The St. Louis Blues had a heck of a playoff run that saw them win Game 7s against both the defending Stanley Cup champions (the Chicago Blackhawks) and then the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference (the Dallas Stars).

Their run came to an end on Wednesday night with a 5-2 loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks. There is chance it was the last game captain David Backes plays with the team because he is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1 if he does not get a new contract before then.

Following the Blues' loss on Wednesday, an emotional Backes addressed the media and talked about the character of the players in the room.

He became teary-eyed when he started to tell a story about something Steve Ott did for him to help him get into the lineup for Game 5, even though Backes playing meant Ott would have to come out of the lineup.


Here is the text of that: "Game 5 I'm not feeling well, and Steve Ott brings me something to help me feel better. And knowing that he is the guy coming out of the lineup if I can play, that is pretty selfless and that is the kind of guys we have in here. Just stories like that. Guys blocking shots, sacrificing their bodies, it's tough to swallow. You know the heart is in there, you know the ability is in there, we just came up short."

Backes would not go into detail about what, exactly, it was Ott brought to him, but it clearly meant a lot to him.

Backes had a great playoff run for the Blues, recording 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 20 games. That includes a pair of overtime goals in the first two rounds against Chicago and Dallas.

After being drafted by the team in the second round (No. 62 overall) of the 2003 NHL draft, Backes has spent his entire career with the Blues, scoring 206 goals in 727 regular season games.

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David Backes, the captain of the St. Louis Blues, will be a free agent this summer. USATSI