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“Wakey, wakey, Backes”: Keith, Toews discuss “heat of the moment” trash-talk in wake of Seabrook hit
While David Backes wobbled to his feet with the help of a St. Louis Blues athletic trainer, clearly disoriented after Brent Seabrook’s devastating high hit in the third period of Saturday’s Game 2, someone shouted, “Wakey, wakey, Backes!”
Backes made the trip to Chicago with the team, but did not participate in Monday’s morning skate at the United Center and isn’t expected to play in Game 3. Seabrook was suspended three games for the hit.
Duncan Keith, who had come in to support Seabrook after the hit resulted in a melee, was standing along the boards near Backes at the time. Keith didn’t admit saying it, but didn’t deny it, either.
“There’s lots of things that get said out on the ice in the course of a hockey game, especially in playoffs,” Keith said Monday. “I’m an emotional guy, it’s an emotional game. I don’t remember everything that gets said out there. I didn’t even see the hit, to be honest with you. I’m playing the puck and I shot the puck around, the next thing you know, I see Seabs getting in a fracas, so I jumped in there. I don’t know what was going on.”
Asked again if he said it, Keith added, “I don’t remember everything that gets said.”
Hawks captain Jonathan Toews was also near Backes, and was doing some talking, as well. He said Backes, even in his dazed state, challenged him to a fight.
“I don’t know what he was feeling or going through,” Toews said. “I guess you can imagine what he was like against the boards there. I think he was pretty fired up. He asked me to fight. That’s the only reason I started talking to him.
“I don’t remember what my words were. I think maybe some of their players thought we were trash talking them after the big hit, but I think we were just trying to clear everything and make sure we could move on from that play.”
Toews was then asked specifically about the “Wakey, wakey” comment.
“I don’t know, some things were said in the heat of the moment,” he said. “Most of that stuff goes unheard on the part of the fans and media. It’s not easy to not regret some of the things that might have been said, whether it’s on that play or any other play. Sometimes that happens.”
The Blues seem to disagree, saying that the taunting went beyond the typical in-game trash talk.
“I saw them talking to him,” forward Ryan Reaves said. “It makes it a little more gutless. I don’t think there’s any need for that when a hit like that happens. You don’t need to be going after him when he doesn’t even know where he is.
“I’m not happy about that. I don’t think anybody in this organization is happy about it. … To see that happen, I think is just embarrassing in that organization for that to happen.”