Bruins-Penguins: Marc Savard Leaves Game on Stretcher, Season May Be Over

Ryan PickardCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2010

BOSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Marc Savard #91 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his game winning goal in the overtime shootout against the New York Islanders on October 10, 2009 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 4-3 in an overtime shootout.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Boston Bruins just got done falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins as they failed to score more than two goals once again in a 2-1 loss, but that isn't the story most fans are taking away from the game today.

Most fans are just worried about the health of Bruins star center Marc Savard.

With five minutes to go in the third period, Savard shot one on the Pittsburgh net and immediately went down after the play. Replays showed that Penguins forward Matt Cooke hit Savard right in the head as Savard let his shot go. Savard left the ice on a stretcher and was able to raise his hand as he left the ice to let the fans know he was conscious.

There was no penalty called on the play but it was a clear cheap shot, and a suspension is surely looming for Cooke, who has already been suspended once before for a similar head shot on Scott Walker last year.

The loss of Savard may have just ended the slim hopes the Bruins had of doing some damage in the playoffs. Savard has led the Bruins in points the past couple of years and is one of their best passers. For a team that is already struggling so much on offense, the loss of Savard hurts so much more.

With Savard done for what looks like the rest of the season, one has to wonder who is going to step up and take charge now. Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm have been the best threats for the Bruins on the offensive end this season, and they are going to have to pick up for Savard.

All Bruins fans can do now is hope and pray that Savard is OK and will be able to return as soon as possible.