Posts Tagged ‘David Backes’

Top Line: Hurricanes to fire Kirk Muller?; Subban’s best; more links

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Kirk Muller, who became Carolina’s head coach in November 2011, may be on his way out soon. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• Larry Brooks covers a lot of ground in this week’s Sunday column, including his disdain for fans who rip Martin Brodeur for sticking around too long, a familiar name who could replace Mike Gillis in Vancouver, and an inevitable coaching change in Carolina.

• Here’s one more reason to love P.K. Subban. Or, for some of you, one reason to love P.K. Subban.

• Kevin Allen bravely takes on the fool’s errand of predicting the wild card races in the wake of last night’s whiplash-inducing action.

• It’s a good thing the Leafs chose not to give fans the sweaters off their backs at their home finale. Otherwise this might have happened on a night when the crowd was more venomous than ever.

• Is Evander Kane on the outs with the Jets? After he was listed as a healthy scratch for last night’s game, there’s obviously a bridge that needs to be repaired…or burned to the ground.

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  • Published On Apr 06, 2014
  • Blues’ David Backes nets hat trick in offensive showcase against Maple Leafs

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    David Backes led the Blues' barrage of goals against Toronto, scoring three of the five. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

    David Backes led the Blues’ barrage of goals against Toronto, scoring three of their five. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    The Maple Leafs were under siege on Tuesday night in Toronto as the visiting Blues pumped 49 shots at netminder Jonathan Bernier en route to a 5-3 win.

    The Blues came out and unloaded 23 in the first period, two fewer shots than the Leafs’ total for in the entire game, as T.J. Oshie and David Backes scored. In the second period, the St. Louis outshot the Leafs, 13-7.

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2014
  • Top Line: Milan Lucic bar fight update; Antti Raanta “killed” ‘em; more links

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    Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins was involved in a bar fight in Vancouver.

    It turned out to be a rough and tumble Western swing for the Bruins’ Milan Lucic. (Steven Alkok/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • More details have emerged about the late-night incident involving Milan Lucic and an unnamed assailant. Looch looks better by the minute.

    • The Lucic incident is a reminder that players are always under scrutiny when they’re out in public and that any misstep is a potential YouTube nightmare.

    • Legal analyst Eric Macramella takes a look at the process and ramifications of Shawn Thornton’s decision to appeal his 15-game suspension.

    • What a lede: “On the day Blackhawks rookie goalie Antti Raanta got everybody killed, he had two rifles and a massive rocket launcher strapped to his back as he desperately clung to a motorcyclist driving upwards of 60 mph …”

    • Adam Oates found a way to get Alex Ovechkin’s offensive game back on track. Now, he’s trying to teach the star forward about the defensive side of the puck. If Oates can succeed at that, let’s not even bother voting on the Jack Adams Award, OK?

    • The Capitals are carrying three goalies right now, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in their No. 1 guy.

    • One veteran Olympian knows exactly what Steven Stamkos is going through. He made it back in time to represent his country, and believes the Team Canada hopeful will, too.

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  • Published On Dec 17, 2013
  • Team USA stars speak out on gay rights, avoid Russian laws

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    Team USA Olympic Orientation Camp

    Next question: Sochi hopefuls are trying to be diplomatic about Russia’s controversial ant-gay law. (Susan Walsh/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    The players at USA Hockey’s pre-Olympic orientation camp knew the questions were coming. And they were well prepared.

    At least, that’s how it felt yesterday when three of them addressed the issue of the anti-gay propaganda legislation that was recently enacted in Russia. The answers felt a little . . . scripted, and not quite on point regarding the players take on the Olympic host counry. Instead, the players’ carefully crafted message was geared more towards inclusivity in the NHL, and their answers played like a PSA for the You Can Play Project.

    That’s a good thing . . . but it was also a neat sidestepping of the controversy.

    “I think the position of USA Hockey is [that] hockey is for everyone,” Blues captain David Backes said. “I think as an American who believes in the freedom that we have and the way that we run our society and culture, everyone has the right to participate in sports or live their lifestyle the way that they want. I’m supportive of anyone. We had our first gay basketball professional athlete come out this year. My stance then, and now, is anyone is welcome in my locker room with the St. Louis Blues that lives that lifestyle. I don’t care if you’re black, white, green, purple, gold [or] what you think. As long as you’re committed to the team aspect and the way that we’re playing, you’re always welcome on my team.

    Backes eventually got back around to the topic at hand . . . sort of.

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  • Published On Aug 28, 2013
  • U.S. Olympians start camp knowing they won’t be underdogs this time

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    Patrick Kane participated in a USA Hockey sponsored youth clinic on Monday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Patrick Kane participated in a USA Hockey sponsored youth clinic on Monday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Nearly four years removed from the 2010 Olympic Games, when it came within an overtime goal of winning gold, Team USA can no longer claim underdog status. The U.S. can’t downplay its skills or its level of experience on the Olympic stage. It can’t expect to fly under the radar while all the attention goes to teams from Canada and Russia. It can’t be so sure anymore that no one would bet a dime on the Red, White and Blue to win it all, as former general manager Brian Burke had so often said in the months before Vancouver. The days of softened expectations for American hockey are gone.

    “[Burke] in Vancouver gave the players great cover, if you will,” said David Poile, the GM for Team USA. “He lowered the expectations outside the room. But I can tell you inside the room, we knew we had a chance to win…. [Now], I think — no, I know — we are at the point when we… put on the U.S. jersey we expect to win. We are not going into Sochi as an underdog.” Read More…


  • Published On Aug 26, 2013
  • Sochi 2014: Team USA Olympic roster forecast

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    Goaltender Ryan Miller will likely be on the 2014 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team.

    Ryan Miller, the 2010 Olympic tournament MVP, will return, but will he be the No. 1? (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The opening of the Sochi Games is just a year away, and while there’s still no formal agreement that NHL players will skate in the men’s hockey tournament, all signs point in that direction and league officials are to meet with the IIHF on Feb. 14 and 15 to discuss the matter.

    SARAH KWAK: Ovechkin, Russia thirsting for redemption

    Coming off a surprising silver medal performance in 2010, Team USA will ice a competitive squad that is stacked in net, young and mobile on the blueline and aggressive, if not particularly deep, up front.

    Here’s how we see Team USA lining up in Russia.

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  • Published On Feb 07, 2013
  • Video: Backes match penalty the worst call of the season

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    By Allan Muir

    “Well, the referee thought he saw something that we’re not seeing there.” — Detroit Red Wings’ broadcaster Mickey Redmond

    That tells you all you need to know about the phantom match penalty assessed to St. Louis’ captain David Backes in Friday night’s loss to Detroit. When the other team’s announcers can’t find a way to defend it, you know you’re looking at a bad call.

    Backes was tossed after receiving the match for head contact at 9:38 of the third with the score tied at three. Pavel Datsyuk scored on the ensuing power play, and the Wings went on to win 5-3.

    So it wasn’t just a bad call. It was a game-changer. No wonder Blues’ fans are incensed.

    No one is saying the officials don’t deserve the occasional mulligan. The speed of the game, the gurgling mass of chaos and the need to keep an eye on 12 players spread out over a 200-by-85 sheet of ice means there are going to be the occasional blown calls.

    But this wasn’t a bang-bang, depends-on-the-angle, 50/50 play. This was a referee reacting to a result — defender Kent Huskins struggling to the bench — and making a snap judgment on the violation that must have proceeded it.

    Too bad he missed it. Nasty and violent, sure, but Backes’ shoulder to Huskins’ chest was as clean a hit as you’ll see.

    Look for the match penalty to be rescinded by the league at some point today.


  • Published On Feb 02, 2013
  • Top Line: Suspension looming for Caps’ Erskine, more links

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    Henrik Zetterb erg

    Henrik Zetterberg scored three goals and his second assist of the game set up Pavel Datsyuk’s tiebreaking goal.

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said forward Wayne Simmonds was “suffering from a touch of whiplash” after a vicious elbow to the head from Capitals’ defender John Erskine. They’re expecting a suspension in Washington.

    • In St,. Louis, they blamed it on a phantom penalty on David Backes. In Detroit, it was all about Henrik Zetterberg’s five-point night. Either, the Blues still can’t buy a win at the JLA.

    • With a pair of five-point efforts just six games into the season, it’s fair to say Buffalo Sabres’ forward Thomas Vanek is pretty good at hockey.

    • Just because Roberto Luongo is playing his best hockey in years doesn’t mean there’s a goaltending controversy in Vancouver.

    • Winger Brandon Saad had “a special game” but he couldn’t stop the Chicago Blackhawks from dropping another game in the shootout. Read More…


  • Published On Feb 02, 2013


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