Savard out indefinitely with concussion

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Savard out indefinitely with concussion

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Bruins have confirmed what everybody both feared and expected at the same time: Marc Savard suffered another concussion after his head slammed into the glass at Pepsi Arena on Saturday afternoon after a collision with Matt Hunwick."It sucks for him. He's been through a lot since the last one and it's definitely not a good feeling," said B's wingerMilan Lucic after hearing the news. "It's definitely not the news thathe wanted to hear. Hopefully the recovery will be a lot quicker this time, and I'm sure he'll go about things the right way so things don't repeat itself like last year."
The Bruins issued a statement that Savard has suffered a "moderate concussion" and is out indefinitely after another brain injury. The Bruins medical staff grades concussions on a mild, moderate and severe scale, so the most recent concussion for Savard was deemed fairly significant by doctors after undergoing testing on Monday.David Krejci likewise suffered a "moderate concussion" against the St. Louis Blues, and returned to the lineup exactly two weeks later after making a steady recovery after smashing the back of his head against the boards at TD Garden.Here is the full statement from Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli: "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 injured when he collided with former Bruins teammate Matt Hunwick. The Bruins center slammed his head against the glass and he was in obvious pain as he rolled around on the ice holding the side of his face. Savard suffered the worst concussion of his career last spring on a cheap shot elbow from Penguins winger Matt Cooke. He missed the first two months of this season with post-concussion symptoms that stemmed from the Cooke hit. TSN's Bob McKenzie was the first to report that Savard had been diagnosed with a concussion and would be out indefinitely.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

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Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

It’s only a coincidence that it will air the same week that the Boston Bruins went Hollywood with their annual three-game road trip through California, but David Backes and his wife Kelly are going to get some solid TV time this weekend. The animal-loving couple are going to be featured Saturday night in the all-new Animal Planet special "Stars to the Rescue," which highlights the Backes family’s excellent work to ensure every animal has a ‘furever’ home.

The lifelong animal lovers have adopted five rescue pets that all made the move from St. Louis to Boston this summer, and launched Athletes for Animals in 2013, a non-profit organization supporting professional athletes and animal advocacy efforts. The 32-year-old Backes chose a Boston animal shelter as his first setting to meet with the Boston media this summer after signing with the Bruins in free agency, and spoke glowingly about his inspiration for marrying two of his passions: helping animals and sports.

“The full story is that in college we wanted an animal or two, but it just wasn’t responsible because we were renting and the landlords didn’t approve," said Backes, the proud owner of four dogs (Maverick, Rosey, Marty and Bebe) and two cats (Sunny, Poly). "We just didn’t really have the time or resources to support them, so we volunteered at the local shelter for the three years I was in school.

“When my wife [Kelly] and I moved to St. Louis, we wanted to connect with the community, be a part and use our voice to influence social change to do our part making the world a little bit of a better place. So we said, ‘Why not connect with the animal welfare rescue community?’

“We absolutely love doing it: Walking dogs, scooping litter boxes and cleaning kennels. Let’s use our voice to kick this off and see what we can do, and it really just snowballed from that to then trying to tie other guys into it. It’s not limited to the animal stuff, but the animals that don’t have a voice, and the kids that don’t have a voice, really tug at our heart strings. We want to help them with this blessing of a great voice we’ve been given as professional athletes, and to really use that to give them some help.”

The “Stars to the Rescue” special premieres on Saturday night at 8 pm on Animal Planet where there will be a full segment on the Backes family, but here’s a clip where Backes talks about his well-publicized involvement with a number of stray dog rescues during his 2014 Olympic Hockey stint with Team USA in Sochi, Russia.

Backes isn’t the only Boston athlete featured during the Animal Planet special as it also chronicles the stories of other well-known athletes and celebrities and the dogs they can't live without: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Baltimore Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley, Selma Blair, ESPN Correspondent Michelle Beadle, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne, former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and more. From training buddies to comforting companions, “Stars to the Rescue” shows first-hand how these celebrities first met their cute rescued canines and how their dogs have impacted and transformed their lives for the better.

What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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