Game #37: St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators
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12-30-2011, 10:12 PM
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Backes is on pace to have the fewest PIMs he's ever had in a full season, and they've dropped every year for three years straight prior to this one. He's on pace for half the PIMs he had three years ago. He's a physical, emotional player...he's going to take penalties. It's obvious, though, that he's done quite a bit to improve that part of his game.
Not even sure why this is coming up now. He took a hooking penalty in the middle of a defensive zone scramble in front of the net. Big deal.
I agree. Over the years Backes has taken fewer penalties and has focused on not taking so many timely penalties. This year I can maybe think of two time that he took a penalty at a bad time. Let us not forget that some penalties Backes takes actually make him a better leader. If you take a penalty on a quality scoring attempt then good for you. If you stick up for a defenseless teammate then good for you. If you stand up for yourself and perform a necessary penalty...god for you.
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