Despite the fact that it was a completely inaccurate call, David Backes is still one of the underrated dirty players in the League. Just ask Jan Mursak.
One thing of note in that replay, though: note in the view from behind Huskins how Backes half leaves his feet and elevates contact. Maybe a failed headshot as much as it was a failed headshot call.
I do think I’d rather see blown calls like this than real head contact go uncalled. The NHL has to get rid of head contact or it will follow football’s long term trajectory. Of course, the NHL isn’t getting it right in either category and ideally they’d always only call real headshots. But this isn’t an ideal world.
As I was reminded last night for having the gall to call David Backes a dirty player (and a donkey):
@onthewings I’m gonna slit your throat in your sleep tonight.
— Jonathon Schad (@InSchadWeTrust) February 2, 2013
Jonathon Schad, I’m going to do what I can to ensure this comes up should any future employer run a search on you. Enjoy college.