Chicago Blackhawks player Brent Seabrook was suspended three games after a brutal hit on St. Louis Blues player David Backes on Saturday in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series.
Newly-surfaced audio (below) reportedly catches the Blackhawks' Duncan Keith taunting the unconscious Backes with, "Wakey, wakey, Backes!"
"I saw them talking to him," Blues' player Ryan Reaves told reporters, noted the Chicago Tribune. "It makes it a little more gutless. I don't think there's any need for that when a hit like that happens. You don't need to be going after him when he doesn't even know where he really is."
"I'm not happy about that. I don't think anybody in this organization is happy about it," added Reaves. "To see that happen, I think is just embarrassing in that organization."
For his part, Keith did not deny making the taunt, but also tried to justify it.
“There’s lots of things that get said out on the ice in the course of a hockey game, especially in playoffs,” Keith told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’m an emotional guy, it’s an emotional game. I don’t remember everything that gets said out there. I didn’t even see the hit, to be honest with you."
"I’m playing the puck and I shot the puck around, the next thing you know, I see Seabs getting in a fracas, so I jumped in there. I don’t know what was going on,” said Keith.
Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock countered, "That's something that the league can deal with, Duncan's comments or his mannerisms or whatever. They can deal with that. I'm sure there will be somebody saying something to him."