Savard visits concussion specialist

Updated: March 9, 2010, 7:52 AM ET
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BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center Marc Savard was diagnosed with a grade two concussion Monday and is out indefinitely after being leveled by a blindside hit by Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke in Sunday's game.

A team spokesman said Savard returned on Monday to Boston, where he met with team doctor Peter Asnis and the specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. The team said they will continue to evaluate Savard over the next four to five days, at which time they are expected to have a better idea how long Savard might be out.

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Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesMarc Savard said Monday his "head's been pounding all morning" after getting knocked unconscious Sunday.

"I'm just really tired right now," Savard told the Boston Herald on Monday morning in Pittsburgh. "[I have] headaches. My head's been pounding all morning. I just want to get back to Boston and get in my bed. I'll see our own doctors today, then I'll get some rest and we'll take it from there."

Savard was carried off the ice after the blindside hit, which occurred with 5:37 remaining in Sunday's game. 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.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the game it was "pretty obvious" that it was a dirty hit and anticipated the league would take disciplinary action against Cooke. Savard wasn't nearly as definitive Monday, if only because he didn't remember the hit.

"I don't even remember taking the shot," he told the Herald. "I remember generally most of the game, but up around that point I totally don't remember any of it."

Savard, who said he watched a replay of the hit, was told he had lost consciousness for about 15-20 seconds.

Cooke, a player with the reputation of taking borderline hits, insisted he was only finishing his check. TV replays appeared to show Cooke had enough time to pull up and not slam into Savard, and that he raised his arm before the hit.

The subject of hits to the head was front and center at the NHL's general managers meetings Monday, where Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said the fact that Cooke is a repeat offender should be taken into account when considering disciplinary action for the hit.

"What I saw was ... [Savard] was in a position of vulnerability," Chiarelli said. "That's not a criteria right now for supplemental discipline. But I think you need to look at the repeat offending. These are things we talked about all this morning. We may lose the guy for the rest of the year, I don't know."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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