Update: Bruins announce Savard out for year


Update: Bruins announce Savard out for year

2:04 P.M. UPDATE: The Bruins have announced officially that Marc Savard will not play for the remainer for the 2010-11 season.

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com has confirmed that the Bruins will shut down 32-year-old center Marc Savard for the rest of the season because of the concussion he suffered against the Colorado Avalanche two weeks ago.The Bs are expected to make the announcement Monday.Savard's latest concussion, his second concussion in less than a calendar year, came after a Matt Hunwick hit caused him to go face-first into the boards and glass. He is still experiencing headaches, irritability and dizziness as a result of his latest concussion, and appears to be suffering from the same post-concussion syndrome symptoms that hampered him last season and again this summer.The symptoms have been present since Savard was blindsided by Matt Cooke last March in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and prompted the NHL to adopt Rule 48 against blindside head shots.
The move to hold Savard out for the rest of the season came after GM Peter Chiarelli, agent Larry Kelly and Savard discussed Savards future over the weekend. It was agreed the best course of action was to hold Savard out of action until next September at the earliest.Savard returned to the Bs lineup in early December this season after missing the first two months while battling back from post-concussion syndrome symptoms, and finished out with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) and a minus-7 in 25 games played. Savard was dazed and dinged on a hit from behind into the glass by Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland just days before the Hunwick hit left him with his fourth concussion as an NHL player. Those looking to send well-wishesget well cards for Savard -- something that he said was instrumental in his recovery from post-concussion syndrome last summer -- should send everything to: Marc Savard co Boston Bruins, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Pastrnak suspended two games for hit on Rangers' Girardi


Pastrnak suspended two games for hit on Rangers' Girardi

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been suspended for two games by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers' Dan Girardi in Boston’s 5-2 loss on Wednesday night in New York.

Click on the link in the tweet below for a video of the hit and the NHL Department of Player Safety's explanation of the suspension.

Pastrnak, 20, had his hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Friday. It's his first suspension. 

The Bruins next two games are Saturday in Detroit and Tuesday in Florida. Pastrnak has a team-leading five goals and has eight points, second on the team to Brad Marchand (10). 

The hit came when Girardi reached up to catch a puck in the neutral zone 10:55 into the second period and Pastrnak came in hard and sent his left shoulder into Girardi’s chin. Pastrnak received a two-minute penalty for an illegal check to the head.

Girardi left the game as part of the NHL concussion protocol, but later returned.


Rask returns to Bruins practice, will travel to Detroit

Rask returns to Bruins practice, will travel to Detroit

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins welcomed back Tuukka Rask to the Warrior Ice Arena practice sheet on Friday morning after he took more than a week off the ice after re-aggravating his lower body injury in last week’s win over the Devils. 

Rask took part in 3-on-3 battle drills for a large chunk of the practice while backups Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban, both still with the team, practiced at the other end of the ice for most of the session. 

It remains to be seen if Rask can go against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, while troubled early in the season by the reported hamstring/groin issues, but the Finnish netminder was clearly practicing like he was going to play in Motown and Claude Julien said Rask is making the three-game trip. 

Julien said that Rask is feeling “good enough to at least backup right now.” That might pave the way for Rask to perhaps back up McIntyre on Saturday night, then step back in against divisional opponents at Florida on Tuesday and at Tampa Bay on Thursday. 

“[Rask] practiced today, and he’s coming on the trip. So we’ll see,” said Julien, who indicated that a goaltender [most likely Malcolm Subban] would be headed back to Providence. “He’s feeling good, so we’ll go day-by-day. He practiced well today and if he’s good tomorrow then there are no issues there. He looked good to me today, so we’ll make that decision. We’ve gone this far with him, so we’re going to make sure we make the right decision, and not the reckless one.”

It’s just as clear they desperately need him back given the shaky state of their defense after allowing a ghoulish 11 goals in their past two losses to the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers. 

David Backes was still missing from the practice ice while recovering from his elbow procedure, so Claude Julien was again mixing and matching the lines amid a three-game losing streak. 

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from practice: 









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