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Cooke delivers concussion to Savard

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  March 7, 2010 06:00 PM

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Marc Savard has been diagnosed with a concussion as a result of an elbow by Matt Cooke at 14:23 of the third period. According to Claude Julien, Savard was knocked unconscious momentarily. Savard will remain in Pittsburgh overnight while his teammates travel to Toronto.

Savard was not transported to a hospital. He will remain at the team hotel tonight with a member of the team's medical staff.

Julien said he expects Savard to be out "for a while." Julien termed it a classic blind-side hit. Because league policy requires players who have suffered concussions to sit out at least one week, Savard will miss at least three games.

"A guy like that has to be suspended," the Bruins coach said. "That's the way I see it, because it's an elbow to the head from the blind side. That's exactly the examples they show of what we've got to get out of this game. We have a guy who's got a concussion. Our best player. He's going to be out for a while. He was [unconscious] on the ice for a bit. That's unacceptable."

Neither Marc Joannette nor Tim Peel called a penalty.

"You've got four guys out there, so you think someone had seen it," Julien said. "But even myself, I was looking elsewhere from where it happened. So you've got to look at it objectively and say, 'Well, nobody's seen it.' But when you look back at the replays, which we have an opportunity to do, it's pretty obvious that it was definitely a dirty hit."

The Bruins released the following statement: "Marc lost consciousness briefly on the ice after being struck in the head. He suffered a concussion from the hit. He was not transported to a hospital, but will remain at the team hotel in Pittsburgh with a member of the Bruins' medical staff tonight as a precaution."

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