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Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook suspended for three games

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook suspended for three games
Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is restrained by referee Brad Kovachick after his hit to Blues center David Backes on Saturday in St. Louis. (Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images)

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended for three games for his hit on Blues center David Backes during their first-round playoff series.

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.

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