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No further discipline after testy Blues-Blackhawks matchup

No further discipline after testy Blues-Blackhawks matchup


None of the penalized players in Saturday's Blues-Blackhawks' game will be facing supplemental discipline from the NHL.

The NHL's Department of Player Safety reviewed several questionable plays in the Blackhawks' 4-2 win over the Blues, but decided against anything further than what was called on the ice.

In a chippy game that witnessed 36 penalty minutes, the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews was whistled for an illegal check to the head of Blues captain David Backes with 21 seconds left in the first period. Backes presumably underwent concussion protocol before returning to the game early in the second period. 

In the second period, Backes was called for boarding on Chicago's Niklas Hjalmarsson, receiving a two-minute penalty. Later in the middle period, the Blackhawks' Marko Dano was called for boarding Robby Fabbri, also leading to a two-minute minor.

Backes was at Scottrade Center Sunday for the Blues' optional practice, and while he did not go on the ice, he appeared to be fine. Fabbri, who also finished the game, did skate Sunday and also appeared to be OK.


The Blues, who had no healthy spare forwards for Saturday's game and who are about to play on back-to-back nights, called up forward Jeremy Welsh from Chicago on Sunday night.

Welsh, 27, has five goals and three assists in 11 games for the Wolves this season.

This will be Welsh's first callup by the Blues since he was signed as a free agent in the summer of 2014. He had 20 goals and 21 assists in 75 games in Chicago last season.

Welsh, who is 6-3, 215 pounds, has played in 25 games in his NHL career, with Carolina and Vancouver. He has one goal and one assist in those games.

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Jeremy Rutherford is the lead Blues beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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