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Krejci not ready, but getting closer

Julien: Savard out through November

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By Kevin Paul Dupont
Globe Staff / November 19, 2010

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Now nearly two weeks post-concussion, David Krejci remains out of the Bruins’ lineup, and probably won’t return for tomorrow’s home game against the Kings.

Krejci and Marc Savard remained off skates yesterday morning prior to last night’s game against the Panthers.

Following the 4-0 win, coach Claude Julien said Savard will not return to action before December, and possibly will begin to skate in practices next week (a delay from earlier projections). Krejci, said Julien, has been skating with the club and his readiness to return is now being scrutinized on a day-to-day basis.

“Marc is pretty close,’’ said Julien. “He’s not there yet. We hope that in the next few days or a week from now that he’ll be able to join us. So, you know, he’s getting close. His conditioning is getting better. After a few other tests, then I think we can move forward with him.’’

A day after Krejci was hurt, the Bruins announced that he would be sidelined for at least a week, leading to some speculation in the media that he sustained only a minor concussion and might miss no more than three games. However, the diagnosis of a “moderate’’ concussion typically means at least a 2-3-week recovery time, which is where the 24-year-old Czech center stands.

Savard, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli, was on course to resume skating with the club as of late last week. It never happened. The 33-year-old center, according to Chiarelli, has continued to make significant gains in overcoming his various symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome (diagnosed on the eve of training camp).

So why has he not begun to practice with the varsity? Chiarelli would not comment, but if Savard’s head is clear, it could simply be that his overall conditioning still needs to improve, which could be why Julien noted that his conditioning “is getting better.’’ Remember, Savard is now six months removed from his most recent game, a long layoff for Boston’s top offensive performer.

“Yeah, Savvy was off today,’’ Julien said early yesterday afternoon. “[Krejci and Savard] are both going to be on the ice [today]. But sometimes those guys skate so much, they need a recovery day.’’

Punching in Shawn Thornton and Panthers winger Darcy Hordichuk hooked up in a doozy of a fight at center ice with 3:29 left in the first period, Hordichuk attempting to rally the Florida bench. “Yeah, good battle,’’ said Thornton. “I think we both landed some.’’ Hordichuk is just about an even size match with Thornton, who routinely takes on the biggest sluggers in the game, some of whom are 4-6 inches taller, with longer reaches and more meat on the hoof . . . Thornton notched his fourth goal, leaving him only a pair shy of his career high. His next strike will be the 20th of his career . . . Along with the 14 shots he landed on net, Florida’s David Booth had three others blocked and misfired on two . . . Rookie Tyler Seguin missed a wide-open shot at 6:32 of the third that would have supplied a 2-0 lead. He was parked at the left post on a power play and lifted a loose puck at least 6 inches over the crossbar . . . Brad Marchand led all Bruins with seven shots, commonly referred to as a “half-Booth’’ . . . Michael Ryder landed two shots on net and went without a point for the fourth time in the last five games. His trade stock is sinking . . . Matt Hunwick was the only Bruin not to record a shot on net . . . Old friend Dennis Wideman nailed Patrice Bergeron with a shot to the leg early in the first period, sending the center limping to the dressing room. He was back on the bench in less than five minutes . . . Quiet night for captain Zdeno Chara, even though he finished plus-3. Big Z landed only one shot on net and logged 23:34 in ice time.

Kevin Paul Dupont can be reached at dupont@globe.com.

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