It’s not a big secret that the St. Louis Blues were kept in the playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings as long as they were because of the stellar performance of goaltender Brian Elliott, but he could not continue to do it all on his own. There have been a few players, however, who just were not showing up in the post-season and who the Blues have been playing well in spite of including centerman and team captain, David Backes.
The Kings eliminated the Blues from the playoffs tonight after winning Game 6 and leading the series four games to two. Despite recording a point in tonight’s with one assist and having four shots on goal, Backes remained a non-factor in the game and the entire series. However, it should not come as a surprise seeing as how this was not one of his better seasons recording only 28 points (6G, 22A) in the 48 games he played. His playoff stats were not much better having just three points (1G, 2A) in all six games he played.
It is no wonder that the Blues fell short in the post-season with key players such as Backes failing to step up when the team needed it most.