David Backes is producing highlights faster than we can type. Seriously, the St. Louis Blues captain is on fire for the United States right now. T.J. Oshie might have been Captain America for a day, but Backes is stepping up his play in a big way for the US against the Czech Republic right now.
He already made this ridiculous pass to Dustin Brown…
And with less than two seconds to play in the first period, he comes up with this rocket of a shot that powered its way through Ondrej Pavelec somehow.
Talk about a seeing-eye shot. Even from this angle, it looks like the shot vaporizes through the bottom part of Pavelec’s glove.
The United States spent much of the first period against the Czechs on the ropes, but two big plays from Backes gave them a 3-1 lead heading into the second period. After James van Riemsdyk opened the scoring early for the Americans, the puck started to tilt in favor of the Czech Republic.
They scored the tying goal, hit a post and seemed to really be pressing. Backes set up the Brown goal to make it 2-1, and then buried this one with time expiring in the first frame. That’s an All-World player elevating his level of play to match the moment right there.
No disrespect to Zach Parise at this point, but it’s clear who the leader of the American squad is at this point.
(h/t to Pete Blackburn for the GIF)
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