Backes, the Blues' captain and top-line centerman, played a physical game against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night in a 5-3 loss on the road. Unfortunately, the refs thought Backes may have been too physical and issued the big man a five minute major and a game misconduct for a smashing hit on former teammate Kent Huskins.
The refs deemed that Backes hit Huskins in the head, which led to their decision to give Backes a major penalty. But as the video clearly shows, Backes didn't come close to hitting Huskins in the head and the play did not deserve a penalty at all.
The Red Wings went on to score the go-ahead goal on the five minute power play they were handed as a result of this call, which sealed a come-from-behind victory for Detroit.
The hit by Backes was ferocious and clean. Unfortunately, not only did Huskins pay the price, but the Blues did as well.