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2014 NHL playoffs: Blackhawk’s taunt of dazed David Backes an issue

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By Brian Hamilton

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.

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  • Published On Apr 21, 2014
  • Top Line: Brent Seabrook ban coming; Wild look silly vs. whiz kid; more links

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    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The St. Louis Blues got payback the smart way after a vicious cheap shot by Brent Seabrook left captain David Backes crumpled in the corner in the dying minutes of Game 2. Just a brain-dead play by the veteran defender … and not a real good look on Jonathan Toews, either. I expect a little more from him than to be seen chirping the obviously dazed Backes.

    • Honestly, we can’t be surprised at this point to hear that Seabrook will have a phone hearing with the Department of Player Safety, meaning his suspension won’t top five games. If a hit as dangerous, as injurious and as blatantly offensive to common sense as that doesn’t merit a more serious response, it’s time to dismantle the department and start from scratch.

    • They’re even questioning the dirty, stupid play of the Blackhawks in Chicago after this one. What does that tell you?

    • It’s not often I get to link to the great Michael Enright in this column, but his essay on the complicity of the NHL in the build-up of hockey violence fits nicely today.

    • Nathan MacKinnon’s nickname is silly, but not as silly as he’s making the Wild look in his NHL playoff debut. Gotta hand it to this kid. The bigger the game, the better he plays.

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  • Published On Apr 20, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs: Blues rally for another OT win, 4-3, over Blackhawks

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    Brent Seabrook was ejected after a controversial hit on Blues captain David Backes. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    Brent Seabrook was ejected after a controversial hit on Blues captain David Backes. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    By Brian Cazeneuve 

    If the St. Louis Blues can survive a game such as the one they played against the Blackhawks on Saturday, then they could be heading to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. Forget their long history without a championship. Forget their six-game losing streak to end the season, which also dashed their hopes for the Presidents’ Trophy. Trailing 3-2 in the final minutes of the third period, the Blues cashed in on a huge opportunity after Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook received a game misconduct for leveling David Backes with a shoulder to the head. On the ensuing power play, Vladimir Tarasenko’s clutch goal with 6.4 seconds left sent this one to overtime where Barret Jackman of all people gave the Blues a thrilling 4-3 victory and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series against defending champion Chicago. This St. Louis team appears to be maturing before our eyes.

    Here are a few things we took away from a Game 2 that was full of bumps, thumps and lead changes:

    Game recap | Box score | Highlights

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  • Published On Apr 19, 2014
  • Joe Thornton, Claude Giroux highlight Canada’s Sochi All-Snubbed Team

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    Team Canada's Joe Thornton at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    It’s a true measure of the depth of Canada’s talent pool that Joe Thornton was left off the Sochi roster. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Every four years, Canadians wish that hockey was more like bobsledding. Or maybe pairs figure skating.

    Those sports, after all, allow a country to enter multiple teams in the Olympic Games, assuming that it has the talent pool to field a second world-class entry. And when it comes to hockey, Canada is plenty deep enough.

    Regardless of who Steve Yzerman and his crew picked today, some excellent players were not going to make the cut. Really, really excellent players. Enough, in fact, to field another squad capable of competing for a medal in Sochi.

    Start with the NHL’s assist leader Joe Thornton feeding sauce to James Neal and Martin St. Louis. Then imagine the blazing speed and Globetrotter-esque puck movement of a Kid Line featuring Tyler Seguin between Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner.

    Back them up with 2013 Norris finalist Kris Letang and gold medalist Brent Seabrook and solid goaltending from Cup-winner Corey Crawford or young sensation Josh Harding and you’ve got a club that would give other teams fits.

    Sadly, for Canadians anyway, that second squad is just a fantasy. But it is fun to imagine what a Canada 2 team might have looked like…

    MUIR: USA’s All-Snubbed Team | My final Team Canada projected roster | Windy ceremony draws tweet heat

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  • Published On Jan 07, 2014
  • Stanley Cup Final: Game 4 Report Card for Chicago’s Game 4 win over Boston

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    Reuniting Jonathan Toews (right) and Patrick Kane proved to be a spark for Chicago's offense in Game 4. (Charles Krupa/AP)

    Reuniting Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on the first line sparked Chicago’s offense in Game 4. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Here is a completely subjective look at some of the key elements in Chicago’s series-tying 6-5 overtime win over Boston in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final:

    Goaltending

    Corey Crawford, Chicago: Sure, he let in one fewer than the other guy and made a couple of huge stops along the way, including a ten-bell special on a Brad Marchand one-timer just moments before Brent Seabrook scored the game winner. But honestly, does any red-clad Hawks fan feel comfortable with Crawford having to win two of the next three games after he was beaten high glove FIVE TIMES tonight? Let’s write off Johnny Boychuk’s goal that tied the contest up in the third: That was a V-2 from the high slot that no one stops unless it hits him. The other four though? The Bruins recognized and took advantage of a clear weakness. They’re not going to go easy on him the rest of the way.

    His salvation? Crawford got plenty of run support tonight. If he doesn’t, the talk would have been about replacing him with Ray Emery in Game 5. D

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  • Published On Jun 20, 2013
  • Top Line: Seabrook saves Hawks and the NHL; Tortorella fallout; more links

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    Brent Seabrook is mobbed by the Blackhawks after scoring the winning goal in Game 7 against the Red Wings

    Brent Seabrook (center) went from coach’s doghouse to emotional penthouse during the course of the series. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • “When I have that much room, I usually screw up or trip and fall,” said Chicago’s Brent Seabrook of his Game 7 overtime heroics.

    • If not for Seabrook’s goal, the NHL was on the path to ridicule and scorn as a result of Stephen Walkom’s Denkinger-esque blown call.

    • Seabrook was a fitting hero for a Chicago team that had been written off after going down 3-1 in the series.

    • Blackhawks fans had better take this opportunity to catch their breath. It’s not going to get any easier from here.

    • There are no good ways to lose a Game 7. But this one could not have ended more brutally for the Red Wings.

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  • Published On May 30, 2013


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