Marc Savard feeling better, still struggling

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McDonald of
has some quotes from Bruins forward Marc
Savard today, as he struggles to recover from a brutal concussion
thanks to a hit by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke.

still minor headaches and stuff I’m still cautious about,”
Savard said. “Until those go away, I’m not going to be able to come
back. Right now, I’m cheering on the boys. I’m able to watch now and I’m
feeling better, that’s for sure.”

He says that he’s
now able to get out the house and trying to get back to some semblance
of a normal life, but he still a far, far ways off from even attempting
to get back on the ice. He won’t return this season, and right now it
looks like Savard may have trouble returning in time for training camp
for next season.

There’s still plenty of time from now until then,
however, but the key is not to try and rush a return from such a bad

This sort of scenario, where Savard sits at home and
struggles just to face the sunlight in the morning while Matt Cooke
plays for the Penguins in the playoffs, is exactly what makes hockey
fans angry. That this was not an illegal hit at the time, technically,
is a travesty and despite the NHL’s knee jerk attempts to fix the issue
was something that could have been addressed years ago.

I don’t
care if it’s been a part of hockey forever; targeting a player’s head
with your shoulder when he’s not ready for the hit is incredibly
dangerous and stupid. Hopefully the NHL sees that all head shots — not
just ‘blind side’ ones — have no place in the game of hockey.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: