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David Backes | Winger | #42

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: Minnesota State U-Mankato
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (62) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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The upper-body injury that David Backes sustained in Game 5 of the second round was a concussion.
Backes is still feeling the effects of the concussion. He has a history of head injuries, so this news is particularly concerning. That said, the Bruins' playoff run is over so Backes has all summer to recover. Hopefully he'll be feeling normal again soon. May 9 - 12:05 PM

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Coach Bruce Cassidy doesn't know yet if David Backes suffered a concussion on Sunday afternoon.

"I don't know," Cassidy after Tampa Bay eliminated Boston from the playoffs in five games. "Obviously, there will be a report on him. Upper body, and that's the best I've got." Backes was forced to leave Game 5 after he was run over by Lightning forward J.T. Miller in the second period.
May 7 - 9:45 AM

David Backes left Sunday's game due to injury and will not return.

Backes appeared to suffer an upper-body injury when he was hit hard by Tampa Bay's J.T. Miller in the second period. He didn't come out for the start of the third period and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game.
May 6 - 5:26 PM

David Backes only got 6:09 minutes of ice time in Game 3.

Backes has no points and is minus-three in the Bruins' second round series against Tampa Bay. Boston will naturally be hoping that they can get more out of him going forward. "I think the last game might have been my worst game of the playoffs, without a doubt, and I need a response," said Backes. "I need to find a way to be an impact on the positive side for our team. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to do that. I have to digest (Wednesday’s game), throw it away after I leave the rink and focus on the next task at hand."
May 4 - 5:23 AM

David Backes could be the recipient of a phone call from the Department of Player Safety after Monday's Game 6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Backes was parked in front of goal when he connected an elbow directly to Frederik Andersen's head, knocking Toronto's starter to the ice. No penalty was called on Backes for the collision but Toronto's Roman Polak was penalized for coming to his goaltender's defense. Looking over the play in slow-motion, the elbow looks completely accidental and we do not expect Boston's veteran forward to face any league discipline. Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday night and the Bruins will be looking to avoid blowing a 3-1 series lead.
Apr 23 - 10:05 PM

David Backes scored a goal in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Florida.

Backes got the Bruins on the board at the 8:18 mark of the first period after Florida took an early lead. He scored two goals in two games to end the regular season. Backes had 33 points in 57 appearances during his second campaign with the Bruins.
Apr 9 - 9:35 AM

Bruins veteran David Backes believes his team needs to find their "playoff intensity" over the final two games of the regular season.

The Bruins have been terrific for most of the season, but they've slumped over their last couple of games. "We’ve got 120 minutes of hockey to find our playoff intensity, to just roll our game on a team for 60 minutes and see what their response is," said Backes. "Seeing how well and hard we’ve played for the majority of the year, we were a notch above other teams most nights. We need to get back to that, go into the playoffs with the right mentality so that we can play well and reach our next goal."
Apr 7 - 10:46 AM

David Backes had a minus-3 rating in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Bruins allowed three goals in the second period and they were never able to recover. Backes was the only Bruin to be on the ice for three goals against. He finished the night with three hits in 12:55 of ice time. He has 12 goals and 31 points in 54 games this season.
Apr 3 - 10:46 PM

David Backes contributed a pair of assists in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia.

Backes had the primary assist on goals by Noel Acciari and Patrice Bergeron in the contest. He has 12 goals and 19 assists through 53 appearances this campaign.
Apr 1 - 3:12 PM

David Backes got back in the lineup Thursday night after missing five games due to a leg laceration.

Backes had two penalty minutes, three shots and four hits in 15:18 of ice time against Tampa Bay. "I was unlucky that you get cut by a skate, but where it happened didn't get in too deep in a crucial area where it would take time to heal," he said. "It could have been a lot worse with arteries coming through there. But now we are back, and hopefully this is behind us and it is over and (I) can help the hockey team win games."
Mar 30 - 10:04 AM

David Backes (leg) should be good to return on Thursday.

Backes missed the Bruins' previous five games. He has 12 goals and 28 points in 50 contests in 2017-18.
Mar 29 - 1:44 PM

David Backes (leg) was on the ice Tuesday morning after the morning skate.

Backes wore sweats during his on-ice session, so the next step will be switching to full equipment. However, there are still some concerns of infection. Backes has been sidelined since Mar. 17 due to a leg laceration.
Mar 28 - 9:04 AM

David Backes (leg) has started working out again.

Coach Bruce Cassidy doesn't think Backes is that far away from being available to play again, but he will need to get back on the ice first. He has missed the last three games because of a leg laceration.
Mar 25 - 12:46 PM

David Backes (leg) is doubtful to play, but he has accompanied the Bruins on the road.

Backes has family and friends scheduled to be in attendance for games against St. Louis (Wednesday) and Minnesota (Sunday), so he wanted to be with the team. Boston also plays versus Dallas on Friday. Backes suffered a leg laceration on Saturday when he was cut by a skate.
Mar 20 - 3:28 PM

David Backes (leg laceration) is expected to miss at least the next two games.

Backes' first game on the sidelines will come Monday against Columbus. "The timetable hasn't been set on him," Boston GM Don Sweeney said. "You can imagine it was a pretty significant cut, and now it has been recleaned and addressed accordingly. We'll just let nature take its course, let it heal . . . it's certainly not day-to-day. I would expect he'll be out a couple of games, and then we'll reevaluate." Backes was cut by a skate Saturday and needed about 18 stitches, but it did not cause any "structural damage," according to coach Bruce Cassidy.
Mar 19 - 9:48 AM

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