saturday took place at TD Garden on Friday and defenseman Mark Stuart was on the ice for the second day in a row as he prepares to try and come back from cellulitis in his right forearm. Stuart talked to the media for the first time since the injury and said that it has been a frustrating process because, by nature it being an infection instead of an athletic type injury, he has not been allowed to work out or be around the team.