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After a disappointing showing in the Boston Bruins’ 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, the Bruins came out to play on Saturday afternoon against the Colorado Avalanche, defeating Colorado 6-2 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Boston may have won on Saturday, but they did lose one thing in the match-up; Marc Savard left the game during the second period after taking a hit to the head. Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick checked Savard – a clean hit – and Savard hit what looked like his head and eye on the boards
After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Savard would not be traveling with the team to Los Angeles when they face the Kings on Monday. Instead, Savard will return to Boston for further evaluation on the injury.
Less than a week ago, Savard took a hit from Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Deryk Engelland. The centerman missed the first 23 games of the 2010-11 season due to post-concussion syndrome. Savard suffered from a concussion last March.
The Bruins got a slow start on Saturday, allowing the Avalanche to score just two minutes into the first period. Kevin Shattenkirk took a shot from the point and it bounced off a skater in front of the net and went past Bruins netminder Tim Thomas (32 saves). The Avs’ center Paul Stastny was credited with the goal.
At 9:20 in the first, the Bruins answered back when Brad Marchand smacked in a shot that was deflected in front of Avs goaltender Craig Anderson (24 saves). Just a few minutes later, the Bruins took their first lead of the day when Milan Lucic scored a power-play goal.
David Krejci took a shot that went wide, but the puck bounced back off the boards, past Anderson to the aforementioned wide-open Lucic who slammed the puck in to put Boston up, 2-1.
The Bruins went up 3-1 at 14:44 in the second when Marchand broke into the Avalanche’s zone on a 2-on-1. He faked a shot from the left and fed the puck to Mark Recchi. Recchi tapped it in. Boston added a fourth goal when Lucic scored his second goal of the game on a perfectly executed 2-on-1.
Less than two minutes into the third period, the Bruins allowed another early goal when Shattenkirk backhanded a shot over Thomas.
Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins up 5-2 at 9:56 in the third. Bergeron was down on one knee when he backhanded the puck past Peter Budaj (10 saves); Budaj played a little over 18 minutes after Anderson was pulled. The Bruins notched their sixth goal when Marchand scored an empty netter at 18:25.
The Bruins face off against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday to complete their two-game road trip.