Bruins forward David Backes rushed off the ice clutching his bleeding right leg following a frightening collision Saturday against the Lightning. Yanni Gourde’s skate blade appeared to cut Backes near his knee or thigh as the two tumbled into the Tampa night at full speed toward the end of the first period. Backes reacted immediately, pulling back the unprotected area between his breezer and shin pad to reveal blood. He then rose to his feet under his own power and limped to the Bruins locker room, where he remained to start the second period. Teammate Torey Krug said there was "a lot of blood" and described the scene as "scary" during an intermission interview. Backes, 33, has endured a trying season filled with injury, missing the entire month of November after having surgery for diverticulitis, a painful intestinal disorder.
Bruins' David Backes cut by skate blade in net-front collision, leaves game
Sporting News | Mar 18