Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard suffered another head injury during the second period of Saturday afternoon's game against the Colorado Avalanche. This was Savard's second head injury in a week's time.
Former Bruins defensemen Matt Hunwick and Savard were battling for the puck when Hunwick delivered a clean hit to push Savard out of the way. Savard's head was down at the time, and it struck the end boards. He fell to the ice and needed to be assisted off. Savard was bleeding from his forehead when helped to the locker room, and did not return to game action.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien told NESN post-game that the team would be sending Savard back home to be evaluated by team physicians with background knowledge on his head injury history.
Savard suffered a severe concussion in March 2010, and while he attempted a comeback during last season's playoffs, he was hit hard by post-concussion syndrome in the off-season. He missed the first 23 games of this season. Exactly a week prior to Saturday's hit, Savard had a scare when hit in the head by a Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman. That hit did not cause Savard to miss any games.
Julien warned against jumping to conclusions with Savard's latest head injury when speaking with ESPNBoston's James Murphy:
"He seemed fine when I talked to him so we're hoping it's all minor. It's always those situations [that are scary]...So right now he's shook up and like I said he seemed fine and we're just being cautious and I think it's the right thing to do."