Returning Savard downs Flyers in OT

Boston’s Marc Savard, playing his first game since March 7, celebrates his overtime goal.

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Boston’s Marc Savard, playing his first game since March 7, celebrates his overtime goal.

Canucks 2 3 0 5
Blackhawks 0 0 1 1
Canucks lead series 1-0
BOSTON — In his first game in almost two months, Marc Savard scored 13:52 into overtime Saturday to give the Bruins a 5-4 victory over the Flyers in Game 1 of their East semifinal series.

The center sustained a concussion March 7 on an unpenalized hit from Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke that prompted the NHL to ban blindside hits to the head. He missed the last 18 games of the regular season and the first round. Savard skated just six abbreviated shifts in the first, but coach Claude Julien threw him out there more as the game went on.

"It's been a whirlwind for me," said Savard, who received a big cheer during his first shift. "When I got out there, there was a little water in my eyes at first. The crowd treated me great. My teammates were great with me all day. And I just wanted to fit in. I guess you can't script it any better."

On a delayed penalty in overtime, Savard outraced a Flyer to a loose puck at the right circle and slapped it past Brian Boucher and under the crossbar.

"He put it in a great spot," said Boucher, whose team scored twice in the final 7:23 to force overtime. "But that's why they're glad to have him back."

Boston, however, lost wing Marco Sturm to an apparent right leg injury. The team did not disclose details or his status.

Bruins 2 1 1 1 5
Flyers 0 2 2 0 4
Bruins lead series 1-0

First Period1, Boston, Begin 1 (Bergeron, Recchi), 2:39. 2, Boston, Bergeron 3 (Wideman), 12:54. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period3, Philadelphia, Parent 1 (Richards, Asham), 7:38. 4, Boston, Satan 3 (Boychuk, Wideman), 11:43 (pp). 5, Philadelphia, Pronger 3 (Timonen, Richards), 15:48 (pp). PenaltiesRichards, Phi (interference), 5:13; Richards, Phi (roughing), 9:58; Carcillo, Phi (roughing), 9:58; Savard, Bos (roughing), 9:58; Hunwick, Bos (holding), 13:36; McQuaid, Bos (hooking), 15:20; McQuaid, Bos (interference), 17:17.

Third Period6, Boston, Krejci 4 (Satan, Lucic), 7:25. 7, Philadelphia, Richards 3 (Briere, Hartnell), 12:37 (pp). 8, Philadelphia, Briere 3 (Carle, Pronger), 16:38. PenaltiesChara, Bos (holding), 8:28; Boucher, Phi, served by Briere (roughing), 9:18; Pronger, Phi (cross-checking), 11:14; Recchi, Bos, served by Ryder (cross-checking, roughing), 11:14. Overtime9, Boston, Savard 1 (Wideman, Chara), 13:52. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalPhiladelphia 8-11-13-4—36. Boston 15-6-10-15—46. Power-play opportunitiesPhiladelphia 2 of 5; Boston 1 of 3. GoaliesPhiladelphia, Boucher 4-2-0 (46 shots-41 saves). Boston, Rask 5-2-0 (36-32). A17,565 (17,565).

Luongo rebounds as Canucks take Game 1

CHICAGO — Roberto Luongo, who allowed seven goals in his previous playoff appearance at the United Center, made 36 saves to lead the Canucks to a 5-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the West semifinal.

This series is a rematch of last season's second-rounder. Vancouver led the series 2-1 before Chicago won the final three games, including 7-5 in Game 6 that left Luongo in tears. He said that game didn't make Saturday's win more meaningful.

"Nothing, nothing to me," said Luongo, who made 17 saves in the first period. "We're here to win four games. We're not here to win one. There's no satisfaction for me personally."

Chicago's only goal came on a five-on-three.

"We've got speed," defenseman Duncan Keith said. "But for whatever reason, we weren't moving out there. We didn't use any of it."

Canucks 2 3 0 5
Blackhawks 0 0 1 1
Canucks lead series 1-0
Canucks 2 3 0 5
Blackhawks 0 0 1 1
Canucks lead series 1-0

First Period1, Vancouver, Ehrhoff 2 (Raymond, Kesler), 13:51. 2, Vancouver, Raymond 2 (Kesler), 19:49. PenaltiesEdler, Van (holding), 1:31; Edler, Van (hooking), 14:14.

Second Period3, Vancouver, H.Sedin 2 (D.Sedin, Salo), :32. 4, Vancouver, Wellwood 1 (Bernier, Ehrhoff), 10:59 (pp). 5, Vancouver, Grabner 1 (Rypien, Hansen), 16:21. PenaltiesHossa, Chi (tripping), :55; Kane, Chi (holding stick), 10:02.

Third Period6, Chicago, Kane 5 (Toews, Bolland), 2:07 (pp). PenaltiesEdler, Van (boarding), :50; Kesler, Van (high-sticking), 1:19; Raymond, Van (holding), 5:05; Ladd, Chi (slashing), 13:20; H.Sedin, Van (tripping), 17:30; Hossa, Chi (cross-checking), 18:34. Shots on GoalVancouver 13-12-3—28. Chicago 17-8-12—37. Power-play opportunitiesVancouver 1 of 4; Chicago 1 of 6. GoaliesVancouver, Luongo 5-2-0 (37 shots-36 saves). Chicago, Niemi 4-3-0 (25-20), Huet (0:00 third, 3-3). A22,184 (19,717).

Penguins-Canadiens: Pittsburgh center Jordan Staal and Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov will miss today's game. Staal, a finalist for the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward, severed a tendon in his right foot during Friday's Game 1 when he collided with Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban. Coach Dan Bylsma denied Staal's season is over but didn't say when he might return. The Canadiens did not disclose Markov's injury. But he appeared to hurt his right knee on a check by Matt Cooke on Friday. Montreal went 14-20-3 without Markov in the lineup during the regular season.

Sharks: Center Patrick Marleau, who scored a team-high 44 goals during the regular season, is expected to play tonight after missing Game 1 with an undisclosed illness.

Returning Savard downs Flyers in OT 05/01/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 2, 2010 1:18am]

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