By Joe Haggerty
DENVER Marc Savard got a scare last week when he was slammed into the boards during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but came out of the incident with only some recurring neck pain.The 33-year-old center might not have been so lucky this time around.Savard had to be helped off the ice little more than three minutes into the second period against the Avalanche Saturday with what appeared to be a head injury.Savard, only a few months removed from post-concussion syndrome symptoms that wiped out his summer and the beginning of his season, took a hit to the head when he and former teammate Matt Hunwick collided in the corner after Savard had just executed a pass.Savard was extended in an awkward position, and the side of his head and eye areaslammed into the boards upon impact with Hunwick. He will fly back to Boston on Sunday for testing.After the game, coach Claude Julien said the injury may not be as bad as originally feared.
"I talked to him for a little bit after the second period, and he seemed to be okay to me," said Julien. "He was a little rattled, but we're hopeful that everyone is okay and this is just precautionary."He seemed to be okay, so we're hoping that it's minor."Hunwick finished the clean check and Savard was rolling around on the ice in pain clutching the side of his head after it smacked into the glass and dasher by the corner boards at the Pepsi Center. It appeared there may have been a cut around his eye as he was worked on by the B's training staff.Television replays apparently showed thatSavard may have beencrying with a towel up to his face as he skated off the ice to the dressing room and wiped some blood away from a cut near his eye.