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Official: Bruins will shut Savard down

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BOSTON (AP) - A Boston Bruins official says that center Marc Savard will be shut down for the season after sustaining his second concussion in less than a year.

The Bruins official spoke on the condition of anonymity because Savard was scheduled to make the announcement at a news conference on Monday afternoon.

It's the second straight major concussion for Savard.

Savard was injured in the Bruins' Jan. 22 game against Colorado, when he was checked into the end boards' glass by former teammate Matt Hunwick. Savard also sustained a concussion against Pittsburgh on March 7, 2010. He did not return until the second round of the playoffs and missed the first 23 games of this season.

Savard has two goals and eight assists in 25 games.

Savard's first concussion was the result of a check by Penguins forward Matt Cooke that led the NHL to outlaw blindside hits to the head. Savard missed the last 18 games of the regular season but returned for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Philadelphia and scored the winner in overtime on his first night back.

Savard did little in the rest of the series and was a contributor to a crucial too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty late in Game 7 that led to the Flyers' series-winning goal. Philadelphia overcame a 3-0 series deficit to eliminate the Bruins.

Over the offseason, his post-concussion syndrome returned - including a bout with depression - and he missed 23 more games at the start of 2010-11.

The Bruins play host to Montreal on Wednesday.

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