Sunday’s Game 5 between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning was put on hold midway through the second period when David Backes was badly shaken up after a hit from J.T. Miller.
When asked about the hit following the game, a remorseful Miller said he “felt sick to his stomach” when he saw Backes lying on the ice and told reporters how much he admired his opponent. Here’s the full quote:
Backes has a history of concussions, making the fallout of the hit that much scarier.
As replays show, the hit was clean. Miller struck Backes on the crest of his sweater, but Backes had his head down and simply didn’t see him coming. He stayed down on the ice for a few minutes before eventually being helped off the ice. He did not return to the game, and the Bruins haven’t released any updates on his health.
The Lightning defeated the Bruins thanks to a go-ahead goal from Miller, claiming the series in five games.