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Bruins Fall to Penguins, Savard Seriously Injured

Marc Savard (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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.

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5 comments for “Bruins Fall to Penguins, Savard Seriously Injured”

  1. There was no elbow, it was a clean hit, more of a brush actually. Pretty sad that you classify this as a cheap shot other than just a hockey play. Pretty pathetic reporting, there was no penalty called and I will expect the NHL will take no action either.Clean hit, bad outcome. That would be how you report it.

    Posted by l smith | March 7, 2010, 8:08 pm
  2. Hockey players know the game well as well as the risks likes this when the game heats up. It just so happen that a great game will suddenly end up like this. Commentators and reporters need not to over react, because what happened is simply part of the whole game.

    Posted by Kate Delaney | March 7, 2010, 10:00 pm
  3. l smith, a “brush” won’t knock a player unconscious. The hit’s timing was questionable, at the very least, considering the fact that video shows Cooke had time to pull up, especially since he changed his skate path to hit Savard, who had slowed to take the shot. Furthermore, according to Rule 46.3 of the NHL Rulebook says a major penalty must be imposed for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent.
    I wouldn’t really use the fact that no penalty was called to argue your point since the first two goals shouldn’t have counted. Cooke should be suspended and most likely will be, knowing that he’s already been suspended for questionable hits twice this season.
    Hits are part of the game, but head injuries shouldn’t be.

    Posted by Erikk | March 8, 2010, 4:55 am
  4. Erikk, agreed!

    l smith — How can you watch the video and still think it’s a clean hit? He was blind-sided and injured in the back of the head. There’s no place in any sport for head injuries.

    Here’s the video link for details:

    Posted by KC Downey | March 8, 2010, 5:26 am
  5. I honestly haven’t heard or read anything from anyone who has NOT considered this hit to be a blind-sided cheap shot. And what happened is not “simply part of the game,” to me, that’s ridiculous. A hit to the head like that, Savard is lucky he escaped with just a concussion. Hopefully we see him on the ice again this season…

    Posted by Brian Kintz | March 8, 2010, 7:40 am

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