Boston Bruins: David Backes leads B’s to mammoth 6-1 victory

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 7: David Backes
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 7: David Backes /

The Boston Bruins had a scoring outburst against the measly Phoenix Coyotes.

After a tough loss to the Nashville Predators, the Boston Bruins came out firing. They defeated the Coyotes 6-1 in yet another great overall effort.

The scoring came right away as Brad Marchand scored his 10th goal of the season just 15 seconds into the game. It was an absolute snipe and was just the beginning for the Bruins.

The night was really all about David Backes. He played a fantastic game. Backes scored two goals in the second period, his first goals of the season. He showed off his physical style of play fighting for position in front of the net.

Riley Nash then took a wrist shot from close to the blue line and Backes was able to tip the puck for his first goal of the season. His second goal was an example of his defensive skills as Backes used his stick to cause a turnover in the Coyotes zone. All he had to do after that was simply put the puck in the net.

BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 7: Scott Wedgewood
BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 7: Scott Wedgewood /

The importance of David Backes

David Backes is definitely an important player on this team. His teammate’s comments confirm that:

"“He’s a commanding presence. In the room he’s a very vocal guy and very intelligent. He knows the game and he knows what to say at the right time,” said Brad Marchand, via NBC Sports. “He can really bring a lot of emotion to the game – in the room and on the bench and it shows in his play. You know, he’s always determined, he plays hard, and he’s very tough to play against. So he’s big for our team.More from Chowder and Champions3 Midseason Chaim Bloom Decisions That Have Killed the 2023 Red Sox10 Patriots Who Will Be Cut by Tuesday’s Roster DeadlineMLB Screws Red Sox Fans With Broadcast for Mookie Betts Return3 Most Underpaid Celtics Heading Into the 2023 SeasonRed Sox Continue Rollercoaster Season With Massive Win"

"“He wasn’t even around for the first month and a half, which is kind of tough because he’s such a good guy to have in the room and such a good guy for young guys to lean on and pick away at his knowledge for the game and the way he plays,” said Riley Nash. “He’s like a [Patrice Bergeron] in that respect where he does a lot of really good things on the ice and never cuts corners.”"

With all the scoring, this game was definitely a confidence builder for the team. Anders Bjork was able to score his first goal since returning from injury, and Danton Heinen continued his stellar play recording his 5th goal of the season.

Tuukka Rask also had a solid outing only allowing one goal. He stopped 20 shots on the night and looked comfortable in net. It seems safe to say that the Tuukka Rask Bruins fans expected is back. He has performed very well since being benched.

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No matter the opponent it is always nice to have a blowout victory. Hopefully, the scoring continues into Saturday night when the Bruins face the New York Islanders.