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Backes won’t ‘hold back’ versus Blues teammates when U.S. and Canada clash

Feb 20, 2014, 6:12 AM EDT

Sochi Olympics Ice Hockey Men AP

SOCHI, Russia — American forward David Backes has a deal with Canadian defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo.

“We talked before this tournament started,” Backes said Thursday, “and said, ‘When we get over there, we’re going to put our country’s colors on and play our butts off, and when we return we’ll put the St. Louis Blues’ colors back on and rekindle any relationships we need over a cold beverage, if necessary.'”

Translation: Just because we’re teammates in the NHL doesn’t mean I’m going to take it easy on you Friday when Canada and the U.S. meet in the semifinals of the Olympic tournament.

“We’re all out there representing our countries, and we’re not going to hold back because we play with a guy during the year,” said Backes.

Presumably, the rest of the NHL teammates who will be competing against each other — and there’s no shortage, with the Blues, Blackhawks, Sharks, Kings, Canucks, Rangers, Ducks, Penguins, Canadiens, and Avalanche all represented on both sides — have the same sort of arrangement, even with the health risks that come with hard, physical hockey.

“We saw a couple of injuries yesterday that you hate to see in any event,” said Backes. “Hope those guys aren’t severely injured and they can be back with their club as soon as possible.”

But, “You’re going to play hard and you’re not going to leave anything out there.”

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  1. Stiller43 - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    “…and there’s no shortage, with the Blues, Blackhawks, Sharks, Kings, Canucks, Rangers, Canadiens, and Avalanche all represented on both sides…”

    Martin and Orpik – Penguins/Team USA

    Crosby and Kunitz – Penguins/Team Canada

    Think you forgot (at least) 1 team…

    • jhaegs - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Holy crap, the Penguins didn’t get mentioned for once!!!

      I, myself, forgot Crosby and Kunitz were in Sochi. Don’t they have a whopping 2 assists between the two of them? (Crosby-2, Kunitz-0)… and those came in the first two games.

      • barkar942 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        What is with these writers? This is, after all,!

  2. opattytheirishrover - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Fowler vs Getzlaf and Perry

    • areaman714 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Teemu, Sami vs Jakob.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        Pavelski vs Vlasic and Marleau

  3. blues1988 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    backes has been a beast this tournament!

    • areaman714 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Yep. The Blues players just might be having the best Olympics of all NHL teams.

      • blues1988 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        funny u should say that, just got done reading this:

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        except for Halak.

      • theheez - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        The Blues are doing well, as are the Ducks. They are guaranteed a medal of every color with Jakob Silfverberg on Sweden, Cam Fowler on USA, Teemu Selanne/Sami Vatanen on Finland and Perry/Getzlaf on Canada.

        Either way, tomorrow will be a beautiful day for hockey! Go US&A!

    • jhaegs - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      He’s “just a big, hairy, American winning machine.”… (-Ricky Bobby)

  4. joey4id - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    After the Taveres injury many are saying that the NHLers shouldn’t be in the Olympics, and now we have Backes saying he won’t hold back against his Blues teammates. Can you imagine how the Blues organization is wincing now? Wish I could see this game.

    • areaman714 - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      I don’t think he is going to cheap shot anyone, geez.

      • joey4id - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Who said anything about cheap shots? A clean check can result in an injury.

      • areaman714 - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        Ummm . . . clean checks happen every game. If you don’t want to be checked, don’t play . . .

      • joey4id - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:39 AM


      • areaman714 - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:22 AM

        Ummm . . . there are checks in NHL games as well . . .

  5. schneider99 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Let’s go USA! I can’t wait for this game!

  6. endusersolutions2013 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    And we also have Kane vs Sharp, Toews and Keith. Wish Team USA had included Saad somehow.

  7. jpat2424 - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    I wish this D bag would just shut the hell up.

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