January 24, 2011
The Boston Bruins issued a short, to-the-point statement tonight on what many had already assumed: That a hit to the end boards' glass by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick(notes) on Saturday left Bruins center Marc Savard(notes) dazed, bleeding and, sadly, with yet another concussion.
"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 was originally concussed by Matt Cooke(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 7, 2010; a hit that put him out for the remainder of the regular season and until the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Due to post-concussion syndrome, he didn't play in the 2010-11 season until Jan. 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Savard's been a shell of his former self this season: 2 goals and 8 assists in 25 games -- a 0.40 points per game average after averaging 0.80 before his injury last season.
What's next? Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog writes that the Bruins have been through this sort of thing before:
The Bruins have experience with a player returning from a lengthy concussion absence and suffering a second concussion. Patrice Bergeron(notes) missed 15 games in 2008-09 after his collision with then-Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg(notes) just a few months into his return from missing almost all of the previous season. Bergeron has not suffered any issues since then.
In fact, Bergeron spoke about his own experiences after helping Savard back to the dressing room after the Hunwick hit. From the Boston Globe:
"It was more of a here-we-go-again type of feeling,'' Bergeron said of his second concussion. " ‘Am I OK? Am I going to be OK?' But two, three, four days after, I realized that it wasn't even close to the one before. It gave me some hope. I was positive after that. But the first couple days, I was like, ‘Oh my God, am I going to go through this all over again?' It was more that feeling than the symptoms. The symptoms were there, but it wasn't as hard. It wasn't as big. It was more my spirit that was hurt more than anything else.''
Hopefully Savard makes the same kind of recovery.