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Savard suffers concussion from hit by Cooke

Mar 7, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT


It’s already been a long, injury-ravaged season for Marc Savard and things just got a lot worse. He left the ice on a stretcher and suffered a concussion because of a hit by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke in this afternoon’s game between the Bruins and the Penguins. Here’s a (somewhat low quality) video of the hit. Pretty indefensible, if you ask me. had this description of the hit:

Savard had just taken a shot from above the circles when Cooke raised his shoulder and struck Savard in the head. Cooke was coming from behind on the play and Savard did not see him.

Savard was on the ice for several minutes, being attended to by a Penguins team doctor, before being carried off. He was moving his legs while on the ice and his arms while on the stretcher.

Cooke was not penalized for the play, which upset Bruins coach Claude Julien. Julien said that he would “let the league take care of it.” 

Cooke is a player who often plays on “the edge,” with a history of borderline hits. He was suspended for 2 games this season because of a hit on New York Rangers forward Artem Ansimov and drew controversy for a knee-to-knee hit on Erik Cole in last year’s playoffs.

For Savard, it’s another tough break in a 09-10 season riddled by injuries. He has only played in 38 games so far this season because of problems with his back and knees. Now he has to deal with a concussion. Don’t be surprised if Cooke (deservedly) sits out a few games for this one.

  1. Cory lubarsky - Mar 7, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Looks like savard was a great fantasy pick this year…

  2. James O'Brien - Mar 7, 2010 at 7:44 PM


  3. norm903 - Mar 7, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    I’m a big Penguins fan but a cheap shot is a cheap shot. He’s got to ride the pine for awhile for that one.

  4. johngaltx - Mar 7, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    According to the refs it was just another in a long line of clean flying elbow to jaw hit that the players like to call—“just finishing my check.” It won’t stop until the stretcher is replaced some night by a body bag.

  5. JD - Mar 8, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    Let’s see if the players take care of things when they plan again this Thursday.

  6. CO - Mar 8, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Completely inexcusable, especially from Cooke. Personally I can’t believe Thornton or Lucic didn’t rearrange his face for him. Sad commentary on the refs, Savard’s teammates and especially Matt Cooke. Should have been a 10 minute with a game misconduct as well as a minimum of a 10 game suspension. He could’ve broken Savard’s neck with that hit.

  7. I Am Providence - Mar 8, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Cook might get suspended, but as a Penguins fan you should worry more about Crosby and Malkin. The Penguins just took out the Bruins best player, so the Bruins should do the same. They need to call up a goon from Providence to take Crosby or Malkin’s head off. Then we’ll see if Cook is as eager to give out cheap shots in the future.

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