Marc Savard had just reached a significant milestone heading into Saturday’s contest at Colorado. The game before was his 24th of the season, one more than the total he missed to start the year as he completed his comeback from a devastating concussion.
This week, the pendulum swung back in the wrong direction.
Savard suffered a second concussion against the Avalanche, though this one was termed moderate, compared to severe last March.
The timetable for his return — as well as the B’s chances just at they’d gotten on a roll — is uncertain.
“When you go through a concussion, a second one, I don’t think he’s doing somersaults right now and being so happy,’’ Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday. “He’s disappointed. The minute you see a little bit of progression, you start feeling a little better. That changes quickly.”
After a Monday loss at Los Angeles, the Bruins return home tonight against the Panthers looking to go 7-3 in their last 10 games before the All-Star break. Boston had split road games against Colorado and L.A., taking a two-point lead in the Northeast Division going into last night’s action.
But everything in the coming days is sure to be overshadowed by Savard’s injury.
Since returning Dec. 2, he had two goals and eight assists. Boston was looking good with him in the lineup, too.
But if team history is any guide, he could be looking at another setback. Patrice Bergeron needed five weeks to return after a second concussion in 2008.
“He suffered a second one and he’s been fine ever since,” Julien said. “You cross your fingers that the same thing’s going to happen with Savvy.”