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UPDATE: Backes has been suspended three games for the hit.

The NHL Department of Player Safety announced on Wednesday that David Backes will have a hearing for a hit against the Detroit Red Wings’ Frans Nielsen during the Bruins’ 6-5 overtime win on Tuesday at TD Garden.

Officials assessed a two-minute minor for roughing against Backes for the play, which occurred with just 11 seconds left in the first period. After Nielsen turned the puck over to the Bruins, Backes finished his check a little late. He used his shoulder for the hit, but appears to catch Nielsen in the chin.

Nielsen was injured on the play and didn’t return to the game.

David Backes hits the Red Wings' Frans Nielsen on March 7, 2018. (Screenshot via NESN)

David Backes hits the Red Wings’ Frans Nielsen on March 7, 2018. (Screenshot via NESN)

Here’s a video of the hit:

Despite Backes’ hard-nosed style of play, he has no history of supplemental discipline with the Dept. of Player Safety. But considering that he appears to make contact with Nielsen’s head, and that the latter is not in a vulnerable position, the league may deem that the head contact was avoidable.

This hit looks dangerous, but not necessarily egregious. It would be surprising if it rose to the level of a suspension. But Backes could certainly end up with a fine. We’ll be sure to update you when the verdict is in.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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