|Marc Savard happy, but not confident he’ll play again||01.21.12 at 1:44 pm ET|
Bruins forward Marc Savard, who is out for the season with post-concussion syndrome, made a rare appearance at TD Garden Saturday to unveil the suite he recently bought for patients dealing with head trauma at Children’s Hospital.
Savard has been plagued with head issues since receiving a blindside hit to the head from Penguins forward Matt Cooke on March 7, 2010. A routine hit from Matt Hunwick on Jan. 22, 2011 ended his campaign last season, and it was announced prior to this season that he would not play. Savard said Saturday the chances of him ever playing again might be slim.
“Right now, the way I’m still feeling and the daily issues I’m having, it’s tough to see a bright future right now, to be honest with you,” he said. “It’s tough. I still have my tough days that I want to get back and play, but at the end of the day, I know if I possibly got hit again, what could happen. It’s a day by day thing, still. I’m still hoping that something happens and I feel a lot better, but if I feel like this, I still couldn’t play.”
Savard said that the biggest symptoms he has shown involve his memory.
“I wasn’t a guy that forgot too much, and it seems like I’m forgetting my phone at home,” he said. “My son played a game the other day, and I left the keys in ignition in the car. I turned it off, at least, but I went in and watched the game, and I was like, ‘Geez, where are my keys?’ I went out to the car, and they were in the ignition. So just little things like that that I would never do and that seem to keep happening.
“Mornings are really tough on me ‘ just getting going, getting the eyes open and going on. And the weather changes we’ve had in Canada this winter ‘ I think you guys have had the same, but cold, hot, rain, snow, it’s kind of giving me a lot of headaches.”
While the memory loss has plagued him, Savard said that one of the worst symptoms of PCS — depression — has not been an issue.
“I’m happy right now,” Savard said. “I’m really happy, I’ve got no issues on the depression side. I’m around my kids every day, taking them to school, helping coach, and just, I’m really enjoying life. I think, like I said, I’m really happy, and happy to be here today. I don’t have any hard feelings about anything. I’m just happy.”
|Bruins-Rangers Live Blog: Adam McQuaid ties it||01.21.12 at 12:44 pm ET|
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|Claude Julien to coach Zdeno Chara’s All-Star team||01.20.12 at 4:10 pm ET|
Straight from the “no duh” department, but the NHL announced Friday afternoon that Bruins coach Claude Julien‘s staff, consisting of Julien and assistants Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis and Geoff Ward, will coach Zdeno Chara‘s team in the All Star Game on Jan. 29.
Daniel Alfredsson’s team will be coached by John Tortorella and Todd McLellan.
Chara and Alfredsson will pick their teams in a fantasy draft on Jan. 26.
|Bruins send Jordan Caron, Steven Kampfer to Providence||01.20.12 at 12:46 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Friday that they have sent forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence.
For Caron, it marks the sixth time this season that the 2009 first-round pick has been sent to the AHL. Caron has two goals and two assists for four points in 17 games with Boston this season. He has two goals and seven assists for nine points in 12 AHL games.
Providence has games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
|Gregory Campbell’s Gordie Howe hat trick leads Bruins past Devils||01.19.12 at 9:31 pm ET|
Gregory Campbell led the way with a Gordie Howe hat trick as the Bruins got back to winning Thursday night, defeating the Devils, 4-1, in Newark, N.J.
Danius Zubrus set up Petr Sykora‘s 12th goal of the season late in the first period to give New Jersey the lead. The two teams played a scoreless second period before Andrew Ference tied the game with a shot from the top of the circle in the third period. Nathan Horton gave the B’s their first lead of the night on the power play, scoring his third goal in the last two games.
Campbell’s goal sealed the Gordie Howe hat trick for him, as he fought Brad Mills in the first period and assisted Ference’s goal.
The Bruins will next play Saturday when they host the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
— One of the things that has made the Bruins such a good team this year has been their play in the third period — a time that they have used the period to either get leads or add to them. Thursday was no different. The B’s four unanswered goals improved their third-period differential to a whopping plus-37.
— Ference’s goal was his first in 25 games, but he’s still been having a very good season from a statistical standpoint. Ference isn’t relied upon for his scoring. His third goal of the season tied his personal best with the Bruins (he had three last season; four is his career high). Ference now has 18 points, which is the most he’s had in a single season since he had 31 with the Flames in the 2005-06 season.
— The Bruins are no strangers to scoring two goals in a minute, and they did it for the 14th time this season when Campbell followed Horton’s goal with a tally of his own. The shift that follows a goal is always a crucial one, and Claude Julien has often trusted the fourth line to take those important shifts. It paid off again Thursday.
— Thomas had allowed seven goals over his previous two starts entering Thursday night, but he was able to bounce back and bring his ‘A’ game to New Jersey, robbing David Clarkson on a rebound in the second period as one of 28 saves the reigning Vezina winner made on the night.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
— David Krejci‘s line continued to allow goals, something Julien called the trio out for Tuesday night. Krejci won the faceoff in the Bruins’ zone prior to the Devils’ first goal, but Zubrus got to the puck behind the net and fed Sykora. Because Horton’s goal came on the power play, he has been a minus-4 over the last three games.
— The B’s had just six shots on goal in the first period for the third consecutive game. The B’s have been plagued by slow starts in recent games, and though the B’s came out looking less sloppy than they did Tuesday, they still need stronger starts to these contests. They have one first-period goal in the last four games.
— The Joe Corvo–Dennis Seidenberg pairing has become dangerous for the Bruins. Corvo has struggled mightily in his own zone of late, and Seidenberg has been catching some really bad bounces. The B’s saw a couple of those in the second period, including one puck that bounced off Seidenberg and right to a flying Ilya Kovalchuk in the neutral zone, but neither cost the B’s.
— Brad Marchand, who was playing in his first contest since being suspended five games for his hit on Sami Salo, had a rather quiet return to the lineup. The second-line winger had no shots on goal Thursday night.
|Dougie Hamilton suspended 10 games||01.19.12 at 6:59 pm ET|
The Ontario Hockey League announced Thursday that Niagara defenseman Dougie Hamilton, the Bruins’ 2011 first-round pick, has been suspended 10 games.
Hamilton hit Sudbury’s Michael McDonald in the head with a high elbow in last Friday’s game between the IceDogs and the Wolves. Taken into consideration by the OHL was the fact that McDonald suffered a concussion on the play.
The ninth overall pick in June, Hamilton has put together a strong second season in the OHL. In 34 games, Hamilton has 13 goals and 37 assists for 50 points.
|Zdeno Chara named All-Star Game captain||01.18.12 at 1:40 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will be the captain of “Team Chara” when the All-Star Game is played Jan. 29 in Ottawa, the NHL announced Wednesday. Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson will be the other team’s captain.
As captain of one of the teams, Chara will be front and center on Jan. 26 for the league’s second annual fantasy draft to determine the squads. Chara will have teammates Tim Thomas and Tyler Seguin to choose from.