Savard feeling well after first game back

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- When Marc Savard woke up Friday morning, he still had a smile on his face.

The Boston Bruins forward returned to the lineup for the first time this season Thursday after dealing with a severe case of post-concussion syndrome. The Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1 at TD Garden, where Savard played nearly 16 minutes but did not register a point.

After the game, the team’s medical staff checked him out and everything was fine. More importantly, he wasn’t feeling any negative effects Friday morning and was back on the practice ice at Ristuccia Arena.

“I feel good. It feels like normal days again,” he said. “I felt good again on the ice today, so that’s a good sign. I can’t wait for tomorrow night, especially going back to Toronto.”

The Ontario native will have family at the Air Canada Centre when the Maple Leafs host the Bruins on Saturday night (7 ET).

Now that he’s back to game action after six months out, the team and medical staff are relying on him to inform them if he begins to feel any sort of symptoms.

“They’re not going to keep asking me, so I don’t feel any pressure,” he said. “I’m just gonna keep going and if I feel anything, I’ll let them know. Right now, I don’t feel anything.”