Savard’s game winner does family proud

JUSTIN SADLER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

After a long absence due to a concussion almost two months ago, Orleans native Marc Savard scored the overtime winner in his first game back Saturday.

The overtime heroics gave Savard’s family reason to celebrate as the Boston Bruins took a 1-0 series lead over the Flyers.

“I just screamed,” said his mother, Rollande, who watched the game with family in Peterborough before Savard’s three children were baptized.

“It was amazing, his face looked just liked his young son Tyler’s. It was very exciting.”

It was nice, she said, to see her son back on the ice after such a long absence.

Savard’s grandparents, Ron and Fernande “Barney” Poirier, who never miss his games, were equally thrilled with the game-winner.

“Oh gee, was that nice,” Ron said following the game. “My God, his first day out there and away he goes!”

“You know what, we’re so proud of him,” Fernande added.

Savard had been out since Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke levelled him with a blindside hit on March 7. At the time Savard’s family thought the worst.

“He looked like a big rag doll on the ice. I thought he was dead,” Fernande said. “What a time, what a time.”

Cooke, who’s been involved in a number of controversial hits this season, wasn’t penalized on the play. It didn’t sit well with Savard’s family.

“That wasn’t fair Cooke didn’t get nothing for that,” Ron said.

“What I hate, right now, is when they show the replay of what happened. I don’t like it,” Rollande said.

While Savard struggled throughout his recovery, his father, Bob, played a huge role in getting him back on his skates, Rollande said. He was a great motivator, she said.

“I’m happy to see him back, but I know how frustrated he was. He was very miserable,” she said. “His dad really worked hard with him.”

Though they had few doubts he’d make it back, it was a relief Saturday to see Savard back in the game, his grandparents said. The late goal was just icing on the cake.

“Oh my God, we jumped right out of our chairs,” Ron said. “We’re so happy for him, we watch him all the time.”

“I swear to God I think some day my husband’s going to take a heart attack,” Fernande joked. “Oh yeah, we’re so happy. I knew he was going to do it. I had that gut feeling. He loves his hockey so much, that kid.”

justin.sadler@sunmedia.ca


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