David Backes is one of the more important players for the United States in Sochi because of his aggressive nature and ability to drive the puck to the net. He’s done it time and time again so far throughout the 2014 Winter Olympics, and he managed to shove a puck across the line for the US as they took on Slovenia today.
Here’s a look at the play.
It’s tough to tell from this angle, but Backes manages to knock the puck out of mid-air with his stick after popping it forward off of his skate. Impressive.
— Norm Sanders (@NormSanders) February 16, 2014
Backes has been centering a line with Dustin Brown and Ryan Callahan, and the modified grind line has been downright impressive against Slovenia. USA head coach Dan Bylsma hasn’t made too many adjustments to his lines to far in the tournament, but this adjustment has paid dividends so far.
All three players have been aggressive and have created plays through physicality and just the right amount of skill. The three combined on the play, giving Backes his second goal of the tournament.
(h/t to the indispensable Pete Blackburn for the GIF)
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