CHICAGO — The devastating hit that knocked out St. Louis Blues captain David Backes out of Game 2 and earned Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook a three-game suspension has become secondary to what followed.
The YouTube video above, circulated on Sunday, seems to reveal a Blackhawk player taunting a clearly dazed Backes by saying “Wakey, wakey, Backey” which — not shockingly — elicited scorn from the Blues camp. One Hawk who was accused of being the perpetrator, defenseman Duncan Keith, didn’t admit on Monday that he made the comments.
The former Norris Trophy winner also didn’t exactly deny it, either.
“I mean, there’s lots of things that get said out on the ice in the course of a hockey game,” Keith said after Chicago’s morning skate with the teams set to meet in Game 3 on Monday night at the United Center. “Especially in the playoffs. I’m an emotional guy and it’s an emotional game. I don’t remember everything that gets said out there. I didn’t even see the hit, to be honest with you. I was playing the puck, and I shot the puck around, and next thing you know, I see (Seabrook) getting in a fracas. So I jump in there. I don’t know what was going on.”
Asked again if he made the comments, Keith again issued a non-denial denial.