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A central figure in the NHL's ongoing debate about how to curb headshots and concussions, Boston's star center had a long stay on the injured reserve list after Penguin Matt Cooke's blindside hit in a March 2010 game. Savard missed the first 23 games of the 2010-11 season. Once safely clear of his nagging post-concussion symptoms, he returned for Boston's 8-1 win over the Lightning, logging 15:45 of ice time and winning five face-offs. "I think that's the first eight goals the team has scored that I haven't had anything on [the scoresheet]," Savard said. "But I kept telling [coach] Claude [Julien] I was a presence tonight." Alas, Savard's season was cut short by yet another concussion -- his fourth -- on Jan. 22, 2011. His career was left in doubt.

Text: Bill Carey, SI.com
Photo: Michael Tureski/Icon SMI

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