Savard's back cracked

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

According to a published report yesterday, Boston Bruins leading scorer Marc Savard suffered a broken bone in his back when he was cross-checked by the Montreal Canadiens' Steve Begin Saturday.

Savard, who missed the Bruins' 6-2 thrashing of the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre, will also sit out the second leg of this home-and-home series at the TD Banknorth Garden tonight.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told the Boston Herald that Savard will continue to be evaluated.

"We'll see if it's any better," Chiarelli said. "It could be longer than two games."

The cracked bone, reportedly called a transverse process, apparently is no threat to the spinal cord and might not keep Savard out of the lineup too long.

Forward Patrice Bergeron, meanwhile, is scheduled to see a neurologist today and could receive clearance to begin full-contact practices with the team. Bergeron has missed most of the season after suffering a concussion.

Defenceman Andrew Ference, who also sat out the victory in Toronto Tuesday, is scheduled to take the morning skate today before determining if he can suit up against the Leafs tonight.

LOOSE LEAFS

Darcy Tucker and Pavel Kubina were excused from practice for a "maintenance day." Both are expected to play tonight ... Interesting nugget of trivia regarding Swedish defenceman Staffan Kronwall: his mother, Tove, once managed the Swedish megagroup ABBA. "I don't know much about it. That all happened long before I was born," he said ... With his team on the brink of missing the post-season, coach Paul Maurice was asked about his statement last summer that the Leafs "will make the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup." To his credit, he did not back down. "I meant it when I said it," he said. "Any coach has to have faith in his team." Maurice added that the coaching staff accepted responsibility for getting the team to tighten up defensively through the first 40 games of the season. As for his future? "There will be plenty of time for those autopsy-type questions."


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