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NHL suspends Seabrook three games for charging into Backes

Apr 20, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

Seabrook hit

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook high and late hit on David Backes has cost his team dearly. Down 2-0 in the series, Chicago will have to fight its way back without his help after he was assessed a three-game suspension for his actions.

That’s on top of Seabrook’s check arguably costing Chicago Saturday’s game.

Chicago had a 3-2 lead at 15:09 of the third period when Seabrook was assessed a five-minute major. St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko tied the game on the resulting power play en route to a 4-3 overtime win that put the Blues up 2-0 in the series.

The NHL determined that Seabrook had enough time to avoid the check after Backes skated by the puck, but instead he “delivered a violent blow that causes the defenseless Backes to crash dangerously into the boards.”

Seabrook hadn’t previously been fined or suspended, which presumably worked in his favor, but the NHL also factored in that Backes suffered an injury.

It remains to be seen whether Backes will be available for Game 3.

“I have no idea … I have no idea right now,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said on Sunday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I know one thing: he couldn’t play today.”

You can watch the suspension video below:


Seabrook: ‘I was just trying to make a play on Backes’

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Awesome Sauce !!

    • eglsfan - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Guys leave awesome sauce on your lips

  2. savior72 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Guess that’s his last playoff game this year then!

  3. sportsfaninyyc - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Too bad for Seabrook that he wasn’t wearing a Bruins jersey. The NHL would’ve deemed it a clean hit.

    • canucks30 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      • spoon9z - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        the blues are the bruins of the west…only they got a taste of their own dirty play yesterday bc teams WILL eventually answer when the refs allow garbage all over the ice. not excusable at all by the Hawks, but I oddly understand their angle.

      • scottybcboy - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        You bitter, bro?

      • spoon9z - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        you clearly mean logical

        and anyone who says bro to anyone not their actual brother is an ass

      • scottybcboy - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        A Canuck fan (assumed) posting a series of videos about the B’s, on a Blackhawk post, three years after Boston crushed his dreams (assumed), seems more bitter than logical.
        But that is just me, think what you want, bro 😉

      • 28giroux28 - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        Jack Edwards is one of the biggest homers there is (don’t take that the wrong way, I love hearing him call a game) and even HE was pissed at Thornton.

        GET UP!!!

      • canucks30 - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        I am indifferent towards the Bruins. In fact, Bruins Assistant GM Jim Benning would make a solid GM in Vancouver.

        However, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand are dirty players and Claude Julien is a hypocrite.

        In addition, Jeremy Jacobs (the Bruins owner) is the head of the NHL Boards of Governors and a staunch supporter of Gary Bettman and his massive annual salary. To think he doesn’t carry some influence in the NHL front office and there doesn’t exist the potential for bias is extremely naive. Not to mention he has been as responsible for 3 NHL Lockouts as anybody.

      • scottybcboy - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Thank you for answering my original question.

        You are clearly mistaking what you claim to be indifference for bias and bitterness, as evidenced by your videos and posts.

    • eglsfan - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      You wish Blues fan…how bout winning Stanley Cup & stop being a douchey baseball town

      • tved12 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        Douchey baseball town? So having 11 championships, second most in league history, is douchey? What does that make you, considering you’ve won nothing?

    • eglsfan - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      total media love for all that is Chowd

  4. bcsteele - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Fair deal to me. Hawks could be in some trouble losing him and suffering two heart breaker games. However the Blues are likely without one it’s best players now. Gonna be a finish….

  5. glovesave39 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Good season hawks. Sucks one play decides your whole season but it is what it is

    • bluelinemh - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      hahahaha you must not watch a lot of hockey, yet alone playoff hockey. But hey, thats ok! I’ll just leave it at that

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Pretty sure each team must win 4 games to move on, not 2. Not saying it’ll be easy for Chicago to come back, but it’s not over til it’s over.

  6. killerpgh - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    I was thinking 2 playoffs games.

  7. bcisleman - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Huge suspension. More like 21 games in regular season. NHL did right here BUT–and not to compare the two things–did not do right with Lucic. In the wake of the Emelin spear, the $5000 slap on the wrist is an invitation to do it again—and who doubts that he will?

    • sumkat - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Nothing like 21 games in the regular season. I’ll give you they are more important, but each game is not 7x more important. I could see if you said 10, but 21?

  8. sumkat - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I thought he’d get 2, it being the playoffs, and him not having a history. But I don’t think 3 is too over the top

  9. charlieconway96 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Dust off them golf clubs Seabrook.

  10. phillyphannnn83 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    That was just plain ugly. No excuse for aiming high like that.

  11. canucks30 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

  12. Wineshard - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    If the 3rd game of the suspension would have been in Chicago it would have been two games. Could just picture the atmosphere if his first game back would have been in StL.

    • dueman - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:36 PM


  13. bruinsfan1953 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    If that was James Neil he would have gotten a raise

    • killerpgh - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Chris Neil or James Neal?

      • 19to77 - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Either or. And Corey Perry.

      • flyerspsu - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Chris Neil has zero suspensions in his long career as a players who’s job is be a physical force, I never understand when fans throw him into the Neal debate even if its b/c of their similar names b/c it just doesn’t make sense in relation to dirtiness and suspension history

      • dueman - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        You obviously haven’t watched Chris play much. All his lack of suspensions history means, is that he hasn’t been caught in the act. Personally, as a Toronto fan, I think that Chris is actually worse, but I do understand that as a Philly fan, you would probably disagree…

      • flyerspsu - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        I’ve seen him play plenty, he’s no angel and loves to do stuff like throw punches when his opponent is on the ice during his fights but he has zero suspensions and has never taken it to that next level of dirtiness that Neal has done so often with his premeditated blindside headshots he’s done several times

        As for “not being caught”, that is absolutely ridiculous in this day and age w/ technology, sure maybe refs during the game might miss some but the league has video of everything to view

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        I’m a Leaf fan too and it’s a complete joke that Chris Neal has never been suspended.

        It’s always the same thing too. He does something dirty, then the league reviews it… and since he doesn’t have a history of it they don’t punish him.

        He doesn’t have a history because they won’t give him one.

  14. hawksin5 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Glad the dept. of player safety continues to be a model of consistency. What a joke.

    • Professor Fate - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Consistent? No. Correct in this case? Yes.

      • bluelinemh - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        you sure told him professor fate….

  15. r8rbhawk - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    The good news is Seabs will be ready to go for game 6 at the UC.

  16. lovac2 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    As expected. However, little curious that the ruling does not mention head contact or head as the principal point of contact at any point in the video.

    Go hawks!

  17. gret9 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    For the record I think it was a suspendable hit by Seabrook.

    What I don’t understand is you could switch the names in that statement and it would describe the Orpik hit on Toews perfectly and Orpik didn’t even get a hearing:

    Orpik had enough time to avoid the check after Toews gave up the puck, but instead he “delivered a violent blow that causes the defenseless Toews to crash dangerously into the boards.”

    Toews had blood on his face just like Backes did after the hit. I guess Toews should have just laid on the ice for a while like Backes did and maybe something would have been done.

    • killerpgh - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Even Toews call the Orpik hit clean.–255204451.html

      You’re trying to compare a shoulder to the head check to a shoulder to shoulder. Where the principle point of contact makes it a huge difference in hit. If Seabrook makes his check shoulder to shoulder he Backes probably doesn’t get concussed and they probably isn’t even a 2 minute minor call.

    • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Backes didn’t have the puck and got elbowed in the face. Toews got his shoulder hurt from a shoulder on shoulder hit… Not the same.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        The part of Seabrook’s body that made contact is called a SHOULDER, not an elbow.

        NOT THE SAME homer.

      • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        I was at the game and saw the replays. That was a chicken wing, chicken shiit hit.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        Watch the video posted above. Tell me when he says “elbow”

        He doesn’t – because it was a shoulder. You need to remove the blue tinted glasses and admit it’s not as bad as you’d like it to be.

  18. paperlions - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    He’ll still be back long before Backes.

  19. mackattack29 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    That was an extremely dirty hit and I’m glad they got the suspension right. But man… I don’t feel too sad that it was backes on the receiving end. Haha somewhere mackinnon is smiling and saying karma’s a b*tch.

    • eglsfan - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      as a former Avs season ticket holder & Blackhawk fan…this retards comment is not a surprise….please Denver get an educated fan base….they have been here since 1995. I mean these tards thought the Wings were put on the planet to be their nemesis…..and who can forget the pity party for Roy Borque….Avs Blow goat!!!!!

  20. ddefran87 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Apparently Duncan Keith made some pretty gutless comments after the hit. Blackhawks should be worried they have pissed off a motivated team that knows what can happen to a 2-0 lead.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Were you on the ice in the scrum to hear these so-called “gutless comments”?


      • canucks30 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        Here you go:—video-140327811.html

        Keith is no choir boy

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Still can’t hear what he’s saying, nor can his lips be read. Keep searching for something you can whine about.

    • hammerhead5573 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      More importantly what is it that Keith said? Yesterday it was Toews , today it was Keith, tomorrow it will be Stan Bowman who said something! Some of you guys just love to post anything for attention.

      • hammerhead5573 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Cannucks30, please tell us what this has to do with the hit yesterday. That is from 2012. I mean surely there is video of Keith saying something. Furthermore you should really get the entire video. Sedin drove Keith’s head into the glass only minutes earlier with no call. Your post was absolutely meaningless.

    • canucks30 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:54 PM

  21. spoon9z - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    not a fan of either team, but man the Blues make every team they play and normally classy guys like sb make poor choices all too often. classic captain hitchgaroo dirty hockey all around and his players reap the benefits of their own system of dirty disgusting play. I used to love Backes’s play before Hitch too, but now he’s taken hard hitting and hard working two-way player/captain to so many dirty lows. never wish bad things like this on anyone, but it sure is easier to take in when it happens to teams and players like this. hope he’s ok, but the blues aren’t even walking the line of hard play and dirty any longer, it’s just dirty and they take every game to this point…especially when down like this game at the time.

    • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      There’s a difference between a hard hitting team that wears it’s opponents down, and a team that plays dirty. Guys have been taking runs at our players all year.

      This is the 2nd headshot that led to a suspension in the past week and a half (Oshie and Backes). Adam Erne and David Clarkson were suspended for their hits on Sobotka… but Blues are the dirty team.

      If I watched my teammates get cheapshotted, I’d play with a little more tenacity too.

  22. dwoklives - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    So tired of hearing the MacKinnon crap. The two situations are nothing alike. Backes plays rough but he’s never done anything like the Seabrook hit and barely did anything at all to MacKinnon, who btw is a professional player just like Backes. You guys treat MacKinnon like he can’t handle himself. It’s insulting.

    • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      They act like he went knee on knee on an up and coming rookie… *cough Dustin Brown cough*

      • spoon9z - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        nobody defended that or him here like Backes with his mugging bs

      • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        You kidding me? You must be new here.

      • spoon9z - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        key word “HERE”…as in now, in this thread

        you must be slow

      • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        A little punctuation and grammar goes a long way…

      • spoon9z - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        oh God, really?

        it’s a comment section, not your resume or thesis on hitting in the NHL


  23. spoon9z - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    that being said, the suspension is pretty much right on

  24. sjsharks66 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    This is the right call. Could have been more if they wanted. That was a nasty hit. This got 3 and Lucic should have gotten AT LEAST 1 game. At least they got one thing right with this.

    • scottybcboy - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      What about Perry? You miss that game or what? Don’t understand the Lucic hate, unless it is fear.

  25. jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I can’t believe Hawks fans are sticking up for Seabiscuit. For one, there’s no arguing that it was dirty and suspendable. For another, the Blues probably wouldn’t have won had he not took that penalty. Now, you’re down 2-0, suffered two BRUTAL losses, and you’re down a top defenseman and top goal scorer through the first two games. I talked with a lot of Hawks fans at the game, and they were PO’d at Seabrook.

    • hammerhead5573 - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      So obviously you didn’t read comments where people such as me said he got what he deserved and was unacceptable. Oh wait we’re all arrogant Hawks fans like the ones you said were at the game yesterday. Wait you said you were glad they lost because of arrogant Hawks fans at the game yesterday. Yet you claim you talked to a lot of them. Paint me confused. And stop kidding yourself, if any player on St Louis did that to Kane or Toews you’d be a song bird talking about how clean it was.

      • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Correction *some Hawks fans….

      • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        There were plenty of arrogant Hawk fans there. Face to face though, they don’t seem to have that same cockiness. A few of them were cool even after the game, others were still finding things to talk trash about.

      • hammerhead5573 - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Is this surprise to you? Please tell me it’s not. This is a rivalry just as most every team has. That does warrant a broad paint brush when describing a fan base. Frankly you, me or anybody has no idea if people are fans of the team just because they post on a certain thread. The unpleasant exchanges between you and I date back to when the Hawks first played the a Blues and lost to them. You and a few others said how all Hawk fans were all arrogant and never give credit to another team who uses excuses after losses. Which was totally false. Lastly I’m willing to be peaceful. If not returned, it is what it is. Congrats on the birth of your son and hopefully all is well.

  26. bluebru14 - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    I think Keith said “I’m a candyass, but since you’re down and hurt and can’t do anything, I suddenly have courage to run my mouth.”

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      And someone who you would trade any of your defenseman for in a heart beat……..

      • spoon9z - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        say what you want about the blues, but great d man of all styles is NOT something they are lacking


        I mean EASY there

      • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Jax… lol yesterday at least.

    • eglsfan - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      Win a Cup pansy……you’d kill to have that candyass on your team…..till then STFU

  27. McFaddensPulledHammy - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Full disclosure, I live in Chicago and am a huge Hawks fan. Not surprised by the suspension but a little foggy (no pun intended) on why. Is it because there was a charging call and an injury or because there was a hit to the head? The video talks about injury, so is that the new criteria for suspension?

    I don’t play hockey but to ask these guys to let up on a check when the are going full speed is impossible. It’s like asking defensive ends in football to rush the quarterback and then when you get to him, don’t hit him in the head, ankle, or knee. At some point you need to let the athletes play.

    I have no love for Backes or any of the other Blues players. When you assemble a team of guys like, Max Lapierre, Chris Stewart, and Ryan Reaves, you are telling everyone else in the league you are going to play at the edge and often times go over it. Don’t complain when someone else does it to you.

    • spoon9z - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      your logic is off

      just as you are responsible for your stick, you have to be responsible with your hit and there have ALWAYS been clean and illegal hits. this was ugly, deserved a pen and suspension and was handled right to me. I cost the Hawks a game already and potentially more, perhaps the series. This could have been back to Chicago with home ice from here, but now it’s much worse. Sure the Blues take it to this place often bc of their style and coach, but not keeping it together just makes you worse for losing control and giving them games. It’s clearly how they operate and going over the line is not letting them play, much less helping.

    • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Four of our opponents have been suspended for hits on us. We have one suspension this year (Lapierre). I’m not a big fan of Lappy, even though he saved the game the other night. Stewart is gone, and Blues fans have voiced their dislike of him in the past. Reaves is a solid 3rd/4th liner that has a vicious and effective forecheck. He steps up when needed, and I’d compare him to Bollig (who I like).

      • spoon9z - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        I’ve explained this above plenty. While I’ll never be happy with players getting hurt, the Blues and their coach Hitchcock’s system and way is a HUGE catalyst for their games getting to this place all too often. The Blues work hard to agitate and get ugly while keeping it just on the line or disguise it very well. When teams get frustrated with all the extra and cheap stuff, they retaliate and lose control all too often but aren’t used to that game and it’s usually the response St. Louis is looking for. At times they get pens and the opposing team off their game completely, yet other times it gets their players dealing with huge hits and more dirty play the other way and players get hurt. The refs are also to blame by never controlling a Blues game in a timely manner. They let the original offender get away with too much, call only the retaliation too often and then the players take it into their own hands literally.

  28. 950003cups - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    That’s overkill. Three playoff games? Mike Rupp got one regular season and three playoff games for a hit that was clearly deliberate.

    • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Get lost. They were both stupid hits…

  29. sjtorpitt - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Why do some of you idiots think the series is over? Remember last year, they dropped 4 straight after up 2-0.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      And the Hawks came back from 2-1 twice last year.

      But logic kind if evaporates in the 314.

  30. jpat2424 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    St Louis the armpit of America

  31. comeonnowguys - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    I would be shocked by the complete short term memory and homer denial by Blues fans here if I hadn’t heard their home crowd before. Maybe it is the acoustics of their arena, but the uproar you hear every time they feel slighted is unlike any other home arena I can remember in American professional sports.

    Can’t wait until a certain site shows that Blues fans are every bit as ridiculous as Cardinal fans.

  32. rgledz - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    It’s amazing how fan bias can change the facts of something clearly visible on the replay. Seabrook’s skates do not leave the ice, he contacts the head with his shoulder, not his elbow. The reason for this was that Backes had his head down. He wasn’t even originally penalized on the play! After a bunch of bickering and whining the refs felt that they had to call something……..not elbowing, not boarding……charging. Which, considering that Seabrook glided into the hit, is a mind boggling call to begin with. I don’t see any mention of the hit that Reeves put on Towes head in game one……you know, where Tazer was held up on the boards in a defenseless position while Reeves targeted and crushed his head off the boards? He didn’t even get a penalty on that and this gets 3 games. Laughable. This will just motivate the Hawks, Seabrook will be back for game 6 and the Hawks will win in 7 despite the league trying to giftwrap the series for the Blues.

    • spoon9z - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Yes, thanks for proving your original theory. That was an uncontrolled hit to the head and the rule doesn’t say no head contact unless they put it down a little and then fair game. The hit was off and SB even stated he didn’t mean to do it as it played out. Regardless, it’s a bad hit and he got an appropriate suspension. This from a guy who is routing for the Hawks in this series over the Blues for matchup reasons with my own favorite team. Sorry, that was a dirty hit and your post is off.

  33. 33to22 - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Dirty, dirty Duncan Keith. 💩

  34. nyakieee - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Man up!!! Backes is no saint. He deserved it!!!

    • spoon9z - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      come on man

  35. penvik - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Just FYI, the NHL looks at playoff games as a 2x multiplier in comparison to regular season. I read a comment earlier comparing it to 21 regular season games. It’s more comparable to 5-7 regular season games. Which is a big hit for a first time offender. Looks like the NHL is getting thing right for once. The bar should be set now at 5 games minimum regular season suspension for a hit like that, for a first time offender.

  36. kastout11 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    There is no possible way you can defend Seabrook here. It was a dirty play, and he clearly knew it was Backes. if it were another player, he would not have delivered such a violent hit. Definitely deserved at least 3 games. Well it looks as though Seabrook costs his team a shot at a repeat. They will not beat the Blues without Seabrook in the lineup. I know he will be back if there is a game 6, the problem is there will not be a game 6.

  37. tripps3 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Suspension is what it is and I think called for. Hawks will have to work through it. However, still trying to figure out why Steen didn’t a penalty for coming in swinging once the play stopped.

  38. sburns20 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    He deserves a suspension and it’s going to really hurt the Blackhawks. That being said not a whole lot of consistence with the nhl discipline. No initial penalty so does that mean had backes got back up no penalty at all. Hawks probably win cuz that play completely turned the game. Seabrook pretty much killed the hawks playoffs.

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