ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues captain David Backes returned against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series Friday night after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury.
Backes had two shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in 21 minutes, 35 seconds of ice time in the Blues' 3-2 OT loss to the Blackhawks.
Backes was injured when he took a hit to the head from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the third period of Game 2. He missed Games 3 and 4 due to the injury. Seabrook was suspended three games for the hit, serving the final game of his suspension Friday night.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule Backes out earlier in the day despite him not participating in the morning skate at Scottrade Center.
"Like I said in Chicago, there's lots of rinks here in St. Louis, too," Hitchcock said after the morning skate. "You never know, he might just jump on the ice and be there and be skating in the warm-up. Then you can all press 'send' on your tweets and away you go.'"
Backes had 27 goals, 30 assists, a plus-14 rating and an average ice time of 19:33 in 74 regular-season games this season. He had one assist in the first two games against the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks now lead the series 3-2.