David Backes returned to the Bruins lineup Sunday night after missing over a month of action due to a concussion. Backes scored a go ahead goal halfway through the third period in what was a game tied at one. The Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadians 3-1 after a late third period goal by Jake DeBrusk.
What to expect
“We’d just like to see him perform at an NHL pace right now. He’s missed a month, so it’s a lot of hockey games. Just getting back in and getting his feet back under him with limited time and space, it’s not practice anymore,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Hopefully he’s up to task for his shifts 5-on-5 and we’ll try to work him into the second power play [unit]. We’ll see where it leads us.” Was the quote from Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy on the return of David Backes.
“I’m feeling really great since about 10 days ago and been a full go of on-the-ice training and off-the-ice training, and feeling more like myself. I couldn’t be happier to be a full-go and hopefully playing contact hockey against a different team in short order," Were Backes's thoughts on finally getting back on the ice for an actual game.
“You play this game long enough [concussions] are going to happen, but I’ve been in great hands. I’ve gone through all the regimen of health checks and [the doctors] are telling me that I’m ready to go. So I’m excited to get back.” Were Backes's thoughts on his injury.
Backes hasn't been much of a point machine for the Bruins so far this season. He's been more of a physical presence on the bottom two lines. That seems to be his identity this season, and it has been for a while. While it seems like that's going to be the identity for Backes for the rest of his time here in Boston, scoring from your third and fourth line is never frowned upon, no matter who it is.
Backes is just the first of many returns
David Backes is just the first of many returning players for the Bruins. John Moore was optioned to Providence on Sunday to start a rehab stint to get his body back to NHL shape. Karson Kuhlman is also close to returning from the LTIR as well. Kevan Miller is also close to returning from his injury that has kept him out the entire length if the season thus far. As I've mentioned in multiple articles before, with all of these players returning, there's going to have to be some moves made by the Bruins front office in order to have roster space for all of these players. Either way, having players return to the lineup is a good thing. It just means that its time to get down to the nitty gritty if you're Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins front office.
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