"This is the playoffs," Backes told reporters in St. Louis. "This is what we play all year for. Getting up for these games shouldn't be an issue. Fighting through a few bumps and bruises for guys really makes that pain subside. We'll roll out 20 good bodies out there and we're going to stick together and play great hockey."
Blues captain David Backes said the start of Game 1 was the "track meet" the Blackhawks desired.