BSJ Game Report: Bruins 5, Senators 2 – B’s penalty kill, top-6 lift club to 5th straight win

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Senators in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:



Sabourin exits with scary injury: Saturday’s matchup between the Bruins and Senators took a terrifying turn just minutes into the contest — as a seemingly pedestrian hit between David Backes and Ottawa winger Scott Sabourin led to the latter having to be taken off the ice on a stretcher. 

After both skaters collided, it appeared as though Sabourin immediately lost consciousness, with the forward colliding face-first with the ice. He did not move for several minutes.

After over 10 minutes, Sabourin — bloodied from the fall — was taken off the ice, giving a brief thumbs-up. Both benches emptied as Sabourin was taken down the tunnel, with players sending well wishes to the Ottawa skater.

Backes, clearly shaken up and very emotional out on the ice, immediately headed down the tunnel once Sabourin was taken off the ice. He did not return for the rest of the night, with Boston listing the veteran forward as out due to an upper-body injury. Given his history, one has to be concerned about a possible concussion when it comes to Backes’ wellbeing.

It was a brutal, unlucky situation for all parties involved. Despite the severity of the fall, the Senators did offer some good news about Sabourin during the second period.

Bruins finally wake up in the third: Emotions were heavy in this matchup, especially in wake of Sabourin’s injury. Add in the fact that Boston was coming off of three straight off days, and the rationale is there when it comes to the Bruins’ sluggish start in this matchup. 

Still, against a woeful Ottawa club that has yet to win a single game on the road this season, the Bruins struggled to