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Watch Bruins' Backes get nose slit by a skate

Matt Kalman
December 12, 2018 - 12:15 am

Bruins forward David Backes must walk under a ladder on his way into the arena, or perhaps the animal lover has a pack of black cats he crosses paths with on his way to the game.

Over his three seasons it seems Backes has had everything possible happen to him. He had a bout of diverticulitis, a couple concussions and he got a cut on his legs from a skate blade last season. In the Bruins' 4-3 win against Arizona on Tuesday at TD Garden, Backes got sliced again, this time in a scarier place. Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson's skate caught Backes across the left side of his nose in the first period.

Backes immediately skated to the dressing room. He returned for the start of the second period

Backes wasn't available to speak to the media after the game, but he walked through the dressing room with some shiny gel coating the ugly cut across his nose.

His teammates and coach spoke for him.

"Yeah, it’s always scary when you see a teammate get a skate in the face or really anywhere, but you know he looks a little prettier now and he came back, he’s fine," forward Brad Marchand said. "And good to see him back out there."

Coach Bruce Cassidy said: "Yeah, I didn’t know what happened at first, but the way he came off you figured it was worse than a high stick. Sure enough. Those are tough, up around your eyes too, but he was able to play through it. I’m sure he’ll be sore tomorrow."

Tune in next game to find out what will befall Backes next.

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