Savard returns Thursday to host donated luxury suite


Savard returns Thursday to host donated luxury suite

Its been eerily quiet on the Marc Savard front for too long this season as he continues to battle post-concussion syndrome symptoms, but Bruins Nation will finally hear from No. 91 Thursday night . . . and for all the right reasons.

Savard will be in Boston to attend the BruinsCanadiens game and hell begin hosting a luxury suite at the TD Garden for pediatric patients at Childrens Hospital Boston, with a focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint.

Savard purchased the suite for every Bruins home game for the remainder of the 2011-12 season and through the completion of the 2013-14 season. The suite will be complete with healthy food and goodie bags for each guest, as well as a visit from the Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls.

Savard will entertain his young guests in the box on Thursday night at the Garden in his first appearance in Boston this season.
The head trauma issues obviously hits very close to home for Savard, who has played in a grand total of 32 NHL games regular season and playoffs since being blindsided by a Matt Cooke elbow on March 7, 2009 in Pittsburgh that ultimately brought about the NHLs newly adopted head shot rules.

The team agreed to shut down Savard this season, and both general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien have indicated that the playmaking centers career may very well be over.

"Marc Savard understands firsthand the challenges faced by children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint," Beth Donegan Driscoll, Director of Child Life Services at Childrens Hospital Boston, said in a statement released by the Bruins. "The partnership with Marc Savard is an exceptional opportunity for Childrens Hospital Boston patients and their families to experience the thrill of a Bruins game at the generosity of this very special man."
The Childrens Hospital Boston Brain Injury Center specializes in the management and treatment of all types of traumatic brain injury. The Childrens Hospital Boston Brain Injury Center is helping to define the best practices in the way brain injuries are cared for, from early response through inpatient care and long-term follow-up.

Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2


Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2

NEW YORK - Brandon Pirri scored twice to help the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey also scored for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots. The Rangers won their third straight game, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to improve to 5-2-0.

David Pastrnak and Austin Czarina scored for Boston. The Bruins have lost three straight to drop to 3-4-0.

Zane McIntyre made 26 saves in his first NHL start. He was called up prior to Boston's 5-0 home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night to back up Malcolm Subban due to injuries to Tuukka Risk and Anton Khudobin.

Down 2-0 after the first, the Rangers scored three times in the final 10:44 of the second.

Nash began the comeback with a power-play goal at 9:16. He curled to the net before corralling a rebound of Derek Stepan's point shot and flipping it over goalie Zane McIntyre for his third of the season.

Hayes tied it with 3:25 left in the second, banking a shot from behind the net off of McIntyre's pants.

Pirri's power-play goal with 36 seconds left made it 3-2. The free-agent signee ripped a shot from the right circle that was in the net before McIntrye could get his glove up. New York finished the game 2 for 6 on the man advantage, while the Bruins were 0 for 1.

It was not all positive for the Rangers in the second, with Dan Girardi missing two shifts following a hit from Pastrnak, who was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Girardi leaped in the air to play a loose puck in the neutral zone and, as he came down, Pastrnak drove his shoulder into the upper body of the New York defenseman.

Pirri made it 4-2 2:23 into the third with his fourth of the season. Vesey scored on a tap-in 43 seconds late.

The Bruins opened the scoring Pastrnak's fifth of the season 10 seconds into the game. The lead grew to 2-0 14:34 later when Czarnik scored his first goal in the NHL. Czarnik fired a shot from inside the blue line that New York defenseman Brady Skjei blocked, but Henrik Lundqvist appeared to lose track of the puck and it bounced across the goal line.

Lundqvist had 27 saves.

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster. 

Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh. 

The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad." 

Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request. 

"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."

Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment. 

"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."