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Video: Seabrook ejected for charging Backes; will face hearing (update)

Apr 19, 2014, 10:37 PM EDT

Update: To little surprise, Seabrook will face a hearing for the hit.

Word is that it will be a telephone hearing.


Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct for charging St. Louis Blues captain David Backes.

Here’s video of the hit that will surely draw criticism and controversy in the coming days:

Seabrook hasn’t ever been suspended by the NHL. Backes was up on his feet and seemed intent on getting revenge, but also seemed groggy and was held back by Blues trainers. There’s no word on Backes’ condition just yet, but PHT will keep an eye out for news.

The Blackhawks seemed like they were going to hold onto a 3-2 lead despite the major penalty (and even some 5-on-3 time), yet Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the closing moments to send this series to overtime once again:

Related: Bryan Bickell goes knee-on-knee with Vladimir Sobotka

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  1. 19dead2 - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith better have their heads of swivels the rest of this
    series. Tough series, Blues-Blackhawks always is. But to hear those two chirping over a hurt player is bush league and players will correct this on the ice. Outside of
    the Blues calling up Tim McCraken, Ogie Ogilthorpe, or trying to aquire Cam Janssen
    my bet is Reaves or Marrow police those two.

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Nope. Good try though.
      You can’t really believe that would be over the top?
      It’s funny like a joke you laugh at but dare not repeat. Ask any competitive hockey player if you haven’t played yourself.

  2. glovesave39 - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    3 games. Good season hawks

  3. chihawkman2014 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Is this a fast paced and dangerous game? We have the TV camera feed to see things from a high-angle and slow-mo. From ice level could Seabrook see if Backes lost the puck? Backes’ stick was backwards which would hid the puck if he had it. So, in fractions of a second, Seabrook sees his defensive partner on the ice, a SLB player moving with the puck, and peals off his guy to separate player from puck. And, by the way, hit the freakin hell out of him! No different than any D-man from St. Louis, Boston, Sharks, etc would do.

    What looked like a massive body check to the upper body went wrong due to change of Backes’ position and Seabrook’s height. No doubt it was charging. But does NHL call charging anymore. Really? But being too far away and too close to the boards is the source of damage. While falling, Backes’ lower head hits the dasher, his helmet is yanked forward creating the facial cut and the injury. Seabrook should have gotten 2 min charging, 1- game suspension. League just gave him 3 games. Good, now lets get back to playoff hockey!

    BTW : If it was Backes hitting Bichell the same way, SLB fans would be our ordering a fourth round at the local watering hole!

    • jamesnick88 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:29 AM

      The NHL called charging against Reaves in the 1st period.

  4. jamesnick88 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    It’s on now. You guys heard Ryan Reaves. Patrick Kane had better watch himself because the Blues are looking to end his scrawny @ss’ season. Better hope this series doesn’t go 4 more games because Seabass is going to get run down.
    Got that out.
    The Hawks, from management down are a team playing with absolutely no class. They don’t deserve to advance. It starts with Quenneville grabbing his crotch at the ref. And arguing about the major and game misconduct call on Seabrook. It continues with Bickle on two separate occasions going out of his way to create knee to knee contact with Pietrangelo and then Sobotka. There is the intent to injure on plays like that, as even the usually muted Then the kicker, with 4 minutes left in the game Seabrook intentionally charges and springs upward during his hit so as to make direct contact with the player’s head. The hit was very obviously given with the intention of injuring the other player.
    He even said it himself. ‘no I didn’t know Backes didn’t have the puck anymore, because I had zeroed in on him and was trying to take him out of the game’
    The Blues could have dished out those hits. They are capable of injuring players. During the game, a Blues player let up on a hit against a Hawk at the blue line, why? Because he was completely facing the boards, and bent over in a vulnerable position. Now we know that if a Blue had been in the same position, he would have been carried out on a stretcher.
    Expect penalties, expect scrums, and expect this to go 1 for 1. A hawk will not be returning for game 4.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Oh, so now they let up? Plenty of vivid memories of players like Jackman cross-checking Hossa into the boards late, trying to goad the Blackhawks into retaliation.

      I don’t like the Seabrook hit at all, and the Bickell hit makes me angry. I don’t like at all what Keith (or whoever) reportedly said. (I guarantee Toews wasn’t saying Get Well Soon, but there’s a distinct 1-on-1 history there, and other way round, we’d be ‘seeing the back of Backes’ head’, believe you me.)

      But spare me this outrage. Before the Blues got people who could actually skate, that’s all they would do to the Hawks.

      And as for St. Hockey The Right Way Backes, even though he plays in St. Louis and the West and his play often flies under the radar, it’s not hard to come up with a few “blips.”

      I wouldn’t wish head trauma on anyone–clean players, borderline players, dirty players, Raffi Torres–and I hope Backes recovers quickly. But this outrage in the face of whatever you’d like to call it–denial, short-term memory, homerism, whatever–is growing tiresome. Just play the game. Like you did Saturday. And won because of it.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      And a Hawk is already not playing in Game 4. His name is Brent Seabrook. He was, if you will recall, suspended for that same hit.

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