This was a mugging--Staios was interviewed between periods and he was pissed that Backes beat up on a skill player like Horcoff. Edmonton came back and thumped St. Louis, so all that matters is the final score.
Backes is a ***** for picking a non-fighter in this one - at the very least he could have picked Huggy Bear. Credit Horcoff for getting involved with a 'tough' guy, but he really couldn't do much. Backes can't be classified as a true fighter while he's beating on guys like Horcoff.