Marc Savard fired up the TD Garden crowd with a Bruins flag before Game 5

"It took everything for me not to cry."

Marc Savard fired up the TD Garden crowd on Friday with a few quick flicks of his wrists.

The former Boston Bruins center was a banner captain for Game 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Before the puck dropped, Savard grabbed the spoked ‘B’ flag and waved it furiously back and forth as the crowd roared.

The emotional occasion marked Savard’s first time in the Garden since 2011. His career was cut short by head injuries, including one caused by a vicious hit by Pittsburgh Penguins winger Matt Cooke. Savard played for the Bruins for five seasons, from 2006 to 2011, and tallied 74 goals and 231 assists in that span.


“It took everything for me not to cry,” Savard told the Boston Globe of his return to Boston.

Earlier this month, Savard asked his Twitter followers if they wanted ‘Savvy’ to wave the flag during the playoffs or stay home. The voters overwhelmingly chose the former, and Savard joked that he was inviting himself to the party.

The Bruins were happy to accept that self-invitation. Savard wore his old No. 91 jersey as he waved the banner alongside Special Olympics athlete Tyler Lagasse. The 41-year-old noted that he “felt right at home.”