ST. LOUIS - Centre David Backes has been ruled out for St. Louis' game against San Jose, snapping a string of 274 consecutive appearances.
Backes left Monday night's 3-2 loss to Ottawa after colliding with Senators centre Colin Greening in the second period. The upper-body injury occurred when Greening's helmet appeared to make contact with Backes' head.
Backes had played in 289 straight games counting the playoffs. Before Tuesday night, the captain last missed a game on Jan 25, 2010.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin on linemate Steven Samkos
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