Power forward David Backes has set a physical tempo for the St. Louis Blues with his bulldozing style this season.
And, no, he can’t change the way he plays just because he got ejected on an erroneous and costly penalty call at Detroit. He plowed over former teammate Kent Huskins and got sent off for phantom blow-to-the-head penalty.
“Finishing a check, and it’s Huskie, he’s a guy who was in this room last year,” Backes said. “I’m not going to play any lighter against him, but not a guy I’ll be taking a cheap shot at either. Just finishing a hit.”
The Red Wings scored the decisive goal on the resulting five-minute power play. The NHL subsequently rescinded the match penalty, but it couldn’t take back the power-play goal or change the game’s outcome.
So the Blues move on and Backes moves on, promising not to alter his robust approach.
“We’re trying establish us as a tough team to play against,” he said. “That physical play, we’re not going to back down and there was no exception in that game. Trying to block the situation, the outcome out of mind so we can pick up right where we left off as far as physical play and not shy away from anything as a result.”
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