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Bruins turning to David Backes for Game 2 spark

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

Down 0-1 in their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and on the heels of a strangely lifeless Game 1 loss, the Boston Bruins undoubtedly find themselves in need of a little more jam in their lineup on Saturday night.

That kind of effort was pretty much the equivalent of throwing up the Backes Signal.

David Backes has answered, too, as the 34-year-old will draw into Bruce Cassidy's Game 2 lineup tonight at TD Garden.

"David's going in. He was our 13th forward the other night," Cassidy said following a Saturday morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. "David's just a change of personnel. He's been a good player for us."

Limited to just seven goals and 20 points in 70 appearances for the Bruins this season, Backes was certainly at his best when utilized in a fourth-line role, and seemed to develop some real chemistry with Joakim Nordstrom and Noel Acciari on the Black and Gold's fourth line down the stretch, with two goals and four points in his final nine games of the season.

But the Bruins are not exactly putting Backes in because of his skill or point totals.

They're instead looking for that aforementioned jam, a spark, and some energy to get the Bruins going and make the Maple Leafs uncomfortable on Boston ice.

"We need a little more leadership, a little more intensity in our lineup," said Cassidy. "[Backes] obviously brings that."

The 6-foot-3 Backes has scored three goals and totaled seven points in 18 playoff games since coming to the Bruins in 2016, and has scored 15 goals and 34 points in 67 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests.

Elsewhere on the roster, Jake DeBrusk anticipates playing after missing Friday's practice.

"Feeling ready to go hopefully," DeBrusk told reporters. "And anticipating to play and taking it in stride. There was a couple hits that I took. It's not necessarily a big concern of mine."

But in the event that DeBrusk is unable to go, the Bruins will roll with P-Bruins recall Paul Carey in their lineup.

The Bruins have not been in an 0-2 hole to begin a series since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.