Morning Free Association: Backes Suspended

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David Backes was suspended for three games for Interference on Detroit’s Frans Nielsen with his first game to be served tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Nielsen is suffering from the aftereffects of what the Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is calling an “unecessary hit to the head” and the Wings are unsure on the timetable for his return.

Backes has no history of fines or suspensions. So why did he get three games? Is this another case of the NHL Department of Player Safety being inconsistent and arbitrary? Maybe, but I will point out that Filip Forsberg also received a three-game suspension on February 4th for Interference against the New York Rangers’ Jimmy Vesey; Vesey also was concussed as a result of the play.

Now, there are Bruins fans who are wondering why Backes was singled out in this way and Patric Hornqvist was not for his elbow to Charlie McAvoy’s head last Thursday. It’s hard to not see inconsistency with DOPS or to see preferential treatment for certain players/ teams when on ice behavior is not even properly penalized.

It seems that Hornqvist would have argued (and won) that his play would have been a clean hit through the body had Charlie not moved his head, because the onus is always on the player being hit keeping their head upright, which is stupid especially when they have the puck. Quite frankly that part of the rule needs to be changed. Had Charlie not taken the licking and not kept on ticking, I hope the result would have been different but I don’t want a Bruins player to suffer a concussion for the sake of a suspension on a Penguins player, even one as deserving as Hornqvist.

Backes will also miss the home-and-home against the Blackhawks this weekend which is a real shame because I am sure he has a lot of hatred stored up against the Blackhawks after all those years in the Central Division. He’ll get some rest the next few games and be back on the ice on Tuesday at Carolina.

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The DOPeS acknoeldged that Backes has no history of disciplinary action and that he “contorted” in an attempt to avoid the hit, but they still hit him with a THREE day suspension?

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Hey hockey pals!

  • We probably got 6-8 inches. Luckily the rain-snow line was 128, and I live right on it. Actually, I’m so on it that I don’t even know if I live inside or outside 128 at this point. Inside, I think, because West Roxbury and Hyde Park are right up the street. But who knows. Anyway, not too too much snow.
  • I was offered a ticket to the game tonight but can’t figure out if I want to go.
  • So I’ve had mono and have been benched for a while. Cleared to play but my first night back is a scrimmage. I’m going to cry! Or puke! Or cry and puke!
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    So I’ve had mono and have been benched for a while. Cleared to play but my first night back is a scrimmage.

    Ugh, that’s no bueno about the mono. Glad you’re off the DL! SatanFamily had to put SatanDad on the injured reserve (upper body injury). I told him we were calling up a dad from Providence.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Have fun!! Don’t overdo it first time out.I’ve witnessed the puking many times!!!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    I am sure he has a lot of hatred stored up against the Blackhawks after all those years in the Central Division

    That’s a good point. Damn, that would’ve been fun to watch.

    Flyers tonight, eh? I thought they were in good form but I just checked and they’ve lost four straight including last night. Come on boys, keep the run going.

    There was a Bruin-esque performance from my darts team last night. We raced into a 4-0 lead, then 5-1 but ended up scraping home 7-6. Still, we’ll always take a win no matter how ugly!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    The food looked good!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    I’m discovering some lovely pubs with this league!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Hi Pals!
    I’m not sure about the NHL, but every other governing body puts the onus on the person doing the hitting for the safety of the hit. When there is head contact, we are to penalize the hitter…. no matter the circumstances!
    That said – it’s a late hit…. and high.
    Hate to leave all this beautiful snow, but must fly to Miami today…..
    Bruins tonight (Providence Bruins?)
    Just got a message from the north woods…. 30 inches!!! Sis might have similar totals. Wow!
    No coffee, BOURBON!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Jeez, if you’ve got to get to the airport, I hope your infrastructure copes better with the weather than ours. Some poor buggers were stuck on a train for five hours last week (not me, I had to stay home and look after Little Bear because her school was closed!)

    Enjoy the Sunshine state. Or is that California? hmmm

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Florida is the sunshine state!!! Our roads are clear within a couple hours of the last snowflake falling. That’s why the frenzy at the stores prior to the storm cracks me up. Collective memory, I guess.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    We only got about 8 inches in the Valley. Still snowing but probably minimal accumulation.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    thats what she said.