With the puck in his feet, the Blues captain attempted to tack the puck down in the corner of the offensive zone. Seabrook made a hard line for Backes, and drove his elbow into his head. Here’s a look at the hit.
Backes didn’t return by the end of the third period, but Seabrook was given a five-minute major for making the head the principal point of contact. It took the Blues some time to make the Blackhawks pay the price, but Vladimir Tarasenko was able to tie the game with less than seven seconds left while still skating with an extra man.
Here’s a screen cap of the hit that put St. Louis on the lengthy power play in the first place.
Has to be Karma for this on Backes. Target head much. Not a question of if, but how many for Seabrook. OT again. pic.twitter.com/gUgmeUy5KJ
— Patrick O’Neal (@Patrick_ONeal) April 19, 2014
This game is headed to overtime, and there’s no reason to believe that the series won’t play out entirely in this lengthy, drawn out and tough fashion.
(H/T to Pete Blackburn for the GIF.)