Savard to return to Boston today

TORONTO — Marc Savard, who suffered a concussion in the third period of yesterday’s 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh, is improving and will fly home to Boston this afternoon.

“He’s doing OK,” Claude Julien said. “Once he gets home, our doctors are going to have a look at him — concussion specialist and all that stuff.”

The NHL has yet to issue any discipline to Matt Cooke, who felled an unsuspecting Savard with a blow to the head. Savard remained in Pittsburgh at the team hotel last night as a precaution.

“He’s been able to eat, so he’s starting to recover already,” Julien said. “He’s a little better, I guess, if he’s been eating.”

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The Bruins have yet to project how much time Savard might miss.

“We really need our whole team to step up,” Julien said. “If we want to make the playoffs, we’ve got to win some hockey games. It’s not about one or two guys stepping up. I think it’s the whole team that has to step up their game. We’re going to have to play desperate hockey from here on in.”