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Marc Savard passes neuro test, closer to returning

Apr 20, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

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Great news today for the Boston Bruins and Marc Savard, as the Boston
Bruins have released
this statement this afternoon:

On Tuesday afternoon, Marc Savard passed his
neuropsychological testing. He will continue to work towards regaining
his game shape, and will have a final meeting with Dr. Kelly McInnis at
MassGeneral Hospital before being cleared to play in games. There is no
date or time line scheduled for this meeting.”

Savard
skated this morning for the second straight day, saying that he hopes
to be back in time to play in the first round series against the Buffalo
Sabres. He worked hard for 40 minutes today, pushing himself harder
than before and reporting no ill effects related to his concussion.

The
final hurdle now is for Savard to get back into game shape. After not
skating for over a month, there’s no telling how long that might be. Yet
now, after passing the neuropsychological tests, he can practice with
the team. Said Savard:

Savard was asked if he would be
back for this first round series against
the Sabres.

“I mean that’s always the hope you keep,” said Savard. “Like I said, and
I’ve said it before, I’ve got to be realistic here. When I’m 100
percent, condition-wise and mentally positive that I can do this, I’ll
be ready to go.”

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