You never want to read into these things too much ... so let's just call Marc Savard scoring the game-winner at 13:52 of overtime on home ice, in his first game since March 7, a promising omen for the Boston Bruins:
Terrifically entertaining Game 1 between the Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers, featuring a two-goal rally in the third period by the Flyers and Savard's heroics for the 5-4 victory. Here's Savard's day, via the NHL.
Marc Savard has, as expected, looked rusty today. Roughly 12 minutes of ice time, no shots on net and he's looked a step behind after missing two months of hockey. It'll take him a few games to get up to speed with the playoff-style speed and intensity.
Or, like, 14 minutes of overtime.
Much respect to the Flyers for the rally, but it's clear that the Bruins are going to be able to get to goalie Brian Boucher (41 saves on 46 shots) better than the New Jersey Devils were able to in five games, and that the losses of Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter have forced some necessary lineup changes with mixed results. Danny Briere, for example, scored a goal and an assist but earns his minus-2 as well.