Bruins’ Backes leaves Game 5 after hit from Miller

David Backes needed help getting off the ice after a thunderous hit from JT Miller in Game 5 of their series.

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.

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.

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