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David Backes injured by a check to the head

The Bruin forward left the game early in the first.

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William Carrier had David Backes lined up and targeted his head pretty clearly. Dirty, unnecessary hit.

Via Chris:

As of the end of the first, Backes hasn’t returned. Carrier received a penalty for a check to the head, and the Bruins failed to score on the ensuing power play.

EDIT: Backes won’t return, per the team.