Boston Bruins

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Ice hockey is a treacherous game. It’s also the only competitive team sport in America where you’re constantly at risk of getting sliced by a sharp object. David Backes was unfortunately on the receiving end of such an incident near the end of the first period in the Bruins’ 4-3 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.

But, you know, He’s A Hockey Player™. So obviously Backes promptly returned at the start of the second period with his face intact (besides a little cut to his nose area) after the incident in the GIF above.

Head coach Bruce Cassidy basically shrugged it off in true hockey guy fashion.

“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,” Cassidy said after the game. “Those are tough, up around your eyes too, but he was able to play through it. I’m sure he’ll be sore [Thursday].”

Dec 11, 2018; Boston, MA: Boston Bruins right wing David Backes reacts after getting injured during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

David Backes reacts after getting injured during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Brad Marchand pounced on the opportunity to inject a little humor into the proceedings.

“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, and good to see him back out there,” he said.

Backes has had an incredible run of bad luck when it comes to injuries. Nobody wants to get cut by an effing skate, but at least he was able to avoid something more serious in this case.

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