David Backes said he was thankfully okay after spending time in the quiet room at the end of last night’s 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, but not very happy there was no call on the play that put him there. Backes was leveled by Anaheim forward Nick Ritchie in the waning minutes of the third period with a hit that came well after the puck had left his stick, and also arrived with a high finish after initial shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Backes clearly not seeing that it was coming. Backes was down on the ice and dazed before being brought back to the Bruins dressing room, and the rest of the Bruins were equally dazed when there was no penalty on the play. It may or may not have been a check to the head based on the shoulder being the principle point of contract, but it was clearly way late with the entire play right in front of the attacking Ritchie. There was no interest or check to the head infraction as a result of the play, and no power play for the Bruins in a close game they were trailing late in the third period.
Backes okay after Anaheim's Nick Ritchie's late hit
NBC Sports Boston | Jan 31