Bruins forward David Backes left Game 5 of Boston’s second-round series with Tampa Bay Sunday after taking a big hit from Lightning forward J.T. Miller. Backes did not return to the game as the Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs after a 3-1 loss.
Miller collided with Backes with 7:44 remaining in the second period in what appeared to be a clean hit. No penalty was called on the play.
Backes remained down on the ice for several moments before being helped to the dressing room. The 34-year-old has suffered from concussion issues in the past.
Backes has suffered two previously known concussions. Hopefully, he is ok.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 6, 2018
Boston and Tampa Bay were tied 1-1 at the time of the incident. Miller would put the Lightning ahead minutes later with a power-play goal.