Savard ready for contact

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After their thrilling double-overtime victory over the Buffalo Sabres in Game 4 Wednesday night at the Garden, the Boston Bruins held an optional skate this morning before heading to Buffalo in preparation for Game 5 on Friday at HSBC Arena.

Bruins forward Marc Savard continues to progress and says he’s getting back in shape after missing six weeks with a Grade 2 concussion. He skated for the fourth consecutive day this morning.

Savard also had his appointment this morning with Dr. Kelly McInnis at Massachusetts General Hospital and is waiting on the results on whether he’s been cleared for contact. Savard believes he will be.

“There’s not going to be much bumping at practice anyways from here on in, but tomorrow I think I’m cleared to start doing that, to take some little bumps and gradually get more into it,” Savard said.

He remains symptom-free.

“It’s a good sign and hopefully the progress continues,” Savard said. “Getting my wind back is the biggest thing. You can bike and whatever you want, but nothing is like being on the ice. I’ll just keep taking it a day at a time and get stronger that way.”

Getting back in game shape after an injury is different than what a player experiences at the start of training camp and Savard is going through that right now.

“It’s a little bit tougher, to be honest with you,” he said. “I sat in one spot for six weeks. In the summer at least I’m out doing things and moving around, burning calories instead of sitting on a couch. It’s been a little tougher, but through four days of skating I can feel better and I feel stronger. My heart rate is getting down quicker, so that’s a good sign.”

Savard will travel to Buffalo with the team and will participate in the game-day skate on Friday.