Savard cleared to play

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has just announced that center Marc Savard has fully recovered from a concussion and has been cleared to play.

Chiarelli said Savard met with independent neurologist Dr. Jeremy Schmahamann and, in concert with the team medical staff, say the veteran is ready to join the Bruins for the second round of the playoffs.

Savard practiced with the Bruins Sunday, rejoining the team on the ice for the first time since suffering a Grade 2 concussion March 7 after a violent hit by the Penguins’ Matt Cooke.

Savard, the club’s top playmaker, scored 10 goals and added 21 assists in 41 games during the regular season.

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There was some optimism yesterday after Savard participated in the team’s optional morning skate before Game 6 of their playoff series with the Buffalo Sabres.

But he was ruled out even before the results of a neuro-psych test taken yesterday afternoon were available. The Bruins closed out the Sabres with a 4-3 victory.

Chiarelli said that defenseman Mark Stuart (infected left pinkie finger) would not be available to play in the next round.

“He is still a little bit aways away,” said the GM. “I don’t anticipate seeing him in this next round.”