Coach Claude Julien said center Marc Savard, still dogged by post-concussion symptoms, didn't make the trip here for the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals against the Canucks but hopes he can attend one of the next two at the Garden.

"Well, he's certainly watching us play," Julien said before last night's 3-2 overtime loss in Game 2 at Rogers Arena. "It was nice to see him in Boston a few weeks ago (during the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay). He brought his kids along. I think it was good for him. It was also good for his teammates to see that he's slowly getting better. He's still got a long ways to go.

"Marc is certainly watching closely. To be honest with you, I wouldn't be surprised to see him in Boston. Maybe I'm putting a little pressure on him to get back there, but he's in our thoughts."

On the B's magical ride to the finals, it might be easy to forget what Savard meant to this team. But you only have to look at the struggling power play, which is 6-for-70 in the postseason, to know he's been missed dearly.