David Backes Says He Won’t Be Suspended, Happy NHL ‘Still Wants Physicality’ In Game

Thursday was a frustrating night for Boston Bruins forward David Backes.

With just over two minutes left in the first period of the B’s 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers, Backes collided with Panthers center Vincent Trocheck, resulting in a five-minute major and a match penalty for Backes.

It was a heavy hit, but not from behind nor to the head, and the NHL agreed.

Backes said following practice Friday that he will not receive any supplemental disciple for the hit.

“The thoughts are that I do everything to minimize any catastrophic injury there,” Backes said. “It’s a play where (Trocheck) is a vulnerable position, but got the puck. So body contact is not something they are trying to take out of the game. They still want physicality in the game, so it’s good news from my front and there is no further action to be taken.”

Take a listen to his full comments on the matter here:

The forward ripped the match penalty after the game Thursday, saying he wanted “his old league” back if that hit was considered worthy of an ejection.

Receiving a match penalty ordinarily results in an automatic suspension, unless the Department of Player Safety believes the call was incorrect upon review. In not levying a suspension on the 33-year-old, it’s clear the DOPS had no qualms with the contact.

Backes had a pristine disciplinary record over 900-plus career regular and postseason games up until receiving a three-game suspension March 7 for a late hit on Detroit Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen. The game against the Panthers was just his second game back since the suspension.

But knowing Backes is in the clear is sure to be a relief for the injury-riddled Bruins, who have a tilt with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

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