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Savard diagnosed with moderate concussion

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  January 24, 2011 08:13 PM

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Marc Savard has been diagnosed with a moderate concussion, as the Bruins feared. Savard suffered his latest head injury on Saturday when he was hit by former teammate Matt Hunwick. Savard flew home from Denver yesterday and met with doctors today. TSN first reported Savard's concussion.

"We're just hoping he feels better quickly for his sake," said Claude Julien. "He's been through it before. He's certainly gotten some encouragement from his teammates. [Patrice Bergeron] has been through it."

There is no timetable on how much time Savard will miss. On Dec. 20, 2008, Bergeron suffered a second concussion when he ran into Dennis Seidenberg. Bergeron didn't play again until Jan. 27, 2009. However, all players react differently to concussions, and there is no way to project Savard's recovery until his symptoms wane. Yesterday morning, according to Julien, Savard was complaining of headaches.

"When you go through a concussion, a second one, I don't think he's doing somersaults right now and being so happy," Julien said. "He's disappointed. That part can change quickly. The minute you see a little bit of progression, you start feeling a little better. That changes quickly. That's where a guy like Patrice explained it to him. He went through the same thing. Two totally different situations. Again, we're keeping our fingers crossed that it's very minor."

Savard's troubles began on March 7, 2010, when he was knocked out by Matt Cooke. Savard missed the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs against Buffalo. Savard returned for the second round against Philadelphia, scoring the overtime winner in Game 1.

But post-concussion syndrome, including depression, flared up for Savard over the summer. Savard missed the first 23 games of 2010-11. Savard returned on Dec. 2 against Tampa Bay. Savard has two goals and eight assists in 25 games.

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