And now all that’s left for the Bruins as they head to Los Angeles is to hope their 6-2 win over Colorado this afternoon didn’t come at a steep price.
Five Bruins registered at least two points, led by Brad Marchand’s four (two goals), in the road-trip opening victory in Denver, but maybe the biggest moment of the game came 3:19 into the second period when Marc Savard went into the end wall along with Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick.
Savard hit his head on the glass and went down. He was then attended to by trainer Don Del Negro and helped off the ice. He did not return to the game. After the game, head coach Claude Julien said Savard would not travel with the team to LA but would instead head back to Boston to be examined just about two months after his return to action after a bout with post-concussion syndrome.
For the short term, the Bruins can overcome the loss of Savard by sliding Tyler Seguin or Blake Wheeler over to center. But int the long run Savard is too vital a piece to replace if the Bruins are going to make a legitimate championship run this spring.
Here’s a look at the rest of the box score from today’s game:
•In addition to Marchand’s four points, Milan Lucic, Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci also enjoyed multi-point performances.
•Recchi’s three-point game was his 119th of his NHL career. His goal was No. 573, which ties him with Mike Bossy for 19th all-time.
•Zdeno Chara was a plus-3, as were Recchi and Bergeron. Marchand was plus-4.