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Brent Seabrook Handed Three-Game Suspension For Hit on Backes

Brent Seabrook was given the boot from Game Two after he hit St. Louis Blues forward in the head. It didn’t take the NHL long to clip the play down, and they’ve handed down their discipline. The Chicago Blackhawks will be without one of their top defenders for Games Three, Four and Five.

That’s a stiff penalty to be sure, but folks on Twitter have noticed an interesting interesting about the Department of Player Safety video. Watch and see if you can notice yourself.

The difference between this DOPS video and others that have been released is that it doesn’t once mention the head as the principal point of contact.

Just an interesting side note to tack on to the suspension here. The Blues have been mum about Backes’ health, and it’s unclear whether or not he’ll  be available for Game Three. Seabrook will be able to return for the ‘Hawks for Game Six—should the series make it to that point.

St. Louis leads Chicago 2-0 as the series shifts to the Madhouse on Madison for the first time during these playoffs.


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  • bluenotebacker

    Not long enough to send the appropriate message, and if they’re not even talking about the head, why bother suspending him at all? The NHL needs to get its act together if it wants anyone else to take them seriously as advocates for player safety

  • Dashley R

    I think the DOPS should observe and consider the illegalities more scrupulously during the playoffs. The fact that Seabrook has no suspension history should be considered, but the discretion for how many games a player should be penalized needs to be adjusted. This simply cannot be tolerated. Playoffs or no playoffs, you should not be allowed to return from suspension until the injured player is deemed fit to play. How is it fair to give only a 3-5 game suspension when the injured player is injured for weeks on end?