NHL Referee puts St.Louis Blues David Backes Away for A Clean Hit

Mike Smith February 2, 2013 1

St.Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock and fans of the team went ballistic Friday night on a clearly blown call by the referees that sent David Backes to the dressing room.  The match penalty and ensuing five minute power-play was a result of a supposed hit to the head delivered by David Backes in the third period of the game.

Detroit Red Wing Ken Huskins was clearing the puck when Backes pushed in for a hit that left the Denfensman staggering to the bench.  The referees deemed the point of contact was Huskin’s head and that it was Backes’ should that delivered the hit to that area.  Upon closer inspection the hit was clearly clean to the chest, leaving Huskins winded and trying to catch his breath slumped over the board.


St.Louis Blues players and coach kept it relatively mum in the post game scrum avoiding much comment regarding the hit.  Impressive team composure when in fact the Red Wings had gone one for six on the power play in the first two periods before being handed the five minute two man advantage.  The power play that ensued as a result of the hit resulted in Pavel Datsyuk scoring his third of the year to pull away 4-3 with under ten minutes remaining in the game.   Final score was 5-3 Detroit.

Should the St.Louis Blues face a five minute penalty for the hit?

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