David Backes

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    April 21, 2014

    Blackhawks Player Taunts Backes After Brutal, Illegal Hit; Blues Fan Shows Boobs

    Blues captain David Backes took a vicious hit from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook during Saturday's game. And as Backes struggled to stand on his own two feet, obviously dazed and confused from being pummeled into the boards -- a Blackhawks player taunted him, saying, "Wakey wakey, Backes! Wak ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    5 St. Louis Blues Who Look Like Actors, French Philosophers, and Bill Nye the Science Guy

    They are questions that have been on the mind of every Blues fan. Was David Backes in that Netflix movie I just watched? Which French intellectual does Darren Pang remind me of? Why does Jaroslav Halak make me want to smoke meth? Well, don't worry, because Daily RFT has figured it out for you. H ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Phineas the Dog: Family's Attorney Says Dog Stolen, Probably Killed

    Phineas, the Labrador retriever who bit a seven-year-old girl last year and has been on doggy death row since, has been stolen from the shelter where he was being held. His family believes he has been killed. Salem police chief Keith Steelman says there was no sign of forced entry at the shelter, b ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Blues Captain David Backes Fights to Save Phineas the Dog, Salem Pet on Death Row

    As we reported yesterday, Phineas the Dog, who lives in Salem, could be put to sleep -- after a long, bizarre battle in the south-central Missouri city. In response to a biting incident a year ago, Salem officials ruled that the three-and-a-half-year-old labrador retriever must be euthanized, sparki ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    Phineas the Dog: Family, Supporters Fight to Stop Salem Officials From Putting Pet to Sleep

    Phineas, a three-and-a-half-year-old labrador retriever in Salem, may not have much longer to live. That's because officials in the south-central Missouri city deemed him "vicious" after a biting incident involving a seven-year-old girl last year. But in response to the city's plan to put the dog ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    First Look: Takaya New Asian Rolls Out Modernly Plated Sushi and Fusion Dishes

    On a moderately busy Friday evening about a month after its opening, general manager Simon Rhim of Takaya New Asian (634 Washington Avenue; 314-241-5721) explains that owner Eric Heckman just rolled some sushi himself before heading out to tend to his other businesses. Heckman lends a hand filling i ... More >>

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    January 19, 2013

    A Big Blue(s) Preview

    Tonight, at the Scottrade Center, the fated, the long-awaited, the eagerly anticipated 2013 Blues season will get under way. Okay, so it was really supposed to be the 2012-2013 Blues season, and all the Don King hype and rhyming in the world isn't going to entirely take the sting out of this la ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    The Rams Play To a Beautiful Tie

    You know, I have never been on the Jeff Fisher bandwagon. From the beginning, I thought it was an uninspired hire by the Rams, bringing in an overrated coach who probably won't let the team be quite as mind-meltingly awful as they've been the past couple seasons but isn't going to win the big one an ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Blues Give Chris Stewart a One-Year Deal

    Late last week, the Blues came to terms with forward Chris Stewart on a one-year deal worth $3 million, a slight pay cut from his salary of $3.25 million last season. And with the way he played last year, the only real shock could be how modest the pay cut actually was. It's funny to look back ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Twitter Follies: Brian Elliott Finds a T-Shirt He Likes

    If you're not periodically checking with Blues' goalie Brian Elliott via his Twitter (@KidElls1), you're missing his relentless hyping of Badgers hockey and the occasional corny joke in which the punchline is always a photo of something with his name on it. Last week he discovered the existence of a ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Blues Push San Jose to The Brink

    You know, I really love that phrase. The Brink, I mean. On the brink or to the brink, I really like it. Although On the Brink sounds suspiciously like a movie from the 80s to me, maybe with Moira Kelly in it or something. Still, it's a cool word, and I don't think it's used nearly often enough.  ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Blues Take 2-1 Lead With Brilliance in San Jose

    In the first game, the Blues dominated most of the way, minus occasional lapses, but were unable to solve Antti Niemi. They lost in double overtime 3-2. In the second game, the Sharks dominated the first period but put one in their own net. Jaroslav Halak stood on his head early, then was force ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Three Keys to Victory: San Jose Sharks at Blues

    The Blues play tonight at the Scottrade Center, opening up their first-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. Of the potential draws the Blues could have pulled, the Sharks would seem to be the most favorable for the Note; the Blues absolutely dominated San Jose this year, winning all fou ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    The Five Best Sushi Restaurants in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    The Blues Go Down in Chitown -- Again

    ​The Curse of the United Center strikes again. Okay, as scary story, there-was-a-hook-on-the-car-door-handle material goes, the United Center's sinister ability to prevent St. Louis Blues victories isn't exactly grade A terrifying. But as team-headed-to-the-playoffs-considering-possible-match ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Everything's Coming Up Blues

    Well, almost everything, anyway. If Winnipeg didn't suck so much it would have been everything. The Blues won again last night, slowly choking the life from the Anaheim Ducks over 60 minutes of grind en route to a 3-1 victory. Jaroslav Halak was nothing short of brilliant, saving 24 of 25 goals ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    The Blues' Big Letdown in Columbus

    ​Everything was going so well, too. The Blues had won four in a row, were coming off a shutout of a very good San Jose team, and were headed to Columbus, Ohio, home to one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League. How bad are the Blue Jackets? They're the NHL's designated team this se ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Blues Score Three, Take Two Points From Senators

    David Perron, wicked handsome, wicked awesome. And no longer singing for the Eurythmics. ​David Perron, you magnificent bastard. Perron scored twice last night, helping the Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators, who have suddenly gone from playoff contender to Tom Petty. (As in they ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Blues Shut Out Canadiens, Take Over Division Lead

    ​The story line going into last night's matchup was supposed to be the return of Jaroslav Halak to Montreal for the first time since the Canadiens traded him to the Blues in 2010. There was plenty of buildup, plenty of anticipation. Enough, in fact, that there was really almost no way the game its ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    David Perron to Return as Soon as Saturday?

    ​The Blues under new coach Ken Hitchcock have been nigh unstoppable, winning four games in a row, going 8-1-2 in his first 11 games at the helm, and picking up 18 of a possible 22 points over that time span. Suffice to say, things are looking pretty rosy around the Blues' clubhouse right now.  ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Hitchcock's Historically Hot Start; Blues Reel In Victories Under New Coach

    ​Boy, the alliteration in this headline really bugs me. But you know what? There are no synonyms for the word start that begin with the letter H. It's maddening, I tell you. I thought about going with the first name, something like Ken's Capital Commencement, but that sounded a bit fey, even for m ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    St. Louis Shelter Pets Have Spokesman in Blues Star David Backes

    Rescue dogs and kittens: This guy has your Backes.​Daily RFT had the opportunity yesterday to talk with David Backes, the All-Star winger for the St. Louis Blues, prior to the launch of his new media campaign with Beginning today, you'll start seeing billboards of Backes and his w ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    A Quiet All-Star Weekend for St. Louis Sports

    City of a thousand sites, but only two all-stars. ​There were two all-star games going on in the sporting world this weekend: the NFL's Pro Bowl, a.k.a. The Least Interesting Thing Ever, and the NHL All-Star Game, a.k.a. Whoops, I Totally Forgot About Hockey For a Second There, This Might Be Less ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    December 30, 2010
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    February 4, 2010

    The Blues' Best Win of the Year?

    The Blues and their new head coach, Davis "Bring The" Payne got a little bit of revenge last night on the Chicago Blackhawks. ​A month ago, when Payne took over as interim head coach of the Blues, replacing Andy Murray, his first game was against the Blackhawks, on home ice. It did not g ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Breaking Down the Blues' Slow Start

    Sadly, it's become an annual tradition here in St. Louis, it seems: the Blues' Slow Start. Happens every year, right around this time, when we look at the record of our beloved boys in blue and notice they aren't doing so hot. ​This year, though, this seems a bit different. Oh, sure, they wer ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009
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    November 5, 2009

    The Blues' Next Big Thing Debuts Tonight

    Tonight is an exciting night if you're a St. Louis Blues fan. The team's top prospect, Lars Eller, will make his NHL debut at the Scottrade Center against the Calgary Flames. Eller will also become only the sixth player in NHL history of Danish descent. Personally, I'm hoping Eller can com ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009
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    April 16, 2009

    Blues End-of-Season Awards

    To get your mind temporarily off last night's loss to the Canucks in Game 1 of the playoffs, and your cursing Roberto Luongo's name for the ridiculous saves he made, I wanted to hand out the regular season hardware. Mostly, I want to give out the awards before the playoffs have a chance to cloud my ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    David Backes Goes Crazy in Detroit

    Now that's more what I'm talking about. The Blues looked overmatched in Chicago. They looked much, much better on Thursday night in Detroit. Of all the players we've seen make big contributions to the Blues' cause here the last couple of months, David Backes has probably gotten the least c ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    The Blues' Best Weekend Ever

    Oshie earlier this season.At the start of the weekend, the Blues were one of the chasers, a team on the outside looking in. Now, we get to see just how well they can play while being chased. After beating the Columbus Blue Jackets twice in less than 24 hours, the Blues are, as of right now, the fina ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    The Blues Come Up Short When it Counts... Again

    Going into last night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, plenty of talk was being devoted to the fact that the Blues had only lost one game in regulation in the previous eight contests. Unfortunately, that particular loss was a bad one, coming at the hands of Vancouver, one of those playoff b ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Blues Update: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Over the weekend, we may have finally seen some real reason to be optimistic for the Blues' future. In the NHL's YoungStars Game, the Blues had two players participating, and both showed well for themselves. Don't get me wrong; there have been plenty of reasons to be optimistic before now, but ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    The Most Exciting Hockey Game Of the Year

    And I didn't even see it live, just on this YouTube clip.