It doesn’t look like David Backes is going to miss any time following taking a big hit in Game 4.
In Boston’s victory over the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Thursday, Backes took a heavy elbow from Dean Kukan and had to leave the ice.
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Kukan was penalized on the play and Backes went back to the locker room.
Backes would return to the game as Boston would go on to win, but it’s understandable to wonder if he was feeling any residual effects from the hit and might miss Game 5 on Saturday.
Coach Bruce Cassidy immediately dispelled that notion.
“I have not seen him, assume he’s feeling well,” Cassidy told reporters Friday, via the Boston Globe. “He finished the game, played hard. He should be good to go tomorrow. I thought he did his job well.”
Backes has played in five games this postseason tallying two assists in that time.
He had seven goals and 13 assists on the season, but it’s not his production in points which makes him such a valuable member of Boston’s team.
“I don’t think he’s ever going to be an 18-20 minute guy for us,” Cassidy said. “I do believe he brings intangibles, that’s one thing David has. David is more intangibles, physicality, some of the leadership skills that are a little bit behind the scenes, on the bench, and in the room that go unnoticed at times, but are still important.”
The Bruins’ second-round series with the Blue Jackets is currently tied 2-2.
Game 5 will be at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday at the TD Garden in Boston.