Notes: Savard suffered from headaches Sunday


Notes: Savard suffered from headaches Sunday

By JoeHaggerty

EL SEGUNDO, CA Marc Savard landed in Boston on Sunday afternoon after the long flight back from Denver, and it appears the Bruins center will be getting treated for both a cut and a head injury that had the center suffering from headaches one day later.

Savard flew home with assistant equipment manager Matt Falconer, and was going to get some rest before getting run through a series of all-too familiar medical tests in the days ahead.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told via a text message that Savard will be evaluated by doctors on Monday, and it appears that the 32-year-old center is exhibiting some of the symptoms associated with a concussion.

Nothing has happened since he got to Boston, so I havent heard of anything as well, said coach Claude Julien. His head was hurting because he was cut over the head. The medical staff was being cautious with whats happened to him by sending him home, but he was still having those headaches this morning.

They havent deemed anything yet, and thats what will happen in Boston. Theyll check him out and decide whether its serious. It didnt seem serious since he remembered the hit and everything that happened afterward. It was more the cut than anything else and it was precautionary move by everyone involved.

Savard missed the first 23 games of the season over the first two months while recovering from the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome and seemed to just be finding his game in the last couple of weeks.

But it appears Savard might be on the shelf again with whats hoped is a minor concussion that wont keep him out of the lineup for a long period of time. All bets are off, however, when it comes to a case of a player like Savard thats battled with some pretty serious neurological issues over the last calendar year.

The violent way Savards head slammed into the glass following contact with Matt Hunwick on Saturday afternoon, and his emotional reaction following the collision, spoke volumes about what the center is feeling but things could change for the better a few days removed from the hit if Savard truly was fully and completely healed from the concussion and PCS symptoms that dogged him during the spring and summer.

David Krejci was moved up to a center position on the top line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton at Sunday afternoons practice at the Toyota Sports Center facility used by the Los Angeles Kings a reunion of the line that tore up the NHL over the first month-plus of the season.

Hopefully we can pick it up and have a good stretch, said Krejci. We played really well, but we had a couple of games that we didnt produce. So we had to have a chance. Im excited about it.

Krejci went through a dry spell of seven games wrapped around the end of December and beginning of January where he managed only a single assist, but it appears the Czech Republic center is back on the upswing again. In his last seven games Krejci has seven assists and earned the helpers on both of Milan Lucics goals against the Colorado Avalanche a good sign for Krejci and Lucic as theyre again setting in as Bostons big playmaking unit.

The last few games I felt pretty good and my legs have felt good, said Krejci. Weve created a lot of scoring chances, and the last game Looch really broke out which helps. Its funny how this game works sometimes.

You feel like you played pretty well and one game, second game, third game you have no points. A month later you look at it and you see five games with no points, and you say, Wow, you must have been awful. Im not saying I played well when I had no points, but Im sure in these games I felt good. It happens sometimes. The season is long and it happens. Youre playing against the best players in the world. You just need to forget about it and get ready for the next game. Im just glad that Looch is playing well and hes back on my line. So far, so good and we want to keep it going.

Tyler Seguin practiced at center with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder on either side of him in practice, and Julien said the soon to be 19-year-old is continuing to really absorb all the nuances of the NHL game.

Seguin has two goals and three assists in 12 games during the month of January, but has gone six straight games without gracing the scoresheet despite his ability to score at will on both goaltenders when the Bruins practice the shootout at the end of their Sunday work day at the Toyota Sports Center.

I think when you look at our lineup weve got some really good experience up the middle and its an important part. When you talk about Gregory Campbell, Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Savard theres some real experience there and some good things, said Julien. Putting Seguin on the wing has taken some of the responsibility away from him so he can develop more comfortably, but when injuries happen its pretty easy to throw him back in there at center.

I dont think any of this moving back and forth is hurting him at all. I think its helping him because its allowing him to understand the game at this level much better from both of these positions.

Daniel Paille will be back into the lineup for the Bruins on Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings to replace Marc Savard, and should be skating with Shawn Thornton and Campbell to start the game at the Staples Center.

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Bruins will play Blackhawks in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame


Bruins will play Blackhawks in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame

The Bruins will once again be taking things outdoors and participating in their third Winter Classic in franchise history, but for the first time they won’t be hosting the NHL’s centerpiece event. The B’s announced on Saturday afternoon that they’ll be facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 Winter Classic that will be played at iconic Notre Dame Stadium. Both the Bruins and Blackhawks aren’t exactly strangers to the outdoor showcase, and per usual the Black and Gold are happy to be part of a big deal event for the league.

“The Boston Bruins are excited to be playing in the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic against another storied Original Six franchise, the Chicago Blackhawks,” said Bruins President Cam Neely, in a press release. “The rich history of Notre Dame Stadium is well documented, and our team looks forward to playing at such an iconic venue. We hope that by participating in these large scale and unique NHL events we can bring Bruins fans new hockey experiences, and that we can use these opportunities to help grow our great game and attract new fans.”

There will be some natural storylines for the game including the rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final participants, and a return to Notre Dame for Fighting Irish forward Anders Bjork after playing three seasons in South Bend. The Bruins/Blackhawks Winter Classic matchup was first reported by Barstool Sports almost two weeks ago, but it wasn’t until Saturday that any of the officials involved were ready to confirm the game.

The Bruins will be in their third Winter Classic after hosting the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Fenway Park in 2010 in an overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and at Gillette Stadium in 2016 in a blowout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.  It is a league-most fourth Winter Classic appearance for the Blackhawks, who hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in 2009, took on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in 2015, and most recently played the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium in 2017.

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back


Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.