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Julien, Bruins Concerned for Savard

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Sunday, 3.7.2010 / 6:37 PM

Bruins Update on Marc Savard

Marc lost consciousness briefly on the ice after being struck in the head. He suffered a concussion from the hit. He was not transported to a hospital, but will remain at the team hotel in Pittsburgh with a member of the Bruins' medical staff tonight as a precaution.
Toronto, ON -- It was a stunned and mostly silent Boston Bruins team that went through the postgame motions following their 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The quiet was understandable, as the club had just watched all-star center Marc Savard carted off the ice on a stretcher, the victim of an extremely questionable hit by Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke.

"Concern," was B's forward Shawn Thornton's description of the team's reaction on the bench after the hit. "It was quiet concern. That's about it."

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, however, had plenty to say.

"That’s probably the classic blindside hit to the head," said Julien. "I’m usually pretty reserved in making comments, and definitely the league will take care of it and you have to trust that they’ll make the right decision.

"But it was a blindside hit to the head and that’s exactly what we’re trying to get rid of.

"A guy like that has to be suspended. And that’s the way I see it, because it’s an elbow to the head from the blindside. That’s exactly the example they show of what we’ve got to get out of this game. We had a guy who’s got a concussion, our best player, and he’s going to be out for a while. He was out on the ice for a bit and that’s unacceptable."

They don't want any hits to the head. They don't want any blindside hits to the head. And you couldn't ask for a better example, that's all I'm going to say." - Claude Julien
Savard had just taken a shot when Cooke's upper arm and shoulder caught Savard unaware. The forward lay on the ice unmoving and unconscious for several seconds.

"His motion is fine," said Julien. "It’s a concussion.

"How severe? I don’t know. We haven’t been able to tell you yet, but he was out for a bit. So when you’re out for a bit, that’s serious enough."

Later, the Bruins said that Savard did not go to the hospital and had remained in Pittsburgh with B's medical personnel.

Hockey players have a reputation for policing the game on their own, but in this case the Bruins thought the best course of action was to try and win the game and forgo immediate frontier justice.

"Anytime you see something like that, it’s frustrating," said Julien. "You want to get back at this guy, but at the same time, you’ve got to win a hockey game here.

"So yeah, I had to keep our team under control and make them realize that we had to win a hockey game here."

To their credit, the B's did focus on the task at hand.

"We really tried to win it for him," said Thornton. "It was more focused on trying to get the next goal for Savvy.

"Obviously, when you see your teammate laying there like that your energy could go one of two ways...and I think the guys did a good job of trying to get that goal to tie up the game.

"We had some legitimate chances and I was impressed with the focus on the bench with the guys because it is not easy in that situation."

In the end, however, Julien and the Bruins genuine disgust was as clear as the head coach's feelings on the whole situation.

"They don’t want any hits to the head," said Julien. "They don’t want any blindside hits to the head. And you couldn’t ask for a better example, that’s all I’m going to say."

Boston is off on Monday and plays the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.
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