LOS ANGELES -
Boston Bruins center Marc Savard
did not make the trip to California and will return to Boston on Sunday.
"He got shook up, obviously, and he’s going to be re-evaluated," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, postgame. "We don’t have anything concrete except that we’re going to be cautious and we’re going to send him back home to get checked out."
Despite the precautionary trip home, there was reason for optimism.
"He seemed fine when I talked to him so we’re hoping it’s all minor," said Julien.
Savard left Saturday's 6-2 Bruins win over the Colorado Avalanche at 3:19 of the second period after a collision with former B's defenseman Matt Hunwick.
"He made a great play to [Michael Ryder] in front on the net, then he got hit," explained Julien. "It was just a clean hit and he went down.
"The way he got hit is probably what rattled him there."
Julien made it clear that there was no reason to jump to a scary conclusion.
"Our trainers felt it was better to make sure and be cautious about that and let the doctors evaluate him," said Julien. "We saw it with [Patrice Bergeron
], he came back and...the minute a guy gets hit you worry about him.
"We have a tendency to want to link those things together.
"Right now we’re just going to be cautious and I think it’s the right thing to do," he said.