The Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues are having a hard-fought series. Tonight Brent Seabrook took it to far. He was ejected from tonight’s game for a hit to the head of Blues center David Backes.
We are only four nights into the NHL Playoffs, and already this series has had a head coach hit with a fine (Joel Quenneville got tagged for $25000 by the NHL for grabbing his crotch). Now we should see suspension. I’ve watched the video a few times, and I think we are looking at two games. Granted, this cold easily be a 3-5 game suspension, but we are talking about the NHL, and one never know how they are going to view things.
Officially the hit goes down as a Five-Minute Charging penalty, but clearly Seabrook brought his elbow up and made contact with the head of Backes. There is nothing anyone can really day to defend this. Seabrook clearly had time to stop, and to make matters worse he left his skates. With Seabrook likely missing at least game three, the Blackhawks will need to find another player who is willing to hit, and get dirty.
Despite the injury to Backes the St. Louis Blues have a 2-0 lead in the series.
*Seabrook has been handed a three game suspension for the hit
*GIF from lockerdome.com