Bruins' Savard cleared to play

Whenever the Boston Bruins start the second round of the playoffs, they will have Marc Savard in the lineup.

The top-line center, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion March 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, has received medical clearance to play.

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced during a conference call with reporters Tuesday that Savard had passed all necessary tests after visiting doctors on Monday afternoon.

"He has been cleared to play," said Chiarelli. "I'll leave it up to (coach) Claude (Julien) as far as putting the lines together and who plays and doesn't play, but Marc is ready to go. We'll see how his conditioning goes. I know he's very anxious to play."

Savard, who was limited to just 41 games this season due to a broken foot and the concussion, had 33 points and is the Bruins' most creative offensive player.

"He's an elite player," said Chiarelli. "He's been chomping at the bit to play. The fact that we were able to clinch and give him time to get acclimated and give him time to get full practices in is beneficial to (Savard) and the team. … It's like a trade deadline acquisition. We're adding a very good player to our mix for the next series."