McDonald of ESPNBoston.com 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.
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.
Things continue to snowball out of control for the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks lost their sixth consecutive game after yet another blowout defeat, this time by a final score of 7-2 versus the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Forward Logan Couture lost a tooth after taking a puck to the face in the second period.
And late in the game, Micheal Haley was given a match penalty for an incident involving Calle Jarnkrok.
The Sharks forward is now automatically suspended until commissioner Gary Bettman reviews the incident.
This incident occurred when Haley was hit into the boards by Jarnkrok. Haley then got up, sped right toward the Predators forward, dropped his gloves and delivered a punch to Jarnkrok as he tried to back away, knocking him to the ice.
Jarnkrok was given a minor penalty for boarding.
Haley was also involved in a fight with Cody McLeod early in the first period.
This has been a particularly shocking, if not embarrassing stretch for the Sharks. In a two-game trip to Dallas and Nashville, against teams below them in the standings, the Sharks were outscored 13-3.
Martin Jones allowed seven goals on 34 shots faced.
If Edmonton wins tonight, the Sharks, Ducks and Oilers will be in a three-way tie for first place in the Pacific Division.
Related: What is wrong with the Sharks?
More bad news for the San Jose Sharks.
After a slow start against the Nashville Predators during Saturday’s game, forward Logan Couture was hurt in the dying seconds of the middle period after taking a puck to the face while battling in front of the net.
Replays show Couture appeared to lose a tooth. He quickly skated off the ice and to the dressing room.
The Boston Bruins have been trending in the wrong direction of late — once again at the worst possible time with the end of the regular season in sight and a playoff spot on the line.
They entered a massive clash with the New York Islanders on Saturday having lost four straight, temporarily falling out of a playoff spot because of fewer games played.
They didn’t have Tuukka Rask in net because of a lower-body injury. They were on the road. They fell behind the Islanders early in the first period.
Despite that, the Bruins quickly came back on a goal from Riley Nash, who scored again in the third period to help his team to a 2-1 victory.
The four-game losing streak? Gone. With seven games remaining, Boston is back in the final wild card spot, two points ahead of the Islanders, who do still have a game in hand.
“We have a great mood in here this morning, everyone’s excited and pretty light and there’s no tense feel,” said Brad Marchand prior to facing the Islanders.
Back-up goaltending has been a concern in Boston this season, however Anton Khudobin shut the door after the Tavares goal, making 18 saves for the win.
The Bruins host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.
Last night, we asked: What is wrong with the San Jose Sharks?
Well, a day later, with the Sharks looking to avoid a sixth straight loss, the struggle continues.
After a blowout loss last night against the Dallas Stars, the Sharks have fallen behind the Nashville Predators by a score of 2-0 after the opening period.
Colton Sissons opened the scoring for Nashville.
It didn’t get any better for the Sharks.
Roman Josi walked right around Brent Burns, hitting the cross bar with his shot. Cody McLeod was right there for the tap-in to increase Nashville’s lead.