You can’t expect the referees to see everything that happens in a hockey game.

But when the player in question:

  • Just fired a shot on goal
  • Is skating behind the net, towards the official
  • Is fouled less than 30′ away from the official
  • Went down hard enough to justify blowing the whistle for a possible injury

Well, maybe referee Mike Hasenfratz should’ve seen that one.  Take a look:

Thankfully, Kreider wasn’t hurt on the play.

While it was a head shot, don’t expect anything from the Department of Player Safety. With Kreider already on the way down, that likely contributed to the location of the hit. Add to that the fact that nothing was called on the play, and I think Backes gets away with that one.

Backes was physical all night, registering eight hits. His favorite target was Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who was on the receiving end of three.

Only one Ranger hit David Backes all night:  5’7″, 179-pound, Mats Zuccarello.  He was not intimidated – or impressed – by Backes:

(stick-tap to Marty Biron Tumblr via NY Rangers Blog)

(stick-tap to Marty Biron Tumblr via NY Rangers Blog)