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Bad news for the Bruins: Marc Savard’s injury has been diagnosed as another concussion.
Savard was slammed into the boards on Saturday by former teammate Matt Hunwick, and had to be helped off the ice. He returned to Boston to be examined, while the team flew on to Los Angeles for Monday’s game against the Kings.
On the Bruins’ Web site, General Manager Peter Chiarelli said,
“After being examined by the Bruins medical staff today, Marc has been diagnosed with a moderate concussion. There is no timetable on his return and no further updates at this time.”
Savard originally suffered a concussion last March on a controversial hit by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke. That injury kept Savard out for the rest of the regular season, though he did return for the second round of the playoffs. He was still suffering lingering effects of the injury at the start of this season, and he didn’t play a game for the Bruins this season until January 2nd.
Suffering a second concussion could be season-ending, or even career threatening, though Chiarelli’s statement specified that it is a “moderate” concussion this time.
So until more information comes out, Bruins fans will just have to hope that Savard can bounce back form this the way Patrice Bergeron did from his second concussion. After returning from a serious head injury in 2008-2009, Bergeron was diagnosed with a second concussion colliding with Dennis Seidenberg (then with Carolina, now a teammate of Bergeron and Savard.) Bergeron was able to make it back into the lineup after missing 15 games, and has shown no ill-effects since.