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Backes, Callahan, and Brown are Team USA’s “Meat Line”

Feb 20, 2014, 7:36 PM EDT

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It wouldn’t be an Olympics without a story about a line developing so much chemistry they’ve developed a nickname. Such is the case with Team USA’s trio of David Backes, Dustin Brown, and Ryan Callahan.

As Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy shares, the team captains of the Blues, Kings, and Rangers have earned a name for themselves and it’s… Delicious. They are “The Meat Line.”

“I’m the beef. Dustin Brown’s the pork. Callahan’s the chicken. So that’s our meat line,” said Backes.

Beef, pork, and chicken – just like your burrito choices at your favorite place.

Backes tells Wyshynski it was Derek Stepan who came up with the name for the three and Stepan wanted to make sure his Rangers teammate was the chicken out of the group. Figuring out the rest of the charcuterie plate was easy enough.

That trio played very well against the Czechs as Brown and Backes each had a goal. Coach Dan Bylsma is hoping the three of them can make life miserable (and hungry?) for Canada on Friday.

  1. areaman714 - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Backes and Callahan are good enough to make even Browknee look good. He will get a dose of reality when he returns to the Kings anemic offense.

    • blomfeld - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:44 PM




      What a terrific story by Yerdon ! … and what a terrific testament to the ‘esprit de corps’ which defines these three ‘quality’ NHL captains and the American team as a whole ! … you just gotta love it man ! :)

      GO USA GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

  2. brklynblueshirt - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    a/k/a the Captains America line.

    • elrock7 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      AKA The Meathead Line

  3. strictlythedanks - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    If anyones the chicken its dustin skid mark.

  4. btlpper68 - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Please beat Canada only cure for my hurting soul

    • paperlions - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      Mmmm, cured meat.

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Hope Canada plays Subban tomorrow. They’ll need some extra sandpaper in the lineup methinks.

  6. ipaintrinks - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    who’s the steak?

    • jhaegs - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Brown is the “miSTEAK”… sorry

  7. bleedrangerblue - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    All I can say is I hope Zuch’s hand is healed quickly. Let’s go Rangers!!!

  8. broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Brown has more points than Crosby and Kunitz combined. Priceless! Go USA!!

    • blomfeld - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      You tell ’em comrade Broadstreetbeatdown !

      GO USA GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      ps: what can Brown do for you ?

      • areaman714 - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        What Brown usually does, hit and run (like the little weasel he is)

      • blomfeld - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        listen Area …

        I’m not sure what your point is ? … the guy in the red truck (Crosby) was clearly at fault in this video, as the UPS truck (Brown) gave ‘clear’ indication beforehand that he was switching lanes … ‘good times’ friend ! :)

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