Backes returns for Game 5 of Blackhawks-BluesSt. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) is tended to by trainer Ray Barile after taking a hit from Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the third period during Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in St. Louis. Seabrook was assessed a game misconduct penalty for the play and the Blues scored the tying goal on the ensuing five-minute power play. Backes left the ice under his own power. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)
The NHL announced the punishment Sunday, Seabrook's 29th birthday.
Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for a vicious elbow to Backes' head late in the third period of Saturday's Game 2. Backes had to be helped off the ice and did not return during St. Louis' 4-3 overtime victory.
Seabrook's penalty led to Vladimir Tarasenko's tying goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation.
The suspension is a big blow for the Blackhawks, who are down 2-0 heading into Game 3 on Monday night. Seabrook had a goal and an assist in each of the first two games of the series.