One of the defining moments of the Chicago Blackhawks’ first round series against the St. Louis Blues is when Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook constructed a voilent hit on David Backes of the Blues. The hit ensued controversy as Seabrook was suspended for three games and an audio tape revealed that the Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith may have taunted Backes when he laid motionless on the ice.
Seabrook played in the Blackhawks’ series clinching game on Sunday and that marked the first time since game 2 that Seabrook and Backes were on the ice at the same time.
At the end of the game, when the teams lined up for the post-series handshake line, Seabrook and Backes showed a degree of class that was refreshing in series in where some Blackhawks’ fans may have lost theirs. While passing each other in the handshake line, Seabrook appears to have apologized to Backes and Backes responds with a welcoming pat on Seabrook’s pat.
[Source: Next Impulse Sports]
The post-series handshake in the Stanley Cup playoffs has always been one of the best traditions in sports. For many fans, it takes them back to when they played developmental sports and exchanged handshakes with the opposing team after the game.