BOSTON — In his 21st game back in the Bruins’ lineup after a bout of post-concussion syndrome, center Marc Savard seemingly passed his stiffest physical test today.
Of course, it had to come against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
With 7:10 elapsed in the third period of the Pens’ 3-2 win, Savard was left down on the ice in the corner of the Pittsburgh zone at the television timeout. Savard had just been hit high along the glass by Pittsburgh defenseman Deryk Engelland. Replays showed that Savard’s head went into the glass.
“A little woozy, to be honest with you,” said Savard about how he felt after the hit. “But we’ll see how I feel the rest of the day here tonight and stuff, because … I don’t know I haven’t seen the replay, it felt like he just got my head, so I don’t know. But a little woozy.”
Obviously, as Savard said, we won’t know the full extent of the hit’s results (if there are any) until Savard gets through the rest of the night and wakes up Sunday. Remember, he once thought the the concussion he suffered as a result of Penguins forward Matt Cooke’s blindside hit last spring was passed him enough to return for a seven-game playoff series with Philadelphia.
Savard said he took a couple seconds on the bench to assess how he felt before deciding to remain in the game, which he did. Now he’ll monitor how he feels off the ice for several hours.
“I haven’t gotten a headache yet or anything like that,” he said. “Just a little dazed and just getting your bell rung a bit. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about right now.”