Pay Backes: Bruins beat Blues in possibly costly win

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David Backes will likely look back at Tuesday as a special night, as he was welcomed warmly back to St. Louis as a member of the Bruins. His new team might have more mixed feelings.

The bright side is obvious: Boston’s offense looked potent in a 5-3 win against the Blues. The Bruins managed to hold onto a win after a hot start that saw Jake Allen scuttled from the St. Louis net.

Backes made an impact of sorts, getting in a fight on the same night that he received that ovation and video tribute.

The real stars were the usual suspects for the Bruins. Brad Marchand scored two goals and nabbed an assist, David Pastrnak collected three helpers and Patrice Bergeron had two assists himself. It was a strong night for Frank Vatrano, too, with a goal and an assist.

Time will tell if the bumps and bruises the Bruins received will put a damper on this win, however. Adam McQuaid couldn’t return thanks to an upper-body injury, Colin Miller was shaken up bit did return during the third period of the game and David Krejci was a little dinged up in this one.

Losing McQuaid would sting; if two or even three of those players are hurt, that could be quite the blow to the Bruins.

Still, at the moment, Boston has to be pretty happy about this win. They’re currently 2-0-1 during a challenging four-game road trip that ends in Nashville on Thursday and have largely survived a road-heavy stretch that started late in December.

For the Blues, it was a disappointment, although at least they showed a little fight after a lousy start.