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Blues captain Backes leaves Game 2 after hit

by Dan Rosen

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock did not have a full update on the status of captain David Backes following the 4-3 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at Scottrade Center.

"How do you think he is?" Hitchcock said of Backes. "Not great. We'll let the League deal with it."

Backes was hit high by Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook with 4:51 remaining in regulation. Seabrook appeared to make contact with Backes' head.

After staying down for a few moments without any movement, Backes got to his feet and attempted to join the scrum that had ensued. He was restrained by the St. Louis training staff, who assisted him in leaving the ice to head to the dressing room.

Seabrook was assessed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. He will have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday.

The Blues scored the tying goal on the power play when Vladimir Tarasenko beat Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford with 6.4 seconds remaining in regulation.

"I was just trying to make a play on Backes," Seabrook said. "I thought the puck was there, I was on [Alexander] Steen, I was just coming down the wall and I just tried to finish my hit."

Seabrook said he felt bad seeing Backes lying on the ice.

"I've been there myself," he said. "I'm not trying to target his head, I'm not trying to do anything like that. It doesn't feel good to see a player like that lying there like that and whatnot, and knowing that I hit him. It wasn't my intent."


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