DENVER -- For the second time in a week, Boston Bruins center Marc Savard suffered a head injury. Savard, racing former teammate Matt Hunwick down for a puck toward the Colorado Avalanche end boards 3:19 into the second, went flying into the boards head-first when hit by Hunwick.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Boston's 6-2 win that it was a "clean hit," but unlike last Saturday when Savard came back and played after taking a hard hit to the head from Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland, Savard laid on the ice squirming in pain, had to be helped off by teammates and trainers, and did not return to action.
Savard won't accompany the team to Los Angeles for Monday's game against the Kings.
"Marc is going to be heading back home," Julien told the media after the game. "He got shook up obviously on that hit and he's going to be re-evaluated. We don't have anything concrete except that we're going to be cautious and send him back home and get it checked out."
Julien didn't seem to see any signs of a concussion when he met with Savard after the game and stressed to the media and fans not to link previous concussions or head injuries Savard has suffered to Saturday's incident.
"He seemed fine when I talked to him so we're hoping it's all minor," Julien said of Savard, who seemed to be bleeding from the forehead as he skated off the ice. "It's always those situations [that are scary]. I mean we saw with [Patrice Bergeron], he came back and got hit too and the minute a guy gets hit we worry about him. But Bergy was fine and he's come back and we have a tendency to want to link those things together all the time. Once a guy's cleared, he's cleared and whatever happens afterwards really has nothing to do with the first thing. So right now he's shook up and like I said he seemed fine and we're just being cautious and I think it's the right thing to do."
Savard missed the first 23 games of this season due to post-concussion syndrome from a Grade 2 concussion suffered last March.
Savard has two goals and eight assists this season for Boston. He's one assist shy of 500 for his career.
James Murphy covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Information from ESPN.com's Scott Burnside and The Associated Press was used in this report.