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CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks felt the repercussions of Brent Seabrooks hit on David Backes again on Sunday. USA Soccer Pro Shop . How it affects the rest of their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues remains to be seen. Seabrook was suspended for three games by the NHL on his 29th birthday for his elbow to Backes head late in the third period of St. Louis 4-3 overtime win in Game 2. Now Chicago has to dig out of a 2-0 hole without one of its best defencemen in a rocky start to its Stanley Cup title defence. "You need his size, you need his presence and experience and his leadership," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said before Seabrooks suspension was announced. "Hes got the big shot on the point and hes on our power play as well. He kills penalties, so he plays all important minutes." Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty after he wiped out Backes at 15:09 of the third, and the Blues used the resulting power play to score the tying goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation on Vladimir Tarasenkos long wrist shot. Backes had to be helped off the ice and did not return. The captains status for Monday nights Game 3 is up in the air. "All I know is hes upright, and thats about it right now," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Sunday. "We dont have any further information and probably wont have until late tomorrow." Backes and Seabrook were not made available to the media on the day off, but much of the talk centred on the hit anyway. The TV broadcast picked up someone taunting Backes in the aftermath of the big blow, but it was unclear if it was coming from the ice or the crowd in the corner where the play occurred. "I saw them talking to him. It makes it a little more gutless," Blues forward Ryan Reaves said. "I dont think theres any need for that. He doesnt even know where he really is. I think if they want to start getting into that battle, we can play the same way. Well see where it takes us." Quenneville said he did not see or hear any players taunting Backes after he went down. In addition to the hit by Seabrook, Hitchcock also was upset by Bryan Bickells knee-on-knee collision with Blues centre Vladimir Sobotka in the third. He said the Blackhawks forward was involved in a similar play with defenceman Alex Pietrangelo in the first. "That part bothers me more than the hit on David, a hit that went array," Hitchcock said. "The hit on Sobotka was a continuation of what happened to Petro in the first period." Here are five things to watch in Game 3 of this increasingly testy series: HOME SWEET HOME: The Blackhawks went 11-2 at home in the playoffs last year, outscoring the Wild, Red Wings, Kings and Bruins by a combined score of 41-23. They went 27-7-7 at the United Center this season, including a 2-0-1 mark against the Blues. "You just feed off of it," Quenneville said. "Itll be exciting to get back here, get some of the positive vibes off it and look to turn this thing around." VLADIMIR THE GREAT: Tarasenko missed the last 15 games of the regular season with a broken right thumb. But the 22-year-old Russian forward caused all sorts of headaches for the Blackhawks in the first two games of the series. The speedy Tarasenko had a first-period goal in the playoff opener, and then had the tying power-play score in Saturdays victory. With Seabrook out for the next three games and Backes status in question, Tarasenko could take on a more prominent role for the rest of the series. SO MANY PENALTIES: The Blues and Blackhawks combined for 17 penalties and 61 penalty minutes in Game 2. The defending Stanley Cup champions were responsible for 11 of those penalties and 41 penalty minutes, both season highs. It looked as if the Blackhawks wanted to match the physicality of the Blues, and it took them out of their puck possession game at times. "I think a little bit we might have played into their hands, but weve got to get back to our hockey, because when were playing that way we do a good job and thats how we win," Chicago forward Brandon Saad said. BEEN HERE BEFORE: St. Louis began last years playoffs with a pair of 2-1 victories over Los Angeles at home, including an overtime win in the opener. The Blues then lost the next four games against the Kings. "We played the best game all year Game 3 in Los Angeles and lost," Hitchcock said. "This is going to be a very long series and were going to have to be better than weve been if we expect to win a game in Chicago." ABOUT THOSE GOALTENDERS: Blues goalie Ryan Miller has been solid since Chicagos three-goal first period in Game 1. He had 25 saves in Saturdays win, and all three of the Blackhawks goals came with traffic in front of the net. Corey Crawford made 48 saves for Chicago in the triple-overtime opener, but he was disappointed with his 27-save performance in Game 2. "He said he needs to be better, and he needs to be better," Quenneville said. ___ AP Sports Writer R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis contributed to this report. ___ Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap Cobi Jones Jersey . Messier, who had been a special assistant to Rangers general manager Glen Sather, announced Thursday in a statement that he is resigning in order to "expand the game of hockey in the New York area by developing the Kingsbridge National Ice Center. Keegan Rosenberry Jersey . The international synchronized skating competition takes place from January 31 - February 1, 2014, and features 39 teams from 10 countries, in senior, junior, and novice. https://www.cheapusasoccer.com/ . - The Raiders have released guard Mike Brisiel after two disappointing seasons in Oakland.HAMILTON - Mark Mackie and Wayne Moore stepped up when the McMaster Marauders needed them most.Mackie was named most valuable player of the Mitchell Bowl after a three-sack performance as McMaster downed the Mount Allison Mounties 24-12 on Saturday in the semifinal for the Canadian university football championship.I think weve come to the part of the season where everybody knows and can feel out what each others doing, said Mackie, who combined with his teammates to sack Mounties quarterback Brandon Leyh nine times for a total loss of 63 yards. I think weve got a good shot if we play our best at the Vanier so its really exciting.It was a career performance for Mackie, who had four sacks all season in 2013 and just two in 2014.The OUA champion Marauders will play the Montreal Carabins in the Vanier Cup on Nov. 29 in Montreal. The Carabins slipped by the Manitoba Bisons 29-26 in the Uteck Bowl earlier Saturday.Moore rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown to lead McMasters offence after fellow running back Chris Pezzetta re-injured his surgically repaired left knee.Todays game showed our heart. Our heart and our perseverance, said Moore. We had to persevere throughout the whole thing. Its a national semifinal and both teams are going to be good. Its not going to be a blowout at this level.Thank God we came out with the win.Pezzetta ran the ball on McMasters first offensive play of the game, gaining three yards. He stayed on the ground after being tackled, clutching his knee. Although he walked off the field under his own power, Pezzetta did not return to the game.He will make the trip (to Montreal) as the heart and soul of this football team, said head coach Stefan Ptaszek. Whether he will play or not... its very unlikely.Ptaszek said he had no update on Pezzettas injury, except that it would require an MRI to properly diagnose.Pezzetta tore his ACL in 2012 and 2013, with the Marauders easing him back into the lineup for the 2014 season. His best games of the season came in the playoffs where he rushed for 143 and 144 yards.He should be so proud of himself, to come back from what he came back from and to do what he did, said Ptaszek. He knows better than any of us how fragile this game of football can be. He might be in a place where hes been too often in the last three years.QB Marshall Ferguson completed 18-of-32 pass attempts for 154 yards and an interception for McMaster.Leyh completed 15-of-33 pass attempts for 186 yards with one TD and one interception for Mount Allison, the AUS champions. Russell Canouse Jersey. The Mounties were the only undefeated team in the CIS playoffs until the Mitchell Bowl.McMaster returns to the Vanier Cup for the third time in four years, having beat Laval 41-38 in 2011 and losing to Laval 37-14 in 2012.We know the Quebec teams are great and its in their own province, its in their own barn, said Mackie. Were going to have to prep for the full week but our defensive co-ordinator Greg Knox, he always comes up with a plan so Im really excited to prep for these guys.Tyler Crapigna kicked a 32-yard-field goal with 31.4 seconds left in the first quarter to give McMaster a 7-0 lead. Mount Allison surrendered two team safeties earlier in the quarter.The Marauders defence was dominant in the first, sacking Leyh four times in the quarter.Crapigna was good on a 38-yard field goal with 12:48 left in the second to put the Marauders up 10-0.The Mounties finally scored just over five minutes later. Josh Blanchard scored on a 48-yard pass and Ryan Lambert kicked a conversion to make it 10-7.A bad snap to Mount Allison punter Kyle McLean with 40.5 seconds left in the half resulted in McMasters third safety of the game to make it 12-7.Moore helped the Marauders start to pull away 4:17 into the third quarter, running six yards for a touchdown. It was the first rushing TD the top-ranked Mounties defence allowed all season. Crapignas conversion made it 19-7 for McMaster.Special teams came through for Mount Allison with 7:52 left in the third. Setting up for a field goal from the 42-yard line, the holder tossed the ball to defensive back Michael Bohan, who ran a reverse down to the 20-yard line.That trickery led to a 23-yard field goal by Lambert to make it 19-10.The Marauders tacked on two more points a minute into the final quarter, scoring their fourth safety of the game when McLean took a knee in the end zone on a Mounties punt.A 30-yard field goal by Crapigna with 4:40 left to play gave McMaster a 24-10 lead. The Marauders surrendered a late safety to kill time off the clock.Notes: There were 3,810 fans in attendance at McMasters Ron Joyce Stadium. ... Heading into the game the Marauders were 1-3 when hosting Vanier Cup semifinals. ... McMaster and Mount Allison had previously never met in the CIS football playoffs.___Follow @jchidleyhill on Twitter ' ' '

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