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Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli says the hit on Marc Savard was exactly what the league's managers are trying to eliminate from the game, and remains confident they'll come up with a recommendation to do so this week.

He was in Pittsburgh on Sunday when Penguins forward Matt Cooke levelled Boston's Savard with a blindsided check to the head.

No penalty was called on the play.

It came just before the NHL's 30 GMs gathered for their annual three-day meeting with hits on unsuspecting players the primary focus.

The managers may come up with a rule recommendation to try to curb headshots, subject to approval by the competition committee.

Chiarelli spoke to Savard Monday and reported the player was feeling tired.