Bruins’ David Backes won’t face additional discipline for hit

David Backes
Riley Nash of the Boston Bruins celebrates with David Backes, left, after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes. –Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

TAMPA – The referees’ whistle didn’t treat David Backes kindly Thursday night, tagging the Boston center with a match penalty in the Bruins’ 3-0 loss to the Panthers, but the veteran forward skated free Friday from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

DOPS, mandated to review all match penalties for possible supplemental discipline (i.e suspension), deemed that Backes’ hit at 17:56 of the first period did not target Vincent Trocheck’s head. As viewed through Rule 48.1 of the league’s rulebook, any head contact that did occur was unavoidable on an otherwise full-body hit.

None of that gets back the 42:04 Backes was forced to watch from the Boston dressing room in Sunrise, Fla., but it will put him back in the lineup here Saturday night when the Bruins and Lightning clash as the two leading powers in the Eastern Conference.


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