He was their captain, their catalyst and their emotional leader. So much like that awkward moment when you see your ex using the same moves on someone else, it must have been weird for Blues fans to see Backes play the role of enforcer for the Bruins against their own team.
First, the schmaltzy stuff. Here’s the video tribute from the Blues to Backes, in his first trip back to St. Louis since parting ways with the franchise.
And here’s the reaction from the crowd to Backes, as they saluted him during the game.
But in the second period, things got a lot less cordial.
Backes took exception, and did as Backes does:
So many conflicted feelings! Cheers, boos, audible shrugs of confusion!