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The Bruins dropped a tough one to the defending champs in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon (a 2-1 defeat), but a loss that may hurt their playoff chances even more occurred with less than six minutes to play. At that point, Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke came at Marc Savard with a high elbow hit to the head that leveled the Bruins center. Savard was carted off the ice on a stretcher, but did have motion in his extremities, giving the crowd a wave as he departed.
While no one on the team or on the coaching staff was able to shed any light on Savard’s condition, the Bruins Web site reported that Savard suffered a concussion and will remain in the team hotel in Pittsburgh overnight while the team travels to Toronto. The hit, by the way, went un-penalized by the game officials (VIDEO: View the hit).
After a scoreless first period, Boston was able to get themselves on top of Pittsburgh early in the second when Blake Wheeler notched his 14th goal of the year, shoving the puck past Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The Pens evened the score five minutes later on a Pascal Dupuis goal, which was very similar to the way Wheeler forced his puck in.
Russian Olympian Evgeni Malkin had an early third period goal that proved to be the game-winner, as his 23rd goal of the year was a tough one for Tim Thomas and the Bruins to swallow. Malkin now has points in 16 of the last 17 games.
The road ahead is long and windy for the Black and Gold. Just two games down, with five more to go on this season-long seven-game road trip. Next on the schedule, a familiar foe: Phil Kessel and the Eastern Conference cellar-dwellers, the Toronto Maple Leafs.