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Hitchcock’s Backes update: He’s not great

Apr 19, 2014, 7:22 PM EDT

As expected, there aren’t many specifics regarding the condition of St. Louis Blues captain David Backes, particularly if he’ll be able to play in Game 3. Even so, Blues head coach Ken Hitchock’s vague update probably says a lot:

Other than that, Hitchcock was careful to avoid the kind of comments that might draw a fine.

While it might slip under the radar thanks to the higher profile hit by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, Hitchcock also expressed concern about Vladimir Sobotka‘s knee after a collision with ‘Hawks forward Bryan Bickell.

Seabrook defended the check he delivered, but Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville avoided making a comment; he told’s Tracey Myers that he hasn’t had time to analyze the hit just yet.

Not surprisingly, Blues such as Alex Pietrangelo expressed their displeasure in ways that their coach could not.

However both teams – not to mention the league – feel about that blow on Backes,’s Lou Korac reports that it was a motivational moment for the Blues.

“As soon as that hit happened, we’re like, ‘We’re winning this for him,'” Chris Porter said.

It remains to be seen if Backes will be healthy enough and if Seabrook will be suspended through Game 3, which takes on Monday in Chicago.

  1. 950003cups - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Anyone notice is Pierre Maguire has any Crosby jizz dripping from his chin? He’s just pathetic. He acts like Crosby is his god.

    • 950003cups - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Don’t get me wrong, I think Crosby is the best player in he game. But Pierre just over does it.

      Pierre: “did you see how Sidney Crosby just passed wind? It was just enough pressure to jettison him ahead of the defense but not too much to melt the ice”

      Pierre: “did you notice the genius of Crosby? He passed to puck to someone cause he knew that guy would score”

      Pierre: “just look how Sidney Crosby struts his buns on the ice! It makes me wanna sleep with my wife when I get home!

      He’s just too much.

      • 19to77 - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        Crosby deserves all sorts of praise for his talent, but Pierre seriously makes Pens games a little hard to watch with the sound on. It’s actually pretty funny initially, but then you start to realize that he basically NEVER STOPS. It just gets droning and repetitive after a while.

      • 19to77 - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        That’s not a malicious comment, by the way. It’s more like an “Oh, Pierre…” thing. He’s not a bad guy or anything… just kind of ridiculous, that’s all.

      • c9castine - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        he over does it for a lot of guys. bergeron, toews, datsyuk…you name him.

        not just sid.

    • barkar942 - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:45 PM


    • sabatimus - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      What the hell does Crosby have to do with this article?

      • 950003cups - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Do not say The Lords name in vane!!!

  2. sigep316 - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Why are you talking about Crosby on a Blues Blackhawks article?

    • mrpinkca - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      This is NBC. Even the comments section needs to randomly bring up Crosby once a night.

  3. vbcaps - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Bad hit. He got absolutely drilled.

  4. dlk75150 - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    5 games

  5. dlk75150 - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    5games that’s what he should get. Cheap shot

    • sabatimus - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Yep. Five PLAYOFF games. That was one of the dirtiest headshots I’ve seen since Matt Cooke was on the Pens. People who say Backes had his head down are complete morons.

      • 950003cups - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        He lowered his body position just prior to the hit. Pretty obvious when you look at the hit and understand the rules they have to play by. It’s nothing near a Cooke style hit. But if you wanna call people morons for that, then have fun. Doesn’t make you any more right.

      • sabatimus - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        After seeing the replay, it’s safe to say you’re full of crap.

  6. crazemastercraze - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Concussion. Has to be

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Commentators right afterward were praising Backes’ fortitude for trying to get back into the fray. Judging by how wobbly he was, I have serious doubts he had any clue as to his whereabouts. He seemed quite disoriented and until we hear otherwise, I have concerns for his health.

      • slysipops - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        mental health maybe….. and that was before the hit

  7. paperkid96 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    1 Game. The league really doesnt care about head shots. For legal reasons they have to PRETEND they care. Thats it. The league loves it. We watch it like its another Springer Paternity test episode. We can’t not watch it; bloody train wreck style.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      People also say that about how much fans watch fights. Then when there aren’t any fights, even more people watch. Olympics, Finals.

      • 950003cups - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        People watching Olympics has nothing to do with “no fighting” it’s all about national pride. During the World Cup all of the USA watched soccer. National pride. Once it’s over, nobody knows it exists.

      • paperkid96 - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        The point is we like the game. Fighting or no fighting. Cheapshots or no cheapshots. NHL doesnt want to change anything because revenue is increasing. They have to say they are changing or the law suits will come rolling in faster than they are now.

  8. imgoingtowichita - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Who is Chris Porter?

    • tridecagon - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      Guess you missed the entire Blues-Kings series last year?

  9. bluebru14 - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Oh, Chris Porter is the guy who scored the Blues’ first goal in their victory over Chicago today. Thanks for asking!

  10. mrhyperpants - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Karma to you Backes hahahaha. Can’t stop laughing every time I see the video of the hit. Wobbley legs sack of potatoes. Hahahahah.

    • jhaegs - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:03 AM

      Can’t stop laughing everytime I look at the scoreboard. How many times has Backes been suspended? You’re an idiot to say he deserved this. Dustin Brown…. maybe.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Dustin Brown has never been suspended, so, by you logic, he is a clean player, too.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        Btw, what do you mean by your scoreboards comment?

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      This isn’t Karma. Backes is a tool, and he gets away with more than he should, but nobody deserves this.

      Except Raffi. Nope, not even him.

  11. slysipops - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    why would anyone still beleive this chubby sack of bull ( hitchcock ). before the series began he had half of the team in a hospital . yeah i know miraculous recoveries……BULL.! but the HAWK coaches probibly bought it .watch the tape with clear eyes ….BACKASS looks all ready ( and steady ) to jump into the possible upcoming fray…… until one of the BLUES grabs him and yells something in his ear ( maybe lay down ….. we’ll get a PP and we are behind ) and ALL OF A SUDDEN he is wobbling like a drunken sailor after a weekend pass !! BULLCRAP !

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