Welcome back, David Backes: Well, you’ve all seen this story play out before. Trailing for most of Sunday’s matchup against the Canadiens, the Bruins once again manufactured a third-period rally to extend their winning streak to seven games, with Boston besting the Habs by way of a 3-1 final.
As expected, the guys you all expect left their imprint on Boston’s latest in a long list of comebacks this year. David Pastrnak gave the Bruins life at 6:16 off of an absolute missile of a shot, while Jake DeBrusk provided the coup de grace at 13:27 to put the game out of reach for a Montreal club that has not posted a regulation win in its last eight games.
But the game-winning tally was scored from an unlikely source, as David Backes — playing in his first matchup since Nov. 2 — made it a 2-1 game off a wrist shot on the power play.
Boston didn’t know what to expect from Backes in his return to game action, considering he’s less than a month removed from a scary collision with Ottawa’s Scott Sabourin. As such, the veteran forward still logged a team-low 9:04 of ice time in the win. Still, the special-teams tally was a step in the right direction for Backes, who is still looking to carve out a role on this roster.