Bruins place David Backes on injured reserve

Boston Bruins' David Backes, left, and San Jose Sharks' Joel Ward battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Backes has been bothered by diverticulitis and has played only five games this season. –Michael Dwyer / AP

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins placed forward David Backes on injured reserve Thursday and expect him to miss up to eight weeks as he recovers from surgery to remove a portion of his colon.

Backes has been bothered by diverticulitis and has played only five games this season. Backes, picked up by Boston from St. Louis in the offseason, was scheduled for surgery Thursday.

The Bruins recalled forward Austin Czarnik from Providence of the American Hockey League to fill Backes’ roster spot.

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