ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Blues Captain David Backes was reduced to tears after the Blues’ best Stanley Cup Playoffs in 15 years ended in San Jose Wednesday. But it wasn’t the 5-2 lose to the Sharks that made him emotional – it was the story he told about his teammate, Steve Ott.
In this sound bite, introduced by KMOX’s Tom Ackerman, Backes first describes the toughness of the Blues to come out of back-to-back seven-game series against the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars. Then he tells a special story about one teammate, who’s known more as a fighter than a lover in the NHL.
Here is what he said:
“He would kill me for telling you this story, but Game 5 I’m not feeling well. And Steve Ott brings me something that helped me feel better knowing that he is the guy coming out of the lineup if I can play. And that’s pretty selfless, and that’s the kind of guys we have in here. So just stories like that you know. Guys blocking shots and sacrificing their bodies, it’s tough to swallow but you know that the heart is in here and the ability is in here. We just come up short.”
Backes was questionable going into Game 5 at home, but he didn’t give any further details on exactly what Ott brought to him. The captain will become a free agent this offseason.
Blues fans at Bobby’s Place on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis suffered broken hearts as well, by what could have been their year.
“The problem is resiliency is great, but (the Blues) are just not as good as the Sharks,” one fan said.
Other fans choose to look forward to what’s to come next year. One said “they’ll be back,” commenting on the Blues younger core that stepped up this season. Rookies Robbi Fabbri, tied for third on the team in goals this year, and Colton Parayko, whose blistering shot from the point, will be a well-know commodity next season.
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