ST. LOUIS — Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook will have a phone hearing today for his hit on St. Louis captain David Backes on Saturday evening, the league announced.
In terms of supplemental discipline, the following are being considered according to the league: interference/charging. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to these infractions accordingly upon further review.
With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Seabrook hit Backes high along the glass. Backes was down for several moments, and struggled to stay on his feet when he did get up. Seabrook was called for a five-minute charging as well as a 10-minute game misconduct.
The Blackhawks nearly killed off that five-minute penalty but, with Ryan Miller pulled, Vladimir Tarasenko scored a 6-on-4 goal with just under seven seconds remaining in regulation. The Blackhawks lost 4-3 in overtime.
Seabrook said afterward that he hoped Backes was all right. Seabrook has been felled by hits like that himself. James Wisniewski had a vicious hit on Seabrook in March of 2010; Wisniewski was suspended eight games for it. Raffi Torres also landed a high hit on Seabrook in the Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks’ first-round playoff series in 2011.
“I feel bad seeing a guy like that on the ice. I’ve been there myself. I’m not trying to target his head, I’m not trying to do anything like that,” Seabrook said following the game. “It doesn’t feel good to see a player like that lying there like that and whatnot, and knowing that I hit him. It wasn’t my intent. I thought it was a hit; it’s a physical series. Hits have been laid like that from both sides the whole series. We’ll see what happens.”