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Mouth injury left Backes feeling like his ‘face was going to fall off’

St Louis Blues v Colorado Avalanche

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 13: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues awaits a face off against Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on December 13, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Blues defeated the Avalanche 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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It’s been a rough start to the 2014-15 season for St. Louis Blues captain David Backes, with Monday’s moment being the roughest, as he took an errant slap shot to the face:

Screening a goalie is a great way to suffer facial injuries that will leave others squeamish; this old post on Keith Tkachuk’s hideous issues is a great throwback to that.

Backes described his considerable agony to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“I felt like my face was going to fall off, so we got out of there and got some painkillers on board to try to alleviate that,” Backes said. “It was a tough night to deal with the pain and have ice on there for most of the night, just trying to get some remnants of a night’s sleep. … It was some of the worst misery I’ve been in.”

Here’s the part that might leaving you holding your mouth (or making a “Six Million Dollar Man” reference?):

“There’s a few (teeth) that were halfway gone,” Backes said. “They didn’t save them, but they rebuilt them and they look like normal teeth … They did a great job. It’s a temporary fix but it lets me eat well.”

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