Blackhawks D Seabrook suspended for hit on Backes

Blackhawks D Seabrook suspended for hit on Backes

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 19: Referee Brad Kovachick #71 restrains Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks who laughs after lying out David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 19, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended for three games for his hit on Blues center David Backes during their first-round playoff series.

The NHL announced the punishment Sunday, Seabrook’s 29th birthday.

Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for a vicious elbow to Backes’ head late in the third period of Saturday’s Game 2. Backes had to be helped off the ice and did not return during St. Louis’ 4-3 overtime victory.

Seabrook’s penalty led to Vladimir Tarasenko’s tying goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation.

The suspension is a big blow for the Blackhawks, who are down 2-0 heading into Game 3 on Monday night. Seabrook had a goal and an assist in each of the first two games of the series.

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