In just his second game back for the Boston Bruins after being suspended for an awkward hit on Frans Nielsen, David Backes is at risk of another brush with the Department of Player Safety.
Backes was ejected from Thursday’s Bruins game against the Florida Panthers after a hit on Vincent Trocheck, which inspired an immediate response in the form of a fight with Mike Matheson.
As with many hits, this one is inspiring disagreements about the hit. On one side, some believe that Trocheck placed himself in a vulnerable position and likely don’t expect anything further:
Either way, if the Bruins want to rally for a comeback against the Panthers, they’ll need to so without Backes.
James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.