David Backes embodies the kind of hockey that the St. Louis Blues want to play on a nightly basis. He works hard, plays tough every night and always seems to be there to come up with a big play when the Blues need it. That was the case again last night as St. Louis was looking for a big-time play in overtime to bring down the feisty Columbus Blue Jackets.
At the end of the first period, the Jackets had a 3-1 lead on the Blues. The opening frame featured three fights, and the two old Western Conference rivals played each other rough all evening. St. Louis didn’t wilt as the game went on though, and slowly chipped away at the deficit before tying the game with less than 10 minutes to go in the third.
That set the stage for Backes to steal a win for his team with an outstanding individual effort in overtime.
Jack Johnson turns the puck over to the wrong player at the blue line, and Backes fights off two backcheckers while making a strong move to the net to beat Mike McKenna. It doesn’t get much Blues-ier than that.
That was the first home loss for the Jackets in four contests.