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Chiarelli: Savard playing status doubtful

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday that center Marc Savard likely will miss the rest of the season as he has shown little improvement from the effects of a Grade 2 concussion.

Savard met with neuropsychological specialist Kelly McInnis at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the report from the meeting, according to Chiarelli, was that "it doesn't look good for the rest of the year."

Savard was injured by a blindside shoulder-to-head hit by the Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cooke on Sunday. Savard momentarily lost consciousness and was carried off the ice after the hit, which occurred with 5:37 remaining in the game. Savard had just taken a shot from above the circles when Cooke raised his shoulder and struck Savard in the head. Cooke was coming from behind on the play and Savard did not see him.

Cooke was not called for a penalty and the NHL said Wednesday he would not be suspended.